From a local to you – Perth Travel Journal

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Perth the capital city in Australia’s largest state, Western Australia, famous for its natural beauty and biodiversity. Also my hometown.  Save the binge partying for Thailand because Perth’s lifestyle incorporates outdoors, foodie pursuits and over recent years, fitness and authentic mother nature based adventure.

I was super excited as the plane touched down onto the runway …

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Mountain Bike Ride after work + Happiness Habits

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Somewhere in the Pilbara, I race home from work to meet my other half. We hurry ourselves and the bikes out the door, rolling down the driveway with one hour before sunset. Our destination is short travelled through the neighbourhood to a series of hills on the edge of the City of Karratha. We’re going for a …

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Hiking a 4WD track outside Karratha

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In the vicinity of Karratha there seems to be many more four wheel drive (4WD) tracks than hiking trails, understandably so when taking into consideration the vast distances between locations in the Northwest of Western Australia, as well as, a lengthy summer that prevents most hiking activities. With Murujuga National Park within close proximity we made some …

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I am a happy cyclist. Are you a happy driver?

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I cycle to be happy whether it be on the mountain bike along less travelled dirt trails or the road bike on well travelled roads with vehicles of all sorts. I’m not on the road to cause drama, I stick as far left as I possibility can past the painted lines, however sometimes the left of the …

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Ladies Day at the (MTB) Races – Karratha

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Friday night we prepare the mountain bikes and backpacks, I spend a little bit of time cutting some KMART fake flowers for a fascinator that will hopefully be easy to fix onto the helmet. Race 7 for the Burrup Mountain Club is one like no other, actually all rounds so far have been like no other with a …

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Things to do in Karratha during Winter

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Karratha’s unsung surroundings offers a chance to discover the sprawling Pilbara region with all the modern conveniences close by. A town developed on the back of a strong resources industry, some 1,550kms north of Perth, might not be the regular tourism destination, however the town does present an opportunity to venture to less journeyed places where you might find yourself with …

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Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 hour Remedy Race – Karratha

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A mountain bike race to cure all ailments known to man including sleeplessness, anxiety and mountain bike withdrawal symptoms. Sounds like a bit of fun to me, I thought weeks prior, as I filled out the race form for Yara’s Dr Baynton’s 6 hour race in Karratha, a Pilbara town in the northwest of Western …

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Mt Herbert, Millstream Chichester National Park – Winter Season

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Having the pleasure of a free Sunday, we happily took the opportunity to visit Millstream Chichester National Park for a hike and swim. This West Australian National Park is a achievable day trip or weekend stay from Karratha.

Leaving the Pilbara town, very quickly the landscape transits to arid plains stretched to the horizon and random rocky peaked hills …

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Moving to a new town, in regional WA

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As the week draws to an end it’s also an important milestone for us, being six months living in the Pilbara.  A first adventure. A defining experience and I share some thoughts in this post about uprooting and venturing into the temporary space of unknown.

It hasn’t exactly been all peaches and cream and while the chaos …

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Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

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Karijini National Park would have to be the most remote national park we’ve visited thus far,  627,422 hectares of landscape in the semi arid Pilbara region. From one gorge to the next, we spend the good part of one afternoon scrambling down and up rocks and swimming in a cold pool at Joffre Gorge.

From Dales campground we take a sealed …

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