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Surrounded by the unspoilt forests and native bush of Perth's Darling Range, Gidgegannup is renowned for its scenic walking trails, wildlife drive, tumbling waterfalls, dazzling spring wildflowers, bird watching and country charm. It's just a 20 minute drive east of Midland and the Swan Valley, or 30 minutes from Perth city, making this semi-rural township a convenient mini-escape for lovers of wildlife. Just minutes from the town's main street you'll find the bushwalking and wildflower hotspots of Noble Falls and F. R. Berry Reserve. Every year, between August and November, these parks put on some of Perth's best wildflower displays of yellow wattles, rich blue leschenaultia and rare varieties that occur nowhere else on Earth. A good network of short and long walking trails lead you through the flora-rich marri, jarrah, powder bark and wandoo woodlands, or you can join a knowledgeable local guide for a scenic wildflower tour. Beyond the natural bushland, horses, cattle, emus and alpacas graze the picturesque rolling farmland, and orchards produce some of WA's finest goats cheese, olives to nuts. Head for the main street in Gidgegannup to taste some of these flavours, browse the art galleries and see a piece of convict history at the road camp ruins. Make it a weekend away with an overnight stay at any one of the town's charming bed and breakfasts. If you're planning a visit in October, hit the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show, locally known as 'The Gidge Show', and see the region's producers and artists displaying their prize-winners.
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