Looking for a new weekend experience but don’t have time to travel too far? The Perth Hills region is a lot closer than you’d realise, and it’s a beautiful way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with scenic views, inspiring hikes, charming heritage pubs and other hidden gems.
It truly comes alive in the winter months – so check out a few Perth Hills highlights below and head to the Experience Perth Hills Website to start planning your next elevated adventure today:
If you love your leaves lying on the ground with an auburn tinge, this is the right time of year for you! And the hills are the right part of Perth to bathe in swathes of ochre-coloured delights. From the insanely Instagrammable Raeburn Orchards and Araluen Botanic Park (pictured below), to S&R Orchard and Bickley Valley Orchards near Kalamunda, or Fred Jacoby Park in Mundaring’s Beelu National Park, it’s a spectacular region to roll through at this time of year. Get back to nature with some inspiration here.
Heritage Pubs Trail
There’s nothing better than cosying up by the fire during the winter months, and the Perth Hills region is teeming with plenty of ye olde historic pubs to do exactly that. The list is almost endless, with stops like the Parkerville Tavern (pictured below), The Kalamunda Hotel, the Mundaring Weir Hotel, Mundijong Tavern, Noble Falls Tavern, Ye Olde Narrogin Inne, Last Drop Elizabethan, Jarrahdale Tavern and many more! All have their own quirks and charms and you’ll have a lot of fun exploring them all. You’re going to need multiple trips to the Hills to do indulge safely and responsibly – which is a win as far as we’re concerned.
Walking & Cycling Trails
In terms of walking and hiking trails close to Perth, the Hills region is lined with tracks that will suit walkers of all levels and abilities. From short, little nature walks around Jarrahdale and Noble Falls, to more challenging distances including the iconic Bibbulmun Track, Lesmurdie Falls and Rocky Pool, it’ll keep you busy all year round. Different areas come to life at different times of the year as well, so start planning where you’re going to tackle next.
Similarly, if you’re on the hunt for cycle trails of varying difficulty, the Perth Hills offers plenty – from challenging mountain bike scenarios, to scenic wildflower rides. Bring your own bike or rent one (e-bikes included) from one of the multiple hire shops. In the Perth Hills you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your next ride, including the Railway Heritage Trails in Mundaring and Kalamunda, the Kalamunda mountain bike trail network and the long distance Munda Biddi Trail, stretching over 1060km from Mundaring, through Perth Hills all the way to Albany.
Waterfall Season Begins
The winter rains are here, so we’ll soon enjoy babbling brooks, flowing streams and rushing waterfalls – providing the perfect adventure for your four-legged friend as well! Kittys Gorge is one stunning trail through the Jarrah Woodlands of the Darling Scarp alongside Gooralong Brook and Serpentine River. You’ll pass small waterfalls and rapids, moss covered granite outcrops and towering trees. Some other great spots include Noble Falls, Hovea Falls and the spectacular Lesmurdie Falls (pictured below), to name but a small few – get more info on the best spots here.
Head to the Experience Perth Hills Website for all things Perth Hills today.
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