- Category: Great Outdoors
- Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:15
- Written by Nita Teoh
Fancy a spot of bushwalking near Perth?
Kalamunda Circuit is a great day trip for a spot of walking in the great Australian Bush and can be reached within 30 to 40 minutes from Perth. Kalamunda is approximately 24 kilometres from Perth. The easiest way to get to Kalamunda from Perth is to take the Great Eastern Highway, then Kalamunda Road to reach Kalamunda Town Centre.
The starting point for the Kalamunda Circuit is the intersection of Fern Road and the Bibbulmun Track, on the outskirts of the Kalamunda town centre. The Bibbulmun Track is a long distance track nearly 1000 kilometres starting from Kalamunda to Albany and passing through many different parts of Western Australia including the beautiful South West and Great Southern regions.
|Kalamunda Circuit, signage|
The starting point for the Kalamunda Circuit is easy to find as you should see the usual Waugal signposting for the Bibbulmun Track. Note that if you are walking the Kalamunda Circuit, this track is signposted along the route with small yellow signs with Kalamunda Circuit written in black lettering.
The Kalamunda Circuit is predominantly flat ground and rates as an easy to moderate 4 to 5 hour leisurely walk depending on your fitness level. The path is reasonably well defined although signage could be improved. It is an interesting walk as it crosses several other paths including the Bibbulmun Track, Winjan Track, Kattamordo Heritage Trail and trails for horses.
Spring and Autumn are the best times for bushwalking in Perth as it is mid weather for enjoying the outdoors and not too hot or cold. Spring is from September to November, and Autumn is from March to May. As with any bushwalking venture, it is best to bring the essentials of a compass, first aid kit, plenty of water and to be suitably attired.
As you walk the Kalamunda Circuit, you will pass through a mixture of flora including Eucalypts, Dryandra, Grass trees, Acacias and Banksias. For those with an interest in wildflowers, you should be able to spot some colourful wildflowers on your walk. And off course, for keen birdwatchers, there are usually some birds to identify, or hear! These little birds can be exceedingly noisy!
Once you have finished your walk for the day, refreshments can be found along the cafe strip in the Kalamunda Town Centre. Or nearby areas include Mundaring, Gooseberry Hill or the Swan Valley, Midland and Guildford on the return trip to Perth.
The easiest way to get to Kalamunda from Perth is to take the Great Eastern Highway, then Kalamunda Road to reach Kalamunda Town Centre. Once you reach Kalamunda Town Centre, Fern Road is approximately 3 kilometres out of the town centre. The starting point for the Kalamunda Circuit is the intersection of Fern Road and the Bibbulmun Track.
By public transport
Catch the Perth Transperth bus from the Esplanade Busport in Perth to the Kalamunda Bus Station. The trip from Perth to Kalamunda will take approximately 45 minutes. Once you reach Kalamunda Town Centre, Fern Road is approximately 3 kilometres out of the town centre.
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