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10 Things to Do in the Perth Hills in Winter


Welcome to Perth’s coolest winter wonderland – the Perth Hills!

Rug up and experience winter in the Perth Hills. It’s a time to wander down damp bush tracks, seeking waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife. Our diverse region offers up plenty of activities for all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for scenic views and tree-lined trails, a hearty meal at a cosy heritage pub, or adrenaline-pumping fun, you’re sure to have a perfect day in the hills. Here are our picks for the best things to do in the Perth Hills this winter.

Wonder at Waterfalls

The number one thing to do in the Perth Hills in winter HAS to be chasing waterfalls. Whatever region of the Perth Hills you’re visiting, from Gidgegannup in the north to Serpentine in the south, and Mundaring, Kalamunda and Roleystone in between – there are waterfalls everywhere! Mid winter, or after a heavy rainfall is when you’re likely to catch these natural wonders in full flow. Noble Falls, is easily accessible, while Lesmurdie Falls includes a stunning view of the city.

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Lesmurdie Falls. A. Carlin

Get Cosy at a Heritage Pub

There’s nothing like warming up by a fireplace with a hearty meal after a day of exploring the hills. The Perth Hills is teeming with historic pubs that offer a warm atmosphere and delicious menus. Each historic hotel has its own charm and character; pull up a chair at the Parkerville Tavern, The Kalamunda Hotel, Noble Falls Tavern, Last Drop Elizabethan, Jarrahdale Tavern and so many more.

The Parkerville Tavern
The Parkerville Tavern

Explore Nature Walks

The Perth Hills are blessed with a bounty of walking trails – there’s a trail for every level of fitness. Tread a gravel track, immerse yourself in nature and discover stunning views along the way. Popular trails include Rocky Pool, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trails, and the many bushwalks in John Forrest National Park and Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary. Why not visit Serpentine Falls National Park for a picnic?

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Swan View Tunnel, Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, John Forrest National Park. A. Carlin

Visit a Picture-Perfect Park

It’s not all about springtime at Araluen Botanic Park! The beautifully manicured park showcases a stunning collection of exotic and native plants in winter when the camellias, magnolias, roses and wattle are in full bloom. Araluen is home to several walking trails, picnic areas and a café-gift shop. Why not join a guided tour to learn more about the history and horticulture of the Park?

Araluen EPH
Araluen Botanic Park

Discover Local Makers and Growers at a Farmer’s Market

Stock up on seasonal fruits, vegetables and more at a weekend farmers’ market. Kalamunda Farmers Market (Sunday mornings) and Mundaring Garden & Farmers Market (Saturday mornings) are just two to check out. Head to our events page to see which markets are coming up this weekend.

Kalamunda Farmers Market (Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce)
Kalamunda Farmers Market (Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce)

Warm up with a Pulse-racing Activity

There is a heap of adrenaline-inducing activities to enjoy in the Perth Hills. You can have a heap of fun riding a bike, on the exhilarating Mountain Bike Trail networks, abseil down a granite rock face on the escarpment, or tackle an iconic walking track, like the Bibbulmun Track.

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Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails

Unwind at Tranquil Retreats

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by retreating to a cosy hideaway nestled in the Perth Hills. These chalets and cabins provide a peaceful vibe, often with fireplaces, spa baths, and breathtaking bushland views. Head to our accommodation page to book a break this winter.

Nathanael's Rest Retreat
Nathanael’s Rest Retreat

Wine Tasting at Boutique Vineyards

Indulge in a winter wine-tasting at one of the many boutique vineyards scattered throughout the Perth Hills and Bickley Valley. Sip a range of locally produced bold reds and crisp whites, while learning about the winemaking process. Why not pair your tastings with a cheese platter? Millbrook’s restaurant is a firm favourite, and worth the drive.

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Millbrook Winery. A.Carlin

Go Stargazing

Experience the wonder of the Perth Hills night sky at the Perth Observatory. Venture out on a clear evening, away from the city lights, to spy stars, constellations (and even a meteor shower if you’re lucky), through the observatory’s powerful telescopes.

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Perth Observatory

Experience Perth Hills Art, Culture and History

The inspirational Perth Hills are a creative hub for artists. Soak up the culture and fascinating local stories at art galleries, private studios, and museums. Kalamunda History Village, the largest folk museum in WA, is a great place to start. The neighbouring Zig Zag Gallery showcases local art exhibitions, while the Mundaring Arts Centre hosts workshops and exhibitions. Explore the Mundaring Weir Precinct and No 1 Pump Station and discover the engineering marvels of the Golden Pipeline project.

Kalamunda History Village
Kalamunda History Village

Add these experiences to your winter itinerary in the Perth Hills! There’s so many things to do in the Perth Hills in winter. From the sheer beauty of the natural bushland to mouth-watering meals with a dash of warm hills hospitality and a local drop of wine, to unearthing bush trails, waterfalls and artistic gems, the Perth Hills truly have it all.