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Pepper Cottage is a beautiful large garden you should not miss visiting! It is named after the two very old pepper trees that were planted by the original owners, and many years later the garden is full of many other lovely mature plants including a large and unusual collection of mature camellias and azaleas.
It is an absolute delight to discover the many surprises as you explore the cleverly designed ‘garden rooms’, each filled with a variety of structures, seating areas and plants. The Camellia Path invites you to meander through to the Cottage Garden with its mix of bulbs and exotic plants, through a Tropical Room leading onto a more formal area and flowing onwards to the Orchard. With an eye for detail, the owner has placed interesting and charming decorative features throughout which reinforce the theme of being in ‘garden rooms’.
The whole area has a stunning backdrop of an orchard running down to the valley. The orchard features a wide variety of fruit trees including macadamias, avocados, olives, pecans, mangoes, mulberry, pear, plum, peach and citrus. The property yields other produce including grapes, honey and olive oil. It really is a garden not to be missed.
Mostly accessible by wheelchairs
Steep slope down to Orchard
Light refreshments for sale
Parking on the road and verge
Entry $8, under 18’s free, OGWA Members $6
Other things to do in the area
Melvilles Rose n Garden 10am-4pm
105 Tanner Road, Carmel 6076
32 Lyndhurst Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076 10am-4pm
Zanthorrea Nursery 9-5.30pm
155 Watsonia Road, Maida Vale 6057
Mix Garden Centre 9am-5pm
187 Hawtin Rd, Maida Vale 6057
Wandilla Garden Centre 9am-5pm
811 Welshpool Rd East, Wattle Grove 6107
Bigga Trees Sun 10-2pm
16 Isaacs Rd, Pickering Brook 6076
Dawsons Garden World 8.30-5.30pm
160 Hale Road, Forrestfield 6058
Plume Estate Vineyard Bickley
Perched above their glorious vines, the restaurant at Plume Estate Vineyard is dishing up some delectable tapas delights. Think marinated mushrooms served on a creamy white bean puree and grilled Fremantle sardines with gremolata. Pair those with a pinot noir, ladera, sparkling rose or shiraz and you’re good to go!
Fairbrossen Winery Carmel
Our very own slice of Margaret River in the Hills, Fairbrossen Winery is the place to go if you’re in the mood to sip some vino. They’ve got loads of different wines to try, as well as brekkies, lunches and cheeseboards made with fresh and local produce.
Carldenn Homestead Wines Bickley
While you’re in the area, definitely swing by Carldenn Homestead’s cellar door and pick up a case of their vino. They’ve got everything from semillon and chardonnay to Prosecco and merlot, plus a pretty smooth tawny port, if you’re into that kinda thing.
Myattsfield Vineyards Carmel
With some of the most beautiful surrounds, Myattsfield Vineyards are run by young wine makers Josh and Rachael Davenport. Along with their regular drops all the Hills’ folk love, they’re selling a delicious Mediterranean-style wine, Mourvedre, which complements food perfectly (that’s what we like to hear). Myattsfield also run a range of workshops ranging from a disgorging to cheese and wine pairing.
La Fattoria Pickering Brook
When we found out La Fattoria was home to a winery as well as a delicious Italian dining experience we squealed in delight. Their grapes are squeezed by the legends over at Myattsfield and they’ve got several delectable wines available for purchase (and tasting) at their cellar door. Book a lunch at Nonna’s Family Table, grab some vino and enjoy the view.
Hainault Vineyard And Cafe Bickley
Open weekends and public holidays, Hainault’s vineyard is the highest in Western Australia, and that seems to do a world of good for their grapes because their wines are delicious, with several award winning drops among the bunch. The cafe menu features hearty goodness like beef and merlot pies, Moroccan lamb tagines and dukkah crusted roast pumpkin burgers, along with share plates and desserts (sticky date pudding, anyone?). They even sell picnic bags for you to enjoy while picnicking among the vines.
Due Jolly Winery Pickering Brook
While named Due Jolly, Two Jokers in Italian, the wine bottled here is no joke. Stop by their cellar door (open weekends only) to enjoy seasonal platters, piled high with cheese, salami, terrine, chutney, olives and ciabatta, along with your tastings.
The Packing Shed at Lawnbrook Bickley
The Packing Shed is the Hills hot spot all the cool kids are raving about. Not only do the bottles they sell here feature the most adorable designs, their rotating menu is packed with flavour. You’ll be hard pressed choosing between tasty nibbles like beetroot and sumac arancinis, buttermilk chicken bites and classic pork and fennel sausage rolls but the good news is everything is pretty reasonably priced so you can afford to try a few things.
Brookside Vineyard Bickley
Boutique winery Brookside Vineyard churns out some exsqueezingly good chardonnay and cabernet in some of the most stunning surrounds. Stop by their restaurant, The Vineyard Kitchen, for a feast of beetroot and goats cheese brulee, slow cooked beef cheek on celeriac puree and goats curd with fresh honeycomb before picking up a few bottles of the good stuff to add to your growing collection.
CORE Cider House Pickering Brook
Overlooking stunning orchards in Pickering Brook, the CORE Cider House is a great spot to enjoy refreshing ciders and delicious food with friends. We suggest checking this one out on a Sunday. With live music, pizzas on the grass, stunning orchard views, and all the cider your heart desires, it’s defintiely worth the trip.
Carmel Cider Co Carmel
Handcrafting apple and pear ciders is the name of the game at the Carmel Cider Co, and it’s lucky because they’re damn good at it. Plus, with their apple and pear blossoms in full bloom right now, this place is just waiting for you to come grab the perfect snap. Pack a picnic and take in all the floral views with a few cheeky ciders.
Roleystone Brewing Co Roleystone
You may be familiar with Raeburn Orchard, one of Perth’s fave spot to get a snap of the autumn leaves. Well, nestled amongst all that Insta-worthy leafy action is Rolleystone Brewing Co’s orchard cellar door. Drop by to go for a wander through the grounds before sampling their crisp apple cider.
Naked Apple Cider Karragullen
This lush, dog-friendly 6.4 hectare bushland estate in Karragullen is home to Naked Apple Cider House. Complete with a restaurant, deck, courtyard and picturesque gardens, there’s no shortage of space to sprawl out and enjoy a cider or two in the sunshine. The restaurant is damn good too, with everything from burrata and ceviche to popcorn chicken and buffalo wings to balance out those apple ciders.