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Parks, Sites & Trails in Perth Hills

Places To Go in Perth Hills Region


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Araluen Botanic Park

Nestled in serene Australian bushland, filled with beautiful gardens and family events.

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  • Facilities:BBQ,Cafe / Shops,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

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Explore 59 hectres of native Australian bushland and 14 hectres of developed gardens featuring exotic plant species. 

The park has an impressive collection of Cameillias, Tea Roses and ever popular Tulips, all flourishing amongst a native backdrop of Eucalyptus, Marri and Blackbutt Trees. 

Climbing at Mountain Quarry

Located on the slopes of Greenmount Hill overlooking Perth, this park offers great opportunities for bush walking, wildlife observation, sightseeing and photography.

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing

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GOOD FOR BEGINNERS

Mountain Quarry | For some of the best climbing in the metro area, this is ideal for first-time abseiling attempts. Located off Coulston Road in the Greenmount National Park, it offers a range of climbs for beginners to advanced grades. Most of the routes have been bolted and a number of anchors have been set.

Climbing at Stathams Quarry

Statham's Quarry is considered a rare example of a stone quarry which has retained physical evidence of its operations, and continues to be used for abseiling and rock climbing.

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing

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Stathams Quarry | Located in the Gooseberry Hills National Park, this  offers a number of walls with good climbing on clean and solid rock. The quarry is packed with bolted routes and offers projects at every level. For lovers of slab climbing, Stathams also offers a number of opportunities to get over the ‘fear to smear’.

Cycling the Munda Biddi Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail is a world-class nature-based off-road cycling experience.

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Cycling

The Munda Biddi Trail is a 1000km off-road trail from Mundaring to Albany. This ultimate ‘cycle and camp’ trail has facilities like free huts and campsites, toilets (BYO toilet paper), and there is a town every 45-50km to break up the journey. The best time to tackle it is during autumn, spring, and parts of winter and it’s suitable for all skill levels (see www.mundabiddi.org.au for more details). In Albany, bikes can be hired from Passmore Cycles (08 9841 2623) or Albany Bicycle Hire (08 9842 2468); both will deliver your bikes to any accommodation in the Albany city area, free of charge (does passmore cycles offer this too?) Download the Cycle Amazing Albany Map from www.transport.wa.gov.au for an overview of all of Albany’s trails. The Go Taste trail is an easy 75km loop through the countryside past food producers (see Wining and Dining, right). In town, the beach trail to Middleton Beach is a 6km return trip littered with lookouts and beach views, and suits the majority of fitness levels; you can also choose to venture a further 3km north from Middleton Beach to Emu Point along the dual pathway running along the beachfront. For wildflowers and wildlife, a four-hour eastward trail leads around Oyster Harbour to Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, where you can refresh with a swim and a picnic.   

 

F R Berry Reserve

This beautiful bush reserve is a perfect distance for a day trip from Perth and is equipped with picnic facilities and wood barbecue.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

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Fred Jacoby Park

A landscaped park planted with trees from many parts of the world and equipped with picnic facilities and children's playground. Several walk trails start and end at the park.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Located off Mundaring Weir Road Fred Jacoby Park is surrounded by state forest and consists of landscaped gardens and many trees planted from around the world.

Fred Jacoby is an ideal place for a family day out or picnic, there are pleasant walks that begin and pass through this site and features rolling grassland, exotic trees, picnic facilities and wood barbeques

It also contains one of the largest living English oak trees in Western Australia, surrounded by a boardwalk which enables visitors to get in under the canopy of this 140-year-old heritage-listed tree, whilst protecting the tree roots from compaction.  

Hovea Falls

Walk with a view

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Swimming Holes,Waterfalls

Description

This location offers amazing views of flora and fauna while you trail the park. It's a developed site which includes facilities.

John Forrest National Park

26km east of Perth. Bushwalks, wildlife and wildflowers, small admission charge.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Waterfalls

Description

Gas and electric barbecues in picnic area. The best time to visit is in winter or spring to see the blooms.

Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia is a 168 hectare bushland well known for its great canoeing, swimming, cycling and barbeque facilities.

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  • Activities:Canoeing,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Facilities:BBQ,Cafe / Shops,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Kids Play Grounds,Toilets,Wheelchair Access

Description

Popular with families, it has cool shaded areas, lawns, white sand beaches and playground equipment. The park is open every day from 8.30am to dusk. Two walks available, 3km and 6km, the longer which takes 2 hours.

It is the perfect spot for a family picnic or outing with cool shaded areas, BBQs, lush lawns, white sand beaches and playground equipment. Shelters and Areas can be hired for exclusive use.

Lesmurdie Falls

The Lesmurdie Falls are situated in the Darling Range National Park and are a spectacular sight during winter and spring. Walk trails moderately difficult.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails,Pets Allowed
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Rivers & Lakes,Swimming Holes

Description

The area contains a large car park, three large picnic tables with shade, toilet facilities and rubbish bins.  Disabled access is available to toilets and picnic tables.

The area is especially popular in Spring when the falls are flowing and wildflowers are on display.

Several walk trails are available from here of varying degrees of difficulty, Including:

The Falls Trail. 640m return, Class 2, allow 30 min.

The Shoulder Trail. 1.5km return, Class 3, allow 1hr.

The Cascade Trail. 300m return, Class 3, allow 30 min.

The Foot of the Falls Trail. 2km return, Class 3, allow 1hr.

The Valley Loop Trail. 3km return, Class 3, allow 2hrs.

