Spring has sprung in the Perth Hills! The bushland is bursting with wildflowers and waterfalls, and the rows of fruit trees in the orchards are blossoming. Just a short drive from Perth’s bustling city centre, you can feel a million miles away in the country-like Perth Hills. Embrace sunny spring days as we give you the low-down on activities in and around the Perth Hills towns of Gidgegannup, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Roleystone, Serpentine, and Jarrahdale.
Get your walking shoes on and get ready to step into spring!
Bask in Orchard Blossoms
Spring in the Perth Hills wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the S&R Orchard’s spring festival. Spring 2023 has sprung early, so the legends at S&R have brought the vibrant festival forward to September 2nd. It’s sure to be a pink wonderland! Raeburn Orchard has been transformed by magical blossoms. Wander through rows of fruit trees adorned with delicate pink and white flowers, which provide a stunning backdrop for photographers and nature lovers alike. Both orchards host spring blossom festivals, complete with food trucks and family-friendly activities.
Uncover Wineries of the Perth Hills
Wine enthusiasts, your paradise awaits! The Bickley Valley, just a 5-minute drive from Kalamunda, offers an exquisite boutique wine trail that leads you to some of WA’s loveliest cellar doors. Grab a map, take a leisurely drive, and sip on award-winning wines and spirits. There are many wineries dotted throughout the Perth Hills, from Parkerville to Jarrahdale’s beautiful Millbrook Winery. Many of the vineyards also offer up dining options too. Be sure to book a table, as weekends are busy!
Celebrate Spring at Araluen’s Tulip Festival
One of the Perth Hills’ most anticipated annual events, Araluen Botanic Garden’s It’s Yates Springtime Tulip Festival is a riot of colour that embodies the spirit of spring. The Roleystone festival features tens of thousands of tulips in full bloom to stroll through. Be sure to bring a picnic and throw down a rug in the beautifully manicured gardens.
Take a Wildflower Wander at a National Park
Spring in the Perth Hills is synonymous with native wildflowers; beautiful blue Leschenaultia, banksias, golden wattle, and dainty donkey orchids. Bush trails at Serpentine National Park, Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, John Forrest National Park and the Perth Hills’ many regional parks are painted with vibrant colours, making your hikes nothing short of spectacular! Bring a camera, and be sure to take a pic, but please do not pick the wildflowers.
Experience Local Flavours at a Market
The Perth Hill’s farmers markets, festivals and artisan markets are a foodie’s dream. Browse market stalls for unique gifts, savour local produce, and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. Mix in a dash of live music, and you have the perfect weekend morning in spring. Be sure to head to the spring edition of the Kalamunda Garden Festival on September 3rd.
Pedal and Paddle at Lake Leschenaultia
Love getting active in the great outdoors? Lake Leschenaultia is a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, bike riding, hiking and even swimming! For those looking for relaxation, a simple lakeside picnic amongst the native birds is just as fun.
Embrace Wellness in the Perth Hills
The peaceful Perth Hills are a prime destination for those seeking wellness and rejuvenation. Several retreats, including Kookaburra Yoga, Restful Waters Wellness Centre and Amaroo Retreat & Spa offer yoga classes, meditation sessions, spa treatments and holistic healing therapies. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner looking to unwind, be sure to renew your body, mind, and soul in the Perth Hills.
Discover a Perth Hills Town
From art galleries to cafes, restaurants and gift shops, take a day to explore a Perth Hills town at a relaxed pace. From Gidgegannup in the north to Jarrahdale in the south, and Mundaring, Kalamunda, and Roleystone in between – you’re sure to uncover a new favourite spot. The quaint, historical towns and unique finds make a day in the Perth Hills a day well spent.
Be Inspired by Art Galleries and Open Studio Events
A creative spirit thrives in the Perth Hills, with fresh art gallery exhibitions and open studio events offering a visual feast for art enthusiasts this spring. During the Mundaring Hills Open Studios, Kalamunda Open Studios, and Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail events, wander through diverse galleries showcasing local talents in painting, sculpture, ceramics, and meet the artists behind the masterpieces.
Stargazing at Perth Observatory
As the sun sets, why not turn your gaze to the universe? The Perth Observatory in Bickley offers guided tours that will take you through the night sky. Springtime’s clear skies making it perfect for stargazing. Whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or just looking for a magical night out in the hills, you’re in for a mesmerising experience.
Whether you’re tackling steep inclines or cruising along scenic woodland tracks, mountain biking through the Perth Hills is a ton of fun. The many challenging mountain bike trails of the Perth Hills are a must for thrill-seekers; hit up The Goat Farm, The Kalamunda Trails Circuit, or Langford Park in Jarrahdale. Like something a little more laid-back? Ride the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, which doubles as the “Pedal and Pint” trail between heritage pubs.
Horse Riding Adventures in Gidge
Giddy up! Gidgegannup’s Zia Park Equestrian Centre offers guided tours suitable for all skill levels and ages. The horses with trot through stunning scenery, where you might even spot some kangaroos! Saddle up, and let the adventure begin.
Unwind with a Perth Hills Getaway
If you’ve read this far, you’ll be wondering just how to pack all these Perth Hills spring adventures into one day! Luckily, there are many boutique accommodation options throughout the Perth Hills, from luxurious retreats to charming bed & breakfasts and bushland campsites. A Perth Hills weekend escape is so easy, with minimal travel time – meaning you have more time to relax and explore.
Take the Zig Zag Scenic Drive
Park up at a lookout spot, snap some memories, and enjoy the ride along the Zig Zag Scenic Drive, the path of a former railway track. This winding Gooseberry Hill road not only offers unparalleled views of Perth’s cityscape, but also a chance to immerse yourself in a little history and nature at the same time. It’s the best way to end your day in the Perth Hills!
The blooming beautiful Perth Hills are just waiting to be explored this spring. The many wonders of Gidgegannup, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Roleystone, Serpentine, and Jarrahdale are calling, and they promise a springtime filled with fun, adventure and many memories made.
Hit the road and make spring your thing in the Perth Hills.