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Despite the terrain, the hills have plenty of
wheelchair-accessible locations. Araluen Botanic
Park has defined paths as well as scooters and
wheelchairs available for hire. Youngsters can enjoy
Cohunu Koala Park, which is wheelchair friendly and
has electric scooters for rent. Along with koalas to
be cuddled, there are emus, wallabies, owls, dingos
and deers that can be fed. At Stirk Park in Kalamunda
the grounds and facilities are accessible, including
barbecues, picnic tables and a playground. The
highlight is the Liberty Swing, available for use by
wheelchair-bound children and adults; be sure to
contact the shire to arrange a key first.
Jarrahdale’s Langford Park, with its maze of trails, is
highly rated despite the lack of signposting. The tracks
aren’t too steep, so you can let loose and ride them
at speed. South-west in Kalamunda is ‘The Dell’, with
picnic benches and barbecues facilities for onlookers.
With lumpy rocks, roots, technical climbs and plenty
of jumps it’s one of the most popular mountain biking
locations in WA. Bear in mind that car break-ins are
common in the main carpark, despite the steady
stream of visitors. Alternative and safer parking
can be found nearby at the Camel Farm.
Bush and beer
With the bush setting and chilled-out vibes the pubs
in the hills make for an attractive pub crawl. There’s the
Mundaring Hotel with a great music scene and spit-
roast lamb on the weekends. The Parkerville Tavern
has a popular Sunday session while the Chidlow
Tavern serves $6 pints during midweek happy hour
from 4.30pm to 5.30pm – perfect if you’ve got a day
off or an early finish. With so many accommodation
options in the region, why not make a weekend of it?
Trails and tracks
The Perth Hills region is not short of hiking tracks and
leisurely cycle trails. The 15km Eagle Walk in John
From glow in the dark
parties to open weekends,
The Sunseeker Nudist
Club hosts an array of
social and sporting events
each month. Check
org.au for details.
Hovea, various dates.
On the second Sunday of
every month Nicol Street
swells with nearly 100
stalls displaying the best
arts, crafts, plants, garden
products and gifts.
Mundaring, various dates
HIDDEN EARTH −
New multimedia works
by West Australian artists
Sandy Tippett, Jeanette
Dyson, Jennifer Sadler and
Kalamunda, Apr 7-21.
RAMP IT UP
A thrilling array of
BMX stunts, demos and
competitions is set to be
a huge hit, along with the
live DJs who will hit the
decks for the event.
High Wycombe, Apr 26.
Visitors can expect to
sample all the delightful
produce of the Bickley
Valley, including wines,
cider, delicious food, arts
and crafts, fruits, flowers,
entertainment and more.
Bickley Valley, May 3-4.
From Come Fly with Me
to New York, New York,
Australian star of the screen
and stage Tom Burlinson
and his live band recreate
the magic and music of
Arts Centre, May 10.
A cycling race like no other!
Featuring distances from
30km to 150km, there is
something for every level of
cyclist. This exciting event
takes you to the hills and
plains of Armadale, and
finishes at Memorial Park.
Armadale, May 18.
Forrest National Park has the best views and takes
about four hours to complete. For cyclists there’s
The Munda Biddi Trail stretching 1000km from
Mundaring to Albany, weaving through towering
eucalyptus forests and ancient, unspoiled bushland.
The 75km Kep Track caters for walkers, cyclists
and horse riders. It runs from Mundaring Weir to
Northam and passes numerous cafes, restaurants,
wineries and pubs along the way.
Step back in time
Villages throughout the hills are steeped in a rich
history, with the old railway line (now the Railway
Reserves Heritage Trail) providing a link between each
township. Admire the marvels of engineering along the
water pipeline and Mundaring Weir, or spend
a few hours at Kalamunda History Village. Here,
you’ll find a collection of buildings such as an old
schoolhouse and the original railway station, each
depicting the way of life in the early 1900s.
The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail.
Harvest festival in the Perth Hills.
An exhibition in the hills
by artist Catherine Czerw.
WHAT TO DO
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