I'm a Professional Writing and Publishing student based in Perth, Western Australia.
Published October 13th 2011
The Wungong Gorge Walk is one of the prettiest walks in the Perth Hills. Meandering through groves of trees and rocky outcrops, and alongside a winding stream, it's a great walk for almost any time of year (some parts may become inaccessible if there's been a lot of rain.)
It's a beautiful valley, and the walk itself begins in Bungendore National Park (near Wungong Dam), and ends on the Southwest Highway. There are a number of shortened walks available, ranging from easy to difficult.
Beneath the high walls of Wungong Dam is a great little picnic spot, complete with all the amenities you'll need for a great day. The dam itself is an interesting, and somewhat spectacular (depending on how full it is) sight. The picnic area is beneath a beautiful grove of trees - so there's plenty of shade if the day is hot.
As can be expected in the bush, there is a range of native flora and fauna to be seen: magpies, eagles, galahs, kangaroos and, at the right time of year, wildflowers (among many others.)
Overall, I highly recommend this area if you want to escape into the outdoors without going too far from the city - the Wungong/Bungendore area is located about ten minutes drive from the Armadale Shopping Centre.