While within metropolitan Perth, you'll find the Perth Hills and its character townships exude a country charm and views that are simply astounding. Visitors to the Perth Hills will also be impressed by the range of excellent restaurants and the level of sophisticated accommodation to be found. There are gracious country bed and breakfasts, spa retreats and private luxurious hideaways.
THINGS TO DO
- ENJOY a picnic or BBQ, canoe or swim at Lake Leschenaultia.
- EXPERIENCE the beauty of the area's national parks and state forests.
- GET on the Munda Biddi Cycle Trail which winds through some spectacular scenery.
- FOLLOW the Perth Hills Wine Trail to sample some local wines.
- EXPLORE the Mundaring Weir Precinct and No 1 Pump Station.
- BROWSE through the region's arts and crafts studios.
- TAKE a guided spotlight tour at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary.
- WALK the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track.
- LEARN more about the colourful history of the area at the District Museum
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.
Kalamunda town centre is also particularly appealing, with its gift stores, character eateries and quaint village feel. Art, music and history play a big part here with several heritage building sites in town. Also a must drop into the Zig Zag Cultural Centre at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre to learn more about the history, culture and attractions of the area.
A visit to the town library will reward you with views of the largest community-built stained-glass window in Australia, and if you are visiting on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to drop in on the village market. The Kalamunda Farmers Markets are held every Sunday morning showcasing fresh produce from local farmers and growers.
FOOD & WINE
Considering its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and cool wet winters, and with the first vineyards in the region 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.
The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail will lead you 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.
Kalamunda is also a great staging point for visiting the breathtaking Bickley and Carmel Valleys renowned for their wine and local produce. The Bickley-Carmel Valley Wine Trail touts seven world class wineries
including some fine examples of sparkling wine made in the French
Perth's Eastern Region |
Dates: 01 Sep – 30 Nov, 2015
Hello Spring is a new fringe events program that aims to promote the diversity of events, activities and attractions across Perth's Eastern Region during spring. The East Metropolitan Regional Council is excited to work in partnership with our member councils and other community organisations to highlight the region and promote it as a fantastic place to live and visit.
Dates: 03 Oct – 05 Dec, 2015
A distinctive mix of quality craft, provisions and produce held on the first Saturday of each month set in the centre of Kalamunda. Visit the market then sample the boutique coffee shops and retail outlets around the town.
Dates: 04 Oct – 29 Nov, 2015
Experience the atmosphere of the Kalamunda Farmers Market every Sunday morning in the Central Mall, Kalamunda from 8am. Enjoy an enormous array of produce including seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat, biscuits and cakes, nuts, honey, native cuisine, herbal loose teas, ground coffee beans, wild flowers, jams, cheese, herbs, truffle oil and a lot more!
Dates: 14 Nov – 20 Dec, 2015
Leading into the festive season, 4 artists ‘pop-up’ for a week each to offer an insight into their creative practices as well as offering small artworks perfect for gifting. From ceramics to collage to crochet to printmaking, GIFTED has something for everyone, with artists working in residence or presenting workshops during their stay.
The Perth Hills region boasts a range of accommodation options from gracious country Bed and Breakfasts and spa retreats to private luxury hideaways within the forrests.
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From world renowned walking tracks and cycling trails to art galleries and wineries and riding schools, the Perth Hills offers so much to keep you occupied for days on end.
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Tours through the Perth Hills include visits to many local wineries, art and craft galleries, historical villages, Mundaring Weir and as well as an Indigenous cultural experience.
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Journey up the Darling scarpe to the Perth Hills for a day of stunning natural scenery, grourmet food and wine, local markets, art galleries, historical villages and national parks.
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