Mountain Bike Trails in Karratha

Living in Karratha within a couple of kilometres to a network of mountain biking trails meant every day we were lucky enough to be able to go for a trail ride through an amazing rugged landscape full of wildlife. We signed up to the Burrup Mountain Bike Club and found a wonderful community and hobby whilst living in the remote region of the Pilbara. While I didn't have the chance ...

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One photo a month for a year at Kings Park, Perth

I've learnt a great deal about Western Australia's natural environment by wandering through Kings Park and Botanic Garden, a unique space in Perth city compromising of a Botanic Garden, park lands with views and a protected native bushland reserve. It's a privilege to have this natural space in an urban area, also a quiet retreat where the attraction is the plant life, something perhaps we all take for granted. The ...

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52 things to do in Northbridge, Western Australia

Northbridge is one of the main late night hubs in Perth, however there is more to its evening antics such as a local foodie and cultural scene. This blog post was originally posted in 2015 and today, 1 January 2020, I have added more content and photos which leads to now an impressive 52 places and experiences. This neighbourhood on the other side of the train tracks has much to offer ...

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Racing the heat at the Pemberton G83

It's close to midday in Pemberton and I join other mountain bikers gathered on a field about to commence the last race (adventure!) of the WA XCM State Series for 2019. This round was organised by the running group at Perth Trail Series, their first mountain bike event. Already 34 degrees Celsius and I am sweating at the start line, it is going to be a summery ride on the forest trails ...

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Something positively epic, Southern Peaks!

It felt like just last week the forest ride in the Dwellingup 100 was happening and now it was time to travel further south for the Southern Peaks event in Albany. Having completed last year's 37 km course I knew 2019 would be another adventure. The day before the race I was doing some sightseeing with Dad and from the convoy walk and lookout we were able to preview the 'lay of the ...

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Mountain biking in the Dwellingup 100

Stepping up from last year's first time effort at Dwellingup 100, this year's entry was into the 70km course, a distance that I wasn't entirely familiar with but keen to give it a go. For those that have never heard of the Dwellingup 100, it is a mountain bike event inclusive of all levels of mountain bikers with several course distances through the forest in Western Australia.  In recent times ...

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Hill climbs and single track descents on the Kalamunda 50

Sunday morning I set off on the Kalamunda 50 race from Core Cider House in the Perth hills, the wintry chill in the air no longer in focus as the group of 500 strong riders forged ahead on the bitumen towards dirt tracks and a selection of the Kalamunda Collective trails. On mountain bikes we head in the direction towards Mount Gunjin and while I thought the bitumen section would ...

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A delightful Collie 50

We may not have been able to spend the weekend in Collie, but luckily it's just a 2 hour drive from Perth, so on race day, we drove towards the south west region under darkness seeing in the sunrise from the car just after 6:00 am. As we made our way along Coalfields hwy which leads straight into town, we joined a line of vehicles also shuttling mountain bikes behind ...

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Discovering street art in the newly reduced speed zone!

The City of Vincent has recently commenced a trial reducing speeds to 40km/h in it's southern suburbs close to the Perth CBD area. The main (district distributor) roads  identified in the map will remain at their respective 50Km/h or 60Km/h however the residential streets in the zone will drop to 40Km/h. It's a wonderful move that will compliment the growing cycling culture but will hopefully foster an even more vibrant ...

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