About halfway between Midland and Mundaring, 35km or so north-east of Perth’s CBD, Glen Forrest is virtually across the road from the John Forrest National Park, which includes within its boundaries one of the highest points in the Darling Range.
This rugged park, a favourite weekend retreat for Perth families, is Western Australia's first national park. As an added bonus, it hosts the Mahogany Inn, which was built in 1837 and is said to be the oldest licensed hotel in WA.
A great spot to visit on the western boundary of the park is the Rocky Pool picnic area, which is set among attractive wandoo and paperbark woodland. Here, after winter rains, you can sit and watch the waters of Jane Brook tumble down a series of small rapids into the pool.
And, if you're in the mood for more outdoor activity, up the road from Glen Forrest is the beautiful Mundaring Weir, another favourite picnic spot. Just nearby, you’ll find the O’Connor Museum, dedicated to the extraordinary work of engineer C.Y. O’Connor who conceived the Perth-Kalgoorlie water pipeline.