Explore the 1.6 acres of stunning heritage gardens. Wander through the meandering paths of the sun-dappled spinney, surrounded by camellias, rare hellebore, narcissus and primroses.
Relax within the walled, formal, heritage rose gardens with views over adjoining vineyards, or discover the extensive native gardens.
Take tea or a cooling beverage on the wide, sheltered verandas of the main house, or relax with a good book beneath rare, flowering trees.
The gardens attract many species of birds throughout the seasons, and display a profusion of Spring flowering bulbs and Autumn colour.
Ideally situated close to the heart of the Darling Range National Park, the secluded garden and surrounding valley attract an impressive selection of birds.
From the massive, majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle to the tiny Thorn-bills, this corner of Western Australia has much to offer both birdwatchers and nature-lovers.
Check out this guide to Bird Watching in the Perth Area
Of the twelve species of native bird found only in south-western WA, seven can be seen in Carmel, with a further two only a short distance away.
The call of the spectacular Red-capped Parrot can be heard throughout the gardens and the quiet Western Rosella is another frequent visitor.
Often seen flitting amongst the flowers is the lively Western Thornbill and the valley frequently resounds with the calls of the Long-billed (Baudin’s) Black Cockatoo.
More than 50 species of bird have been recorded in and above (in the case of the Little Eagle,Black-shouldered Kites, Square-tailed Kite) the beautiful gardens.
A pair of resident Scarlet Robins can often be seen hopping around the scrub and diminutive Laughing Turtle Doves take advantage of any perch to give their bubbling call. Introduced into Perth in 1898 they are found only in this corner of Australia. Noisy Western Wattle-birds forage amongst the blossoms.
Other species regularly seen include: New Holland Honey-eater, Striated Pardalote, Sacred Kingfisher, Port Lincoln Parrot, Twenty-eight Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, White-cheeked Honey-eater, Rufous Whistler and Splendid Fairy-wren.
We are lucky to have a resident bandicoot family in the garden They are supposed to be nocturnal but can often be seen during the day. You may notice holes in the lawns where they have been digging for roots. They are wild animals and we ask you not to go close or feed them. We have seen a range of lizards in the garden and ask you to enjoy them and not disturb them.
Our domestic animals include the chooks which are free range and provide guests with fresh eggs and our two cats, ten year old Lily who loves cuddles and Rosie our one year old already twice the size of Lily. They are both rescue animals and love attention.
If you are not keen on animals just ignore them and they will get the message. Rosie is the tabby with the huge tail, and Lily is the small black and white one.
Our cats often appear for a meet and greet when guests arrive, love guests and have lots of affection to give!
Wildflowers in the Perth Hills
Wildflowers are at their best in late winter early spring, August and September in the Perth Hills, so grab your walking boots and hit some of the trails.
Jorgensen Park – on the outskirts of Kalamunda Town Centre you can access this expansive park, which boasts a diverse range of wildflowers and a network of trails to choose from. You can also bring your dog, as this park is dog friendly
Whistlepipe Gully – Another great dog-friendly walk accessible from either Kalamunda or Forrestfield; this walk through the Mundy Regional Park is sure to delight wildflower fans
Lesmurdie Falls – Always a highlight of a visit to the Perth Hills, Lesmurdie Falls is a great spot to take in the views across Perth. However head over the creek and up across to the northern side for the greatest selection of wildflowers
Lions Lookout – Even just a short stroll from the lookout car park you will find an abundance of wildflowers. For the more adventurous, the Lions Lookout walk not only gives you great views over the city and Bickley Reservoir, but also some of the wildflower viewing in the region. Please note, the walk has some taxing climbs and steep descents
Rocky Pool Walk – This Kalamunda favourite doesn’t disappoint at wildflower time, with the beauty of both the natural flora and the flowing creek and waterfalls at their best in early spring
You can also get a great view of the wildflowers without walking a trail by stopping at the South Ledge Lookout on Mundaring Weir Road (in between Kalamunda and Mundaring Weir Dam). It’s just a short walk from the car park to the viewing area.
Don’t worry if you don’t know your grevillia from your boronia or you milkmaid from your blue leschenaultia, the friendly team at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre are available every day until 4pm to help you plan your wildflower viewing, provide trail maps and point you in the right direction for a post-walk warm drink at one of Kalamunda’s well-known cafes. Here you can also find out about some of the local tour operators offering wildflower and nature tours.
The visitor centre stocks a free leaflet displaying the various wildflowers you can see in the area and for those wanting more in-depth information, you can purchase the ‘Interactive Guide to the Flora of Kalamunda National Park’ DVD which provides images and information on nearly 500 species native to the Kalamunda region.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm,Weekends & Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm
Located: 50 Railway Road in Kalamunda
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