Wildflower Walks, Reptile Parks & Blossoming Orchards: 9 Things To Do In The Armadale Hills This Spring
As far as spectacular day trip locations go, it’s hard to go past the Perth Hills Armadale region in springtime. It truly does come alive in September with a host of excellent events, wildflower walks, bird spotting opportunities and more as the days get a little warmer, and the sun starts to shine a little brighter.
Check out a few upcoming events and things to do below, and head to the Perth Hills Armadale WEBSITE to start planning your next visit.
It’s Yates Springtime at Araluen
The manicured gardens of Araluen Botanic Park are pretty spectacular any time of year, but in springtime? It explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour, with 150,000 tulips coming into bloom, plus another 36,000 spring bulbs flowering – just to top it off. If you need a quiet spot to take in all that amazing colour, there are pergolas throughout the park that date back to the 1930s. Find out more HERE.
Armadale Branch Of The Wildflower Society Of WA’s 60th Anniversary & Walks
We think there’s no limit to the amount of wildflowers you can enjoy – and the Wildflower Society of Western Australia might just agree. This year will be the 60th Anniversary of their Armadale branch, with special celebrations taking place from September 10-12, including botanical art and photography exhibitions, wildflower displays, musical entertainment and guided tours to local reserves. Find out more HERE.
Rediscover Armadale’s Heritage Trees Walk
Flowers are great, but their beauty is fleeting. Appreciate the timeless, grand beauty of Armadale’s heritage trees with a stroll through the 5km loop and discover 29 trees of historic and botanical significance. Find out more HERE.
Doggo Friendly Bush Walks
The Perth Hills Armadale region is home to heaps of dog-friendly trails for all ages and ability levels. Built in the 1930s, the Contour Channel was built to transport water from the Canning Dam to the Perth metro area, and is now a picturesque 3.5km dog-friendly trail with views of the city. For a slightly longer walk, check out the Wungong Gorge Trail – a 5.5km walk that traverses a number of historical and ecological landmarks, including the Wungong Recreation Lake. Discover more HERE.
Armadale Settlers Common & Bungendore Park Wildflower Walks
Hugely important for conservation, the 383 hectares of the Armadale Settlers Common is home to a diverse range of flora, including a number of extremely rare species. With a vast network of trails, it’s an ideal destination for taking in spring wildflowers. Plus, the nearby Bungendore Park has over 498 hectares to explore, with trails throughout to showcase over 300 species of plants. Collect trail maps and information on wildflower hotspots at the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre.
Armadale Wildlife & Reptile Centre
If you want to get a bit more up close and personal with the wildlife, check out the Armadale Wildlife & Reptile Centre. Run without any government funding, the centre rescues and rehabilitates countless animals, specialising in reptiles. Head there for a visit to learn about local wildlife and how to help reduce negative impacts on them from the Centre’s experts.
Enjoy the wildlife from a respectful distance with some bird spotting. The local bushland surrounding Armadale is an ecological hotspot, and with so many unique species of flora, it’s only fitting that the fauna follows suit. Head to Wungong Dam or Bungendore Park for a scenic walk, and keep your eyes peeled for some feathered friends.
Spring Blossoms at Raeburn Orchards
Producing some of WA’s best fruit, Raeburn Orchards is also a stunning destination for your next day trip. Visit in springtime to see the magnificent pink and white blossoms – you can stroll through the rows of trees, settle in for a picnic, and go home with some fresh produce and artisan-made goodies.
Armadale Hills Scenic Drive
Perhaps you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but you’re not all that outdoorsy. The Armadale Hills Scenic Drive is a 34km drive through gorgeous bush landscapes, with plenty of stopping points along the way to take in unique vistas, or enjoy a cheeky pint and pie at Olde English-style pub Last Drop Elizabethan (responsibly, of course).
Head to the Perth Hills Armadale WEBSITE to start planning your next visit today!