Lion's Lookout

A relatively short walk with a number of steep rocky paths

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves

Description

This is a difficult walk in the Korung National Park, with some steep loose descents and taxing climbs. There are great views over Bickley Reservoir and the city with wildflowers in abundance in the spring time.

Lions Lookout Walking Trail

An energising hike with some high and low points and spring wildflowers

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

This is a difficult walk in the Korung National Park, with some steep loose descents and taxing climbs. There are great views over Bickley Reservoir and the city with wildflowers in abundance in the spring time.

The trail markers for this walk are pale blue

Start point: The southern end of the car park.
1. Go through the white gate and walk in a southerly direction. The track skirts the brow of the hills with views over the Swan Coastal Plain, city and southern suburbs.
2. Take the left fork and walk uphill. The track climbs steeply to a small plateau with Wandoo trees and a view to the airport, city and coastal plain.
3. Arrive at a crossroad. Walk straight ahead, you will come across a marker in a tree immediately through the crossroad. The forest here consists of Jarrah, Casuarina and Banksia tree’s.
4. Turn right, walk towards a mesh fence bordering the Kanyana Wildlife Sanctuary.
5. Before reaching the fence, turn right as indicated by the markers and head in a westerly direction. Ignore a well made track to the left, continue in a westerly direction. The coastal plain can be seen through the trees.
6. After a steep decent out of the Jarrah Forest, the track is more open country with views on the left of the Bickley reservoir and the Bickley Valley.
7. Most Southerly part of the walk.
8. Take the right fork at the T-Junction at a watercourse. Walk uphill.
9. Turn left at this junction and return to the car park.

To help reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback:

Don’t spread soil or mud around bushland, in particular during spring & autumn;
Stick to tracks & paths;
Observe signage in your local bushland reserve and stay out of quarantined areas in bushland.

Mundaring Weir

One gold rush pioneer - CY O'Connor, actually did all his work from Perth. As the gold rush blossomed, the area became desperate for water supply, and it was O'Connor's vision that created the Mundaring Weir and pipeline extending over 550 km across the desert.

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  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

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The Weir is still a vital water resource for a vast inland area of our state. Towns such as Kalgoorlie only exist today because of fresh water supply, most of which comes from the 21 million cubic metre catchment area to collect it - Mundaring Weir. It's a great place to learn about one of the most staggering engineering feats of early Australia, one O'Connor himself didn't even live to see. There's a museum, nature walks nearby, and places for barbecues and picnics and of course, the dam wall, which you can walk along the top of quite safely on an enclosed walkway.

Mundy Regional Park

Mundy Regional Park stretches from the coastal plain to the top of the Darling Scarp to Lesmurdie Falls.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Mundy Regional Park commemorates Mundy, a leader of the Beelu Aboriginal people at the time of the European settlement. Mundy was considered one of the most important negotiators for Perth's Whadjuk community. 

Sections of the park feature an unbroken belt of carp woodland to explore and panoramic views in its extensive network of walk trails, making it a popular destination for bushwalkers. Mundy Regional Park is also host to granite outcrops and a beautiful wildflower display in the spring season. 

Noble Falls

A very popular spot in a lovely bush setting with all amenities and the Noble Falls Tavern located nearby.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Go for a bushwalk on the trail and see wildflowers during winter and spring. The falls are best seen after winter rains. BBQs and picnic tables available. 

Flora and Fauna highlights include:

  • Dominant Trees – Marri, Jarrah, Flooded Gums and Swan River Blackbutt
  • Shrubs – Grass Trees
  • Wildflower – Yellow Buttercup
  • Birds – Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Number 1 Pump Station

The world's longest freshwater pipeline is the stuff of legends and the perfect place to find out about the controversy and tragedy surrounding its development is No 1 Pump Station.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

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Due to extensive works being carried out around Mundaring Weir the museum will be closed from 2 January 2013 until further notice.

On average, ninety million litres of water are pumped through Western Australia's 'Golden Pipeline' each day, in an engineering feat that has continued uninterrupted since 1903.  The start of the water's 560km journey is the impressive Mundaring Weir, set in a natural bush setting.

 

Patsy Durack's Rose Garden

Welcome to our garden. Our tranquil gardens surround Kareela the old Archbishop’s holiday home in Gooseberry Hill, built in 1915.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens,Points of Interest

Description

Archbishop Clune lived here for holidays in the 1920’s.  Here he could indulge his literary tastes, removed from the disturbances of the city.  In the 1920’s  a housekeeper’s cottage was built beside the house.

Patsy Durack grows hundreds of field rose bushes. Most of the rose bushes have their own individual plaques allowing visitors to identify those roses they would like in their own gardens.

Raeburn Orchards

Family owned and operated orchard in Perth Hills region of Roleystone.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

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Stocking fresh produce daily, available at the Raeburn Orchard Shed throughout the seasons. Self-guided walking tours available.

Rocky Pool in Kalamunda

Great nature walk!

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  • Facilities:Walking Trails,BBQ
  • Natural Attractions:Swimming Holes,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

If you're an outdoors-y type, this is the place for you. It's a great way to spend the day with a loved one or family as you can go on a walk and if it's not too hot, the rocky pools will be filled with water for you to swim in during or after your hike.

 

South Ledge - Golden View Lookout

Picnic site overlooking the Mundaring Weir wall and lower Helena Valley with a variety of wildflowers in spring. Several short trail walks nearby.

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Stirk Park

An ornamental lake and stream runs through the park and is surrounded by trees, which put on a terrific display in Autumn. Facilities include BBQ's, playground equipment and disabled toilets. Dogs are prohibited.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds,Picnic Facilities,Toilets

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