You can see ‘em from your house, but how often do you say to yourself, ‘Jeez I really need to go for a drive up to the hills one weekend.’? Well ask no more and seize the day, because the team at Experience Perth Hills have made things easy for you with 10 of the best things to do, below:
EXPLORE A SECRET VALLEY OF WINE
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You’ve heard a lot about the other Valley, but have you heard about Bickley? Filled to the grape-lovin’ brim with boutique wineries, the Bickley Valley is Perth’s best-kept secret. One of the most picturesque wineries on the Valley block is Plume Estate Vineyard, with views of undulating hills, tasty eats, and velvety vino goodness – it’ll keep you and your Instagram followers happy for hours.
HIT THE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
You can access some of WA’s best mountain biking trails just outside Kalamunda in the Perth Hills. Set in the picturesque State Forest and national parks, the network features mainly intermediate trails but also has some excellent beginner tracks such as the ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ loop trail. Don’t have your own gear? Hit up the guys at Rock And Roll Mountain Biking for a loaner or join one of their clinics for skills.
INSTAGRAM BLOSSOMS OR PICK SOME FRUIT
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Visit a working Perth Hills orchard to experience the stunning spring blossoms or the fun of a pick-your-own fruit festival. Local grower and inspiring trailblazers S&R Orchard have been throwing their farm gates open to the public for the last few years, offering fruit picking in summer and blossom tours in spring. This special behind the scenes look at the farm-to-table process is great for both big and little kids. Blossom and fruit picking is seasonal – check with individual orchards for more information.
FIND A WATERFALL OR FIVE
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Don’t take advice from American girl groups; you definitely should chase waterfalls, especially the easy-to-find Hills kind. The easiest to find is Lesmurdie Falls located in Mundy Regional Park. Tumbling over the Darling Range Escarpment, the falls have five walk trails to choose from, each offering a different view of the cascading Lesmurdie Brook. With more than five different waterfall adventures in the Perth Hills to choose from, where will you go today?
DISCOVER THE NEW PERTH HILLS CIDER TRAIL
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We’ve been fermenting the beginnings of a Perth Hills Cider trail over the last few years, and it’s yielding some scrumptious, straight from the orchard brews. From the pop-up stylings of National award-winning Carmel Cider Co. to the always pumping Core Cider House, Naked Apple Cider and the Roleystone Brewing Co. The most well-known is the Core Cider House which is famed for its range of on-site crafted offerings and spectacular grounds. Call in for an hour of tastings or spend the day lazing on their luscious lawn listening to some chill tunes.
BROWSE ONE OF PERTH’S LARGET ARTISAN MARKETS
One of the longest running markets in WA, the monthly Kalamunda Artisan Market features over 150 stalls of artisan goodness. Keeping it fresh by featuring funky new up-and-coming designers every month, the market is held in central Kalamunda on the first Saturday of every month.
SINK YOUR FEET INTO LAKE LESCHENAULTIA
Named after the stunning blue wildflower, Lake Leschenaultia is a year-round favourite for camping, summer fun and wildflower spotting in spring. This summer, Lake Lesch will be hiring canoes and, for the first time – SUPs! With a permanent orienteering course and geocaching to discover, it’s the perfect place to relax by the water in the Perth Hills.
DUST OFF YOUR HIKING BOOTS AND FIND A NEW TRAIL
Passing through Hills communities including Darlington, Parkerville, and Mundaring, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail is a unique 41km loop trail connecting villages like bright beads on a thread. Join the trail in Perth Hills Mundaring and follow the route of the old Eastern Railway through John Forrest National Park for spectacular views of the Perth City skyline.
DISCOVER A HILLS BRUNCH
A Hills brunch is fast becoming a favourite pursuit on the weekend, and what better place to do it than nestled in the scenic Roleystone bush. Plant-based healthy food café Genesis in the Hills (pictured, above) is pumping out some seriously delicious brunch options. From savoury to sweet, the soul food being served up by the kitchen from Wednesday to Sunday should be at the top of your must-try list.
TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
Sometimes called “Heaven in the Hills” the Araluen Botanic Park is an historic, landscaped wonderland full of breathtaking exotic and native plants, stunning water features, and in springtime, over 145,000 tulips burst to life in a remarkable show of massed plantings of colour.
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