Population 3004

Mundaring is virtually an outer suburb of Perth, being only 34 kilometres east. Nearby, the picturesque Mundaring Weir is the water source for the goldfields 500 kilometres further east. The original dam opened in 1903.

Visitor Information

The Old School, 7225 Great Eastern Hwy; (08) 9295 0202

Nearby national parks

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

Nearby towns

  • Toodyay

    This National Trust–classified town is nestled in the Avon Valley surrounded by picturesque farming country and bushland. The name...more

  • Northam

    Northam lies in the heart of the fertile Avon Valley. The Avon River winds its way through the town and on its waters you'll find white...more

  • York WA

    On the banks of the Avon River in the fertile Avon Valley, York is one of the best preserved and restored 19th-century towns in Australia....more

In Town

Mundaring Arts Centre: contemporary WA fine art and design with comprehensive exhibition program; Great Eastern Hwy; (08) 9295 3991.

Mundaring District Museum: displays on the diverse history of the shire; Great Eastern Hwy.

Mundaring Sculpture Park: collection of sculptures by WA artists, set in natural bush park with grassed areas for picnics and children's playground; Jacoby St.


Swan Valley wine region This region begins where Perth's suburbs end.

Perth Hills wine region Recognised as an official appellation in 1999, Perth Hills may not have the winemaking history of the Swan Valley, but that isn't stopping local vignerons from making some exciting wine. Some of the region's best producers include Millbrook, Myattsfield, Aldersyde Estate and Fairbrossen, although new names and cellar doors seem to pop up with pleasing regularity.

Mundaring Weir The Number 1 Pump Station, formerly known as the C. Y. O'Connor Museum, houses an exhibition on the mammoth project of connecting the weir to the goldfields (open 10am–4pm Mon–Sun and public holidays; Mundaring Weir Rd; 8 km S). This is also the starting point of the 560 km Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail to Kalgoorlie, which follows the route of O'Connor's water pipeline, taking in towns and heritage sites. The hilly bush setting also makes the weir a popular picnic spot. Nearby, the Perth Hills National Park Centre includes Nearer to Nature who provide hands-on activities including bush craft, animal encounters, bush walks and information about Aboriginal culture; contact (08) 9295 2244. The Mundaring Weir Gallery, built in 1908 as a Mechanics Institute Hall, showcases the work of local craftspeople; open 10am–4pm Thurs, Sat, Sun and public holidays; Cnr Hall and Weir Village rds.

John Forrest National Park: declared a national park in 1947, this is one of the oldest and best-loved picnic spots in the Perth Hills. A drive through the park has vantage points with superb views across Perth and the coastal plain. A popular walk is the Heritage Trail on the western edge, past waterfalls and an old rail tunnel, and there is a lovely picnic spot beside a natural pool at Rocky Pool; 6 km W.

Karakamia Sanctuary: native wildlife sanctuary with guided dusk walks; bookings essential on (08) 9572 3169; Lilydale Rd, Chidlow; 8 km NE.

Calamunnda Camel Farm: camel rides; open Thurs–Sun; 361 Paulls Valley Rd; (08) 9293 1156; 10 km S.

Lake Leschenaultia: swimming, canoeing, bushwalks and camping with a cafe and picnic/barbecue facilities; 12 km NW.

Kalamunda National Park: walking trails through jarrah forest, including the first section of the 963 km Bibbulmun Track; 23 km S; see Albany.

Kalamunda History Village: collection of historic buildings; open Sat–Thurs; 23 km S.

Lesmurdie Falls National Park: good views of Perth and Rottnest Island near spectacular falls over the Darling Escarpment; 29 km S.

Walyunga National Park: beautiful bushland and wildflowers, and venue for the Avon Descent, a major whitewater canoeing event held each Aug; 30 km NW.

Munda Biddi Bike Trail: the world's longest continual bike trail starts in Mundaring; maps from visitor centre.

Araluen Golf Resort: Country Club Ave; (08) 9397 9033; 54km S.

Araluen Botanic Park: jarrah, eucalypt and marri trees frame the rockpools, cascades and European-style terraces of these beautiful 59ha gardens. Offering walking trails, picnic and barbecue areas and, in spring, magnificent tulip displays; 55km S.

