This block of land was initially granted to a George Fletcher Moore, the Advocate General for the Swan Colony back in 1830. The original block was 4000 acres and only part of it was able to be farmed, so it was left in its natural state to just 'be'. In 1960 the property was acquired by three people who were passionate conservationists and they worked hard to maintain the property and protect the incredible flora and fauna. In 1988 the land was gifted to the City of Swan with the proviso that it would continue to be conserved.
When you arrive, you are stepping into some sort of time capsule. A little cottage sits and pays homage to time bygone, and as you walk along one of the two walk trails, you will find yourself surrounded by the most beautiful, untouched wilderness, heaving with colour during wildflower season. You will hear only the sound of your footsteps, the symphony of birds singing all around you, and the occasional thumping of a roo startled into movement. The air is so clean and fresh, and you walk through clouds of bush perfume as you wander along the way.
The walk has challenges. If it has been raining, there will be slippery bits. There is uneven ground, and there are some steep parts as you climb upwards. At the top, you have views over the Darling Scarp and across to the city of Perth skyline. It is really incredible.
The path is clearly marked and those with a moderate level of fitness would manage. I suggest finding a large walking stick or bringing your own as in the heat there are snakes, and the path is not wide and manicured. The path is in place to guide you, but it connects with its surroundings so your legs are brushing against plants and you need a keen eye to notice our slithery friends.
Now, I was told this was dog-friendly provided he was on a leash. And yes, of course, I took Noodles. He loved it. But now I have been to Wandoo Heights and experienced this place – I have to say, no. Please leave your dog home. Not only due to the risk of snakes but because this land is pristine and perfect. I cannot think of anything worse than having dogs in this area leaving their scent, scaring the wildlife, and damaging the plants. In fact, the sign on the property stipulates no pets – so let's just go with that.
The property is easy to find. When you arrive at the cottage, you will find toilets, camp chairs to use if you do plan to stick around for your picnic and a visitor's book – please read it and note the first entries – from 1979, then sign it yourself before you leave. Outside the start of each pathway is clearly marked, and a gorgeous bench made from wood takes pride of place in the shade of a tree. It is really just so picturesque. Be sure to leave it the way you find it, if not a little better.