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South Perth Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local South Perth Area
Heading further inland from the centre of Perth, you will find yourself immersed in Western Australia's countryside and local attractions. With the beaches behind you, there are national parks and urban areas that thrive alongside the bush and the Darling Range. Perth's South is recognisable by its picturesque surroundings that maintain a feeling of untouched nature and with this local guide you can make the most of it.
Armadale is one of the most vibrant parts of the region, which is in terms of its growing demographic and its attractions such as the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre an international standard rowing and aquatic sports area. The Champion Lakes are also a popular picnic spot. Armadale is perhaps best known for the breathtaking Araluen Botanic Park, situated in WA's Darling Range. The park's features include award winning roses and a selection of Australian wildlife. It has been open since 1929 and with free BBQ facilities for visitors, there is every reason to spend a day enjoying adventurous activities.
The Canning Reservoir, built in the 1940's, provides walking trails to the walls of the dam. There are facilities to accommodate sightseers and the paths lead through various sites demonstrating the heritage of the district. The old dam construction camp is a definite highlight. Kangaroos and other wildlife can even be seen in the nearby bush, so it is worth keeping an eye out. The dam viewing platform can give you an impressive outlook on the region.
On the further outskirts of the South West you will find the country town of Serpentine, where the Bodhinyana Centre is located. The Buddhist monks of Bodhinyana welcome visitors to walk quietly on the temple grounds and explore the peace of their monastery in the Australian countryside. The nearby old timber town of Jarrahdale is filled with history with many guided tours departing from the Jarrahdale post office. You can see the old timber mills and Pioneers' huts so get to know a town that has stood since the 1800s.
Just beyond Kalamunda, the Bickley Valley Wine Trail offers ten different and acclaimed wineries. Check out what's on as the roads are often lined with the stalls and wares of local fruit growers whose fresh produce alone would be an excuse to visit. It is possible to participate in Camel tours, one of the best things to do and adds an extra dimension to the outing. The rolling orchards produce some of the best wine that Western Australia has to offer.
South Perth is an exceptional and extraordinary experience well worth having. Whether you call it home or are coming to visit, it's easy to succumb to the beauty of the region.