The Vines Resort & Country Club: golf course, Verdelho Dr, The Vines; (08) 9297 0777; 32km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 34 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 13 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Perth Zoo 31 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 33 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Diving around Perth 43 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Sea-kayaking around Rockingham 59 km

Along the coast at Rockingham, less than 45 minutes drive south from Perth, you can kayak to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just offshore, which harbours a host of wildlife. There are Australian sea-lions on Seal... Find out more

Cycling on Rottnest Island 60 km

You can hire a bike before you get to Rottnest, and take it on the ferry, or hire on the island at Rottnest Island Bike Hire (located behind the Quokka Arms Hotel). The company has tandems, child seats, trailers and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Vines Resort & Country Club (Lakes course) 22 km

Few courses in Australia let you walk in the footsteps of the game’s best players simply by booking a tee time and paying your green fee. The Vines, as the stage for such events as the Heineken Classic, Johnnie... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 28 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 28 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 30 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 37 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 38 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 43 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

The Links Kennedy Bay 66 km

Kennedy Bay has a brief and chequered history. Since opening for play in 1998 this acclaimed links course has been forced to close twice because of financial circumstances involving different owners. The most recent... Find out more

Secret Harbour Golf Links 69 km

Towering sand dunes covered with thick coastal scrub were the sight that greeted Graham Marsh, former player turned course designer, when he took his first look at the proposed Secret Harbour Golf Links in the early... Find out more

Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club 77 km

Nearly eight years after American designer Robert Trent Jones Jnr oversaw the final stages of construction on his acclaimed Joondalup layout, he found himself back on the WA coast. This time it was to sign off on... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Little Caesars Pizzeria

Little Caesars has customers coming from all over Perth to try master pizza chef Theo Kalogeracos’ creations. The menu has every combination you can think of, and includes vegetarian choices, soya cheese for the... Find out more

Alfred’s Kitchen 19 km

No matter what day of the week or the weather, the fire blazes outside Alfred’s Kitchen every night. This is Perth’s longest-standing roadside hamburger joint, and the smell of grilled meat has hung over the... Find out more

Black Swan Winery & Restaurant

Overlooking vineyards and the odd farm animal, and with the Darling Ranges as a backdrop, the Black Swan Winery & Restaurant is the epitome of alfresco rustic dining. Where possible the ingredients are grown on-site... Find out more

Darlington Estate

There aren’t too many places in the world where you can enjoy award-winning wines and outstanding food while perched on the edge of a valley with endless bush views, just 25 minutes from the CBD. The temptations... Find out more

Dear Friends

Under the stewardship of husband-and-wife team Kiren and Kelli Mainwaring, Dear Friends has quietly evolved into one of the state’s premier restaurant. Chef Kiren works tirelessly to source ingredients for local... Find out more

Elmar’s in the Valley

Despite being licensed to seat up to 400 diners, this German inspired brewery, restaurant, bar, and smallgoods shop is always busy. Situated in the heart of the Swan Valley and designed as a beer hall, the extensive... Find out more


In the historic town of Guildford, the setting is cosy, the food unpretentious and the service friendly at Kappy’s Italian Restaurant. Fresh pasta with hearty homemade sauces, lightly seasoned seafood and daily... Find out more

King & I

The King & I isn’t your standard Thai restaurant, which can often be a little shabby around the edges even though the food is sensational. Here, crisp white tablecloths, comfortable chairs and opulent decor set... Find out more

Little River Winery & Cafe

For provincial French fare, the Little River Winery & Cafe oozes rustic charm. While overlooking vineyards, you can pick away at tapas or a cheese platter, or order something more substantial like duck confit, their... Find out more

Riverside at Woodbridge

On the banks of the Swan River, Riverside at Woodbridge serves breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas. The food served here is true home-style cooking, with roast dinners, bangers and mash, and decadent homemade... Find out more

The Rose & Crown

Housed within the Rose & Crown Hotel, one of Australia’s most iconic pubs and rumoured to be haunted with the spirits of convicts, you’ll find the 1841 Restaurant and Posh Convict Bar & Grill. After... Find out more

