You’re going to want to have your cameras and hashtags at the ready when you visit these Perth Hills Instagram hot spots.
Waterfalls, rows and rows of blossoming trees, and iconic bridges – yes, you can find all these Instagram worthy spots within the bounds of Armadale, just 40 minutes south-east of Perth city.
Grab your cameras, prep your hashtags, and get ready to get snap happy at these 7 picture-perfect locations.
The Wungong Dam is a huge reservoir of water, just 40km drive from Perth city. You can only get to it during daylight hours, but the dam is so impressive that you don’t need the bonus of a golden sky to make it pop in photos.
Aside from the obvious body of water, there are a ton of other subjects at the dam that you can get your shutter clicking on. Native birds, local wildflowers, pretty valleys, dam walls – you name it, you can most likely get a banging shot of it (and you could even win a prize for it if you upload it here).
Wungong dam is more than just a pretty face though. There are picnic areas and some natural bush trails (in neighbouring Bungendore National Park) for you to enjoy while you are there too.
Location: Reservoir, Wungong WA 6112
Hashtags: #wungongdam #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
Nothing is going to get people double tapping your photos faster than an Insta-snap out at the Raeburn Orchards.
Autumn sees the entire orchard turn a warm shade of orange, as the rows upon rows of fruit trees prepare to drop their leaves. Come spring, the orchards change their look, and are this time bursting with pink and white blossoms. It is a veritable Insta-wonderland.
The best part? They welcome visitors down at the orchard with open arms. Just head down on an open day (like their autumn and spring festivals), or visit during public opening hours (let us remind you, trespassing is a no no).
Raeburn Orchards request that professional photographers contact them directly to arrange bookings and fees.
If you do decide to pop down, don’t forget to pay the packing shed a visit. You can pick up everything from fresh stone fruit, apples and pears, to citrus, persimmons and avocados.
Open daily 9am to 5pm. Entry fee to orchard | Adults $4, under 12’s FREE
Location: 4 Raeburn Rd, Roleystone WA 6111
Hashtag: #raeburnorchards #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
If a flower bed full of colourful, blooming tulips doesn’t sound super ‘grammable, we don’t know what will. Maybe a wisteria covered pergola? A rose garden perhaps?
In short, Araluen Botanic Park is somewhere you can’t help but get snap happy. The park and gardens are photo opp central. With 54 hectares of native bushland and 14 hectares of developed garden, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a pretty spot to stop for a shot.
There are thousands of different flowers you can flex those macro photography skills with, or try your hand at some landscape shots at the bubbling streams and lakes. There’s a lot to take in at the gardens, so we recommend packing a picnic and making a day of it.
Location: 362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone WA 6111
Hashtags: #araluenbotanicpark #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
Look, it might not be as big as the Golden Gate Bridge, but Minnawarra Historic Precinct’s red bridge is iconic in its own right. It has been a much-loved part of the Armadale township since 1993. Many weddings and portraits have been shot on the bridge, but if you’re more into landscape photography, it makes for a pretty fab landscape style shot too.
It may be the calling card, but the bridge isn’t the only photogenic thing in the historic park. There is a sweet little chapel, the History House Museum, and plenty of water birds so you can show off your National Geographic photojournalism flair too.
Location: Orchard Ave & Armadale Road, Armadale WA 6112
Hashtags: #minnawarra #minnawarrapark #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
No matter how often it happens for you, the novelty of seeing our native fauna up close never wears off. Just as well, because there are plenty of roos to get up close and personal with at the John Forrest Tavern.
The tav itself isn’t anything that’ll rack up the likes on Instagram, but everything about the experience of being there is. First of all, you’re out in the middle of a national park, surrounded by towering trees, and plenty of wildflowers too (don’t forget to upload your wildflower snaps here to be in with a chance to win).
Then there are the stars of the show, the friendly roos. But, they aren’t the only wildlife you’ll see out at the tavern – there are all kinds of visiting birds and reptiles too.
National Park entry fees apply as the Tavern is located within John Forrest National Park
Location: Park Rd, Glen Forrest WA 6071
Hashtags: #johnforrestnationalpark #johnforresttavern #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
Food ‘grammers, Millbrook Winery is a spot for you. Of course, it’s a stunning lakeside property worthy of a ton of photos in itself, but the delicious wines and #foodporn coming from the kitchen are the real heros here.
Once you get past the photo appeal of the rolling hills, rows of vines and the grand cellar door, the food is there and ready for shooting (and eating). The kitchen is pumping out some photo-tastic things – think heirloom vegetables, slow cooked beef and polenta with edible flowers, and sweet creme caramel desserts. Picture perfect.
Even if you aren’t staying for lunch, a snap of your cheese and wine on the balcony will be a surefire winner on the ‘gram.
Location: Old Chestnut Ln, Jarrahdale WA 6124
Hashtags: #millbrookwinery #foodporn #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
There are 15.6 million waterfall photos on Instagram, and 12.6 thousand of those waterfall photos are of Lesmurdie Falls. It doesn’t have to be a shot of Niagra Falls or somewhere in Iceland, Instagram and the double-tappers love any and all waterfall shots.
Even if the falls are a bit low on water, there are still so many beautiful photo opportunities out at Mundy National Park. Try hiking to the lookout just off falls road for views out over the Swan Coastal plain (sunsets are ripper from up here), or go wildflower spotting along the trails.
Location: Forrestfield WA 6058
Hashtags: #lesmurdiefalls #perthhillsarmadale #soperth
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