Kalamunda is a well-heeled township (part of the broader City of Kalamunda) on the crest of the Perth Hills. The area began as a timber settlement, but it's since become a quieter residential haven close to the city (it's just a 30-minute drive from Perth). Sadly, much of the towns architectural heritage has been lost to ill-considered interventions over the last 50 years. Counterbalancing this has been the emergence of the wine industry in nearby Bickley Valley – a must-do day trip from Perth.
For walkers, Kalamunda is the northern terminus of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track, which starts near the shops and heads into the forest en route to Albany: see www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au for details.
From Zig-Zag Dr, just north of Kalamunda off Lascelles Pde, there are fantastic views over Perth to the coast. The drive through forested hills to Mundaring via Mundaring Weir Rd is also worthwhile, but watch for kangaroos.