The Perth Hills - stunning scenery, meandering drives and vibrant villages...
Scattered throughout the wide fertile ranges of the Darling Scarp and only 45 minutes east of Perth city centre, you'll find the Perth Hills. While within metropolitan Perth, you'll find the region 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.
- 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 and 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
Nature & wildlife
While you're in the Hills, try retreating to the national parks and the cool of the forests to indulge your love of the natural environment. The hills are blessed with a series of more than 40 bike and walk trails, as well as scenic lookouts and picnic spots.
The world-famous Bibbulmun Track, one of the world's great long distance walk trails, starts in the Perth Hills and stretches nearly 1000km from Kalamunda to Albany on WA's south coast. The track is for walkers only and offers a wide range of experiences from a gentle stroll to an epic eight week adventure. Cyclists will enjoy the Munda Biddi Cycle Trail which is a world-class, nature-based, off-road and long distance cycling experience which starts in Mundaring. See more trails in the Perth hills below.
The Perth Hills boasts a range of accommodation options from gracious country Bed and Breakfasts and spa retreats to private luxury hideaways.
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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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