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In a naturally beautiful setting at the foot of the
scarp, this picturesque park stretches up the steep
slopes of the Serpentine River Valley, past a sheer face
of granite, polished smooth by the rushing waters. The
pool below is safe for swimming, and there are many
tranquil picnic spots where you may even be joined
by a kangaroo or two.
Perched on the slopes of Greenmount Hill overlooking
Perth, this park offers great opportunities for
bushwalking, wildlife observation, sightseeing and
photography. Although the park is one of the smallest
in the region, it has significance in Aboriginal folklore
and boasts great off-road cycling tracks. Within the
park, Mountain Quarry is a favourite spot with face
climbers and abseilers.
This Mundaring park has arguably the best vista in the
region, from the aptly named Golden View Lookout. Its
South Ledge location provides panoramic views over
Lake CY O’Connor, Mundaring Weir and Helena River
Valley. Beelu also contains one of the largest living
English oak trees in Western Australia. A boardwalk
enables visitors to get in under the canopy of this
140-year-old heritage-listed tree. For a family day out,
Fred Jacoby Park features rolling grassland, exotic
trees, picnic facilities and wood barbecues.
This multi-use trail can be enjoyed by all, reachable via
a range of access points and trail heads. Built mainly on
rail reserve, the trail has a low gradient and compacted
gravel surface. Learn while you go and discover more
about your past and the world around you.
MUNDA BIDDI TRAIL
There are few places left in the world where a 1000km
track could be built through an undeveloped natural
corridor. Combine Western Australia’s vast areas of
unspoiled forests and bushland, gentle terrain, and
year-round cycling weather, and you have the ideal
setting for an off-road cycle trail!
BICKLEY VALLEY WINE TRAIL
Sample some of the region’s best pinots and cabernet
sauvignons as you pace yourself from one winery to
the next. Take a break between each one and discover
the beautiful forests, extraordinary wildflowers, and
peaceful waterfalls and creeks along the way.
HEART OF THE HILLS
Moving higher up the hills, the vineyards through this
area specialise in producing varieties such as methode
champenoise, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon
and merlot. Between these cellar doors there are
art galleries, cafes and restaurants with a range of
accommodation options for a weekender. From a youth
hostel to luxurious B&Bs, the choice is yours.
If you’re not interested in squeezing in as many wineries
as possible, this is the route for you. There are two
vineyards on this trail, both offering lovely wines and
spectacular scenery. Drop down a gear or two and take
the time to sample the award-winning cheeses and
probiotic yoghurt drinks while you’re in the area.
HERITAGE RAIL TRAIL
This old railway track provides a long circular loop in
the Perth Hills. The surface is good and the gradient’s
easy, and the abundance of cafes and interesting
scenery in the John Forrest National Park make it
a great family trail. If you are feeling brave, you can
also cycle through the longest railway tunnel in
Western Australia (it’s said to be haunted).
Serpentine Dam (photography The Water Corporation).
Cycling the Munda Biddi at Jarrahdale.
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