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With its village charm, forested hills, vineyards and breathtaking views from the Darling Scarp, Kalamunda puts country living within easy reach of the city. It's also the starting point for one of the world's great long distance walk trails, the Bibbulmun Track. Driving east from Perth, you'll be transported from the city to the serenity of Kalamunda in just 30 minutes. You can even bus it from Perth in just over one hour and 20 minutes, making it an easy daytrip. Here, where the foothills of the coastal plains meet the Darling Scarp, lookouts offer sweeping vistas that stretch to Perth's city skyline. One of the best spots to snap those views is from Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and you'll find more great drives, picnic spots and bushwalking trails in the state forests, national parks and open spaces that cover more than 70 percent of the region. A short walk from the main street brings you to the start of the Bibbulmun Track, leading into Kalamunda National Park and more than 1,000 kilometres to Albany on the south coast. Or take the five kilometre drive to Lesmurdie Falls to view the cascading falls after winter rains. Time your visit to coincide with the spring wildflower season and you'll also be dazzled by a sea of colourful blooms. For a glimpse of yesteryear, explore the impressive collection of heritage buildings at the Kalamunda History Village, or head for Stirk Cottage and Park - the first house to be built in Kalamunda (circa 1881) which demonstrates the amazing resourcefulness of early pioneers. Lovers of art are invited to view the extensive public art works, including the largest community built stained glass window in Australia. You'll also find a huge variety of galleries and regular craft markets, not to mention a packed events calendar featuring the Perth Hills Wine Show (September), Zig Zag Festival (October), Kalamunda Agricultural Show (April) and the Harvest Festival (May). Dining and shopping options offer just as much variety, as does the range of accommodation, from charming bed and breakfasts and historic hotels to family-friendly caravan parks.
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