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Nestled in the hilly area of Mundaring is a beautiful open garden. The striking landscaped grounds cover a five-acre area as part of a private residential property. Cordelia Gardens features a combination of modern and cottage garden design composed of both native and introduced plant varieties. Lakes and waterfalls contribute to the enchanting atmosphere you will discover as you wander through this dynamic space. A gorgeous time to visit is during the Spring Bulb Festival when the garden is ablaze with tulips, daffodils and irises.
Marshall Park is a popular park and picnic area on the banks of the Swan River. The picnic area has wood barbecues and picnic tables, a kids playground and gravel parking area. A large oval is nearby. The John George Walk Trail leads from the picnic area to Regional Bond Reserve in Middle Swan. This riverside trail takes in views across to the vineyards of Riverbank Estate and Sandalford Wines.
Enjoy a tea or coffee and biscuits on the veranda overlooking a colorful rose garden. Patsy Durack's Rose Gardens, built in the 1920s, is a delight to visit. Stroll through the two gardens on display with more than 750 roses. The main garden surrounding the house has Hybrid Teas and Floribunders while the second garden is full of David Austin roses. The gardens have been open to the public since 1988 and are worth a visit particularly if you appreciate the beauty and scent of a rose. For further details, please check the website.
A favorite with outdoor enthusiasts, this is one of the longest walking tracks in Australia. It stretches 598.38 miles (963 kilometres) from Kalamunda to Albany. The track winds and climbs through spectacular scenery including Jarrah and Karri forests unique to Western Australia. For those not keen to spend six weeks on their feet, the return trip from Kalamunda to Mundaring Weir Hotel proves a comfortable day walk.
The Hills Forest Activity Centre opened in 1990. As its name suggests, the center offers enjoyable activities undertaken in the hills and the forest. While the center opens daily, it is a good idea to phone ahead for details on scheduled activities. You can join a night walk or 'Meet the Marsupials'. For the more adventurous, try abseiling under the full moon. A local favorite is the summer music series.
Escape from your hectic schedule and head to Lilac Hill Park to relax and unwind amidst nature. Stroll around the lush green park or simply enjoy a picnic with family and friends. This place is also witness to the international cricket match which is annually held here. All in all, the serene and pristine surroundings calm your senses.
Kings Meadow is a large grassed area alongside the Helena River in Guildford was once set aside as public commons during the mid to late 1800s. Today, the four King's Meadows are used to graze animals and for public recreation, including polo. The Polo Club stages matches here in summer. The shelters and jetties make this a great spot for picnics and fishing. It is also a good area for canoeing. There is a children playground area and dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.