Local Escapes

The Best Things To Do In The Perth Hills

By Anna Franklyn

Two people walking through tall grass towards a lake

Located a mere 30 minutes from Perth CBD, the Perth Hills is always a great shout for a day of adventuring. 

From outrageously beautiful walks and hikes to tasty eats and picnics, here are some of the best things to do in the Perth Hills.

Fuel Up At One Of The Best Perth Hills Cafes

Today is going to be active, so before you do anything else, you’ll need to fuel up. Mason and Bird is dishing up breakfast burgers and smashed avo that’ll keep you going while Jack and Jill is serving decadent porridge, muffins and, of course, delicious coffee—otherwise, take your pick from moreof our go-to Perth Hills cafes.

Swing By The Kalamunda Farmer's Markets

If you happen to be there on a Sunday, don’t miss the Kalamunda Farmer’s Markets which are bursting at the seams with locally grown produce plus loads of treats so you can really #shoplocal. This is also the perfect place to stock up on picnic goodies for later on—don’t forget to pack your freezer bag to keep that cheese from melting in the car. 

Take A Hike

Now that you’re buzzing, it’s time to earn stop number six (hint: it’s delicious). You’re spoilt for choice with walks and hikes in the Perth Hills so take your pick from one of these—just keep in mind Araluen Botanic Park is still closed to the public for now so you can strike that off your list. If you haven’t yet done a section of the Bibbulman Track, stop right there and add it to your list. It’s an iconic West Australian walk and you need to have done at least part of it, plus it starts in Kalamunda so you won’t have to drive too much further after your coffee stop to get started.   

Stop For Ciders At Core Cider House

Core Cider House has got to be one of our favourite places to go in the Perth Hills. It's such a great spot to hang out and take in the sweeping views with a pint of cider in hand. Plus, the kids will love getting to run wild on the playground here. Otherwise, Carmel Cider Co is another stellar spot for a picnic amongst the orchard. 

Picnic At Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia is hands down one of the prettiest pitstops in the Perth Hills. Grab the picnic rug and all those goodies you picked up at the Kalamunda Farmer’s Market and have a nice and relaxing long lunch. Play some cards, read your book and maybe even go for another short stroll to walk off some of your lunch. If you’re feeling brave, you can even go for a dip.

Take A Snap At Raeburn Orchards

While spring and autumn are the best times to capture the seasonal foliage at Raeburn Orchard, we reckon it's still a worthwhile stop no matter what season. Snap a few pics (they have cute little photo activations throughout the orchard) and pick up some fruit, flowers and beautiful gifts from their little store.

Want more? Here are the best road trips in the Perth and Peel regions.

Image credit: Lousie Coghill

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.