Star Swamp Reserve, Western Australia

Escaping a weekend overthrown by some repetitive and boring book keeping, we hopped in the car late on Sunday afternoon for a drive along the ocean coast to Star Swamp Reserve. Located in the northern suburbs of North Beach and Watermans Bay, the reserve of close to 100 acres was sectioned off many years ago and placed under conservation as a Bush forever site. It essentially showcases the types of trees and ...

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Exploring the trails in Ellis Brook Valley

Last weekend after spending a couple of hours at Kaarakin’s Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre I was curious to find out if there were any hiking trails close by. Following a quick Google search I recognised three local bloggers I follow and having read Life of Py, Metrotrekker and The Long Way's Better  own accounts on the trails in Ellis Brook Valley we were ready, set, go! Our first hike since Paruna ...

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Short forest Walk in Daglish – Honeyeaters and Eucalyptus

While sunny Perth has it's fair share of green open park land, reticulated and perfectly groomed lawns and deciduous trees I  often think the native Australian flora offers an interactive and pleasurable experience. Let me show you why that is. Located in Daglish is a very small strip of forest that has fortunately been spared from the surrounding development. This isn't classed as an official walk per say, although if I had to assign a name ...

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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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DIY walking tour – Elizabeth Quay and Perth

Perth’s newly created waterfront precinct has been years in the making and last weekend, Elizabeth Quay finally opened! *happy dance* Have you visited? What do you think? Like the premier of Western Australia said, ‘this is a one-in-100 year change,”. This project has certainly transformed the city’s skyline and it’s almost surreal seeing the water and skyline close together in photos posted around social media this week, a significant visual change ...

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Wrap Up of Porongurup + Albany Travels

We spent a couple of days on a working farm in the great southern region of Western Australia, however, there was no working for Derek and I, it was holiday time. There is something about the country, I always return back to Perth wanting to move and set up a life on a farm. For me, I love the outdoors and as much as I enjoy blogging, I also appreciate the time away ...

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Sky high on Bluff Knoll, Western Australia

A new experience is the spice of life, is it not? Our last day in Porongurup, we hiked Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National park. The 6 kilometre return trail to the Bluff Knoll summit scales 1,097 metre high, the highest peak in the south of the state. Bluff Knoll is a must see and do in Western Australia particularly because the biodiversity and scenery is quite unique in the area. Waking up ...

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Nailing it at Castle Rock Sky Walk – Yeow!

Following a festive Christmas we drove down to the great southern region of Western Australia, overnighting on a beautiful farm at the base of the Porongurup Ranges. We found Jilba Farm, on the accommodation marketplace website, Airbnb. Those of you that read the blog regularly, would have seen my posts about our previous visit and unfortunately we were unable to get up to Castle Rock due to weather conditions. This ...

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Morning walk and lunch at Choux Cafe

Well, it's official, I am on holidays! Working through Christmas and New Year last year in a retail store, I am really going to cherish my time off. I admire retail sales assistants, it's a crazy job during the festive season but rewarding for the company's balance sheet. This year I am looking forward to baking dessert for the family on Christmas day, something I couldn't do last year. I ...

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Albany is beautiful in the rain

Spending a couple of nights in Porongurup (travel post here) we traveled further south exploring the town of Albany, albeit the weather kept us from doing some our plans like hiking Bluff Knoff and attempting the mountain bike track on Mount Clarence we managed to see a couple of other entertaining sights around town.  Albany Town Centre Located in the great southern region of Western Australia the seaside town of Albany is in fact older than Perth, by ...

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