Cycle the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail

We've wanted to experience the Railway Reserves Heritage trail for a while now and with a promise of flowing waterfalls thanks to a rather generous winter season we thought it was perfect timing to put our plans into action. The 41 km trail loop traces the old eastern railway line, passing through neighbourhoods grown from early settlement towns and the state’s John Forrest National Park. Offering glimpses into Western Australia’s past, ...

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Holidaying like it was 1990 in Western Australia

Early childhood holidays were in a remote beach hut community, surrounded by sand dunes, daily encounters with kangaroos and emus, and stories of a haunted hut. I made it once to the window at night before hastily running away because the oil lantern and wood rocking chair freaked my wandering imagination into thinking a ghost would appear any minute. The excitement was playing with the kids next door and running through the settlement in the ...

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Nature activities galore in Pemberton!

Pemberton is located in the greater southern area of Western Australia’s south west. It’s a steady drive of around 4 hours from Perth and the highlight becomes the winding drive though some beautiful small country towns along the South West Highway. I couldn't really tell you my favourite town because they are all worth stopping in at and I wrote a post about it here. The further south from Perth city we venture, ...

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The mountain bike ride to North Mole in Fremantle

Welcome to a perfect winter's day in Perth! Taking advantage of some superb weather conditions over the weekend we set out on a relaxed paced pedal along the coast. This circular route starts at Claremont Train Station to North Mole in Fremantle. Alternatively a good starting point is Lake Espresso Cafe because there's plenty of parking in front of the golf club/Aspire Fitness, just off Davies Road. Length: 26km Highlights: Ocean views and ...

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Warming Lunch at The Hummus Club, Trinity Arcade

Finding myself in the city for a hectic run around kind of day also meant I had the opportunity to lunch. Woohoo! It's been a while since I've spent lunchtime in the city and I definitely miss the buzzing atmosphere and access to an elaborate spread of eateries in every nook and cranny of the CBD! With rain falling down on the terrace and me having forgotten the umbrella, I retreated into Trinity Arcade where ...

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Road trip tips for Western Australia’s South West

A while ago I wrote a few tips for the drive to Albany and from our recent trip along the South Western highway to the great southern forests I’m sharing some general knowledge for a seamless enjoyable 'down south' drive. This post covers the towns along Forest Highway and the South West Highway all the way to the great southern forests area of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Manjimup and Walpole. It's a decent length ...

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Northcliffe Farm Stay at Canterbury Cottage

At the tail end of our south west trip we stayed overnight on a working farm 19km outside of the small township of Northcliffe (south of Pemberton). Canterbury Cottage is a bed and breakfast run by owners and farmers, Ken and Kay. Setting out on Boorara Road, we drove into some remarkable Karri country and deeper as the road turned into red gravel. The road is bordered largely by forest with ...

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Road trip to Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Following a long weekend in Binningup we embarked on a slightly ambitious journey to drive down to Pemberton to check out the town’s mountain bike park before driving back to Perth, the very same day, and in time to prepare for work the next day. A quick calculation and that’s about 6 hours of driving for the day. Oh boy. The good thing about being in Binnginup is that we were ...

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