Discover Mundaring - Heart of the Perth Hills
Mundaring, known as the Heart of the Perth Hills, is just 34km east of Perth. In less than 40 minutes you can transport yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where you can immerse yourself in nature. The surrounding national parks and State forest are a haven for cyclists and bushwalkers alike, with a bounty of trails to explore, including the off road 1000km Munda Biddi Trail, Kep Track and Railway Reserves Heritage Trail (loop), recognized as being among the top trails in Western Australia.
John Forrest National Park is a nature lovers’ paradise with idyllic picnic spots, seasonal wildflowers and raging waterfalls, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the Western Australian bush.
The town of Mundaring itself offers excellent facilities, as well as a fantastic arts centre with regular changing contemporary exhibitions. There’s a delightful collection of boutique wineries and historic taverns oozing with country charm nestled in the villages that dot the surrounding landscape. During the warmer months there is an exciting programme of outdoor events including concerts and cinema, where the forest provides a dramatic backdrop to the entertainment.
Just 7km from town you will find Mundaring Weir. This is the start point of the famous “Golden Pipeline”, the amazing engineering feat of CY O’Connor. Although the project was completed over a hundred years ago, it remains the longest freshwater pipeline in the World today, carrying its precious cargo a staggering 560km across country to its destination in the eastern Goldfields.
The No 1 Pump Station at the weir pays tribute to the “brilliant scheme of madness” as the pipeline project was originally dubbed. Here visitors can learn of the vision of the individuals who conceived the pipeline and hear stories told by the people who built it.
Lake Leschenaultia, just 15 minutes from Mundaring, is a beautiful freshwater lake, originally built to provide water for the steam engines on the Eastern Railway network. Take the scenic walk or cycle around the lake, hire a canoe, or just relax under the shady trees and enjoy a picnic or barbecue. The Lake also offers an amazing bush camping experience with excellent facilities.
With such a rich mix of overnight options to choose from, there is sure to be something to suit every taste and pocket, so why not stay a little longer and discover just why we are known as the Heart of the Perth Hills.