The area of the Perth Hills is next to the Swan Valley also a well-known wine region in the area of Perth , in Western Australia . The rolling countryside and Mediterranean climate make viticulture a profitable business in the eastern areas of Perth . Where there is wine, there are usually restaurants and art galleries not far away. But also various nature reserves with hiking trails, rivers and waterfalls can be found in the Perth Hills. The Lesmurdie Falls National Park with its 50m high waterfall in winter is just one of the parks in the region.
Activities & sights
Only 45 minutes outside the metropolis you can get to the many hilly nature reserves of the Perth Hills. In the eucalyptus forests, numerous hiking trails, bike routes and scenic drives have been created, on which you can explore the individual districts and repeatedly come across wineries and lookout points. One of the most famous hiking trails, for example, is the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail. The cozy mundaring(approx. 3,000 inhabitants) is the most important place of the Perth Hills, in which there are cafes, art galleries and a museum. In the small café on the main street there is a bakery with a good selection of delicious coffee pieces and, by Australian standards, they even bake really good bread here. In addition, the 900km long bike path called Munda Biddi Trail begins and ends in Mundaring . The place is also the starting point for Mundaring Weir , where the informative Perth Hills National Parks Center is located. The Golden Pipeline , which was built more than 100 years ago and supplies the Goldfields region with water, emanates from the dam .
Also Kalamunda (about 7,000 inhabitants) is visited because there are historical buildings here and takes place every first Saturday of the month a cozy village market. Furthermore, the well-known hiking trail called Bibbulmun Track starts or ends in Kalamunda, which runs over 1,000km to Albany in the south-west . Close to town are Bickley and the Carmel Valley . Here you can walk the Bickley Carmel Valley Wine Trail, which leads to 7 wineries, some of which also produce sparkling wine. The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail joins it further north. This trail takes you through woods, past waterholes and wineries to Darlington(approx. 3,500 inhabitants), Glen Forrest (approx. 3,000 inhabitants), Mt Helena (approx. 2,500 inhabitants) and Wooroloo (approx. 1,000 inhabitants). Between Mount Helena and Wooroloo, Lake Leschenaultia is ideal for swimming, picnicking and canoeing, although the fee-based lake is usually quite dry in summer and autumn. Furthermore, the Kep Track runs through the Perth Hills between Mundaring Weir and Northam .
Arrival & onward travel
Since the public connections to the Perth Hills are not very good, a tour with your own vehicle or bike is recommended. The Public Transport Authority of WA connects Perth with the Perth Hills. It is also possible to arrive by plane via Perth International Airport.
In Mundaring, the Mundaring Visitor Center was built in the old school building on the Great Eastern Highway, where you can get useful tips or take a few information brochures with you.
Kalamunda, Swan View, Midvale, Maida Vale and Mundaring have inexpensive supermarkets. There are also smaller grocery stores in Lesmurdie and Mount Helena. Banks were set up in Kalamunda and Glen Forrest. You can refill your tank in Kalamunda, Bellevue, Mundaring, Mount Helena, Chidlow, Wooroloo and Gidgegannup.