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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We hit the MTB trails in the Pilbara

I think most mountain bikers would agree, riding is a wee bit addictive and in Western Australia there is ample opportunity to ride through some contrasting landscapes with endless options when it comes to the style of riding. In the North West of Western Australia, the Pilbara region has a fairly active network of mountain bike trails and crew. I'm excited to share with you, a ride in the Pilbara! Saturday morning waking up ...

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Deep Gorge, Burrup Peninsula – Summer Season

Setting out from the town of Karratha, we embark on a short drive towards Dampier en-route to the Burrup Peninsula where Western Australia's 100th national park is located. Murujuga National Park was created a couple of years ago under a unique partnership between the government and traditional custodians -  Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo. Just before Hearson's Cove, we take an unsealed road to an area that the ladies at the Karratha visitor centre ...

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Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha

Travelling on North West Coastal highway, the city of Karratha sits concealed on the other side of a range of hills known as Karratha hills.  One morning over the weekend, we set off early on the short loop trail of the Yaburara (pronounced Yabara) Heritage Trail. The short loop trail can be accessed from the visitor centre which is a five minute drive from town. There's plenty of parking to leave the car and the ...

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Road trip to the North West of Western Australia

Having spent most of our adult years exploring the south west and great southern areas of Western Australia, we recently set out on an extended trip to the North West of Western Australia. This post is a snippet into our 1,654 kilometre long journey over a period of three days. The north west of Western Australia can be a considerably unforgiving area, a hot climate and remote location. The tourism websites talk about an ancient natural landscape made ...

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Discover Kings Park & Botanic Garden

While Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a popular attraction in the capital of Western Australia, it is also a much loved spot for Perth folk. In this post I explore a number of activities which could very well be combined into spending a whole day exclusively in the 400 hectare park. Tree exploring! Invest in $3.00 at Aspects of Kings Park for a pocket sized book on the special trees found in Kings Park. Embark ...

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Magpies in the Backyard

When we were living in Perth our inner city neighbourhood was littered with old tuart trees, bush parks and native vegetation on council owned land. Leaves on the ground and worms in the soil. The benefit to living in an area where the natural landscape hadn't been entirely flattened for pleasantville suburbs of designer gardens became clear when we received an array of wildlife in the backyard, which leads me to one of the ...

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Summer Landscape at Shenton Bushland

Gearing up for a move, we’ve been committed to some long days of packing and this means not much time for the routine cycles, so we’ve turned to short bush trails for a bit of a relaxing break. We chanced upon Shenton Bushland when dropping off some linen to the Cat Haven earlier in the week and decided to return around sunset on a cooler day. Located on Lemnos Street, the trail head is ...

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Cycling, Sun, Salt Lakes and Birds on Rottnest Island

Putting a gift voucher to good use, we spend our last morning of 2016 relaxing in the scenic surrounds of Rottnest Island. Boarding the first ferry from B Shed in the Fremantle Port at 7.15 am, the journey is fairly uneventful as we travel the open seas and past some gigantic looking container ships. Before we know it, we are stepping onto the ferry landing. For $30.00 we bought along our ...

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52 Weekend Microadventures to try from Perth

In the spirit of new experiences, the running theme for this list is outdoors, nature, wildlife and positive challenges. Also, a few coffee breaks slipped in for good measure.  52 outdoor activities and micro adventures to try from Perth, so that is one every weekend for an entire year. A little trip may give you the same happiness and satisfaction as a longer one, the mental challenge refreshing your mind and all ...

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Mt Chudalup and D’Entrecasteaux National Park

Mount Chudalup, an ancient rock form in the karri forest promises some spectacular views to anyone who reaches the summit. Seeing as we were staying at a local camp ground, we planned to cycle 11 kilometres to the trail head and hike to the summit. We set out reasonably early taking advantage of some good cycling conditions which means low light, no wind and less cars on the road. Our backpacks stocked ...

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Revisiting Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Passing through Pemberton in the southern forests of Western Australia, we couldn’t resist visiting the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park again for a ride on the mountain bikes. We begin with a warm up in the dirt jump section adjacent the car park. Earlier in the year I was a bit hesitant with the jumps but a couple of months practice at the Goat Farm back in Perth and I’m comfortable with ...

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