Perth Hills

Accommodation, Attractions & Events

An escape to the country just 40km east of the CBD, the Perth Hills rise up suddenly from the otherwise flat, Perth suburban sprawl. Scattered throughout the Darling Scarp, the rolling hills are filled with unspoiled natural beauty.

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Follow the twisting roads through the sloping landscape of Perth Hills and you’ll find yourself amongst towering forests of jarrah and eucalyptus trees, surrounded by untouched, rich bushland. Look out over beautiful vistas from the best vantage points Perth has to offer.

Continuing along these winding roads will lead you into the small towns of Armadale, Kalamunda and Mundaring, which are scattered across the wide expanses of the region. Each has its own unique history, subculture and local feel, captured throughout the town centres, galleries and museums. There is a strong art culture prevalent in the region, with a variety of exhibitions, weekend market stalls and open artist studios all showcasing the inspired local talent.

Surrounding these modest hubs of the region lie enormous national parks, spectacular vistas over the valleys and bushland stretching all the way to the city skyline, visible from the region’s higher peaks.

There are plenty of nature based activities to enjoy whilst you take in the breathtaking views, such as bush walking, cycling, canoeing, swimming, horse riding and rock climbing. As your appetite grows, you may find yourself at one of the twenty-plus wineries scattered throughout the region, which offer boutique wines to accompany delicious plates to be enjoyed overlooking beautiful vineyards. This sense of tranquillity only continues, with a range of luxurious day and eco spas providing indulgent relaxation amongst the leafy, green surrounds.

A trip to Perth Hills offers the country escape you’ve been promising yourself, and located so close to the CBD, you can leave almost immediately.

OUR TOP TEN:

 

  1. Visit one of the many local weekend markets and explore the stalls for fresh produce, original art works and lovingly hand made knick-knacks. The Kalamunda Village Markets, running once a month, are especially popular.
  1. Steadily growing since the 1880s, the Perth Hills region is home to 21 different vineyards and cellar doors for you to explore, either on your own or with a wine tour.
  1. Spend the afternoon at Lake Leschenaultia picnicking and barbequing, cycling, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing.
  1. Jump back in the car and take on the Zig-Zag scenic drive through beautiful views of bushland, and the Perth skyline.
  1. Bushwalk around the fast flowing rapids of Lesmurdie or Hovea falls. Colourful wildflowers bloom here between September to November.
  1. Hire a bike to cover the multi-use trails, or switch to adventurous off road mountain biking.
  1. Visit an eco-spa, a retreat that combines luxury with natural, organic products and practices in the very heart of The Hills.
  1. Buy an artwork hanging in one of the numerous galleries across Kalamunda, Mundaring and Armadale, or visit the open studio of a local artist.
  1. Saddle up for a horse ride trail, many of which take you around the region’s wine trails, orchards and national parks.
  1. Hike up the 564m Mount Dale, one of the highest points in the Darling Scarp. The 365° degree, panoramic view will make it all worthwhile.

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