Trails around Perth


14/2/2016 – The girls meet up


So difficult to get everyone together, but we managed on Valentine’s Day to meet up at Matilda Bay.  Great weather, good company, wonderful lunch and many promises to do it again.


Mia and I doing some paddle boarding on the river, it was quite windy that day, but we had been determined to attempt some yoga.


This is the result.  Yes, I know that Mia has her leg twice as high as mine, but please note that my leg is straight and not bended!!!  Hopefully we get to practice more in calmer weather.


Finally someone took this lovely photo of a group of AOAers off on a cycle ride along the river.

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30/11/2015 – Perth Hills Discovery Centre Campsite

Seen on the AOA Website – Opportunity to join a small like minded group, camp under the stars, bushwalk and enjoy a campfire within 40k of home! Anticipate getting to Perth Hills Discovery Centre campsite, Mundaring, in time to have tents up before dark on the Friday night. The campsites are small and we have reserved them all.


A wonderful quiet campsite with only 12 tent sites, as the Bibbulmun Track goes through this area, the campsite is used mostly for walkers.  My faithful cycling tent is in the centre of the picture, used back in the days of my cycle touring in Europe and Africa. (1980s)  It is still in one piece and doing well.


First days activity was on the Camel Farm Mountain Bike Track at Kalamunda, so I had to actually get a photo of a camel.  The track was good, the first one with my ‘new’ mountain bike, nice wide knobbly tyres hold the dirt curves well and I felt much safer.


Planning the next trip, or discussing the last one, and getting ready to do it all again.


Here is a very cheeky customer, I watched him break open a bread bag and start hacking away at the bread.  Having been chased away from that he just proceeded on to the next likely looking bag and started the process again.  No fear at all.


Sunday morning saw the keen ones up early sharing jokes and coffee.  Those of us who can are going for a bush walk to the North Ledge of the Mundaring Dam.


We head off through the bush, it is always great to know that someone has done the walk before and can confidently show us the way.  (That is the theory anyway, it doesn’t always work out like this.)


An easy bit of strolling along a flat road.  Sorry, I didn’t notice that someone is in the process of removing his shirt while I take a photo – it could have been worse.


Here we are at North Ledge seeing what we can see.


On the way back we pass by Mundaring Youth Hostel, and see a few Australians out the front waiting for some food.  I’ll bet this has some of the international visitors getting their cameras out in a hurry!

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11/07/2015 – Let’s Go Cycling- Railway Reserves Heritage Trail

The boys were very keen to go on a cycle ride that I had told them about – The Heritage Railway Cycle Trail.  I had managed to borrow a couple of bikes for them to use while they were in Perth.


This from Phillip’s phone, a picture of our first stop for the day.  We are viewing the Hovea Falls.


Always a beautiful place, whatever the season.


I love this photo taken on Tom’s phone.  Just look at Phillip – he looks stuffed already.  The face says it all.


Now stand nicely boys and let me take a nice photo!


Oh, and who is going to push who off the rock?  Settle down boys, we don’t want any broken legs just yet.


Somehow they managed to get me to go through the tunnel with them.  So far, I had managed to avoid the tunnel, I don’t have good lights – but that didn’t matter as we barreled through without lights.   When I say “we barreled through” I actually mean, they barreled through, I was a long way behind and taking it real easy.  Not a nice experience and one I do not care to repeat.


Here we are on a very nice gravel road, enjoying the sunshine and the road.  We also enjoyed lunch at the Mt Helena Tavern, then decided that this was a good half way spot, so we turned around and returned back to the car.  A great day.


Happy boys. Some good memories to hold on to.

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20/06/2015 – Just pedaling around the Park

Not a beautiful day, but nice enough for a short cycle in King’s Park.

Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and is visited by over 6 million people each year. It showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and is a popular place for picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.


First stop, the Double Helix!  And time for a quick repair.  Climb all 101 steps of the spiraling DNA Tower for spectacular views.


Some of the bike tracks are a bit rough.  The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and features both cultivated gardens and untamed bush land.


Lots of water features, fountains, lakes, creeks and natural bush.


A great view of South Perth.


Stormy weather brewing on the way home.  Plus here is the sturdy car with TWO bikes on the back.

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