Big Brook Dam Cycle and Pemberton MTB Park

The day begins with hot savoury pies and sausage rolls from the bakery in Pemberton, we leave the car in town and cycle side by side down a quiet street towards the Pemberton Pool. We could easily spend the day admiring the dark still fresh water edged by a magnificent pocket of Karri forest.  Pemberton Pool is a lovely picnic spot. Sounds of laughter echo from the mountain bike park trails behind ...

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Albany’s Southern Peaks MTB Race

On the nose end of the working week, we packed the car and drove five hours south of Perth to Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia for the Southern MTB festival. Following a fun ride at the Dwellingup 100 last month I was keen to give the Albany event a go, opting for the more forgiving 37 km length. On race day I cycle from the motel to ...

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Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic

When I signed up to participate in the Wallaby 42 km course of the Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic, my motivation was fuelled by excitement of the prospect of challenging myself and giving it a good go in the forests trails whilst all the while supporting a good cause,  Muscular Dystrophy WA. I also find great joy exploring the trails in Western Australia and haven't really cycled much of Dwellingup, so ...

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Waterfall Trail, Karratha

Karratha in Western Australia generally receives rainfall during the summer season and on one particular hot morning, the town was hammered by heavy rainfall whilst we were having coffee in town at Fiorita Deli. Awesome long black coffee by the way.  We sat by the window talking loudly over the noise and watching over a short period of half an hour, the water level rise on the street and overflowing ...

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The longer Windan Bridge Loop, East of Perth City

This 15 kilometre or thereabouts bike ride begins under the shadow of an old disused power station in East Perth before turning into a splendid urban meander alongside the Swan River through nature reserves and wetlands, under the canopy of trees utilising paths for bike and pedestrian users. The route is relatively flat and definitely affords more enjoyment of the surroundings. While we cycle this route, you can walk or ...

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Skill Circuit | The Goat Farm MTB Park

Before heading out onto the challenging trails further in the Goat Farm MTB Park,  we decided to warm up in the skill circuit. The skills park at the Goat Farm features obstacles of varying sizes to progress, a see-saw, couple of single tracks and a jump skill circuit set on a hill towards the back of the park. The section may be a little worn down it still a great ...

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Munda Biddi and Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup

  Winter has moved on into Perth and with the exception of squally wet days, there is the opportunity for some favourable mountain biking conditions because in all honesty, winter in this city is not all that miserable making available days of whisper wind and some sunshine. Celebrating Western Australia Day, we road tripped down to the forest town of Dwellingup for a trail ride along the Munda Biddi and Marrinup Circuit. Our motivations ...

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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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Perth Inner City Park and Pastry Treats

Inner city life need not be one of chaos when you are on foot, especially spending a morning in sunshine eating delectable little pastries. A short walk from Northbridge and across from the 100 plus year old Hyde Park is a small bustling bakery called Chu Bakery. This sweet corner fixture to William Street is a popular place to be in the early morning and although it's not a cafe (with ...

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MTB Weekend at Maydena Bike Park

While the past 24 hours have entailed a great deal of exploring Hobart and eating some sensational pub food along the way, the main attraction of our visit to Tasmania was the newly opened Maydena Bike Park thanks to winning a competition over at MTBA. Maydena Bike Park is a full service park for mtb riders to gather and experience gravity trails in a forest setting from the top of a summit in the ...

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Early Morning Cafes around Perth

Rise and shine my fellow coffee drinkers, sharing with you more than a few cafes for the morning cup of wake me up and make this day awesome! I would have to say, Perth's cafe scene is a wonderful haven of double shot long black and creamy milk lattes set in some iconic locations like by the beach, in the park or a funky warehouse. We always enjoy a cafe in ...

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Summer storm | Karratha Pilbara Region

So today, the 28th of December, almost two months into the summer wet season, the tourists passing through Karratha have dwindled and the pesky flies have landed. Even the appearance of food trucks at Dreamer's hill has stalled, but despite the quiet surroundings we have been using the time off work to explore more trails on the mountain bikes. Setting out from the power line track directly behind the neighbourhood, we ...

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