What sort of holiday maker are you?
An explorer who likes to plunge into the landscape, a nature lover who can’t get enough of forests, waterfalls and wildlife, a history buff with an insatiable curiosity for stories of the past, a culture lover who flourishes amongst art, music and tradition, a family fun seeker who simply loves to play, or a foodie with an appetite for delicious produce and wine?
The City of Armadale, flanked by the beautiful Perth Hills, has cleverly bundled an enormous range of experiences to suit different personalities. All you need to do is choose your type, and you’ll find a long list of what to do in Armadale and the surrounding hills, including spring events in Armadale to suit the whole family.
The following link will take you to a downloadable pdf of the full guide: Find Yourself in the Perth Hills Armadale. Also visit Armadale Visitor Centre for up to date information on what to do in Armadale and the surrounding region.
Here’s a taster of some of the highlights you can expect to find on your day trip or short stay in the City of Armadale and Perth Hills. Put some of these on your event calendar and plan your escape to the countryside.
I’m an Explorer
The City of Armadale is your launching pad into a rugged outdoor playground that ranges across the Perth Hills and into the valleys, forests and national parks.
Cyclists should tackle the Munda Biddi mountain biking trail, and Champion Lakes is the place for top class kayaking, rowing, as well as more cycling, running and walking trails.
The 1,000km Bibbulmun Track runs through the region and can be chunked down to stretches to suit all energy levels. The ‘Mini Bib’ is a one-day hike, aka the Wungong Gorge Walk Trail, that takes you through a spectacular landscape with satisfying views across the coastal plain. It’s moderately challenging, so if you’re not up for the whole day, ask Armadale Visitor Centre about tackling a shorter section.
I’m a Nature Lover
If you love wrapping yourself in the natural world, an escape to the Perth Hills is definitely for you! Breathe in fresh air and views, wander amongst rustling trees and picnic beside rejuvenating the spring waterfalls. Take your time, and you’re sure to come across some of the resident kangaroos and colourful native birds among the towering jarrah, marri and gum trees of the national parks.
Recommended is a self-guided walk to the Sixty Foot Falls, a fairly steep 2km loop that rewards you with beautiful views and the sounds and sight of the crashing waterfall. When the weather warms up, you might even take a dip in the rock pool at the foot of Serpentine Falls.
Amongst some of the iconic Armadale events this spring is Springtime at Araluen, running until 20 September. This is when the famous tulips blanket the grounds alongside native wildflowers in an extraordinary display of colour that makes you want to dance like a spring lamb!
I’m a History Buff
This region is infused with the contrasting stories of Noongar tradition and early settler history. Begin at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre, trail around some of WA’s oldest heritage buildings in Jarrahdale and the Minnawarra Historic Precinct, and discover vintage cars and machinery.
The kids will love exploring the Pioneer Village in the City of Armadale - a reconstruction of an old gold mining settlement, complete with its own historic inn selling great food and craft beers.
And if you haven’t heard the story of Moondyne Joe, this is your chance to find out about the famous prisoner who defied his jailers with impossible escapes. You can follow his story at Roley Pool Reserve.
To be sure of sampling a full range of historical experiences, ask Armadale Visitor Centre about the Making History self-drive tour, which includes luxury B&B accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it. And check this link for more heritage trails in Jarrahdale and Armadale.
I’m a Culture Lover
Culture vultures look no further! There are galleries and markets brimming with antique treasures, local arts and crafts, ceramics and textiles, live music venues, and opportunities to get behind the scenes in artists’ studios in the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail through September.
For this and other Armadale events you’ll love, look out for the Spring into Armadale event calendar, available from perthhillsarmadale.com.au. There’s something for everyone here, running right up until the end of November. Go to this link for some of the highlight Armadale events this spring and summer.
Another must-do is the self guided sculpture tour, which shows you the public artworks of the City of Armadale region, with stories about the people and events that led rise to them.
Among the many markets, Armadale Hawkers Markets on 26 October and 2 November are worth a visit for the exotic cuisine, cultural performances and live music. There’s a playground here for kids too.
I’m a Family Fun Seeker
Got an energetic family to keep busy? Look at what there is to do in Armadale and you’ll be spoilt for choice! Follow a bush trial to spot native animals, take a picnic and chase up a waterfall or swimming hole, cuddle a koala or a snake at one of the region’s wildlife parks, have a go at geocaching on a digital treasure hunt or check out some of the spring events in Armadale and the Perth Hills that everyone will get a kick out of.
The Highland Gathering and Kilt Run in September is a must, with Scottish themed action and fun. Anyone can join in the famous run in this popular Armadale event, as long as you’re ready to don a kilt!
Christmas also promises some fabulous family frivolity. Take a camel ride at the Roleystone Christmas Market and meet Santa at the colourful Christmas Parade and Carols by Candlelight in December.
To capture a mix of experiences on a half day tour, ask Armadale Visitor Centre about the Family Fun self-drive trail through the City of Armadale and Perth Hills region.
I'm a Foodie
The Perth Hills region is a foodies’ delight. The City of Armadale invites you to sample the fresh local fruit and cheese, artisanal food creations, world class wines and craft brews, with an overnight stay in a lakeside chalet or country B&B. How can you resist?
CORE Cider House in Pickering Brook is the place to go for fresh fruit. Here you can pick your own plums, apples and pears in season, enjoy a menu that incorporates orchard produce, and select from a range of delicious ciders.
Boutique wineries offer cellar door tastings, and some, such as Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale, serve up delicious meals using home grown produce. If beer’s more to your taste, head to Last Drop Brewery in Bedfordale - another venue with an excellent food menu too.
And what better way to pair up the wine you take home than with a selection of cheeses? Stock up on award winning flavours at Borello Cheese in Oakford and Mundella Cheese in Mundijong.