Sandalford Restaurant

Dining in one of the state’s oldest vineyards beneath a vine-covered patio is one of the most blissful ways to spend an afternoon in the Swan Valley. Equally special is savouring the European menu inside the rustic... Find out more

Sittella Winery

The Sittella Winery is in one of the most picturesque spots in the Swan Valley, with rolling vineyards cascading away through floor-to-ceiling windows. The accomplished menu includes classics like seafood chowder,... Find out more

Stewart’s Restaurant

Horse enthusiasts will probably already know about Stewart’s at Brookleigh’s reputation. However, for those not in the know, this equestrian centre showcases an award-winning restaurant. Chicken breast filled... Find out more

Inn Mahogany Creek Originally known as The Prince of Wales, Inn Mahogany Creek has been keeping Perth Hills locals watered and fed since 1854. Although the façade is classic Georgian, its food and drink package is... Find out more

Caboose Kitchen Setting up shop in the former Smith’s Mill restaurant in 2009, Caboose Kitchen is a welcome addition to the Hills dining landscape. As well its menu drawing on international, largely... Find out more

Lake Charlotte A gorgeous lakeside setting isn’t the only draw at this picturesque restaurant. Health-conscious diners will be pleased to hear that fish, chicken, beef and other proteins are cooked... Find out more

Mundaring Hotel Despite its makeover, The Mundaring Hotel remains true to its local pub ideal. Steak sandwiches are a forte and considered whisky choices and rotating beer specials ensure interesting drink... Find out more

The Core Set in an organic orchard, Core Cider House is a celebration of all things cider. All Core ciders are grown, fermented and bottled on the property and are the perfect accompaniments to a day spent... Find out more

Millbrook Winery Restaurant

Located at Chestnut Farm amongst rolling hills, glittering lakes and vineyards, freshness is guaranteed at the Millbrook Winery Restaurant. Herbs, vegetables, fruit and even marron are grown on the property itself. Guy... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 43 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Feral Brewing Company 17 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 18 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 19 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Mash Brewing Company 19 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Swan Brewery 30 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 36 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 39 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 43 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 44 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Munda Biddi Trail campsites – Mundaring to Collie

The Munda Biddi Trail is a long distance cycling trail that will eventually stretch from Mundaring, north east of Perth, to Albany on the south coast. Currently, it winds through forests and parks along bush tracks and... Find out more

Perth Hills National Parks Centre camping area 6 km

Visitors here will find a range of nature-based activities, including the many scenic walks available throughout the area. There is a short walk from the carpark to the campsites. Perth Hills National Parks Centre is on... Find out more

Patens Brook camping area (walk-in camping) 7 km

Patens Brook campsite is 3 km from the Perth Hills National Parks Centre on Patens Brook Trail, 6 km south of Mundaring via Mundaring Weir Rd and Allen Rd. Walk-in campers will find basic facilities in a beautiful bush... Find out more

Hewetts Hill camping area 7 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Hewetts Hill camping area is 10.3 km from Kalamunda and 10.6 km from Ball Creek camping area.... Find out more

Ball Creek camping area 7 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Ball Creek camping area is 10.6 km from Hewetts Hill camping area and 8.6 km from Helena camping area.... Find out more

Lake Leschenaultia camping area 9 km

Lake Leschenaultia, 2 km west of Chidlow via Rosedale Rd, dates to 1897, when it was constructed as a water supply for the railways. Nowadays it is a haven for birds and wildlife, and offers visitors activities such as... Find out more

Helena camping area 12 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Helena campsite is 8.6 km from Ball Creek campsite and 9.5 km from Waalegh campsite.... Find out more

Bibbulmun Track camping areas – Northern Section 13 km

The Bibbulmun Track traverses some of the south west's most scenic and beautiful areas for some 963 kilometres from the Perth suburb of Kalamunda to Albany. The northern section begins at Kalamunda Trackhead  with a... Find out more

Waalegh camping area 15 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Waalegh camping area is 9.5 km from Helena camping area and 8.5 km from Beraking campsite.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Banksia Tourist Park 14 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 19 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 19 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 36 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Woodman Point Holiday Park 46 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Loose Box

