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Grab breakfast at the local favourite, Le Croissant du Moulin
(169 Railway Road, Gooseberry Hill), which serves amazing
French pastries and one of the best almond croissants we’ve
tasted outside of Paris. Beware: the cafe accepts cash only.
Next, drop by the Zig Zag Cultural Centre (50 Railway Road,
Kalamunda) to pick up any maps you might need (mobile
reception is patchy), and while you’re in Kalamunda, check
out the cute little shops in town. Hit the road and take
a scenic drive through the Bickley Valley/Pickering Brook
wine region. Drop by the wineries to sample the region’s
pinots and cab savs, and don’t forget to visit Myattsfield
(Union Road, Carmel) for a taste of their wine sorbet!
Cider more your thing? Head to Core Cider House
(35 Merrivale Road, Pickering Brook) for a lunch on the
verandah overlooking the orchard and rolling hills beyond.
Bookings are essential. OK, time to get active! Call on the
Calamunnda Camel Farm (361 Paulls Valley Road, Paulls
Valley) and experience a camel ride, book a mountain-bike
tour with Rock ‘n’ Roll Mountain Biking (located at the same
venue) to explore the Munda Biddi Trail, or take a bushwalk
along the beginning of the world-famous Bibbulmun Track.
Before sunset, head to Lesmurdie Falls or the Zig Zag
Scenic Lookout to experience the best views of the metro
area. On a clear day, you can see all the way from Hillarys
in the north, Rockingham in the south, and as far west as
Rottnest Island. Now turn your gaze to the heavens – until
April or May, you can book in a Star Viewing Tour at the
Perth Observatory and be dazzled by the WA night sky.
TEMPTED TO STAY
AN EXTRA DAY?
If you’re visiting on a weekend, then explore the Kalamunda
Farmers Market on Sunday morning to sample some locally
grown, seasonal produce, as well as breakfast. Otherwise,
grab breakfast at the funky Haynes Street Larder (2a Haynes
Street, Kalamunda). Adrenalin junkie? Checkout Statham’s
Quarry and book an abseiling adventure if you’re brave!
Otherwise, spend the morning relaxing and beautifying
at Annasha Day Spa (120 Williams Street, Gooseberry
Hill), or take a scenic drive down Mundaring Weir Road to
Mundaring Weir, and visit the No.1 Pump Station for
a bit of history (open only on weekends). Hungry again? Stop
off at the Mundaring Weir Hotel (Mundaring Weir Road
and Hall Road, Mundaring) for some lunch, and soak up the
picturesque surroundings. While you’re there, walk across
the road to the Mundaring Weir Gallery. Then spend the
afternoon at Lake Leschenaultia. Hire a canoe, go for
a swim, and wish the trip would never end.
THE PERTH HILLS
1. A spiritual investigation was conducted at the
Kalamunda Hotel (43 Railway Road, Kalamunda) and
it was found that four ghosts haunt the premises.
2. There are 12 cafes in the Kalamunda town centre.
Almost enough to rival Freo’s cafe strip.
3. Kalamunda Library has the largest stained glass
window in the Southern Hemisphere.
5 GOLDEN RULES OF ROAD TRIPPING
1. Don’t forget a GPS and an old-school map. Getting lost outside of mobile phone range is (almost) never fun.
2. Choose your travel companions wisely. Friends with similar interests, tastes in music, budgets and energy
levels are the best. Do you really want to be 150km from home when you discover that your new mate has
a penchant for Britney Spears and shrimp chips?
3. Do your research beforehand, but be open to improvisation along the way. Ask locals for ideas on where to
go, and follow that mysterious dirt road just for the hell of it.
4. Beat boredom. Put together your own ultimate road-trip soundtrack and download a handful of podcasts, like
Radiolab and TED Talks, to keep the troops entertained.
5. Bring snacks to avoid between-meal grumpiness, and serviettes for cheese-coated Twisties fingers.
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TOP ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES
Join a Nocturnal or Discovery Tour at Kanyana
Wildlife Centre (120 Gilchrist Road, Lesmurdie) and
experience close encounters with amazing native
critters. Bookings essential.
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