While within metropolitan Perth, you'll find the Perth Hills and its character townships including Mundaring, Kalamunda and Armadale, exude a country charm and views that are simply astounding. Visitors to the Perth Hills will also be impressed by the range of excellent things to do, tours and accommodation to be found.
THINGS TO DO
- ENJOY a picnic or BBQ, canoe or swim at Lake Leschenaultia - a top swimming hole.
- EXPERIENCE the beauty of the regions' national parks and state forests.
- VISIT Araluen Botanic Park for the magnificent gardens.
- FOLLOW the Perth Hills and Armadale wine trails to sample local wines, cider and produce.
- EXPLORE the Mundaring Weir Precinct and No 1 Pump Station.
- BROWSE through the region's arts centres, studios and galleries.
- TAKE a guided spotlight tour at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary or ride a camel.
- WALK through the fruit orchards, pick your own fruit (during harvest) or go on an apple orchard tour.
- WALK the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track.
- LEARN more about the colourful history of the region at the District Museum, Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum, the Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre and Bodhinyana Monastery.
- EXPERIENCE one of the many great community events and festivals.
PERTH HILLS - MUNDARING
The tree-lined village of Mundaring is one of the major towns of the Perth Hills and makes a wonderful day trip or weekender for visitors to the region. In town, you can stop off at the Mundaring Visitor Centre where you can learn about the history of the region and pick up a variety of maps highlighting the large amount of activities and attractions to be found.
Just out of town you will find the vast water reserve of the Mundaring Weir and the Perth Hills Discovery Centre where you can learn about native flora and fauna. You can also picnic at any number of stunning parks in the area.
PERTH HILLS - KALAMUNDA
Kalamunda town centre and surround region is particularly appealing with character eateries, a quaint village feel, arts and galleries and walking trails. Kalamunda offers a large and diverse range of local artists and galleries including Kalamunda Open Studios, Hayward Studio and Kalamunda Modern, as well as several heritage building sites in town. A visit to the town library will reward you with views of the largest community-built stained-glass window in Australia.
Visit Zig Zag Cultural Centre at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre to learn more about the history, culture and attractions of the area and see what's on at the Zig Zag Gallery which shows a number of exhibitions throughout the year, including painting, photography sculpture and textiles.
Immerse yourself natural beauty of the region by following a number or short trails or embarking on a long distance track through native bush. There many trails of different lengths and levels of difficulty from the iconic Bibbulmun Track to the Whistlepipe Gully and Rocky Pool.
PERTH HILLS - ARMADALE
With tree-cloaked hills, babbling brooks, blossom-laden orchards and nature walks, the natural beauty of the City of Armadale is located within 40 minutes' drive from Perth. This scenic region offers a riot of activities for lovers of the great outdoors, nature and food and wine.
Start at the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre to pick up information and free maps highlighting the 28 walk trails in the region or drive along the Armadale Hills Scenic Drive. Be sure to take the time to visit Araluen Botanical Park where you can stroll around beautiful gardens, enjoy a family picnic, have a coffee at the tearooms and see the amazing tulip display each spring.
If you're after something a little more adventurous the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, is well worth a visit. This state-of-the-art 55-hectare lake was purpose built for rowers, but is great for recreational swimming and canoeing. Golf lovers are also in for a treat in Armadale with the swanky Araluen Golf Resort - a championship course is sprawled alongside State forest and the Canning River.
The region also offers art galleries, the town centres of Kelmscott, Roleystone, Bedfordale and Forrestdale, the Armadale Reptile Centre and Cohunu Koala Park and many many heritage attractions including the Elizabethan Village, The Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum, History House Municipal Museum and Minnawarra Park historical precinct and the Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre.
FOOD & WINE
Considering its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and cool wet winters, and with the first vineyards in the Perth Hills planted in the 1880s, it comes as no surprise that the Perth Hills now boasts a well established wine scene with each part of the hills having their own distinct wine trails for you to discover.
These include the The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail through the forests and gullies of Darlington, Glen Forrest, Mt Helena and Wooroloo to some of the oldest wineries in the region. Cellar doors are open most weekends and public holidays and you can set your tastebuds dancing with good selection of wine varieties.
From Kalamunda follow the Bickley Valley Wine Trail that will take you to boutique wineries, cellar doors and cideries dotted throughout the region (you can even pick your own fruit in during harvest and go on an apple orchard tour); stop in at a local eatery from ice cream parlours to local taverns. If you are visiting on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to drop in on the village market or every Sunday morning fresh local produce is showcased at the Kalamunda Farmers Markets.
Stock up on fresh produce in Armadale, ensuring to take the kids on a tractor ride around Roleystone Orchard - an idyllic way to wile away an afternoon and indulge in good old-fashioned pleasures. Fill your picnic hamper by picking up fresh cheese from local factories, visiting the quirky stores at Brackenridge Village where you'll find an organic shop with all manner of organic produce grown round the region. And what picnic hamper is complete without wine? To stock up, simply head to Rocksgate Winery or set off on the Baldivis Wine Trail.