Take a relaxing daytrip to historic Mundijong and the beautiful waterfalls, walking trails and forest hinterland of the Serpentine Jarrahdale district, where you’ll find heritage towns nestled amid rolling pastures, orchards, farmland and wineries.

From the bustle of Perth, it’s just 40 minutes by car to Mundijong in the Darling Range.

The town was established more than a century ago to service the needs of nearby timber mills. Today, it’s an important centre for the local farming industry and an ideal base for exploring some of the region’s breathtaking forest scenery, abundant native wildlife and walking trails, including the mighty Bibbulmun track, which stretches over 1,000 kilometres to Albany on the south coast.

Head to nearby Serpentine National Park and Langford Park for a bushwalk, followed by a picnic or barbeque. Or visit Serpentine Dam, one of Perth’s largest dams – another picturesque picnic spot, with a playground, toilets and café.

Alternatively, explore the area’s history and heritage buildings, some of which now operate as museums charting the European settler history. After sustaining the local Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, Mundijong and its surrounds became a popular destination for pioneering farmers, drawn to the region’s fertile land and abundant fresh water. You can get a taste of modern country life at the tourist farm.

Hunt for treasures in the local antique shops, browse for curios at collectibles stores, peruse the art and craft galleries, or indulge in morning or afternoon tea at a tea garden.

If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, take your pick from the many restaurants and taverns. Or, to extend your stay, book a night or three at a traditional bed and breakfast, or enjoy a less conventional stay in converted railway carriage accommodation.