As the weather starts to warm and the clouds begin to part, we’re excited to get back into nature after such a long, cold and wet winter. With the Armadale Hills right on the city’s doorstep, you don’t have to travel far to get amongst the lush leaves and technicolour tulips – as well as some of the region’s most talented artisans.
Araluen Botanic Park
Of course, no trip to the Hills would be complete without a stroll through the marvellous surrounds of Araluen Botanic Park. Running from August 19 until late September, It’s Yates Springtime At Araluen sees the gardens absolutely explode in colour with over 150,000 tulips and 36,000 spring blooms creating a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour.
Perhaps you need a chance to unwind and disconnect? There’s nowhere more relaxing than amongst nature, especially with the tranquil waterfront setting. The aptly named Restful Waters provides a serene environment, whether you’re stopping in for a yoga or tai chi class or embarking on a multi-day silent retreat.
Wildflower Society of WA
If you can’t get enough of the fantastic florals at Araluen, you can explore the Hills’ wonderful spring wildflowers with the Wildflower Society of WA. Over three spring weekends, the Society hosts rambles through the region’s reserves – starting with Bob Blackburn Reserve on the 14th of August, followed by Armadale Settlers Common East on the 11th of September and Harrisdale Swamp Reserve on the 6th of November. It’s a great way to find out about the unique flowers of the area from local experts passionate about biodiversity.
There’s something in the fresh, Hills air that makes you want to unwind! Kookaburra Yoga is set amongst lush grounds, and hosts a range of yoga and meditation retreats and courses, soundtracked by the spring-fed stream that flows through the property. Bliss!
Roleystone Spring Markets
Pair your ramble through the Armadale Settlers Common on the 11th of September with a visit to Roleystone Markets’ spring edition. Taking place four times a year, the markets showcase a huge range of local artisans, handmade wares and plenty of delicious food trucks. It’s even pet-friendly, so you can bring along pups to enjoy the fun, too!
Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail
Combine the beauty of the outdoors with some of the region’s most talented artists. During September, dozens of local artists will open their studios to the public, giving an intimate look into their creative process and inspiration across a range of mediums – from delicate watercolours and glasswork to native wood turned timber homewares. It runs Fridays to Sundays from September 9-19 – to find out more about the artists and trail, head to the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail website.
Bedfordale Bush Markets
If you can’t make it to Roleystone’s spring markets – don’t panic! You can still check out heaps of local Hills vendors with the Bedfordale Bush Markets. The markets are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, each date with its own theme – this month’s market is all about pets, while September’s edition is a celebration of the beauty of Djilba. Local vendors will be selling everything from arts and crafts to home grown produce, sustainable wares, nature play and heaps more activities for the whole family.
Off The Beaten Track
Have you always wanted to explore the Hills’ spectacular scenery, but weren’t quite sure where to start? Off The Beaten Track WA have got you covered with guided hikes through some of the state’s most beautiful trails – including throughout the Hills. The Roley Pools beginner hike is a great starting point: taking two hours, you’ll traverse 2.6kms around tranquil pools and granite boulders, followed by a delicious morning tea. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, the Hidden Gems of Perth experience goes for 8.5 hours, exploring some of the Hills’ most impressive trails – including 60 Foot Falls, Barrington Quarry, Roley Pool and Whistlepipe Gully.
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Spring Into Raeburn
It’s not just wildflowers that are bursting into bloom this spring, with Raeburn Orchards exploding into a fluffy pink and white blossom wonderland. Pick up some of the family-run orchard’s amazing produce, or spend the day exploring the grounds or picnicking. All that exploring is thirsty work, so round out your visit with some delicious Roleystone Brewing Co. cider at the orchard’s cellar door.
Naked Apple Cider House
Can’t get enough of that refreshing cider? Turn the day into a cider trail with a visit to Naked Apple Cider House. Situated amongst stunning, lush gardens, you can enjoy a glass of their handcrafted and wild fermented cider – which goes rather nicely with some of their delicious crispy porchetta, by the way.
To find out more about exploring the Hills this spring, head to the Perth Hills Armadale Website.
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