Things to know about Perth Hills
The Perth Hills is a pristine oasis right on the eastern edge of the Perth metropolitan area. The climate is cooler here due to its elevation and hence it has been a traditional getaway spot for savvy West Australians for generations. Given almost a third of the region comprises national parks and bush reserves, it’s not surprising that this is one of the best bush walking and camping areas in Australia. However, if it’s vibrant wines and superbly prepared local produce that takes your fancy, then a visit to Perth is not complete if you don’t head for the hills!
• The first vineyard was planted in Darlington in the1880s.
• Mundaring holds a village market on the first Saturday of every month.
• When Araluen Botanic Park opened in 1929 it was a holiday camp.
• The Perth Hills has three wine trails – the Chittering Valley, Bickley Valley and Mundaring wine trails.
• You can feed kangaroos and hold a koala at one of the local fauna parks.
• Who doesn’t love fresh seasonal fruit? You can pick your own at one of the various orchards.