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Escape to Parkerville and discover the striking Perth Hills hinterland of the Darling Range. Explore the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail on foot, bike or horseback, or enjoy the beauty of Western Australia's oldest conservation area - John Forrest National Park. Situated in the Shire of Mundaring, just 45 minutes from Perth by car, Parkerville is an easily accessible base for a day exploring the breathtaking scenery, flora and fauna of the Hills. Originally a quarry area, today Parkerville is a quiet, laidback country town with the pristine natural woodlands of John Forrest National Park on its doorstep and the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail inviting you to explore. Ideal for bushwalking, cycling or horse riding, the Heritage Trail retraces 70 kilometres of the old Fremantle to York Eastern Railway, constructed in the 1880s. In addition to the history of the small settlements that sprang up along the railway line, you'll discover a diverse range of native animals and flora in the forests and bushland, from abundant bird life, to kangaroos, echidnas and carpets of colourful wildflowers in spring. You'll also discover a range of refreshment options here, including Parkerville's restaurant and heritage country pub. Fill up with a hearty country lunch and continue exploring the Darling Range countryside in the afternoon. Alternatively, book a table for dinner and an overnight stay at a cosy bed and breakfast, or a self-contained cottage or chalet, and extend your Hills adventure.
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