What to see in the Perth Hills: Lesmurdie Falls
Begin your day by heading to Lesmurdie Falls National Park, to enjoy the spectacular views of the waterfalls, and a walk if you feel up to it. The falls are particularly stunning in winter and spring, and the 2 km walking trail leads you right to the base of the falls for an up-close view. If the weather is clear, then you maybe able to spot Rottnest Island, out beyond the spectacular views of Perth city.
See https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/lesmurdie-falls-picnic-area for more information.
What to see in the Perth Hills: Fairbrossen Estate
After a trip to the National Park, lunch is most likely in order. A ten minute drive will take you to the beautiful Fairbrossen Estate, a craft winery, cellar door and restaurant. They make excellent wine and the menu is seasonal, with daily specials, and ingredients sourced from local growers and producers. The restaurant offers the gorgeous a la carte menu, as well as their renowned Devonshire Teas. They offer fresh scones, jam and cream, as well as a selection of cakes and pastries. The elevated dining area overlooks the vineyard, and forest beyond, so no matter the weather your stop will be worth it for the view. See http://www.fairbrossen.com.au/ for more information.
What to see in the Perth Hills: Core Cider
Offering their very own orchard fresh cider, alongside wines from their own vineyard, and a selection of WA handcrafted beers, Core Cider makes the perfect place to stop and relax for an hour or two after lunch. The view over Core Cider’s apple orchards will make even the shortest stop worthwhile. Core’s range of ciders are “born, bred and bottled on site”, and their café menu offers an excellent range of share plates for you to nibble on all afternoon long. A must order is the cider tasting paddle: a sample tray of their range of ciders. See http://www.corecider.com.au/ for more information.
What to see in the Perth Hills: Perth Observatory
Finish off the day with a trip to the Perth Observatory. Less than 10 mins drive from Core, the Perth Observatory is WA’s oldest observatory, serving for 119 years. Make sure you rug up in your warmest gear to go and experience one of the Observatory’s Night Tours. Apparently astronomers say winter is the best time to view southern skies, and that a winter tour reveals sights you just can’t see in summertime. Alternative arrangements will be made in cases of extremely bad weather, just don’t forget to book your tickets online. See https://www.perthobservatory.com.au/shop/night-tours/winter-night-tours for more information.
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