Situated in the Darling Range, 24 kilometres east of Perth, the City of Kalamunda offers an extensive range of film locations. Kalamunda, meaning a home in the forest, is rich with wildflowers, native fauna, creeks, waterfalls and old growth jarrah and marri forests. Boasting stunning views across the coastal plains to Perth City, the City is a mix of urban, semi-rural and National Parks. Geographically the City has three distinct areas, the Foothills/Plains, the Escarpment and the Eastern Rural Districts
Kalamunda has a dry Mediterranean climate featuring hot summers and mild wet winters. The City’s elevation varies from 10–400 metres (33–1320 ft) above sea level, which means that higher parts of the region can be a few degrees cooler
than Perth. This difference is less pronounced in summer as the City is less affected by the regular afternoon sea breeze due to its inland location. Due to their elevation the Escarpment and Rural East areas are wetter than Perth with over 1,000
millimetres (39 in) of annual rainfall.
Sunrise, Sunset, Wind: For current and predicted conditions see www.weatherzone.com.au/wa/perth/kalamunda
Fire: Fire restrictions and total fire bans are common in the Perth Hills especially in the height of summer. Information on fire and movement bans can be found via the emergency.wa.gov.au website.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY AWARE OF AND ADHERE TO ANY FIRE RESTRICTIONS / MOVEMENT BANS.
For more information see our Fire & Emergency section of the website or contact DFES on 132500 or visit the DFES website .
Productions intending to film in the City during summer should approach DFES prior to starting work and instigate a property inspection inclusive of recommendations for prevention and evacuation strategies. It is always a good idea to inform DFES when
large numbers of people and vehicles are gathered in a remote or rural location.
Kalamunda is located 20km directly east of the Perth GPO and approximately 24km by road. General travel time from Kalamunda to Perth is about 35 – 45 minutes. A variety of road types with and without markings, barriers, guide posts and power lines
can be accessed within the City.
The City of Kalamunda hosts a good range of tree lined bitumen roads, bush tracks, smooth dirt roads and an array of excellent visual shoot off through vineyards, orchards and forests as well as some amazing views from the escarpment over the City. For
all traffic management related issues review the Screen West report on traffic regulations.
Main Roads WA: https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
From Perth CityTransperth operate a direct bus service from Perth Central at St Georges Terrace to Kalamunda’s main shopping area of Mead St. The regular service takes about 60 minutes and a number of alternate routes and departure points
A variety of bus services then operate within Kalamunda and take in the surrounding suburbs and transit points. See the Transperth website for more information.Kalamunda Bus station – Mead St Kalamunda.
No train transit is available to or from Kalamunda.
Major train services are available from Midland. Midland Rail Station connects to Perth, Armadale, Fremantle and connects to the City by Bus.
Rail connections from Midland also include the Prospector (Kalgoorlie), The Avonlink (Northam) and the Indian Pacific (Adelaide and Melbourne). See the Transperth website for more information.
Midland Railway Station, Victoria St Midland.
From Perth Airport to Kalamunda is approximately 20 minutes via road transport (car, taxi, Uber). Please check relevant taxi and Uber rates for current charges. There are currently no direct bus routes to Perth Airport from Kalamunda.
Perth Airport: http://www.perthairport.com.au/index.aspx
Encompassing the suburbs of Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Maida Vale and Wattle Grove the Foothills and Plains regions of the City are characterized by rapidly growing urban areas and large housing subdivisions. The locations gallery showcases a diverse range of locations within the City, including a selection of roads ideal for tracking shots.. A mix of government and private enterprise, the area is adjacent to the Perth Airport and contains an expanding industrial and transport hub, incorporating excellent access to the major Roe, Tonkin and Great Eastern Highways.
The Escarpment region is at the heart of the City encompassing the suburbs of Lesmurdie, Gooseberry Hill and Kalamunda and is a stunning mix of heritage and nature. Once the centre of a thriving logging region and stopping place on the Upper Darling Range Railway, the area preserves much of its heritage. History has been built around the old Kalamunda Railway Station and is still maintained today. Home to the Zig Zag Cultural Centre and the largest stained glass window in the Southern Hemisphere, the area plays host to an ever growing number of events and festivals throughout the year. The weekly Kalamunda growers markets and monthly Kalamunda village markets draw visitors from around the State. The annual ‘Walk the Zig Zag’ scenic walk in October attracts over 4,000 participants. The Lesmurdie Falls, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre , Kalamunda National Park and the northern terminus of the Bibbulmun Track are also features of the Escarpment Region.
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In the Eastern Rural Districts the urban sprawl gives way to rural areas strewn with wineries and orchards that in turn give way to the breathtaking old growth forests of Jarrah and Marri. The largest region in the City by area, rolling hills, fields of produce and quintessential Australian bush are characteristic of this area which encompasses the suburbs of Carmel, Canning Mills, Bickley, Walliston, Hacketts Gully, Paulls Valley, Pickering Brook and Reservoir. Canning Mills is home to the Korung National Park and the Victoria Reservoir while Hacketts Gully hosts the Beelu National Park and the popular Munda Biddi Cycle track. Built in 1897, Western Australia’s oldest observatory is located in the suburb of Bickley, while Paulls Valley is home to the Calamunda Camel Farm and an abundance of walking and hiking trails. Synonymous with apple and stone fruit production, the very Mediterranean looking suburbs of Bickley and Carmel are increasingly making their mark on the food and wine tourism scene, playing host to an ever growing industry of small boutique wineries. The tranquil serenity of this environment has you easily forgetting that you are but 40 minutes from the Perth CBD.
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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.