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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Tips for a Road Trip to the Pilbara, Western Australia

2017 was an adventurous and challenging year for us, we packed up and headed north for a year of work and outdoor adventures in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We purchased a trailer from a family business in Welshpool called Loadstar Trailers and towed items for the year all the way to Karratha. We had never travelled further than Jurien Bay and traversed a fair few kilometres into a brand ...

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MTB ride: Mundaring trails to Lake Leschenaultia

Easing our way into a summer of riding, we embarked on a fun cycle to Lake Leschenaultia using some of 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 ...

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Exploring the trails in Ellis Brook Valley

Last weekend after spending a couple of hours at Kaarakin’s Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre I was curious to find out if there were any hiking trails close by. Following a quick Google search I recognised three local bloggers I follow and having read Life of Py, Metrotrekker and The Long Way's Better  own accounts on the trails in Ellis Brook Valley we were ready, set, go! Our first hike since Paruna ...

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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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Cycle the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail

We've wanted to experience the Railway Reserves Heritage trail for a while now and with a promise of flowing waterfalls thanks to a rather generous winter season we thought it was perfect timing to put our plans into action. The 41 km trail loop traces the old eastern railway line, passing through neighbourhoods grown from early settlement towns and the state’s John Forrest National Park. Offering glimpses into Western Australia’s past, ...

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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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Mountain Bike Morning – Mundaring Weir Hotel to Camel Farm

Watching the weather all week and hoping for a break of rain, we were super excited when that day came over the weekend. And so we loaded the bikes into the car and headed up to the Kalamunda Mountain Bike trails. We soon changed our plans thinking a cross country ride might be better given the rainfall and the chance of encountering slippery jumps. Fortunately Kalamunda and the surrounding Mundaring area offers plenty of ...

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First time at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park

The Goat Farm Mountain Park is located in Greenmount National Park, just off Great Eastern Hwy (94) and under 10km from Midland Train Station. The plan was to ride the blue cruiser trail to cannonball, and while I would continue down the blue cross country trail, Derek would take a black downhill trail. We began our morning at the skills park and were having such a great time that we didn’t ...

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