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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Pilbara road bike ride | Karratha Airport

The weather has shifted in the Pilbara and unlike the warm sunny days during winter, summer can be humid and stinking hot with the rare possibility of tropical lows turning into cyclones. Early Saturday morning, before the oven door is left open and the morning really begins to roast, the plan was to cycle on the road bike to Karratha airport, a 20km round trip from town. As I cycle through the neighbourhood towards Millstream road, ...

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Dales Gorge Walk, Karijini National Park

Following an impressive hike of Mount Bruce, second tallest peak in Western Australia, the following day was spent down in the gorges in Karijini National Park, the second largest national park in Western Australia.  Unmarked by industry and a horizon of ancient landscape made up of stunning colours, we consider Karijini to be a special escape because you will definitely connect with the wonders of nature. Treating ourselves to a sleep in, our morning ...

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Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha

Travelling on North West Coastal highway, the city of Karratha sits concealed on the other side of a range of hills known as Karratha hills.  One morning over the weekend, we set off early on the short loop trail of the Yaburara (pronounced Yabara) Heritage Trail. The short loop trail can be accessed from the visitor centre which is a five minute drive from town. There's plenty of parking to leave the car and the ...

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Cycling, Sun, Salt Lakes and Birds on Rottnest Island

Putting a gift voucher to good use, we spend our last morning of 2016 relaxing in the scenic surrounds of Rottnest Island. Boarding the first ferry from B Shed in the Fremantle Port at 7.15 am, the journey is fairly uneventful as we travel the open seas and past some gigantic looking container ships. Before we know it, we are stepping onto the ferry landing. For $30.00 we bought along our ...

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Revisiting Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Passing through Pemberton in the southern forests of Western Australia, we couldn’t resist visiting the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park again for a ride on the mountain bikes. We begin with a warm up in the dirt jump section adjacent the car park. Earlier in the year I was a bit hesitant with the jumps but a couple of months practice at the Goat Farm back in Perth and I’m comfortable with ...

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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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My Backyard: Red Wattle Bird

Over the weekend we discovered a disorientated baby bird in the backyard. The parent’s fervent attempts to coax the tiny fledgling to fly up to the nearest tree branch was failing miserably and the sun fast fading. We looked on for a while not wanting to interfere and risk the parents abandoning the baby altogether. Eventually helmet boy stepped in, placing the bird inside a makeshift cardboard nest, to at least ...

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