Whether you’re a resident or just passing through, the Perth lifestyle ensures you are never short of things to see and do.
With plenty to keep you entertained in and around the city and along the sunset coast, it’s easy to overlook the unique attractions tucked away to the east and north of the city.
To help you plan your next adventure we’ve handpicked some activities. From breathtaking views to wine tasting and historical tours, each attraction is well worth a day trip (or two), especially if you have spare time this festive season.
Just 45 minutes east of the city centre you will discover the Zig Zag – a scenic 3km hillside drive nestled into the western edge of Perth’s Darling Range.
Once forming part of a historic railway in Gooseberry Hill National Park, the tourist drive now offers visitors truly breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and Perth’s greater metropolitan area. With spots to stop along the way, why not pack a picnic or some binoculars to really appreciate the view? Or plan your visit around a free annual community event that sees the Zig Zag open exclusively to pedestrians.
For the adrenaline junkies the Perth Hills is a hugely popular destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. Touted to be the best bike trail in the west, the 22km Kalamunda Circuit is the result of a community partnership project to build a sustainable and low-maintenance biking trail. Equally sustainable, hiking and horse riding amongst the hilly jarrah forests are other popular pastimes.
If you’ve ever wondered where your water comes from, a trip to Mundaring Weir and No 1 Pump Station can help you to fill in the blanks. Today approximately half of Perth’s water supply (and most of the water distributed through the Goldfields and our agricultural system) comes from catchments in the Darling Range. The Weir forms part of a project conceived in the late 1800’s to deliver water to communities in WA’s eastern goldfields – and also constructed the longest fresh-water pipeline in the world (when built).
For those needing something a little stronger to quench your thirst, the Perth Hills boast some charming traditional pubs to whet your whistle while you rest your feet. Overlooking the Weir you will find the Mundaring Weir Hotel – a turn-of-the-century establishment. Nearby, the beautifully restored Parkerville Tavern is a double-storey federation style pub and favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
If beer, wine, cheese and chocolate tickle your fancy then set your Sat Nav for Perth’s wine-producing regions in the Swan Valley and Perth Hills.
What more could you want from an afternoon out than to taste wines at the cellar door, sample boutique beers, watch chocolate makers perform their craft - and taste the fruits of their labour. Catering for all tastes you can also find Sunday Farmers Markets in Midland, Kalamunda, York, Toodyay and Chittering that feature fresh produce like local cheeses, honey, eggs, ice cream and organic produce.
WA’s Wheatbelt region is rich in history and offers something a little bit different for exploring further afield.
Situated in the Wheatbelt region roughly 97km east of Perth, York is the oldest inland town in WA. Originally established to grow cereal crops supporting the growing Swan River Settlement, York has since diversified to support broader agricultural and tourism industries. Today you can view preserved homes dating back to the 1850s and 1860s, along with heritage buildings and streetscapes acknowledged by the National Trust, the Australian Heritage Commission and the National Estate.
Slightly further north and along the Avon River, Toodyay was once home to WA’s most notorious bushranger - Moondyne Joe. For thirty years now the town has light-heartedly celebrated its dark history by hosting the annual Moondyne Festival. Recognising the historic significance of the town, the Heritage Council of WA lists over 100 places of interest in and around Toodyay including cottages, homesteads, shops, churches, parks and railway infrastructure.
When it comes to New Norcia most Perth dwellers think first and foremost of the town’s namesake – New Norcia Bakeries. However, New Norcia has so much more to offer than just tasty bread. The only monastic town in Australia, New Norcia also features Spanish-inspired architecture and a ground station for the European Space Agency. Once again the town is registered on the National Estate with 27 of its buildings classified by the National Trust. Other highlights for day trips include two boarding schools, the Abbey Church, an old mill, a wine press, a hotel and the monastery itself.
For more ideas on your next adventure in and around Perth visit Tourism WA.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook