Home' Perth Guide : Perth Guide 09 Contents 82 Perth Guide
All events online | scoop.com.au
Just outside Perth is cheery Kalamunda, with world-class scenery, wildflowers
and a maze of top-notch mountain biking trails. Besides being an obvious
drawcard for active families and outdoorsy folk, Kalamunda (and its pretty
surrounds) is laden with wineries and great restaurants, making it the ideal
stop for a springtime sojourn.
words and images Jade Just
Although it’s no more than half-an-hour’s drive from the city
centre, Kalamunda (known as ‘a home in the forest’... ’kala’
being the Nyoongar word for ‘home’, and ‘munda’ being
the Nyoongar word for ‘forest’) seems miles away from the
suburban sprawl. Spring is the best time to visit: the creeks
are flowing, and almost everything is a lush green with
smatterings of colour thanks to the native wildflowers.
On the eastern fringe of the metropolitan area, more than
70 per cent of the shire is made up state forest, national
parks, green open spaces and water catchment areas.
The top attractions (Bickley Valley, Zig Zag Scenic Drive,
Kalamunda Mountain Bike Circuit) are within an easy ten-
minute drive from the town centre. There’s a lot to love
in the town itself – buildings such as the Kalamunda Hotel,
Best Drop Tavern, old Bottle Shop, and Dreams Jewellery
and Gifts feature quaint architecture and add to the country-
town vibe. Then there are the manicured grounds of
Stirk Park, in the middle of the town, great for a picnic or
a game of footy if the kids need to let off some steam. Our
favourite thing in Kalamunda is the locals, who are incredibly
proud of their town and are fairly chuffed when asked about
what to do and see.
WHERE TO SHOP IN TOWN
Dreams Jewellery and Gifts | The oldest shop in
Kalamunda (at over 100 years old), it’s a great place
to shop for a personal one-of-a -kind gift.
Kalamunda Village Markets (first Saturday of every
the month) | These markets draw visitors from all over
Perth, and with good reason. You’ll find fresh fruit and veg,
as well as hand-crafted arts and crafts.
Europlace Kalamunda | Even if you aren’t English you’ll
appreciate this shop laden with old-fashioned tinned
shortbread, toffees and British sweets. Good for the kids.
Drive time from Perth
35 minutes (25.5km)
Good for... Families, active folk,
wine fans, foodies
Pros You won’t need to give your
wallet a workout to have fun
Cons The town is squeaky clean but
there’s (sadly) a bit of litter and
broken glass in the surrounding
bush (make sure the kids are
wearing tough shoes).
A Bickley Valley orchard in bloom.
A pincushion coneflower. BELOW Kalamunda
mountain biking (photography Travis Deane).
Kalamunda Farmers Market
(photography Haydn Zubek).
• Drive down the windy Zig Zag Scenic Drive
• Ride the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Circuit
• Sample the wineries in the Bickley Valley
• Try a French pastry at Le Croissant Du Moulin
• Walk the Bibbulmun Track
• Spot different wildflower species
• Sip a cider at Core Cider House
• Stock up at the Kalamunda Village Markets
Links Archive Perth Guide 10 Perth Guide 08 Navigation Previous Page Next Page