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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Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary

Completely coffee and patisserie unrelated we recently visited the Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary. Located east of Perth in the Avon Valley and close to the town of  Gidgegannup there are 3 walking trails - the 2.5 kilometre Possum Loop, the 6.5 kilometre Quenda Circuit and the 13 kilometre Numbat Track. We walked the Quenda Circuit. Driving from the city we reached the area in under 1 hour. After we turned off Toodyay Road the scenery ...

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Little Guildford Cafe + Vintage Shopping

Following a satisfying Sunday wandering through the antique stores along James Street I had to return with Dk for a couple of  final decisions. First though, an espresso from one of the local cafes. The Little Guildford is a quaint cafe across the train tracks and around the corner from the Swan Valley Information Centre. We were only intending to stop by for a couple of coffees but the warm bid of welcome was an easy ...

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Unofficial Tulip Festival and coffee

It has been a hectic couple of months, moving into a friend's house temporarily, placing every personal possession into storage and renovating our apartment. Tasks continue to build up. Driving out of the city and into the hills was exactly what we needed this Sunday morning, to see the colourful tulips against the native Australian backdrop. Chalet Healy Tea Rooms is located at The Araluen Botanic Park in the Perth Hills, just a 40 ...

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