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& IAN MOSS ON
Head to the Mundaring
Weir Hotel Amphitheatre
for Aussie rock legend
Jimmy Barnes, along with
Ian Moss. All tickets are
general admission; only
limited seating is available,
with the area in front of the
stage standing room only.
Mundaring Weir Hotel,
JAZZ IN THE PARK
Enjoy free jazz concerts
in Kalamunda from
February through to April.
The two-hour events are
presented by Kalamunda
Youth Swing Band, and
begin at 6.30pm.
Stirk Park, every
This 11-piece band formed
in 1984 and plays a mix
of South African rhythms
and sounds including
pennywhistle and marimba.
Traditional township styles
fuse with modern pop to
form danceable tunes.
Red Hill Auditorium,
THE BLACK SORROWS
See one of Australia’s
most-loved bands play
hits from the late 80s and
90s, including Hold On To
Me, Chained To The Wheel
and Snake Skin Shoes.
Hotel, Feb 22.
THE BIG CONCERT
UNDER THE STARS
You can’t beat an outside
concert on a balmy night,
especially while listening
to the likes of Troy Cassar-
Daley and Adam Harvey,
as they celebrate
their new album, The
Great Country Song Book.
El Caballo Resort, Mar 8.
IN THE PARK
Bring the family on
a Sunday afternoon
to enjoy great music
at City of Armadale’s
free concert series.
dates until Mar 9.
Enjoy one of the latest
flicks under the stars
with the state forest as
the backdrop. There are
310 traditional canvas
deckchairs but plenty of
room at the sides if you
want to bring your own
chair. The season runs
on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday nights through
to the beginning of April.
Gates open at 6.30pm and
movies commence at 8pm.
Mundaring, various dates.
Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
WHAT TO DO
Pack a rug and basket and head to the hills for
a picnic beside the weir. Thanks to the Mundaring
Weir Interpretation Precinct there are great new
facilities around the weir area to enjoy, including
sculptures, children’s play areas and picnic spots
with shelters and barbecues.
The hills region is set up for physical activity, from
bushwalking to cycling tours, orienteering adventures
to organised treasure hunts. There are two of the best
walking and cycling trails in the world (the Bibbulmun
Track and Munda Biddi Trail), and national parks to explore.
Or take the kids to one of the great hills swimming holes;
Serpentine is a favourite. Reward your efforts in a local
cafe, winery or restaurant with a cold drink.
The big lakes, dams and weirs are well equipped with
picnic grounds and amenities. Swimming is prohibited
in some water spots, so consult with visitor centres
or rangers. At Serpentine Falls, there is access for
swimming, although caution is advised. The same
goes for swimming along the Serpentine River.
The Perth Hills has eight separate cycling trails,
ranging from the sedate to the flat-out exhausting.
There are road and path trails that lead from Midland to
Mundaring and then on to Kalamunda and return. For
the truly adventurous there is the Munda Biddi Trail, more
than 1000km of track – join it at its Mundaring starting
point and see how far you can go in a session.
The region is renowned for its arty community, and
Lesmurdie, Kalamunda, Darlington and Mundaring are
thriving art hubs. There are several art and craft galleries
in the region as well as the Mundaring Arts Centre. For
a dose of history visit the Mundaring Weir where you
can also see the iconic Golden Pipeline. Nearby the
Mundaring Amphitheatre is the venue that hosts concerts
throughout the year. Closer to Perth, in Roleystone, the
local theatre puts on five major shows per year.
The area is fast becoming a gourmet escape, with
award-winning restaurants, charming cafes, historic
pubs and quaint tearooms. There are four distinct wine
trails with boutique wineries offering tastings, and food
too, in some instances. The Perth Hills Wine Trails include
Bickley and Carmel Valley, while the Heart of the Hills
Wine Route takes in wineries from Mundaring to
Chidlow – there are eight wineries to visit, many with
cafes or restaurants attached. On the Serpentine Valley
Wine Route, visitors can sample wine at two cellars,
as well as world-class cheeses and yoghurt.
Swimming at Lake Leschenaultia.
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