Pemberton Family Stories, Western Australia

Dad recently handed me a book called Pemberton Family Stories containing a collection of stories from a number families settling in the Pemberton and Northcliffe area. I really enjoyed the read and wanted to share it on the blog. However, I didn’t wish to write a book review and risk losing the authenticity and not to mention the character of the words spoken from the families. I knew for copyright purposes I ...

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MTB Jarrahwood to Nannup – Munda Biddi & Old Timberline Rail Trail

Carrying on from our camping in Nannup post we spent a day exploring the local national park on bikes.  Only a few metres from the main street in Nannup, off road cyclists and hikers have access to 3 trails covering over 40 kilometres through forest and bushland from the towns of Jarrahwood and Nannup. The Munda Biddi continues south from Nannup to Donnelly River, a small holiday village enveloped in ...

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Camping and Cycling in Nannup

With a few nights up our sleeve we travelled down to Nannup to mountain bike a few of the local trails before the long weekend. Nannup is located in Western Australia's south west along Vasse Highway, in between Bridgetown and Margaret River. The Blackwood River and a few creek systems pass through the town making it a genuine haven for nature and outdoor activities. As the trip approached, each day the ...

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Visiting a Cat Cafe in Tokyo

Following a day of cycling and exploring Tokyo we decided to hunt down a Cat Café near our accommodation in the neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa( try saying that really fast!). While finding well known tourist landmarks and train stations is relatively easy in Tokyo, on the flip side locating a specific address we found required more of an effort, and a pinch of patience too. I always say, keep your travels in Tokyo loosely ...

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Berlin History Sightseeing

There are three things I distinctly remember about our travels through Berlin- beer, bratwurst and history. Berlin experienced some heavy historical events during the World Wars and the strongest message I learnt from wandering between memorials in the German capital is no one wins in war times. And those that become threatened by intelligence of others are not great people. Book Burning Memorial Hidden in a public square off Unter den Linden under cobblestone ...

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Mountain Bike Park close to Perth CBD

Not letting an unlucky incident impede future fun at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, we decided to return and bring along the camera to capture some sections of the park. The Goat Farm which isn't a farm at all is located in Greenmount National Park  and within close proximity to the city of Midland. It's a small mountain bike park but jam packed with skill challenging riding. Winter has encouraged ...

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Holidaying like it was 1990 in Western Australia

Early childhood holidays were in a remote beach hut community, surrounded by sand dunes, daily encounters with kangaroos and emus, and stories of a haunted hut. I made it once to the window at night before hastily running away because the oil lantern and wood rocking chair freaked my wandering imagination into thinking a ghost would appear any minute. The excitement was playing with the kids next door and running through the settlement in the ...

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Road bike for the first time + ride around Swan River

The best part of Perth's winter for a cyclist, aside from the abundance of perfect sunny days is more importantly the drop in wind conditions. A window of opportunity for an enjoyable ride. Knowing this small fact makes the winter months a whole lot more fun and keeps us busy to say the least.  Lately, I've been curious about riding a road bike.  The speed and execution of some of the cyclists ...

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Come and find me…at Donnelly River Holiday Village

Completing a small section of the Munda Biddi last year, Donnelly River Village became our start and finish, where we spent a night in between preparing and recovering from the bike journey. You can catch those posts here and here. We had such an awesome break in the old mill town that we decided to book a return. Not your typical white robe, pool or spa type of holiday. Donnelly River Village ...

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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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