The Darling Range east of Perth is a perfect weekend getaway close to Perth.
The Darling Range harbours a number of national parks in the Mundaring, Kalamunda, Kelmscott and Wungong areas, meaning nature is never far away.
There are excellent bush walking and cycle trails, including the internationally acclaimed Bibbulmun Track (walking) and Munda Biddi Trail (off road cycling), which take you deep into Eucalypt, Jarrah and Wandoo woodlands full of native animals including kangaroos, wallabies and a large variety of birds.
In Spring, native wildflowers colour the lush understorey. Spend a day hiking through the bush, then retreat to the warmth of a hillside retreat complete with log fires, award winning local fare, quality wines and your favourite person.
There are plenty of arts and craft stores to browse, along with fresh fruit and vegetables for sale at local markets.
The Darling Range is also geographically interesting as it’s here that some of the oldest rocks on earth are exposed. The granite, gneisses and quartzites are more than 2,500 million years old.
The Darling Range can be accessed from the hills towns of Mundaring and Kalamunda, which are about a 40 minute drive from Perth.
Birdwatching Carpark Hiking Nature & Wildlife Walk