Just an hour’s drive south is the old timber town of Jarrahdale. We had come close to here before (Serpentine Falls is nearby), but have never visited the town. An additional attraction today was the monthly market.
Of the many walking tracks in the bush near Jarrahdale we chose the Mundlimup Trail and Loop. The basic trail is about 3.5km with an estimated time of 45minutes to an hour (not surprisingly we took 2 hours!). We did stop and ‘smell the roses’ though and really immersed the kids in all the different plants and flowers to see, as well as the old evidence of the timber industry. If you are more energetic, there is an extension to the loop that adds another 30 minutes.
Our first stop was a picnic table conveniently placed at the start (and end) of the walk. We fueled up with sandwiches ready for the hike.
It was a well-marked trail with some different paths to follow. The marker numbers along the trail provided an extra activity for the kids, which they love!
The walk through varied landscapes and places of interest fitting with the region’s past history of forest clearing, cutting, and milling. There were plenty of fallen trees, and an old recreated saw pit. It was all very interesting.
In May it isn’t wildflower season, so there wasn’t a huge amount of colourful wildflowers to see, although we did see a few lovely specimens!
Jetson is still in his phase of collecting things, and the bush provided a huge array of items to collect.
The kids, and the adults, had loads of fun, and the day’s outing including the markets were a great family day out.
Jarradale is about 1 hour south of Perth, you can take the freeway or the South Western Highway. A good place to start is the old post office which has maps of the walking tracks nearby. The Mundlimup Trail and Loop is a few kms past town, turn right on Balmoral Road and you will see the sign to the parking area on the left not far along the road.