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Red Hill Bushland - Toodyay Road

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by Tom (subscribe)
Getting lost is the easiest way to have fun!
Published July 15th 2012
Update May 30th 2016
Four wheel drive access is prohibited and visitors are asked to practice the principles of 'leave no trace'.

No matter how hard we try the natural world always seems to be able to beat us in the art of making of playgrounds. Giant boulders, fresh water streams, dirt tracks and idyllic views are hard to go by for anyone with an adventurous spirit.
Panorama, Perth Hills, Red Hill, Sunset
Just your average view over Perth from Red Hill

Red Hill is one such example of a breathtaking natural playground. Situated just up the top of the first hill climb on Toodyay road - 30 minutes from Perth CBD - it's easy to see the potential Red Hill offers for explorers, photographers and anyone else wanting to step back to the natural world.
Red Hill, rock climbing, photography
Plenty of these around Red Hill

The first thing you'll notice is the large rock formations. Many of these are easily climbable and offer incredible views over the valley below. Push a little further into the bushland and you'll find bigger rocks able to test your rock climbing abilities. Rock slides and broken monoliths scatter the area, making for great climbing fun.

Another major - and possibly the coolest - feature is the freshwater stream running into the valley. The cool waters running through the rocks cascade down the hill into the valley to make a really nice waterfall which sets the backdrop to the sounds of Red Hill. The water is drinkable too. Being filtered through all those rocks makes it very fresh tasting and much more healthy to drink than tap water.

For the 4x4 fanatics out there Red Hill is a relatively unknown heaven for 4wding. The rocky tracks are really testing, and after rain they get very muddy and slippery. There's hill climbs galore and some of them will really push your machine to its limit. Deep ruts and big steps on serious inclines mean you can't just take your city 4x4 to the hill. Locking hubs and plenty of clearance are the go, without them your car is good as gone.
Great natural scenery

Red Hill is also great for keen photographers both hobby and professional. Again, it's a relatively untapped resource that can really offer some fantastic scenic shots over the valley and Perth below. The high points are the best place to get a shot, and to get to these you will either need a 4wd or be prepared to walk through bushland (which is fun mind you). The panoramic views up the top of the hills are stunning. Flanked by more of the Darling Escarpment, you can literally see from Fremantle all the way to Two Rocks. That's the joy of living in a flat city I guess.
Photography, Red Hill, Nature, Sunset
Perfect place for a sunset shot

Red Hill is a fantastic and idyllic spot for all sorts of adventurous activities. The ever-present sound of cascading waters is enough to relax your mind and the stunning views and exploration potential are simply irresistible for anyone who has driven on Toodyay road.
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Why? Explore the natural world
When: All year
Where: Red Hill, Toodyay
Cost: Free
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Midland Police have today reminded people that the quarry areas at Red Hill are private property and people entering them will be investigated. They also reminded people that it is illegal to drive on the tracks within the National Park or within the private property
by terry (score: 0|2) 651 days ago
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