Mountain Bike Ride after work + Happiness Habits

Somewhere in the Pilbara, I race home from work to meet my other half. We hurry ourselves and the bikes out the door, rolling down the driveway with one hour before sunset. Our destination is short travelled through the neighbourhood to a series of hills on the edge of the City of Karratha. We're going for a mountain bike ride, a push bike ride where exercise is just an added bonus to ...

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Hiking a 4WD track outside Karratha

In the vicinity of Karratha there seems to be many more four wheel drive (4WD) tracks than hiking trails, understandably so when taking into consideration the vast distances between locations in the Northwest of Western Australia, as well as, a lengthy summer that prevents most hiking activities. With Murujuga National Park within close proximity we made some vague plans to hike a not too long 4WD track from Hearson's Cove through the park ...

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I am a happy cyclist. Are you a happy driver?

I cycle to be happy whether it be on the mountain bike along less travelled dirt trails or the road bike on well travelled roads with vehicles of all sorts. I'm not on the road to cause drama, I stick as far left as I possibility can past the painted lines, however sometimes the left of the road is full of collected rocks and hazards from traffic. I hold onto the handle ...

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Ladies Day at the (MTB) Races – Karratha

Friday night we prepare the mountain bikes and backpacks, I spend a little bit of time cutting some KMART fake flowers for a fascinator that will hopefully be easy to fix onto the helmet. Race 7 for the Burrup Mountain Club is one like no other, actually all rounds so far have been like no other with a touch of Pilbara uniqueness.  This one though, is ladies day at the races, incorporating a ...

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Karratha Winter Season – What to do!

Karratha's unsung surroundings offers a chance to discover the sprawling Pilbara region with all the modern conveniences close by. A town developed on the back of a strong resources industry, some 1,550kms north of Perth, might not be the regular tourism destination, however the town does present an opportunity to venture to less journeyed places where you might find yourself with a slice of the Pilbara all to yourself.  I'm sharing with you all, in this ...

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Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 hour Remedy Race – Karratha

A mountain bike race to cure all ailments known to man including sleeplessness, anxiety and mountain bike withdrawal symptoms. Sounds like a bit of fun to me, I thought weeks prior, as I filled out the race form for Yara's Dr Baynton's 6 hour race in Karratha, a Pilbara town in the northwest of Western Australia with an enthusiastic local community of mtbers. While the thought of six hours of trail cycling ...

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Mt Herbert, Millstream Chichester National Park – Winter Season

Having the pleasure of a free Sunday, we happily took the opportunity to visit Millstream Chichester National Park for a hike and swim. This West Australian National Park is a achievable day trip or weekend stay from Karratha. Leaving the Pilbara town, very quickly the landscape transits to arid plains stretched to the horizon and random rocky peaked hills dissected by Rio Tinto's Iron Ore train line. In any one drive it's not uncommon to spot ...

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Moving to a new town, in regional WA

As the week draws to an end it's also an important milestone for us, being six months living in the Pilbara.  A first adventure. A defining experience and I share some thoughts in this post about uprooting and venturing into the temporary space of unknown. It hasn't exactly been all peaches and cream and while the chaos of pulling together a bold move in a matter of weeks is now a distant ...

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Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park would have to be the most remote national park we've visited thus far,  627,422 hectares of landscape in the semi arid Pilbara region. From one gorge to the next, we spend the good part of one afternoon scrambling down and up rocks and swimming in a cold pool at Joffre Gorge. From Dales campground we take a sealed road to the Joffre lookout car park where we'll be able to follow a marked ...

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Sunset walk and dip in Fern Pool, Karijini National Park

Let me begin this post by setting a scene that entails a morning of exploring the outback followed by lunch back at the campsite and a lazy afternoon. Warmth is in the dry air as the sun begins to set over the spinifex covered landscape and there's one last opportunity to cool off before the dark starry night emerges. On balmy hot evenings, if we were in Perth we would head to the ...

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Dales Gorge Walk, Karijini National Park

Following an impressive hike of Mount Bruce, second tallest peak in Western Australia, the following day was spent down in the gorges in Karijini National Park, the second largest national park in Western Australia.  Unmarked by industry and a horizon of ancient landscape made up of stunning colours, we consider Karijini to be a special escape because you will definitely connect with the wonders of nature. Treating ourselves to a sleep in, our morning ...

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Hiking Mount Bruce in Karijini National Park

Mount Bruce is located in the Pilbara region within Karijini National Park. Being Western Australia's second tallest peak, our walk is set to be an adventurous and challenging one as we scale to 1,234 metres above sea level. The trail is classified into 3 categories beginning with Class 2, then into 3 before the serious climb along class 5 to the top. Essentially to reach the summit, hikers will complete all of the classes ...

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