The more you hike, the more trails you come across. Often, I come across unknown trail markers and think to myself, "I'm going to have to try that another day". Hiking can be a virtuous cycle (or is that a vicious cycle?).
One day, while hiking from Mundaring to Mundaring Weir I came across two large maroon signs with "Kattamorda Heritage Trail" emblazoned upon them. The same sign can also be found on the Mason and Bird Heritage Trail near Bickley Brook Reservoir. Mundaring to Bickley Brook Reservoir? That sounds like one hell of a trail. Must be a long one.
I consult the repository of all knowledge, Google, and ask for more information on this "Kattamorda Heritage Trail". The search results provide a great review by the Perth based hiking blogger The Life of Py and the original Heritage Council of Western Australia pamphlet on the trail (kindly provided by walkgps.com.au). Wait a second, all these results reference the "Kattamordo", not the "Kattamorda" as on the signs (notice the "o" at the end, not the "a"). The pamphlet provides more detail, stating that the trail is really called "Kattamordo" (from the indigenous Noongar word for the Darling Range), and the signs with "Kattamorda" are a typo. That is quite the oversight. Oh well, I will refer to the trail as "Kattamordo" from now on.
The Kattamordo Heritage Trail is part of a larger Heritage Trail Network developed by the Western Australian Heritage Committee in commemoration of the 1988 Bicentenary. The pamphlet includes a simple map of all the North Metropolitan Heritage Trails (great, more trails to explore, the vicious cycle continues). The purpose of the trails was to "enhance awareness and enjoyment of Western Australia's natural and cultural heritage". I will leave you to read more about such heritage in the pamphlet, I’m off to walk the Kattamordo Heritage Trail, which is 27km according to the pamphlet and 34km according to The Life of Py (who I agree with).
Starting in Perth City, I take the train to Midland and then bus 320 to Mundaring (out the front of Woolworths). I walk south to Sculpture Park, which according to a marker on Google Maps is the "Heritage Trail and Kattamordo Trailhead", but I couldn't see any information (I only had a quick look). The most interesting sight at Sculpture Park is the railway heritage.