Spring has definitely sprung.
Today we walked the 5.2 km, 2-3 grade Helena Pipehead trail in Beelu National Park, which begins where the bitumen ends on Helena Valley Road in the Perth Hills. The track is badly eroded and rather undulating. The loose rock made it a bit slow going, but it was pleasant enough. We saw an assortment of wildflowers, but they weren’t as impressive as those we saw last week hiking the Whistlepipe Gully Trail in nearby Mundy Regional Park.
After our hike we drove to Kalamunda to explore the Farmer’s Market, expecting a large crowd, but thankfully not finding one. The atmosphere was festive, with live music, good smelling food, and vendors selling produce, fresh flowers and bread.
We next sought out and walked the 2.4 km, grade 2, Hill Street walk, which is located in Kalamunda National Park at the eastern end of Hill Street in Gooseberry Hill. There were more wildflowers here and the walk was much easier.
We rounded out our day with a nice lunch at Fairbrossen Estate in Carmel. We both opted for the free range chicken breast filled with spinach, sundried tomato and brie, served atop a bed of creamy mash and steamed vegetables. The portions were generous and the food very good. The gorgeous ruby-red 2011 Rose wasn’t too shabby either.
Fresh air, exercise, wildflowers, good food and wine...what more could a person want?
A beautiful day to be in WA
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