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The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail is the longest water pipeline in the world. It dates by 100 years and supplies fresh water to towns from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie.
This pipeline is visible from the road and spans about 600 km!
Given that most of the mid-section of Western Australia is desert, building a pipeline of this magnitude makes a lot of sense.
Apart from being one of the major water source to many towns along the way, it is also a trail for mountain biking, hiking and and horse back riding.
Of course I don’t see myself walking 600 km or cycling it for that matter however it does remind me of a song by the Proclaimers called 500 miles! 😉 [I wonder if the love of his life lived in Kalgoorlie?]
There are a number of stops along the way where you can view this line, take a couple of photos and possibly have a little picnic. Some parts of the pipeline are fenced off (for obvious reasons) however it still should not stop you from taking a few memorable shots!
Read the next post about wildflowers, canola fields and edible air!
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I have passed this little town a number of times. It really is one of those towns that if you blink, you will pass it. However, today I made a purposeful stop – because I was the master of my own destiny! 😉
Situated about 40 minutes north east of Perth (along the Great Eastern Highway), you will find Clackline just shy of Northam.
It has one post office/convenient store, and according to data it is the only store to supply the community Clackline with necessary products/produce since 1890.
There is a little walkway which will give you the opportunity to see the wildflowers – if you are walking this trail during the right time of the year.
While I did not have enough time to have a good “look-see” the area I did see was not only beautiful but also structured with a little humor. Yes – they do have their own HillyBilly Ridge.
If you are traveling along the Great Eastern Highway towards Northam or from the Northam area to Perth – Clackline is well worth the stop and definitely a little off the beaten track! Enjoy 😉
Read the next post (with pics) about longest water line in the world!
There is a beautiful new area and beach being created just north of Perth. In fact it is just north of Clarkson, and would take anyone travelling from the CBD of Perth about 45 minutes by car.
Eden Beach has a long stretch of beautiful white soft sand that blends into a turquoise ocean that curls softly over un-pampered shoreline. Each footprint I made sunk into the soft coastal sand like warm butter. The water was cool and refreshing. If I had my bathing suit I would have taken a quick dip but I left that thought to my imagination.
Even though the beach is new, there is beach access with loads of parking. Beacuse of this, there are no lifeguard services so take care while swimming. On my ‘quick-see’ tour I saw a person exit the beach with fishing roads and bucket of his catch. I thought this idea would be very quaint given the newness of the setting!
There are no toilets, showers or cafes near this area, however with the new development it will only be a matter of time before these facilities are available.
If you plan for a visit take water, sunscreen, towel, hat, phone and camera. Of course, the idea of kayaking did come to mind especially with 3 little islands in the distance just begging for a visit
Western Australia has one of the most amazing coastlines in the world. Many areas have soft white sand, transparent water (who said Tahiti had the only piece of paradise), and the best part: many beaches are secluded giving you the sense that this is YOUR piece of Paradise right here on Earth!
So what makes a great beach:
- Has Parking
- Fairly Private
- Soft Sand
- Clear Water
- Gradual gradient with shallow area for paddling
- BONUS POINTS: Has Toilets/BBQ/Picnic Area
No. 5 Whitford Beach
Just north of Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Whitford has a gradual gradient with clear water. It is accessible, and while it is not entirely private, it has parking. There are no toilets/BBQ/Picnic Area, so this beach does not get bonus points however one can launch a kayak from the beach.
No. 4 Marmion Beach
This beach can be found just past the Marmion Angler Club as you travel to Hillary’s Boat Harbor. It is accessable, has parking, and has a bench to where you can watch the sun set (possible have a picnic)*bonus and also has soft sand. When the water is calm it offers a great paddling spot, however during windy and rough conditions the waves will be rough, so take out the bogie board! The gradient varies according to the waves that sometimes create a little ‘deepish dip’ which shallows out again. It is No. 4 mostly because it is fairly private.
No. 3 Yanchep Lagoon
Why I love this beach? It has it’s own rock type pool in which you can swim AND a paddle area perfect for little kids. It is accessible but not entirely private as others seem to love this beach too. (However – it also depends when you visit because some days are a lot quieter)
It has soft white sand and with a rock pool section allows explorers to look at marine life – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL! The bonus feature is that there is a cafe which means you don’t need a picnic basket. There are changing rooms/toilets and showers which is always perfect after a day on a sandy beach.
No. 2 Iluka Beach
I cannot believe I am writing about my little secret spot. This spot is known by the locals so if you are travelling through Perth you will definitely miss this one. BUT – now that you know about it – you should put it on your list of places to see.
Iluka Beach is a Marine reserve. It has two gazebos on the beach where you can either leave you things or camp out for the day. Because it has mostly rocks and coral, it forms a series of natural ‘sea auqariums’ which means you can wade to waist deep with a mask and see an array of fish. There are stingrays that visit infrequently! This would be a real treat if you are observer marine life for the day!
The wind can blow in this area making it pretty choppy, so in this event you may wish to use any one of the rock paddle paddle pools which is about 3 foot deep at most. You will find these “pools” on the left of the beach as you descend down the stairs.
HOW TO GET HERE: If you are driving along the West Coast Road you will find it will turn into Whitford Ave. There is a parking lot at the intersection of Whitford Ave and Shenton Ave. It will be a small parking lot which can hold about 12 cars at the most. Take the brown paved pathway that leads all the way to the beach. You know you are there when you see the wooden stairs…get your camera ready.
