Road racer for the first time + ride around Swan River

The best part of Perth's winter for a cyclist, aside from the abundance of perfect sunny days is more importantly the drop in wind conditions. A window of opportunity for an enjoyable ride. Knowing this small fact makes the winter months a whole lot more fun and keeps us busy to say the least.  Lately, I've been curious about riding a road bike.  The speed and execution of some of the cyclists ...

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Vans Cottesloe + Cycle around Perth’s Swan River

Vans Cottesloe opens when the sun is barely up and not even a mouse stirs on Napoleon Street. It's a really peaceful part of the day and on our cycle around the Swan River today we detour for warm drinks and breakfast. Turns out this morning was the coldest one this year so far, and this doesn't surprise me because my fingers were hurting from the chill. Comfy inside and sitting by the beautiful ...

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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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Come and find me…at Donnelly River Holiday Village

Completing a small section of the Munda Biddi last year, Donnelly River Village became our start and finish, where we spent a night in between preparing and recovering from the bike journey. You can catch those posts here and here. We had such an awesome break in the old mill town that we decided to book a return. Not your typical white robe, pool or spa type of holiday. Donnelly River Village ...

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First time at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park

The Goat Farm Mountain Park is located in Greenmount National Park, just off Great Eastern Hwy (94) and under 10km from Midland Train Station. The plan was to ride the blue cruiser trail to cannonball, and while I would continue down the blue cross country trail, Derek would take a black downhill trail. We began our morning at the skills park and were having such a great time that we didn’t ...

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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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First time guide at Kalamunda MTB Circuit

The Kalamunda circuit area combines a range of different trails so you'll never grow bored, 1 year later and we've only covered a quarter of the trails and there's 40km of them. Cross country, technical, jumps and downhill. Plus it's all located in bushland where you may spot a Kangaroo. And afterwards finish your ride with a refreshment from the Camel Farm Cafe. I have to admit the first time I ...

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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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Perth Cycle + Breakfast pizza and Beer

Our plans to cycle along the river were halted not even half way when out of nowhere I experienced some fairly sharp piercing pains to the right side of one of my knees. Arghhh! When it became clear I couldn’t continue cycling we boarded the train for Perth at Canning Bridge, and all the while feeling grateful the section of path we were on, was super close to the Mandurah ...

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