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This idyllic picnic spot boasts all the facilities necessary
for an easy come, easy go outing... regardless of the
size of your group. There are toilets, shaded picnic sites
and electric barbecues, plus entry is now free. Adventurers
will enjoy the choice of trails and mountain-bike tracks
as well as the option to camp overnight.
Fred Jacoby Park
The beautifully landscaped area is ideal for large groups
and includes a children’s play area and several walk trails.
The park features trees from all over the world along with
a towering, 140-year-old heritage-listed English Oak,
which can be observed from the boardwalk.
Mundaring Sculpture Park
The park is home to a group of specially commissioned
sculptures by WA artists, making it a popular picnic
spot. As well as being dog-friendly, there is a playground
for the kids, picnic tables and gas barbecues. The park is
also the head of the Munda Biddi Trail and the beginning
of numerous walk trails.
The park is home to the spectacular Lesmurdie Falls,
which tumble over fifty metres of steep granite rock.
Spring is the best time to see the falls because they
are still in full force and bordered by wildflowers. If you are
feeling courageous, tackle the walk down to the foot
of the falls to admire them from a different angle.
Bickley Valley Wine Route
Hidden away in the Bickley Valley is an up-and-coming
wine region with eleven cellar doors to visit along the
wine trail, a goldmine of vineyards and orchards located
in native bush. To break up the vintners, plan a stop at the
award-winning CORE Cider House.
Serpentine Main Dam from the air (photography the Water Corporation).
A walking trail in Lesmurdie National Park
Heart of the Hills
Along this route near Mundaring you’ll find a smattering
of art galleries, cafes and restaurants making this wine tour
an excellent choice for a day-trip excursion. If you want to
stay overnight, there’s a big range of options from camping
in the national parks and bush chalets, to cosy B&Bs and
luxurious, privately owned holiday homes.
The Serpentine wine route only has a handful of wineries,
but it’s arguably one of the most scenic, leading through
the countryside behind Kalamunda. Don’t miss the region’s
famous falls in the national park, and as well as wines you can
also sample local probiotic yoghurts and cheeses.
A row of cherry trees at Irymple Orchard
(photography Roleystone Courier).
Beelu National Park
The park has plenty of wildflowers in spring, and native
animals including cockatoos, wallabies and kangaroos.
On the park frontier is the Perth Hills Discovery
Centre where you’ll find all the info you need on
trails, local fauna and flora. The park centre campground
also has 12 sites with hot showers and kitchen facilities.
Boasting outstanding views of Perth, John Forrest National
Park is cherished by photographers and outdoors lovers.
The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail runs through the park
and is a leisurely, easy-going trail past the many waterfalls and
through scenic bushland. Youngsters will love splashing about
in the pools. You can also cycle the trail but it’s best to tackle
it on a mountain bike as it’s gravelly and slippery in parts.
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