Bush walking and hiking are favourite pastimes for many. Hiking groups are popping up all over the place and for good reason – Perth has amazingly beautiful national parks to explore, with highly accessible trails, sensational viewpoints, and an abundance of wildlife to meet along the way.
If you are yet to discover bush walking in the Perth Hills, here’s three options of trails to check out, depending on how long you want to go.
Mundaring Weir loop
This trail begins at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre and can be walked clockwise or anti-clockwise for the 10.6km loop. Allow yourself up to three hours to complete this trail and enjoy a diversity of scenery, amazing views, and plenty of wildflowers after the winter rains.
Lake Leschenaultia loop
This one requires a bit of a drive to get there, but is totally worth it. The lake this time of year is picturesque and tranquil, and the trails are easy to follow, The loop is a short 5.5km without too many climbs, making it perfect for those who just want to stretch their legs and enjoy the bush, as well as for those with younger children in tow. The loop should take just around 1.5hrs to complete.
Mount Dale circuit
Within the Helena National Park, this walk follows the contours of Mount Dale to its peak where walkers can enjoy the panoramic views of the Darling Ranges. The loop is around 2.5km and should take up to an hour, or longer if you stop to enjoy the views. There’s plenty of wildlife in the National Park and often you’ll see kangaroos, eagles, and reptiles along the way.
Make a day of it!
After all that exercise and fresh air, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite, and that’s where The Lounge at Amaroo can help!
The Lounge at Amaroo is in Mount Helena, nestled within the bushland of the Helena National Park. For early morning hikers, the restaurant is open for breakfast from 8-10am so you can enjoy a big breakfast of fresh eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown, spinach, mushrooms, grilled tomato, beans, and toast either before or after your hike. Of course, if you only want something small before heading out on the trails, we can help with that too!
For those who’d prefer a late morning bush walk followed by a scrumptious lunch, the Lounge at Amaroo offers its lunch menu from 12-3pm. Choose from a wide variety of dishes that suits all tastes, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available.
Plan your day out in the Perth Hills with a bush walk or hike, and a sensational meal at The Lounge at Amaroo. Book at table at amarooretreat.com.au/book-a-table/