A trip to Perth Hills is a must-do when visiting the West Australian capital. Perth Hills is famous for walk trails – whether a hike along the top of the range to experience sweeping views to the city or a stroll along winding tracks through the forest. The start of the 1000km long Bibbulmun Track can be found in Kalamunda.
The Bickley Valley Wine Trail meanders through picturesque Bickley and Carmel Valleys, with stops along the way at 13 boutique wineries and an award-winning cider house. Some venues offer food, from simple tasting plates to full à la carte menus. There’s fresh fruit to pick or purchase straight from the orchard or farm gate.
Sunday morning sees Kalamunda buzzing with the renowned Kalamunda Farmers Market, which offers fresh, local produce. On the first Saturday of every month there’s the Kalamunda Artisan Market, Perth’s premier artisan market.
Tempt your tastebuds at cafes and restaurants in the village-like atmosphere of Kalamunda and Gooseberry Hill, or further afield in the picturesque rural surrounds of Carmel, Bickley and Pickering Brook. Get a taste of local history at Kalamunda History Village, WA’s largest folk museum.
A unique wildlife experience can be found at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Daytime and nocturnal tours are available. For wildlife of a different kind, Calamunnda Camel Farm offers camel rides through the forest.
Visit Perth Observatory, WA’s oldest observatory, taking in the museum and a star-gazing tour. For spectacular views of Perth City, visit Lesmurdie Falls or drive down the Zig Zag, following the path of the train that carried timber down the hill until 1949. And if you can’t get all this done in one day, stay overnight in one of Perth Hills’ quaint B & Bs or guest cottages.
Welcome to Perth Hills – so close, yet a world away.