Issue September 2018

Experience Spring into Armadale

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Celebrate all that’s special about the Armadale region of the Perth Hills at the 2018 Spring into Armadale Festival, running until the end of November.

Showcasing the best of the region against a backdrop of rolling countryside and the majestic Darling Range, this year’s season-long celebration is bigger and more eclectic than ever. Come and discover the region at over 60 unique events and experiences spanning:

  • Music, Art, Festival, Culture, History and Heritage
  • Food, Wine and Markets
  • Sports, Trails, Walks and Workshops

Pop into the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre at 40 Jull Street to pick up a program or view the full program online.

Win an Apple iPad!

Share your #PerthHillsArmadale adventures and snap to win

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To celebrate Spring into Armadale we’re giving away two Apple iPads! Show us how you visit the #PerthHillsArmadale and enjoy springtime in the region.

Simply upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PerthHillsArmadale and tag us @PerthHillsArmadale to enter.

Competition closes Friday 30 November 2018 at 4pm WST. Read the full terms and conditions and start capturing your special springtime moments today!

Image thanks to @letmebefreeblog - Winner of previous competition

Myattsfield’s Budburst Spring in the Vineyard

Sunday 14 October 11am-5pm

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Oh glorious spring. How we’ve missed you. One of the most beautiful things about spring in the Perth Hills is witnessing the change of colours. Orchards and vineyards bloom into gorgeous pink and white hues as spring blossoms begin to burst.

To celebrate this beautiful time of year one of our favourite hills wineries is celebrating with a family friendly Sunday in the vineyard. Head to the beautiful Bickley Valley for a day of wine, cheese and soul blues. Kick back with a glass of Myattsfield’s award winning wine and let the kids jump to their hearts’ content on the free giant bouncy castle.

Customise your own cheese platter with a huge range of local and international cheeses from Cheese Culture, accompanied with all your platter favourites of course! Cold meats, olives and more.

Check out the Facebook event for further details and updates closer to the date.

Stop and Smell the Wildflowers

Our top three spots for wildflower walks

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  1. Bungendore Park

    Bungendore Park, where’s that you might say? Well it’s one of the lesser known regional parks in the Perth Hills Armadale area of Bedfordale, unless you are a keen bird watcher or nature lover of course. Bring the camera for this one as you will capture some super Insta-worthy snaps here.

    Over 300 different plant species can be found, including wattles, pea flowers, bottlebrushes, grevilleas, hakeas, myrtles, trigger plants and orchids. Follow the walk trails and loops throughout Bungendore and see how many you can spot!

  2. Armadale Settlers Common

    The Common is the ultimate patch to explore for young wildflower enthusiasts with paved, easy access trails perfect for little legs, prams and wheelchairs. A total of 318 species can be found within the area, located within the wider Darling Range Regional Park.

    Combine your nature ramble with a Geocaching adventure on a real-life treasure hunt on a Geocache Trail through Settlers Common East.

  3. Ellis Brook Valley

    Even if the falls aren’t flowing, the Ellis Brook Valley is a must-see destination during Wildflower season with over 500 species of flora blooming throughout the Valley.

    Follow Blue Wren Ramble or the Eagle View Trail past hundreds of blooming natives, blanketing the ground with bursts of colour. The beauty of the Valley can be enjoyed by all on the Easy Walk Trail, a 500m loop with a stabilised path suitable for wheelchairs. Download your Ellis Brook Valley Walk trails map to plan your route.

    These are our top visited locations. But a visit to the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre at 40 Jull Street, Armadale, will open the door to learn about lesser known locations, walking maps and wildflower tips.

Family Fun Time at the Show

Kelmscott Show 19-20 October

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The ‘Make Smoking History Kelmscott Show’ is almost here! Presented by the Kelmscott Agricultural Society the show is a family fun weekend for all, offering exhibitions, live entertainment, fireworks and all your show-time favourites of course!

The Show festivities kick off at 4pm on Friday, with live music playing on the main stage until 9pm – featuring popular local acts; the Jarrah Celtic Band and the Two Cent Professionals. Sideshow alley will be alive with lights and music with loads of rides and games for the kids to spend their pocket money on. Remember to stick around until 9pm for the Fireworks Spectacular.

Head to the Show on Saturday for a wide range of exhibitions, showcasing flowers, craft, home produce, animals and loads more. Enjoy roving entertainment throughout the grounds and browse the market stalls down by the river flats.

Visit the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre marquee for a free apple from Raeburn Orchards, interactive displays and a free show-bag containing oodles of great offers for the local area!

Springtime Festival in Karragullen

Perth Hills Festival 13 October

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Calling all foodies and lovers of local produce!

The ‘Live Lighter Perth Hills Festival’ is on its way and is a wonderful celebration of hills growers and beautiful produce. Gates open at 9am for a jam-packed (literally) day of fresh produce tips, cooking demonstrations and presentations. Visit the ‘I Love WA Fruit Kids Corner’ for kids activities like fruit kebab making and have a go on the Blender Bike!

Talk to local growers for tips on growing fruit trees and browse the market stalls to stock up on locally made preserves, fresh fruit, delicious cakes and plenty more. Three orchard tours will also run throughout the day, taking visitors to nearby avocado, persimmon and stone fruit orchards.

Kids under 12 receive free entry, plus free rides all day! Adults $10 and Pensioners/Concessions $5. Find out more information and plan your day.