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Perth Hills insider
Region size: 1675sqkm
Distance from Perth: 24km
Spend a little downtime without
all the stress and expense of a long
journey. You can be nestled in
a country cottage or in tranquil
bushland in the heart of the hills
after only a 30- to 40-minute
drive from the city centre. There
are quite a few cosy guesthouses
and bed-and-breakfast places,
and for a real treat you should
look for the retreats that offer
spa treatments, as well. You can
stay in country-style bed and
breakfasts in rural surrounds, in
the heart of the quaint historical
villages of Armadale, Kalamunda
and Mundaring, or in pristine
bushland. Relax and unwind
with only the occasional squawk
from a 28 parrot, the warbling of
a magpie or the bleat of a sheep
to disturb you. The sea breeze
can take a while to make its way
to the Hills, so it can seem hot
in the summer, but the myriad
valleys and shady trees keep the
temperatures lower than you might
think. However, the Hills do come
into their own in the winter when
the slopes and valleys are covered
with rich green pastures and
smoke curls from the chimneys of
cottages. You can enjoy crisp, cool
mornings with views over misty
valleys and long walks through
bushland. There are wildflowers to
be found throughout the year, but
for the very best displays, head for
the hills in springtime.
Things to do | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
The word ‘kalamunda’ is derived from
the Aboriginal ‘cala munnda’, meaning
‘home in the forest’. With a quaint main
street, farmers markets and a thriving
art and craft market on the first Sunday
of every month, the town is filled with
action. Visit the history village or take
the scenic Zig Zag Drive Trail into
Gooseberry Hill National Park for
magnificent views of the Swan Coastal
Plain and birdwatching opportunities.
Home to many of the most pretty little
villages in the region, Mundaring shire
is also home to a couple of the State’s
best eateries, as well as the Mundaring
Arts Centre. For a dose of history, the
Mundaring Weir, start of the iconic
golden pipeline, also starts here and is
a fascinating and inspiring place to visit.
Nearby the Mundaring amphitheatre
is the venue for several concerts
throughout the year.
The region has 10 national parks, most
notably the John Forrest National Park,
WA’s oldest national park. It’s a lovely
place to go for the day with plenty
great picnic spots and even a tavern,
for when you’ve worked up a thirst. The
Beelu National Park has an interpretive
centre to guide you through some of
the tracks and provide information
about the plants and animals you’re
likely to come across in the region.
JUn JUL aUG seP oCt noV
Stretching from Serpentine through
Jarrahdale, Armadale, Roleystone,
Lesmurdie and Kalamunda, P ickering
Brook and north to Mundaring and
Hovea, the Perth Hills offer tranquil
green valleys, peaceful villages,
bushland, wineries, and excellent
restaurants and other food producers.
enJoy... A peaceful retreat or a more
energetic holiday exploring national
parks, bike and walking tracks.
• 24km from Perth CBD to Kalamunda
• 40 walking or cycling trails, start of
the Bibbulmun track and the Munda
• Several small villages with thriving arts
communities, galleries and cafe.
• Start of the Golden Pipeline to
Kalgoorlie and home of Mundaring Weir.
• 400m above sea level – the highest
parts of the region.
• The first vines were planted in the
1880s and it was granted status as an
official wine region in 1999.
CLimate In July 8-15oC , up to
12-24oC by November. Rainiest months
are June-July (over 200mm average).
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