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GUIDE perth hills
JAN - JUN 2011
On your bike
The Perth Hills has eight separate
cycling trails, from the sedate to the
exhausting. Road and path trails
lead from Midland to Mundaring
and then on to Kalamunda and
return. For the truly adventurous
there is the Munda Biddi Trail, a
499km corridor path through every
conceivable southern WA landscape
to Nannup. Join it at Mundaring.
Mountain-bike adventures cut
through the hills with varying
degrees of difficulty. Each ride is
well marked and signposted and
offers some great scenic detours.
All rides finish at a civilised locale
where exhausted riders can relax and
enjoy a much-needed drink. Visit
perthtourism.com.au for details.
A trip to the hills will involve
walking, whether it’s a stroll
around Kalamunda town or a
history tour of Mundaring or
Jarrahdale. Even in summer,
a quick walk around the dams
and lakes will bring you close to
native animals and birdlife. Then
it’s back to the water to cool off.
Serious bushwalking is best left
until autumn. Start at Fred Jacoby
Park, the entrance point to Beelu
National Park, and see the largest
living English oak tree in Australia.
Marked walking paths cut through
the North and South Ledge in
Beelu, providing extraordinary
views across the valleys. Baldwins
Bluff nature trail in the Serpentine
National Park leads to high lookouts
and outcrops with views that make
the trek well worthwhile. Sections
of John Forrest National Park were
recently decimated by fires, so
check access with rangers. Grab a
hills map and choose your walking
destination - they are all worth it.
There are a few big lakes and dams
in the hills, equipped with picnic
grounds and amenities. Swimming
is prohibited in some spots: consult
visitor centres or rangers. Lake
Leschenaultia has placid beaches
perfect for children. There is
canoeing equipment for hire on
site and a recreation set-up that
makes the lake a local favourite. At
Serpentine Falls there is swimming,
although caution is advised. The
same goes for the Serpentine River,
a popular camping and fishing spot.
Hills towns such as Darlington and
Mt Helena have excellent aquatic
centres just perfect for the kids.
Wine and Food
There are more than a dozen
boutique wineries, stretching
along the Darling Scarp from
Serpentine to Bindoon.
Dr Sheila Twine has lived in Serpentine/Jarrahdale for almost 40 years,
and is the President of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire.
The Old Post Office Museum | Pay a visit and learn more about
the history of the area’s timber industry.
Mundlimup Timber Trail | Take a walk along the trail to see
original sawpits and a log landing on old timber railways.
Signage along the way will keep you informed.
Millbrook Winery | Enjoy lunch in this picturesque setting.
The Wetlands Eco Experience Trail | Do some bird-watching from
the six hides. Watch for the endangered red-tailed black cockatoos
and the brilliant blue of the fairy wrens.
Kittys Gorge | A trip along a track that’s been awarded ‘top trail’
status will allow you to see a magical waterfall.
Serpentine Falls | Take an afternoon dip in the swimming hole
to complete your day.
Mundaring Weir Summer Festival (until March)
Summer concerts under the stars at Mundaring Weir Hotel amphitheatre.
Araluen Blues in the Night February 19
A night of blues in the picturesque Araluen Botanic Park.
Vintage Experience March 19
A teaching/lecture tour including wine-making at Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale.
Discover the Treasures of The Hills April 10
Family treasure hunt through Mundaring from the Mundaring Visitor Centre.
Bickley Carmel Harvest Festival May 7-8
The hills’ premier food and wine festival, held in Kalamunda.
Kalamunda Village and Farmers markets Sundays, 8am-1pm (ongoing)
A community market at which only WA products and fresh produce are sold.
JARRAHDALE IN A DAY
The banks of the Serpentine.
Steps to cafe at the
top of Serpentine Dam
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