Take advantage of the Perth Hills’ many picturesque wineries through a series of wine trails and routes.
1. Bickley Valley Wine Trail – Sample some of the region’s best pinots and cabernet sauvignons as you pace yourself from one winery to the next. Take a break between each one, and discover the beautiful forests, extraordinary wildflowers, and peaceful waterfalls and creeks along the way.
2. Heart of the Hills Wine Route – Moving higher up the hills, the vineyards through this area specialise in producing varieties such as methode champenoise, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Between these cellar doors there are art galleries, cafes and restaurants with a range of accommodation options for a weekender. From a hostel to luxurious B&Bs, the choice is yours.
3. Serpentine Valley Wine Route – If you’re not interested in squeezing in as many wineries as possible, then this is the route for you. There are two vineyards along this trail, both of which offer lovely wines and spectacular scenery. Drop down a gear or two and take the time to sample the award-winning cheeses and probiotic yoghurt drinks while you’re in the area. There’s absolutely no rush in these parts!
If pubs are more your scene, there is certainly no shortage in the Hills
Add a cheeky drink to your wildflower wanderings by visiting the pubs that you’ll pass on the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail. There’s the Mundaring Hotel, Sawyers Valley Tavern, INN Mahogany Creek, Parkerville Tavern, Chidlow Inn Tavern, John Forrest Tavern and the Mt Helena Tavern. If you start in the morning, many of the pubs serve a hearty Sunday breakfast, and if you’re concluding your walk in the arvo, there’s a chance that you’ll come across live music as well (weather permitting). For once, it won’t be hard to get the hubby onboard, and if you’ve got the kids, they’ll relish the chance for a break and a snack. It’s a 41km loop – the timing and maps can be found on the Railway Reserves website.