Perth/The Hills

The Hills is an area along the Darling scarp in Perth.


The Darling Scarp is a range of hills that lie to the east of the Swan Coastal plain, on which metropolitan Perth is situated. The Perth Hills is the 'brand' used by tourism bodies.

The hills is really about four different sets of suburbs and settlements that lie on the roads that cross the hills. The separate sets do not necessarily link well, and the roads can be narrow and winding and lack any cross-hill public transport. A drive in the hills can be an intriguing voyage of discovery going through the hills, specially in wildflower season,


Darling Scarp was first ventured ovewr by Ensign Dale in the first ten years of the fledgling Swan River Colony (now Western Australia).

The granite escarpment around Kalamunda and Greenmount provided raw materials for buildings and structures in Perth and Fremantle a hundred years ago. They were connected by the older railway lines that travelled over the scarp. The railway services in the area have long since closed. The quarries where the stone was collected from are now very popular rock climbing locations. Stathams quarry in Gooseberry Hill, and Mountain Quary in Boya are two excellent rock abseiling and climbing locations.

The Scarp, and the hills further east is the location of a whole range of national parks where you can go bush without being too far from the city.

Get in

By road

By car it is possible to take a long drive around the Swan Hills/Gidgegannup area to get a sense of what it is like. Similarly it is possible to a large looparound through the Mundaring Hills area, with the possibility of linking into the Swan Hills/Gidgegannup area via a number of roads that link down to Great Eastern Highway.

To connect between the Mundaring and Kalamunda hills area is much more limited - either

By bicycle

By train

The train from Perth terminates at the Midland interchange station, which has bus services that radiate out through the foothills and the Mundaring Hills localities. There are no trains that go close to the Swan or Kalamunda Hills areas.

By bus

Infrequent buses from the interchange station service the suburbs. A Swanview bound bus can take you close to John Forrest National Park.



For those who want to Rocky pool in Swan View (at the western end of the John Forrest National Park) can do the whole circuit, to Mount Helena, and return down through Mundaring and Glen Forrest. It is possible to find places to buy drinks and food in the former railway station locations. There is also a pamphlet available at the Mundaring Tourist Information office on the Great Eastern Highway, as well as a website - but some of the information needs checking.


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