The Bibbulmun Track – a day walk.

The Bibbulmun Track – a day walk.

I live in Perth and, up till recently, I’d never set foot on the Bibbulmun Track. I’m a trekker, I’ve trekked to Everest Base camp – twice – yet I’ve never walked on the closest long distance track to my home. The Bibbulmun Track runs for around 1,000 km from Kalamunda on the eastern outskirts of Perth to Albany in the south west of the state and is a world renowned walking trail. Hikers come from around the world to walk on this track, they spend months, sometimes years, planning the 8 week walk to become ‘end to enders.’ But you don’t have to do it all in one go. Let’s face it not many of us have the luxury of being able to take off from our work and family commitments to spend a couple of months exploring ourselves and the world that we’ve found ourselves in. This track is easy to split into sections, you can do day walks or you can spend a few days or even a couple of weeks on certain sections and this is the most popular way to do the walk. So, I figured it was time to see what all the hype was about and get out there myself. For my first taste of the Bibbulmun track, a friend and I headed up to Kalamunda early one Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago for a day walk. We were lucky, it was a beautiful day – cool first thing but sunny and pleasantly warm once we got going. When I’ve never done something before it’s the little things that tend...
Western Australian beaches – Cable Beach

Western Australian beaches – Cable Beach

This week it is going to be SCORCHING here in Western Australia! Now I know we generally love our weather here in the west but there are limits – the 40 degree forecast for Perth for the next few days is pushing it a bit far. Personally, I’ll be hiding in the air conditioning till it all goes away but for those who revel in the heat and the sun and the surf it’s perfect beach weather. Continuing my series on Western Australian beaches (see my first post on Burns Beach here) I’d like to introduce you to Cable Beach in Broome. Today, on Australia Day, I wanted to show you all one of the most iconic beaches in the world – and when you think of Cable Beach you immediately think sunsets and camels. Even visitors who claim not to do ‘touristy’ things can’t help themselves when it comes to Cable Beach. You simply have to sit on the beach, preferably with a champagne in hand, and watch the sunset and you have to take a ride on the famous camels of Cable beach. When I was there a few years ago I took a camel ride with Red Sun Camels and had an amazing evening, sitting up high, watching the sun set. If you want to do something a bit different, take a trip out on the water in an old pearling lugger to watch the sun go down. I’ve been to Broome a couple of times and would love to go back again but for now I’ve had to be content with going through my photos and choosing the ones to show you. It’s impossible to take a bad shot of...
Western Australian Beaches – Burns Beach

Western Australian Beaches – Burns Beach

I’m lucky that I live close to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Western Australia has over 20,000 kms of coastline and the stunning Western Australian beaches provide us locals and the visitors to our state with the opportunity to swim, surf, snorkel, fish, sail, canoe, kayak, surfski, parasail, paraglide and picnic to our hearts content. We can play beach cricket and beach volleyball, fossick in rock pools, make sandcastles, swim with dolphins and whales and sip wine as we watch some of the most incredible sunsets you’ll find anywhere. Unfortunately when you live so close to this natural beauty you tend to forget what’s on your doorstep. Over the next few weeks I thought I’d spend a little time reminding the locals what they have and showing the rest of you in other parts of the world exactly what you’re missing. I’m starting in the northern suburbs of Perth with a visit to Burns beach.     Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrintLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like...
A Bunbury weekend getaway.

A Bunbury weekend getaway.

Thanks to Jo at Zigazag I’ve just spent a relaxing and reinvigorating weekend in Bunbury. Jo very kindly offered free tickets to the Geographe Crush, a wine and food festival held near Bunbury, and my name came out of her barrel of entries. Bunbury is an easy two hour drive south of Perth and my BFF (getting all modern here – using initials instead of actual words ) and I spent the time in constant chatter mode. We don’t get much opportunity to spend quality time together so the weekend started as we meant it to go on – talk, talk and a bit more talk. Bunbury We made it to Bunbury in exactly two hours and, surprisingly, managed to drive straight to the hotel with no taking the wrong turn, seeing sights we hadn’t intended to or wandering in circles – it’s not a big place but navigating as well as we did was still a major coup to us. Bunbury is port town in the south west of Western Australia and is a typical small town, with it’s main street accommodating some quirky small shops, it’s new(ish) shopping centre housing its traditional supermarkets and major shopping chains and the requisite cinema, entertainment centre and Visitors Centre. What Bunbury has going for it is it’s position – it’s neatly placed on Geographe Bay, so there’s a wonderful stretch of coastline within walking distance of the CBD and on the other side the tip of the Leschenault Inlet nudges up against the main road into town creating a lovely foreshore on which to wander. It’s a pretty place, if only the silos and industrial accoutrements of the port weren’t so much in evidence. The Lighthouse...
Travellingbag’s spring makeover

Travellingbag’s spring makeover

Spring is officially in the air here in Western Australia. With a few minor glitches (today being one of them), the weather the past week has been glorious – warming up but not too hot, the flowers are blooming, the hay fever sufferers are suffering and the flies have returned from their winter migration to get up our noses and into our eyes. There’s a spring in people’s steps. This time of year puts a smile on the faces of most people (those hay fever sufferers being an exception) and for a brief time, until we all start complaining that it’s too hot, we are all that little bit content with life. To celebrate the change of seasons, when we all unearth our summer clothes from the recesses of the wardrobe and shove our winter woollies and flannelette pjs out of site, I’ve given Travellingbag a spring makeover. With the help of the amazing tech savvy Sandy at MicroManage – because we all know how incompetent I am when faced with anything of a technical nature – Travellingbag is revealed in all her spring glory. We’ve gone lighter and brighter and hopefully a lot more user friendly. Make sure you put your email address in the box in the sidebar so that you don’t miss out on any of my travels, my tips and my upcoming reviews. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram – @Travellingbag1 I hope you all like the new look and, please, let me know what you think – do you like it? Leave a comment below – I’d love to let Sandy know that all...
Spring has sprung in the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory.

Spring has sprung in the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory.

I’m not exactly sure where time disappears to. If anyone can help me out here, please do – is there a securely fastened container somewhere that holds all our time gone by? Once we’ve used up each minute does it slide into an abyss, never to be seen again? Or maybe it hops onto a fast moving conveyor belt to be whisked away for someone else’s use. Wherever it goes, it goes quickly. This was really brought home to me while I was in Melbourne recently and visited the Fitzroy Gardens, where I had a wander through the Conservatory with it’s sparkling spring display. I’ve been to Melbourne several times over the last few years, but the last time I was in the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory was when I was on my honeymoon. That’s more years ago than I care to remember (1972 if you really have to know, but please, keep it to yourself). But it doesn’t seem that long ago, it really doesn’t, and I must admit there was a bit of nostalgia going on when I walked in there. How did all that time come and go so quickly? I’ve just fished out the photo album from those days in Melbourne and it shows a very young me, posing on the steps of the conservatory wearing a very short dress (it was the days of the mini so it was perfectly acceptable – the legs weren’t bad either, even if I do say so myself!). I would have included it here but it’s in one of those albums that had the sticky pages and it’s stuck there for ever now. There’s no way it’ll...
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