BEST TIME OF DAY TO GO: Early morning up until 11 am ish! I am not entirely sure of winter conditions, but will update this later this year.
OTHER FEATURES: It has a shower at the top of the stairs….but NO toilets. There may be toilets further up the road heading north.
No. 1 Cervantes Beach
Yup, it made number 1. Who would think? Cervantes Beach/Beaches has amazing soft sand. Look Out Point has shallow water which allows for great swimming. When it is windy, you can Kite Surf or Wind Surf and possibly visit the ‘secret island’ #slightjealous
The main beach by the jetty has sheltered areas where you can spend most the day and not all of it in the sun. The swimming area has a marginal gradient which means you can wade in for a while for the water to hardly go over your mid-thigh! (I am 6 foot 1….so that might give you an idea how deep the ‘deep end is’)
Of course it gets deeper, however you would need to swim MUCH further out in the bay. I spotted some dolphins swimming in this area TWICE. Sorry – forgot the camera. There are also sting rays that come to the shallow end near the end of the day for a little feed and play. I swam with some keeping enough distance for them to leave when they wanted. Some came right up to me – it did raise the heart beat but it was also THE most amazing experience EVER!
INFORMATION about STINGRAYS: Stingrays are naturally curious creatures. You can swim with them HOWEVER, if they feel threatened they will curl their tail and a barb will show. In this case….get well out of their way!
HOW TO GET THERE: You can take the Indian Ocean Drive or the Brand Highway from Perth. The latter will add time to your driving. There are road signs all the way to Cervantes
BEST TIME TO GO: I found Cervantes had two GREAT times to swim. Early morning was normally quieter and late afternoons. HOWEVER, it was also flick of a coin. The locals say that it is a windy town, however with shallow water means swim whether windy or NOT!
OTHER INFORMATION: Apart from the swim area, there is a park for kids to play in, BBQ’s, tables, toilets/showers AND a cafe!
So – there you have it! The B list! Why the B list and North of the River? Well, Western Australia is AMAZING. I have only seen a small part of its magical coastlines and all of the above is north of the Swan River. The A list can only be made after one sees the whole coast line – which is fair don’t you think?
February is by far one of the most spectacular months in Perth. Temperatures average about 35 degree Celsius with wind on some days (mostly in the evening).
So, as it is such an amazing month, I thought we can finish the leap year month off with a wander to Whitford Beach. This Beach can be found moments past Hillary’s Harbor, if you are heading north.
The pick of the week is mostly because the beaches are soft, white and clean. The swim area has a large shallow area, with not seaweed or rocks to be found anywhere which makes a perfect spot for families with small children.
The sun can be pretty fierce during this time of the year, so either take an umbrella or hat and sunscreen. Of course sunglasses will keep the glare at bay! 😉
While it is a great beach for swimming where you can swim and do handstands, I can not rate this as the best beach in town. However, it does rank in the Top 10 for all the above reasons.
If the weekend weather report is looking good then you may wish to add this location to your weekend adventures. Don’t forget water and if you are staying all day, take some snacks. Remember to clean up after your day so that wildlife and native fauna do not have to suffer the result of ingesting any foreign material.
This year, Valentine’s Day lands on Sunday. Now for some, this is just another marketing day which adds revenue to businesses. To others, it is a day of making someone feel special and exceptional. Frankly, I don’t see why cannot do the latter everyday, however the day does have a little ‘ring’ of romance – so why not!
Valentines Day can be celebrated many ways from e-cards to a romantic getaway. This weekend will be the last weekend for a getaway for the next 4 years – least. And of course, with every four years there is leap year which means this throws the calendar out a few days.
The Romantic Weekend Get-Away:
Just outside of Hermanus, which is about 2.5 hours south of Cape Town this is a little place called Standford Bay. As this area is growing it is also known as ‘De Kelders’.
For a weekend like this, you could look at hiring out a cabin right on the beach front. No one to bug you, except a few sea gulls and with it – a million dollar view with priceless sunsets to set the tone to this memorable weekend. To find out more about this little spot, you can view and article I wrote a couple of years back. You may not see the whales, but there is a private beach, a swim area and romantic Hermanus is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away.
Perth host the best weather for Valentines Day during February. Hot Days means evenings are cooler which is great for a late afternoon swim finishing off with a picnic which should at least include chocolates.
There are a range of beaches you can go to that have awesome views. So take a drive along the West Coast Road to find your perfect pick.
Mine would probably be a little north of City Beach where the options of stopping is plentiful and the views are a billion dollars worth!
As chocolate is one of my favorites options to have, I have organized a 12% discount to anyone who is looking for an awesome Valentines Gifts. If you are on a diet or have special requirements…they also do customer creations! In order to get this amazing discount for some awesome chocolates (believe me – I recieved a bouquet and I am a raving fan) you will need to either call Tanya from LollyPotz or email her. Mention the CODE: #aroadtravelled
There is nothing like getting brownies points, to set the Valentines Weekend in motion, by sending a hand delivered custom LollyPotz to the “love of your life’s” work on Friday!
There are many more places I could mention where you can spend some time with your loved one. However I thought I should leave that to a vote and find out which country you think is the most romantic!