With one of Perth’s most famous gastronomic pleasures only a stumble away, the Loose Box cottages follow the same country chic style found inside the restaurant. Plush fabrics adorn the king-sized beds, the wood... Find out more

Catton Hall Country Homestead

For many, the feeling of the Perth Hills is similar to that of the South-West, except it is only 40 minutes away from the city. Roselyn Cottage at Catton Hall Homestead is one example of country tranquillity, where... Find out more

Chapel Farm Getaway

Chapel Farm Getaway is home to six themed rooms: the Australian Classic, Bali Paradise, Black & White, Beach House, African Safari and Oriental Delights. Although the rooms are similar in layout, they are all... Find out more

Grandis Cottages

Situated on 2 hectares in the gorgeous Swan Valley, with its many wineries and restaurants, the Grandis Cottages are surrounded by gum trees and rose gardens. The two-bedroom cottages are self-contained and include a... Find out more

Grandview B&B

As promised, a grand view indeed is delivered, from the dining room, deck or by the pool, which is where you’re welcome to take your breakfast. Like many hills properties, the Grandview B&B is full of... Find out more

Guildford Landing

At the Guildford Landing Function Centre there is a spa suite ideal for a bridal party to prepare for the big day or to unwind afterwards. There is also a self-contained unit for a more casual stay, with views from the... Find out more

Hidden Valley Eco Spa Lodges

Set within 5.5 hectares of tranquil jarrah forest, and just a few minutes from Mundaring, the Hidden Valley Eco Spa Lodges are luxuriously appointed, self-contained cottages, each featuring an outdoor heated Jacuzzi on a... Find out more

Hovea Ridge Cottage

A quaint little stone cottage packed full of character awaits you here, complete with a claw-foot bath, a toasty potbelly, a daily delivery of baked goods and fresh fruit, polished floorboards, high ceilings,... Find out more

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre

Got a burning desire to retreat from the world and write that great Australian novel? The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre is just the place to come for a night, a week or a month. The rooms are well... Find out more

Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown has two types of accommodation: the Lodge and heritage rooms. The Lodge consists of 28 well-appointed modern rooms and are in a separate wing. The motel rooms have recently been refurbished with... Find out more

Settlers Rest Farmstay

This country retreat is just 30 minutes from Perth. The three-bedroom cottage was built at the turn of the 20th century and has been beautifully restored to its former glory, including high ceilings, wooden floorboards... Find out more

Strelley Brook Cottage

Strelley Brook Cottage is a historic mud-brick farmhouse built in 1860, and blends period decor with modern conveniences. The large estate is set on 4.5 hectares, ensuring privacy and seclusion. The rustic farmhouse was... Find out more


If you’re looking for a luxury home just 30 minutes from the CBD, then Tannamurra will not disappoint. Set within award-winning gardens, the huge property has several marron dams and guests are encouraged to catch... Find out more

Vines Resort & Country Club

For all you sinners out there, The Vines offers packages indulging in the Seven Deadly Sins: envy, revenge, lust, vanity, gluttony, sloth or decadence – just pick your vice and go for it. Otherwise play a round at... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Forsyths Mill rest area 11 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Bakers Hill park area 32 km

At Bakers Hill  

Adjacent to the highway at the information bay on the west side of town.

Eadine Springs rest area 41 km

9km E of Bakers Hill (L) or 14km W of Northam (R)

Secluded picnic area among trees. Well off the highway.

Gleneagle rest area 43 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Sullivan Rock rest area 54 km

37km SE of Armadale (R) or 95km NW of Williams (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Bindoon Hill rest area 64 km

10km N of Bindoon (L) or 41km S of New Norcia (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

North Dandelup park area 71 km

43km S of Armadale (L) or 15km N of Pinjarra (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. Toilets behind nearby hall.

What's on around town

Market: Nichol St, 2nd Sun each month.

Perth Hills Wine Show: Aug.

Trek the Trail: Sept.

Mundaring Hills Open Studio: local artists open their studios to visitors; Oct.

Darlington Arts Festival: Nov.

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