A weekend trip to Mundaring Weir in the Perth Hills has been a popular Perth pastime for over a century! There’s so much to do at the picturesque picnic spot. As well as the stunning dam, there is a fascinating history behind the weir.
A trip to Mundaring Weir isn’t complete without a stroll along the top of the dam wall. There are carparks on both sides, for easy access. There’s usually an ice cream van or coffee truck located at the south side. The ornate central monitoring building has recently enjoyed a fresh coat of paint, making it a lovely spot for a photo.
CY O’Connor Hub
On the north side of the wall, CY O’Connor Hub Park is accessed by a road behind the Mundaring Weir Hotel. It’s one of a few picnic spots. There’s picnic tables, shelters, BBQ facilities, toilets and lawn for kicking a footy or throwing down a rug.
If you have family and grandkids with you, they will love the colourful pipe themed playground here.
You might even spot a roo!
No 1 Pump Station
Head to the bottom of the weir wall to No 1 Pump Station to delve deeper into the story behind the weir. The No1 Pump house, open on weekends (12pm to 4pm), has been restored by the National Trust. As well as the original boilers and pump engine, there’s a fascinating exhibition on the story of the building of the weir and pipeline – an internationally acclaimed engineering feet. As well as the struggles and untimely death of brilliant Engineer CY O’Connor. Read the Seniorocity review here… seniorocity.com.au/no1-pump-station-mundaring-weir
Just across the bridge from the No 1 Pump Station is another picnic area – this one with the immense weir wall looming above. Here there’s shelters, BBQ, toilets and even a special picnic table for wheelchair bound people.
South Ledge Lookout
Get a view of the weir from a different angle, a few hundred meters down Mundaring Weir Road (toward Kalamunda) there’s the South Ledge Lookout point (a 400 meter walk from the carpark). A short gravel track will take you to a viewpoint high above the weir. This is also a nice spot for a bush picnic. Did you know that the Bibbulmun Track runs straight past the No1 Pump Station? There are plenty of long and short bushwalks around this area – including the 22km walk from Kalamunda to the weir along the first leg of the epic track. Read the Seniorocity review here… seniorocity.com.au/bibbulmun-track-kalamunda
Mundaring Weir Hotel
And after all that activity, a trip to the Mundaring Weir Hotel may be on the cards. Found close to the north end of the weir, the historic pub has huge grounds, which include gardens and an amphitheatre. There’s a shady playground for grandkids. Sunday afternoons are particularly popular, when there’s live music and their famous lamb spit roast from 3pm. Read the Seniorocity review here… seniorocity.com.au/mundaring-weir-hotel-mundaring
In summer, the popular Kookaburra Cinemas are held near Mundaring Weir. There’s plenty to do all-year round at the popular Perth Hills spot.
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