A Day in the Country - Gingin
An easy day trip from Perth the small hamlet of Gingin was gazetted a town in 1871 and will celebrate it's 150th Anniversary in 2021.
The Historical Gingin Trail (click to download link or grab a map from the Information Centre) is an easy 45 minute walk past several heritage buildings, along the lovely Gingin Brook and extending out to the Old Stock Route and the Cemetery. At the time of our visit the Stock Route was closed for maintenance so we looped through the town and then drove out to the cemetery.
Granville Park is a lovely green space along Gingin Brook and you will find Granville Pool here (water not safe for swimming) along with the replica Water Wheel and three bridges.
There is also a war memorial, a small playground, picnic benches and public toilets.
The CU @ Park Cafe is a popular stopover for both locals and travellers and on the other side of the cafe is a brand new nature based playground. The Gingin Outdoor Activity Space includes a scooter track for younger children and a skate park and half basketball court for older kids. It has toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.
Although it was a bit tricky to find we enjoyed the ten minute walk along the Jim Gordon VC Trail which includes a long boardwalk along the brook. The trail officially starts at the Pioneer Pavilion on the eastern side of the road bridge across Gingin Brook. The Pavilion has lots of interesting signage about the history and development of the area.
We didn't wander through the cemetery itself but did enjoy the small flora trail which had abundant kangaroo paws and other wildflowers on display.
You can access Gingin (78km from Perth CBD) directly via Brand Highway or you can drive a more leisurely loop by taking Tonkin Highway/Great Northern Highway to Bindoon (stop for a cuppa at the famous Bindoon Bakehaus) then taking Mooliabeenee Rd to Gingin. From Gingin head west along Gingin Brook Road, perhaps calling in to the Gravity Discovery Centre, a science education centre and home to the leaning tower of Gingin. Either way you will come out at Indian Ocean Drive which you can follow south back to Perth. For more detailed information on this journey have a look at the Shire of Gingin Self Guided Tour.