Cosy Up In The Perth Hills This Winter
There's nothing better than snuggling up by the fire during the winter months!
The Perth Hills region is teeming with cosy heritage pubs and wineries, warming wellness experiences and luxury accommodation perfect for a winter getaway.
To help you plan your next adventure, we’ve created the ultimate itinerary for an overnighter in the Perth Hills. From exploring the lush gardens at Araluen Botanic Park to lunch at the federation-style Parkerville Tavern, read on to discover the best of the Perth Hills during the winter months.
Now, let’s head east for a cosy getaway this winter.
Day 1 | Eat, Drink and Explore
10am: Nestled deep within a valley in the Perth Hills, Araluen Botanic Park is an extraordinary garden in a magical native bushland setting. Spend the morning wandering among seasonal blooms and European ornamentals, plus thousands of flourishing plants across 14 hectares of developed gardens. Araluen Botanic Park’s stunning bushland landscape sets a memorable scene for many events during the year. The Park hosts music concerts, treasure hunts, civic events, garden festivals and live art exhibitions. Explore the upcoming events, activities and seasonal school holiday activities here. Once you’ve explored the incredible gardens and waterfalls, grab a hot drink, cake or snack at the Roundhouse café. Check their website for seasonal café opening hours.
Araluen Botanic Park | Perth Hills
12pm: Stop by Core Cider for lunch and a sip of cider! Core Cider is an authentic farm venue that brings people together for farm-to-fork food, artisan cider, sweeping orchard views and on weekends, live music! Dine in the casual Orchard Bistro or enjoy a cider tasting in the cosy Harvest Room for 180-degree views of the orchard and surrounding forest. When it comes to the winter menu, think slow braised Margaret River beef brisket, bush pepper king oysters mushrooms and baked cider donuts. After lunch, discover where the magic happens in The Old Apple Shed.
2pm: Visit The Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook in the heart of the Bickley Valley. This is a beautiful region of the Perth Hills surrounded by native bushland, orchards and vineyards. Visit the cellar door for tastings and sales, or head into the cosy restaurant for a glass of your favourite Lawnbrook Estate wine and barista-made coffee. Still peckish? The Packing Shed is dishing up a menu of seasonal farmhouse fare with a modern twist. Treat yourself to a generous gourmet cheese platter or signature house-made giant sausage rolls with relish.
3pm: Next up, MyattsField Vineyards. Stop in, taste some wine and grab a bottle for your night in the Perth Hills. MyattsField is a family-operated winery located in the picturesque Bickley Valley. Visit the cellar door for wine tasting, bottle sales and wine by the glass. Let the knowledgeable cellar door staff guide you through the extensive range of exclusive wines. Select from local and international cheeses to enjoy while relaxing on the veranda taking in the views of the valley.
Overnight Accommodation | Rest and Rejuvenate
Amaroo Reteat and Spa | Perth Hills
When it comes to accommodation in the Perth Hills, you’re spoilt for choice. Amaroo Retreat and Spa is an award-winning, luxurious private getaway within the tranquil surrounds of the Perth Hills bushland. The retreat boasts eight individual luxury chalets, an onsite day spa offering indulgent spa treatments, and a restaurant and bar, The Lounge, to take care of all your gourmet food and drink needs. Picture this: a relaxing weekend in the Perth Hills in a luxurious bush setting with delicious food, wine and an indulgent day spa, all on tap. Oh, and to top it off, daily breakfast is included with every booking.
Rosebridge House Bed & Breakfast is a boutique adult retreat nested in the historic Perth Hills. This retreat offers a range of beautifully appointed, private suites with luxurious bed linen, large ensuites, garden views and a verandah for relaxing outdoors with the bandicoots and local birdlife. Rosebridge House features a dining room, where a complimentary continental breakfast is served, swimming pool, barbecue and lush gardens. Cooler evenings can be spent in the lounge, warming up with a nightcap by a toasty open fire with a book, board game or movie.
Day 2 | Delight and Discover
8am: Pause, breathe and completely unwind at Restful Waters in the rolling hills of Bedfordale. This lakeside studio offers a range of services, retreats, weekend classes and events that will support you in living a balanced, happy and healthy life in this fast-paced world. Keep your body healthy, flexible and balanced with a pilates, yoga class or sound healing in the Perth Hills.
Restful Waters | Perth Hills
9am: Every weekend, there’s a bustling farmers market in the Perth Hills. Check out the Kalamunda Farmers or Artisan Markets for fresh produce, friendly locals and food trucks galore. The Kalamunda Farmers Market is a farmers, producers and artisan gourmet food market that promotes a lifestyle of health and wellbeing. The popular market lets you buy direct from farmers, growers and producers as you meander through the stalls. This includes fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic meat and fish, organic bread, gluten free products, sweet treats, gourmet delights and much more. This is the perfect spot to stock up on fresh produce and grab your morning coffee and baked goods.
12pm: Last stop: Parkerville Tavern! The Parkerville Tavern & Heritage Venue is a cosy, 120-year-old family-friendly pub and restaurant in the heart of the Perth Hills. Steeped in history, the bustling ‘Parky’ is a local favourite among friends, couples and families. Indulge in a famous ‘parky pizza’ from the outdoor pizza oven (available after 4pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday) or enjoy a classic chicken parmy or steak sandwich in the cosy dining room or lounge area. After lunch, complete one of the many Perth Hills Walking Trails. There are more than 40 bike and walk trails, scenic lookouts and picnic spots to discover and enjoy.
Parkerville Tavern | Perth Hills
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