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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Cycle and Coffee, Royal Yacht Club to Portside City Fremantle

Following our cycle last weekend, we were keen to do it all again. This route was shorter with an extension to the portside town of Fremantle. Start and end –  Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club to Rule Street Cafe Stop –  Bread in Common KM traveled; 10km roughly Section 1 - Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club to Rule Street We leave the car behind at the picturesque Keane's Point Reserve and head south along the path towards Fremantle. The weather ...

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Camping Preparation

We are planning to hike a small section of the Bibbulmun track and returning with the bikes to trial a section of the Munda Biddi Trail this year! Two fantastic trails in Western Australia. Being an absolute newbie to the idea of hiking and camping overnight makes this exciting and also a little overwhelming. The latter I'm referring too, is the preparation part. Thinking about what to pack, what to eat and how ...

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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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Wrap Up of Porongurup + Albany Travels

We spent a couple of days on a working farm in the great southern region of Western Australia, however, there was no working for Derek and I, it was holiday time. There is something about the country, I always return back to Perth wanting to move and set up a life on a farm. For me, I love the outdoors and as much as I enjoy blogging, I also appreciate the time away ...

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Mushroom Cafe & Bakehouse

Hitting the road destined for Perth following a short break in the south west of the state, we discovered not a great deal of places were open. Understandably it was New Years Day.  We were pleased to find a few choices for breakfast in the quaint country town of Balingup and next to the tourist information centre we walked into Mushroom Cafe and Bakehouse. The cottage cafe was quiet, infact, ...

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24 Hours in Tokyo + Bullet Train to Nagano

On route from Kuala Lumpur we flew with Air Asia into Haneda Airport, touching down in Tokyo city just before midnight. The rather unusual thing about Haneda airport is the train services stop just after midnight, leaving airport arrivals the choice of an expensive taxi or a limited stop night bus. Following an interesting conversation with my former boss a few months prior, we decided to hang around in the ...

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Penang you were fascinating

Following a few highly spirited nights in Koh Samui we boarded a Firefly propeller plane bound for an island destination in the bordering country of Malaysia. The flight to Penang was a comfortable and uneventful 2 hour and 30 minute trip. Just enough time for me to snack and read the inflight magazine before the plane commenced its descent. New to Penang We were met at the airport by a driver organised through our hotel. The driver chatted to us the ...

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Streets of George Town

The Malaysian state of Penang certainly has changed since my last visit in 2005. Downtown Georgetown has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery of wall murals and wrought iron caricatures. The artwork brings about some colour and lighthearted humor to the back streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town. Overnighting at The Yeng Keng Hotel on Chulia Street we embarked on a morning of exploration on foot. Almost like ...

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Lost Kittens Project 101: Penang

Walking around the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed George Town we sighted a number of cat murals and artwork objects. The artistic installations are part of the Lost Kittens Project 101 by a group of talented and passionate artists. The project creates awareness for neglected animals and was part of a festival held in 2013 of which also incorporated other types of street artwork. The group known as ...

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