Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 021 Contents KALAMUNDA
he word ‘Kalamunda’
is derived from two
words in the Nyoongar
language: ‘kala’, which
means home, and ‘munda’,
The deep clay soils that
characterise the area provided
Haynes Street | Start at the top of the street and make your way
down to find cafes, gift shops, an ice-creamery, bookshops and
vintage wares. There is plenty of street parking, as well as car parks
off the main street.
Zig Zag Cultural Centre | Newly opened, the centre is already proving a
hit with the locals: a new visitor centre with adjoining art gallery and
seminar rooms make this the hub of culture. A cafe set amongst the
buildings and opening onto the gardens is a great place for a coffee and
to take in the surroundings. The adjoining library also offers a peaceful
and cool respite. To view the largest stained-glass window in Australia,
head towards the back of the library.
Walk Trails | The Railway
Heritage Trail is an easy stroll.
Park in the shopping precinct
and follow the trail towards
Gooseberry Hill – you will pass
the cultural centre and the
craft wagon full of local crafts
for sale, and end up at one of
Gooseberry Hill’s cafes. The walk
takes no longer than 15 to 20
minutes and much of the trail is
in shade. There are other walk
trails available – download them
or get them at the visitor centre.
early settlers with the ideal
growing conditions for stone
fruits, apples, pears and citrus
fruit. Today, many orchards in
the area sell their produce in
roadside stalls. In summer, visitors
are likely to find apples and stone
fruit in plentiful supply.
Markets | The local farmers
market in the centre of town
buzzes every Sunday morning.
Stallholders set up from
8am and are usually sold out
by noon. Produce includes
seasonal and organic fruit
and vegetables, eggs, cheese,
seafood and meat. Guidelines
are strict – the produce must
be local and fresh. On the
first Saturday of the month,
the Kalamunda Craft Markets
provide visitors with stalls of
high-quality craft and artwork.
Home amongst the forest on the Darling Scarp
Farmers Market (Photography Jules Flower Farm).
FOR THE KIDS
Browse at the Kalamunda Village
Markets | 1st Saturday of each month
Enjoy the views of Perth | Enjoy
them along the Zig Zag Scenic Drive
Go on the stationary train | Situated
at the Kalamunda History Village
Museum, not open Friday
Set foot on WA’s longest walk | The
Bibbulmun Track starts here
Picnic | A good spot is at Stirk Park
playground – make sure you don’t
feed the ducks!
Swim | The new Aquapark, next to
the Shire offices, is a good option
Taste | The Lolly Shop and Ice-
creamery in town are top destinations
Hit the library | It’s a good place for
information about kids’ events
The region is perfect picnic country
(Photography The Water Corporation).
Walking in Lesmurdie
Just a 30-minute drive from the
city centre, Kalamunda is a small
slice of Australian history. The
Kalamunda History Village, the
largest local museum in the State,
is a fascinating glimpse into the
area’s pioneering heritage, as are
the township’s two pubs.
Stirk Park (Photography
Ray White Kalamunda).
Kalamunda Farmers Market
(Photography Haydn Zubek).
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