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Rediscovering the Perth Hills

For many of us who grew up in the suburbs of Perth (or ‘the flats’ as we refer to them), the Perth Hills remained largely undiscovered. Other than the odd picnic stop, or pitstop on your way out East, it wasn’t on the map as a destination when many of us were young. At a time when the suburbs did not stretch as far as Mandurah and Yanchep, the hills felt like a long way away.

Well, haven't times changed! The hidden gem that is the Perth Hills is being rediscovered in a big way by locals and not-so-locals alike. If the beaches are Perth’s front yard, the hills are Perth’s backyard. And only 45 minutes from the city! That beats a 4 hour drive down south.

Visitors are exploring our national parks, our cycling/hiking trails, Lake Leschenaultia (who knew the hills has their own ‘beach’?), wine trails, & waterfalls. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by nature. Winter is full of waterfalls & walking and coming home to the earthy smell of leaves and a night chatting around the fire. Summer is full of early morning strolls in nature, a swim at the lake, outdoor movies under the trees, stargazing (you own’t believe the stars here!), and summer nights at the local pub.

In 2021, visitors are spoilt for choice on where to eat - gorgeous country pubs, cafes under the trees, wineries, and fine dining. And so many events - farmer’s markets, concerts, craft markets, workshops, & local music.

Whether it’s a wedding or a weekend break, there is no shortage of accommodation in the Perth Hills. Forget the big impersonal hotels - that’s not how we roll up here! Nature retreats, B&Bs, farm stays, rustic bungalows and luxury accommodation choices abound! You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from anywhere - yet there are so many amenities close by.

Hosted accommodation in the Perth Hills has an added bonus - get real tips from the locals! Wouldn’t we all like to travel this way - find out where the locals go, find out their story (just ask them about their property!), why they love the hills, and tap into the local history of the area. (Until 1966, you could’ve caught the train up the hill!). Find out about that local waterfall which isn’t on the map, or the best place to get local honey.

So, what are you waiting for? The Perth Hills are officially on the map, and are waiting to be rediscovered by you! Perth’s best kept secret is out! See you in the Perth Hills!

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