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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Mundaring MTB trails to Lake Leschenaultia

Easing our way into a summer of riding, we embarked on a fun cycle to Lake Leschenaultia using the mountain bike trail network from Mundaring. Lake Leschenaultia is a man made lake set in native West Australian bush land with camping and recreational facilities. Interestingly the lake was built in 1897 as a dam called Chidlows Well, for maintaining the steam engine trains that ran along the Eastern railway between Fremantle and ...

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Cross Country Trail at The Goat Farm

Making use of an ever so rare opportunity of both of us having Monday off work, we made our way with the bikes to the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park bright and early.  I wish I could hold onto the feeling of no work on a Monday, however that said it was just as difficult to wake up so early and in this instance, we brewed our large stovetop coffee maker. Begin ...

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Star Swamp Reserve, Western Australia

Escaping a weekend overthrown by some repetitive and boring book keeping, we hopped in the car late on Sunday afternoon for a drive along the ocean coast to Star Swamp Reserve. Located in the northern suburbs of North Beach and Watermans Bay, the reserve of close to 100 acres was sectioned off many years ago and placed under conservation as a Bush forever site. It essentially showcases the types of trees and ...

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Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails- West Australia

There is loads of  quality riding options along the Kalamunda Mountain bike trails and having cycled the green trails, the next stage of progression is the blue graded ones. This also means access to a larger number of trails in the area and an opportunity to ride deeper in the forest as well as a few runs down the reasonably steep Mt Gunjin. Set in regrowth forest the mountain bike trails meander through ...

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The Black Cockatoos unique to Western Australia

On an unusually wintry spring morning we travelled to Martin for the tour day weekend held at Kaarakin, a West Australian Black Cockatoo conservation centre. If you've followed my instagram account you may have noticed a couple of photos of a largish black bird. This is because a flock of Forest Red tailed Black-Cockatoos have taken a keen liking to the Cape Lilac tree in the backyard. Watching their daily comings and goings over a ...

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Short forest Walk in Daglish – Honeyeaters and Eucalyptus

While sunny Perth has it's fair share of green open park land, reticulated and perfectly groomed lawns and deciduous trees I  often think the native Australian flora offers an interactive and pleasurable experience. Let me show you why that is. Located in Daglish is a very small strip of forest that has fortunately been spared from the surrounding development. This isn't classed as an official walk per say, although if I had to assign a name ...

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