Wonders of Western Australia’s North in a Week


Is there anywhere better in the world to be in these difficult times than Western Australia?

It’s okay that’s a rhetorical question. The answer is yes.

f you have to be stuck somewhere, then WA is the place to be.

With holiday choices limited we decided to try and see some iconic WA sites in one week. The rule was keep the shared driving to daylight hours. Seriously, don’t drive after dark in WA’s north. The kangaroos are big, but the cattle are even bigger. In daylight we had three cattle come across in front of us in different spots.

Our trip began in Perth and our first stop was Cue. We did an overnight stay at the Queen of the Murchison. A guest house, this is the ideal stop off point on the way to Karijini National Park.

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Things to do around Yanchep National Park


As fires raged through Yanchep National Park in December, eventually blazing their way to Two Rocks and beyond, a little dark humour was in order as residents feared the worse.

One local (in fact me) took to Facebook to assure friends around the world that while our house was safe, what was even more important was that the magnificent fire-fighters, both professional and volunteers, had saved the Yanchep Inn.

Overseas and interstate connections were especially pleased. They regularly see a Friday post from me sitting in the beer garden of the Inn, situated in the Yanchep National Park, with kangaroos, 28s and other wildlife hoping in vain for crumbs.

In a state famed for its road trips taking days or weeks, Yanchep is a (long) stone’s throw from the city. Just 45 minutes north of the Perth CBD the national park features on a few day trip tour rosters too, but it is an easy drive if you hire a car.

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Fun, Food and Wine in Margaret River


The wonderful Margaret River region is now just a three hour drive south of Perth offering a great midweek escape for city dwellers and an easy option for those heading in from other states. The big “problem" is that there is so much choice you can spend as much time deciding where to go as you can enjoying the local produce and scenery.

To make the most of your break think ahead and set a loose itinerary. To help with that, here’s what we did to maximise our chill time and still have plenty of fun, food and wine.


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The Wonders of Walpole


Most visitors to Western Australia know all about Margaret River and head to the renowned region when they want to get a change from what the city has to offer – but do yourself a favour now and again take a left turn on the way to discover one of state’s best kept secrets.

Walpole offers a range of options whether you’re in town from the eastern states, an overseas visitor or even a local who is seeking change from the more traditional destinations.

The magnificent tingle and karri forests are the main attraction.

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Coral Bay – A Must See on your Australian Safari


As you plan a trip around round Australia the hardest part is where to leave off your list – but whichever way you make the trip make sure Coral Bay stays on the agenda.

Situated 12 hours drive north of Perth or three south of Exmouth, Coral Bay is virtually unbookable less than a year ahead during school holidays, so check your dates and grab a house, campsite, unit or backpacker room.

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