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PERTH HILLS MARKETS
Here’s where you’ll find the freshest food the hills have to offer but there’s plenty of
more on display too. The Kalamunda Farmers Markets are open every Sunday, while
the Mundaring Sunday Markets open second Sunday of every month. Meanwhile, the
Kalamunda Markets are open on the first Saturday of every month.
DARLINGTON ARTS FESTIVAL
The Darlington Arts Festival is held annually every November and includes
workshops, arts competitions, entertainment and art displays. Arts aside, there
are also local wares, a festival ball, and stalls.
MINNAWARRA ART AWARDS
The highlight of Armadale’s annual events and art calendar, the exhibition (held in
May) attracts work from established and emerging artists.
BICKLEY CARMEL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Visitors can expect to sample all the delightful produce of the Bickley Valley,
including wines, cider, delicious food, arts and craft, fruits, flowers, entertainment
and more. May.
railway track, it loops through Greenmount,
Darlington, and up to Mundaring. The ride
is a great one to do with families – riding
through the pitch darkness in the old railway
tunnel is good fun (and a bit scary!). The
Kep Track isn’t just for cyclists – you can
ride a horse along it, too. Built mainly on
rail reserve, the trail has a low gradient and
compacted gravel surface. You can’t go
past the Munda Biddi if you don’t mind the
distance (1000km). The world-class track
runs from Mundaring to Albany, is easily
accessible by car, and there are campsites
on the route. The trail features vast areas
of unspoiled bushland – keep your eyes
peeled for rarely sighted, native wildlife.
Mountain Quarry in Greenmount National
Park is considered the best climbing spot
near Perth, thanks to an effort to rebolt and
clean up the routes. There are a number
of classic ‘face’ climbs and hard-bolted
sport routes. These climbs are for the more
experienced but it’s fun to head out there
and watch the experts. You’ll find the car
park on the northern side of Coulston Road
(the entrance is on the left-hand side if
you’re heading east away from Perth). It’s
about a five-minute walk from the car park
to the quarry; don’t forget to bring all your
valuables with you. The entry to the quarry
is locked; you’ll need to call the District
office on (08) 9290 6100 for the padlock
combination, which is changed every few
months. If it’s views you’re after, Darlington
Boulders are a good choice. The granite
boulders are located near the Darlington
Estate Winery, 30km east of Perth in a side
valley of the Helena River. The short and
technical climbs provide great views of
the valley. The boulders heat up during
summer so it’s best to climb on the slabs in
Upper Darlington in the morning and the
boulders in the main area in the afternoon.
Navigating your way to the boulders can be
a bit difficult; you’ll find in-depth directions
on the Climbers Association of WA (CAWA)
forum. Churchman Brook is known as
a great picnic spot, but it’s also well-liked
by rock climbers. The cliff is located down
a well-used dirt track off Soldiers Road, just
before it heads downhill going east. The
cliff is broken up into two parts, with a small
beginners slope to the west and the main
climbing area to the east. There are lots of
loose pebbles at the top – bring a helmet
to avoid a nasty knock to your noggin. The
best time to climb at Churchman Brook
is mid-afternoon onwards when the cliff is
shaded – even in the very early morning the
direct sunlight makes the cliff incredibly hot.
Beer and wildflowers
Add a cheeky drink to your wildflower wanderings by visiting the pubs that you’ll pass on the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail. There’s the
Mundaring Hotel, Sawyers Valley Tavern, INN Mahogany Creek, Parkerville Tavern, Chidlow Inn Tavern, John Forrest Tavern and the Mt Helena
Tavern. If you start in the morning, many of the pubs serve a hearty Sunday breakfast, and if you’re concluding your walk in the arvo, there’s
a chance that you’ll come across live music as well (weather permitting). For once, it won’t be hard to get the hubby onboard, and if you’ve got
the kids, they’ll relish the chance for a break and a snack. It’s a 41km loop – the timing and maps can be found on the Railway Reserves website.
Kalamunda Circuit Beelu National Park
Shake, Rattle n Roll Paulls Valley
Lake Leschenaultia Chidlow
Langford Park Jarrahdale
The Goat Farm Greenmount
Forsyth’s Mill Sawyers Valley
BICKLEY VALLEY WINE TRAIL
Sample some of the region’s best pinots
and cabernet sauvignons as you pace
yourself from one winery to the next.
Take a break between each one, and
discover the beautiful forests, extraordinary
wildflowers, and peaceful waterfalls and
creeks along the way.
HEART OF THE HILLS WINE ROUTE
Moving higher up the hills, the vineyards
through this area specialise in producing
varieties such as methode champenoise,
chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and
merlot. Between these cellar doors there
are art galleries, cafes and restaurants
with a range of accommodation options
for a weekender. From a hostel to luxurious
B&Bs, the choice is yours.
SERPENTINE VALLEY WINE ROUTE
If you’re not interested in squeezing in
as many wineries as possible, then this is
the route for you. There are two vineyards
along this trail, both of which offer lovely
wines and spectacular scenery. Drop down
a gear or two and take the time to sample
the award-winning cheeses and probiotic
yoghurt drinks while you’re in the area.
There’s absolutely no rush in these parts!
CAR | If you are departing from the Perth CBD, take the Great Eastern Highway to Mundaring, and Roe Highway to Kalamunda and
Bickley. The Southwest Highway route is best for Serpentine and Jarrahdale.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT | The train lines from the Perth CBD run directly to Armadale. Visitors travelling from Perth can also catch
the train to Midland then the bus to Mundaring, or the bus directly from Perth to Kalamunda.
Kalamunda Farmers Market (photography Jules Flower Farm).
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