D’Entrecasteaux National Park and camping salsa nachos

Venturing into D’Entrecasteaux National Park we were rewarded with some incredible rugged coastlines and patches of karri forest. It was wonderful to see first-hand the forest recovery from a fire that tore through the area over a year ago, destroying much in its path. Well, that said, not all is lost, green vegetation has sprung from the ash covered soil and even some of the charred karri trees are sprouting from ...

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Magical Morning to Montenvers, Chamonix

Having spent a spectacular morning yesterday 3,000 metres dizzily high in the mountains at Aguille Du Midi, and not to mention my mildly embarrassing fainting episode from altitude sickness that has been the centre of all jokes, today was a slow and relaxed kind of day. Every day I spend in Chamonix begins with the thought of how charming this little alpine town is, and even though it's February, it still feels ...

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Road trip tips for Western Australia’s South West

A while ago I wrote a few tips for the drive to Albany and from our recent trip along the South Western highway to the great southern forests I’m sharing some general knowledge for a seamless enjoyable 'down south' drive. This post covers the towns along Forest Highway and the South West Highway all the way to the great southern forests area of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Manjimup and Walpole. It's a decent length ...

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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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A-Z Guidebook: Koh Samui, Thailand

I'm joining up with TIFFIN'S A-Z Guidebook Travel Link Up, and April the letter is K.  - Koh Samui in Thailand, a place I visited a few years ago. Koh Samui is an island separated from Thailand by ocean and reachable via slightly questionable ferries or commercial planes, and I think it's because of this separation, the atmosphere is different to other highly popular islands that tend to be connected by ...

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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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Photo Diary: French Alps in Chamonix

The French Alps were magical and terrifying at the same time. Fortunate for us, we were whisked up to the tops of the mountains via modern and safe cable cars/ gondolas. This post is a couple of photos I snapped in France accompanied by some mountain and climbing quotes. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery - John Ruskin You will climb only as high as your mind ...

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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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Sea Shells Cafe, Cervantes

On the way home from spending the night at Sandy Cape we pulled into the seaside town of Cervantes, feeling hopeful we would find a place for a cup of coffee. Cervantes is historically known for its cray fishing industry, this is one place in Western Australia where you can eat the local delicacy almost fresh off the boat. Bulk tour companies transport travelers from Perth up to the nearby Lobster Shack ...

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