Tips for a Road Trip to the Pilbara, Western Australia

2017 was an adventurous and challenging year for us, we packed up and headed north for a year of work and outdoor adventures in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We purchased a trailer from a family business in Welshpool called Loadstar Trailers and towed items for the year all the way to Karratha. We had never travelled further than Jurien Bay and traversed a fair few kilometres into a brand ...

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The Black Cockatoos unique to Western Australia

On an unusually wintry spring morning we travelled to Martin for the tour day weekend held at Kaarakin, a West Australian Black Cockatoo conservation centre. If you've followed my instagram account you may have noticed a couple of photos of a largish black bird. This is because a flock of Forest Red tailed Black-Cockatoos have taken a keen liking to the Cape Lilac tree in the backyard. Watching their daily comings and goings over a ...

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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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Mountain Bike Park close to Perth CBD

Not letting an unlucky incident impede future fun at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, we decided to return and bring along the camera to capture some sections of the park. The Goat Farm which isn't a farm at all is located in Greenmount National Park  and within close proximity to the city of Midland. It's a small mountain bike park but jam packed with skill challenging riding. Winter has encouraged ...

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Mountain Bike Morning – Mundaring Weir Hotel to Camel Farm

Watching the weather all week and hoping for a break of rain, we were super excited when that day came over the weekend. And so we loaded the bikes into the car and headed up to the Kalamunda Mountain Bike trails. We soon changed our plans thinking a cross country ride might be better given the rainfall and the chance of encountering slippery jumps. Fortunately Kalamunda and the surrounding Mundaring area offers plenty of ...

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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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Breakfast, Cider and a picturesque setting

The scenery at CORE Cider House is really sensational and it hits you the moment you pull up in the car park. The cidery and restaurant is set on a slope in the Perth hills with picturesque views across its orchard and Australian forest in the background. I have to say half way though our breakfast we spotted a prey bird with a huge wing span circling low through the orchard, it ...

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Kalamunda mountain bike circuit + Oasis Tea Rooms

Returning from our short Munda Biddi trip a couple of weeks ago, we have been keenly talking about finding some mountain biking trails closer to Perth. A quick google and we came across the Kalamunda mountain bike circuit located only 40km from Perth city in the Kalamunda hills. The circuit comprises of over 40km of trails for different skilled riders. There are a few spots in the area to start from, and ...

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Cycling the Carinyah Trail

I did something a outside of the normal routine on the weekend, completing a 15km off road cycle along the Carinyah Trail outside of Perth. I've only ever cycled on the road which is hard reliable concrete and today was a taste of cross country mountain biking, an exciting experience. During the week whilst researching some trails I stumbled on the bike riding website, follow my ride. With plenty of trails to choose from,  there was ...

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Organic Olive Picking, Toodyay

The other day I was shopping for some honey at Dunn and Walton and a small sign for olive picking in Toodyay caught my attention. We are an olive loving household here and the idea of picking bucket loads of them sounded right up our alley, especially since its difficult finding olives cured in a good quality brine. I emailed my interest to visit and Margaret Esslemont responded she would touch ...

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