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Published June 27th 2015
Don't Hibernate for Winter, Visit Perth Hills Instead
If you're considering going into hibernation for Winter, just remember that, for our Perth Hills, it's one of the most beautiful outdoor times of the year.
With the Winter sun providing patches of glory, warming cold bones and the hills turning a vibrant shade of green, Winter really is the time to get your wellie boots on and travel the half hour drive from the Perth CBD to Mundaring.
If you set out at breakfast time then you absolutely must stop at Glen Forrest Gourmet on Railway Parade for brunch. The Mundaring Hills are flush with abundantly good eateries and great service, but GFG (as the locals call it) also has heart. With Viv's secret brownie recipe and the best steak sandwich with homemade onion jam on sourdough; you could pretty much begin at breakfast and eat your way through to afternoon tea. Homewares and gourmet condiments are also available for purchase (try the Lemon Curd). Sunday mornings are currently pancake mornings at GFG, so do try them with fruit compote, maple butter, maple syrup AND cream.
With your take-away cup of great GFG coffee, it's a hop, skip and a jump to the Darlington Gallery. Cosy in size but alive with visual splendour, the gallery provides an exhibition space for local artists. The Darlington Gallery is next to the historic Darlington Post Office (and gift shop) on Brook Road in Darlington.
A Quick Slide If you have children in tow, a quick play at the park will run off a little steam (and those pancakes). During Winter, both the Mundaring Sculpture Park and Glen Forrest Train Park will be undergoing upgrades thanks to community effort and the Shire, but there's still everyone's favourite: 'The Pines' Playground. Situated right next to the Darlington Oval with ample seating and a great size grassed area, it's the perfect spot to kick a footy while the shoppers pick up something unique and beautiful from the Pines Café and Store which is just across the road. The Pines is situated on Owen Road in Darlington.
Get Weir – d A road trip up to Mundaring isn't complete without a stop at the Mundaring Weir. Construction on the Weir began in 1898 and historians can visit the 'Old Pumping Station Number 1' (now the CY O'Connor Museum) and make the blustery and fresh walk across the top of the walkway to view the stunning views from above. Do visit again in Summer when the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema comes alive over weekend evenings. Pretty, wintery picnic spots abound around the Weir but for day-trippers, you may want to visit the Mundaring Weir Hotel for lunch with a quick walk across the road to shop local at the Mundaring Weir Gallery.
Mundaring Weir by Mundaring Photographer Kate McHardy
Peace and Serenity at Lake Nenia Check the schedule on their Facebook page, because you may be fortunate enough to travel up the Hill on a day that Lake Nenia is offering one of their popular workshops. Lake Nenia Retreat is nestled in the forests of Mundaring offering an exclusive, private venue for yoga, artists, tai chi and similar events. With organic orchards, sustainable buildings and the upgrade happening on the property, this may be one spot you take a trip especially to visit.
Winter Rush of Noble Falls While the wildflowers won't be out in force, the walk through Gidgegannup to Noble Falls is well worth it for the spectacular waterfall. You set out from the picnic area after parking at the Noble Falls Tavern and head towards the sound! You can see the falls from the carpark so you shouldn't get lost. There's a wet weather and a dry weather route on their website so be sure to check the best way before you go. This really is one of the Hills most beautiful spots to just sit and think and you can literally feel the Winter earth preparing to grow under your picnic blanket.
Discover at Mundaring Visitors Centre If you find yourself missing the Mundaring Hills before you've even left, you can plan your next day trip at Mundaring Visitors Centre. You'll spot the Old School House from the Great Eastern Highway, making it the perfect spot for the tourism centre. Chat to the lovely volunteers to collect ideas for next time. You can pop into the Mundaring and Hills District Museum (housed within the same property) while you're there.
Support Local at Mundaring Markets
If you visit on the first Sunday of the month you'll be able to catch the Mundaring Sunday Markets just off the main road. There are indoor and outdoor stalls that feature our local wares – hand crafts, art, locally grown fresh, organic produce and the famous Noodle Van!
Little Ceasars is the iconic pizzeria with Mundaring the place where it all started. Multi-award winning pizza creations are served at Little Ceasars, family business of Theo Kalogeracos and his wife Elizabeth. You can phone through an order whilst coming down the hill and collect to devour on your way home. A Winter's day spent in the Hills will ensure you are ready for not only a dinner pizza but perhaps a dessert pizza too.
Take Home Beauty from the Glen Forrest Florist
As a memento of your day trip, drop in to Scents of Style in Glen Forrest. Kym has a new business but years of experience in floristry and a great relationship with the wholesalers – which shows in just how beautiful your blooms will stay after you've taken them home. She also provides local designers an outlet for their wares with candles, handmade children's clothing and cards.
Like many of us who travelled to visit and ended up putting down roots, you may just find that this side of this Hill makes you breathe out in a way you haven't remembered to do so in a while. Welcome. You'll like it here.