The breathtaking zigzag road in the Perth Hills will reopen next month


Thanks to local hoons and anti-social behavior, it’s been a hot minute since we got a drive up the scenic Zig Zag Drive in the Perth Hills. It was closed to cars last year to tackle all the illegal behavior that happens at night, but now, 12 months later, the iconic road is set to reopen to cars in July.

With its meandering bends that (surprise, surprise) zigzag along the west side of the Darling Range in Gooseberry Hill National Park, you get spectacular new views around every corner, including some pretty special views of the town of Perth.

It is these views that have prompted people all over Perth to call for the road to be reopened and after a recent vote the council decided to reopen during the day for 12 months, starting in July.

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From July 1, cars will be allowed to enter the road between 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., with local rangers closing the door each night to prevent any hooning activity.

Keep in mind that you will be sharing the narrow, steep, one-way road (flowing up and down) with cyclists and pedestrians, so drive slowly (obey the 40 km / h speed limit), be careful and enjoy the ride.

On the way down you’ll find designated places to stop and enjoy those next-level views, so charge your phone so you can grab all the snaps. And again, be careful when parking and be careful of who you share the road with.

Of course, if you don’t want to drive, you can still walk the road. This will give you the freedom to explore other sites like the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail and Stathams Quarry Walk.

While sunrise is always reserved for cyclists and walkers, sunset is totally open to cars, so head to the road if you want to admire truly magical skies … be warned, anyone could pursue the same thing so that he can be a little busy.

If you’re in the mood for a mind-blowing drive, explore more of WA’s most scenic drives.

Image credit: @georgiekfromwa



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