Living in Kalamunda

Kalamunda is a town and eastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located in the Darling Scarp at the eastern limits of the Perth Metropolitan area. 

The word is derived from two Noongar (an Indigenous Australian language) words: kala meaning "home" and munda meaning "forest", hence spawning the Shire's motto "A home in the forest". 

At 300m above sea level, Kalamunda and the surrounding areas experience colder night temperatures than the bulk of the Perth Metropolitan area to the west. Deep clay soils in the valleys in this area provide ideal growing conditions for some fruits, apples, and pears, and for a small commercial rose growing industry. 

The town was once art of a thriving logging region, being a stopping pace on the Upper Darling Range Railway. The area has a number of features as a result of this railway including a museum at the site of the original station. Typical rail side road structures with a rail reserve between and the Zig-Zag road on the old section where the railway climbed the Darling escarpment. The region also has extensive areas with orchards, primarily involved in apple and stone fruit production. 

Kalamunda has a thriving retail hub, and a small industrial base. While the town's retail centre is the largest in the Darling Scarp it primarily services Kalamunda and the contiguous urbanised areas of Lesmurdie and Walliston. to the south and east the urban area transitions into the semi-rural and orchard growing areas of Bickley, Carmel and Pickering Brook which in turn give way to extensive jarrah and marri forests. The suburb of Gooseberry Hill is located to the north of Kalamunda where the terrain drops away sharply to the Helena Valley effectively separating Kalamunda from other Darling Scarp population centre to the north. It is at Gooseberry Hill that the railway used to descend from the hills to Midland Junction, dropping 300 metres in a series of 5 Zig-Zag shunts. The railway line has been replaced by a single lane, one-way scenic drive that follows the old track. 

Kalamunda and the surrounding areas have an arts and crafts tradition, and is home to three major Perth residential colleges. Conservation groups are active within the community, and efforts have been made (largely successfully) to maintain native vegetation adjacent to urban areas, and to some extent with the urban area. The population profile of Kalamunda is slightly in advance of the Perth Metropolitan area, although the largest cohorts are 15-19 year old males and females. Short stay accommodation in a forest setting close to Perth is a growth area, and is increasingly offering eco-tourism experience for local and overseas visitors. The population of Kalamunda and the surrounding areas have a diverse ethnicity. 

Located nearby is the Kalamunda National Park and the northern terminus of the Bibbulmun Track, a world class 93km recreational walking trail. 

Source (Wikipedia)


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Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce,
50 Railway Road Kalamunda
+61 (0) 487 431 361
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