Situated just a 45-minute drive from Perth city centre, Mundaring is a picturesque place for a full or half day trip. One-third of the shire is state forest, making the drive as well as the visit itself a pleasant one to say the least. Start the day by popping into an art gallery, then stock up your pantry, stop for a tranquil lunch under the trees, swim in a lake, head out for a hike, and reward yourself with pizza before catching a flick outdoors. Here are our tried and tested faves from the area.
MUNDARING ARTS CENTRE
7190 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring
Housed in the heritage building of the old shire Post Office, the Mundaring Arts Centre has been running for over 35 years. The Centre presents at least 14 exhibitions annually with a variety of mediums covered: this month quilting, painting and sculpture are represented in the gallery space. Group shows and solo exhibitions are shown, with the work of nationally recognised artists presented alongside that of local groups.
The Mundaring Arts Centre shop is full of locally made products and exclusive paintings and prints. Their range of ceramics is to die for but that’s not all – they have gorgeous silk scarves, beautiful silver jewellery, functional kitchen pieces and more. With all the pieces in the shop designed and made in Western Australia, it’s a great opportunity to support the local creative community and pick up something unique. The gallery and shop are open 10-5 Tuesday through Friday and 11-3 Saturday and Sunday.
Mundaring Arts Centre also run workshops throughout the year. Check their website for upcoming dates.
Installation shot from Alastair Taylor One Hundred and Three of Me exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre, June 2017.
STICKY FINGERS CANDY STORE
Unit 3, 7160 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring
Sticky Fingers is an old fashioned candy store with different sweet treats from around the world. Nostalgic favourites line the walls: marshmallows, jersey caramels, liquorice allsorts, penny sticks, sherbet and everything you can think of. They’re open 9:30am-4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday.
THE WASTELESS PANTRY
Shop 17 Mundaring Shopping Village, 7295 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring
With their zero waste philosophy, The Wasteless Pantry are all about making it easy for us to reduce packaging and waste by providing bulk groceries. You are invited to bring your own containers to fill up, or invest in their reusable containers, and only take home what you need.
A trip inside will leave you inspired to help save the world, and it really isn’t hard. The Wasteless Pantry also publish tips on how to live waste free on their website, and they have a blog that continues to inspire.
Open Monday-Thursday 9-5:30, Friday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5.
16 Craig Rd, Mundaring
It’s easy to miss this little slice of paradise but those in the know will tell you that Kinfolk Café is well worth a visit. With arguably the best coffee in the area, Kinfolk also serve up breakfast and lunch in their spacious garden courtyard. There’s a focus on fresh and nutritious food here with the kale-packed green pancakes a highlight, or you can indulge yourself with cheesy toasties, sausage rolls and other country comforts too.
Kinfolk is found at the Mundaring Wellness Centre and is open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Off Rosedale Rd, Chidlow
When summer rolls around, Lake Leschenaultia is packed full of families swimming in the freshwater lake, and devouring ice creams as they melt under the hot sun. The lake and surrounding area are open every day of the year and also offers canoe hire as an alternative way to get out on the water. Best enjoyed with a picnic in tow but with a kiosk there, it’s easy to jump in the car for a spontaneous trip.
With all that bush around, there is an array of hiking trails in the area – ranging from 2.2km and up to 75km – not to mention the world famous Bibbulmun Track that heads through Mundaring after starting nearby in Kalamunda. The Glen Brook Trail in John Forrest National Park, Possum Loop in Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake Leschenaultia each offer trails of 3km and under. If you have more time, consider the Eagle’s View Walk Trail in John Forrest National Park (15km loop), the Quenda Circuit (6.5km) or the Numbat Track (12km) both in Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary.
For serious hikers, the 75km Kep Track stretches from Mundaring Weir to Northam. Kep is a Nyoongar word for water, and this route is part of the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.
LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZERIA
Shop 7, 7125 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring
Perth’s pizza king Theo Kalogeracos started his world famous pizza shop in Mundaring in 1996, and the joint continues to thrive. Stop by for some perfectly cooked dough with lashings of topping, and definitely try one of Theo’s dessert pizzas! Open from 4pm until late Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays and public holidays), Little Caesar’s is the ideal place to refuel after a day exploring the area.
KOOKABURRA OUTDOOR CINEMA
Allen Road, Mundaring Weir, Mundaring
Watching movies under the stars – it’s a much loved Perth activity throughout the warmer half of the year. From November to April the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema invites guests to do just that, with a great selection of films shown in the low-key venue. There’s a kiosk on site to satisfy your chocolate bar and ice cream cravings, otherwise, Kookaburra is a BYO venue where you’re welcome to pack a picnic.
Have fun exploring Mundaring, and don’t forget to tell us your favourite spots!