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Mountain Biking In Margaret River

After a few weeks of quest for some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches in Australia, my love for Australian beaches and the beckoning Indian ocean was far from over. I mean in a country where finding a beautiful beach is an everyday story, the excitement to explore a few more of them, dies pretty quickly. And so was the case with me. So as I moved down south of Perth, during my three week backpacking trip in Western Australia, and hit Margaret river — another town popular in Western Australia for its white sand beaches perfectly beautified by sloping grassy banks and huge Norfolk pines in the background — I was a little unsure. Margaret River As A Town Margaret River, as a town, is a beautiful concoction of a good life and entertainment, with a number of craft breweries and boutique wineries available at every junction. The many world-class beaches, surfing points and a lively marketplace moreover add to its charm. However, one thing that differentiates Margaret River from many other nearby tourist towns, in Western Australia, is a labyrinth …

Tips On Travelling Through Western Australia If You Aren’t Driving

Western Australia is a road trip hot spot. There is something for everybody, especially if you opt to take a self-drive through the regions spanning the biggest state down under. Here you can find moving sand-dunes, white sand beaches, some 100,000-year-old sandstone formations, massive gorges, mountain ranges, vineyards, historical towns, indigenous communities and everything else you can think about. One thing for sure, the roads and highways are really great and you’re going to have the best time of your life driving. But hey, wait, what about those who are not driving, and wanted to travel across Western Australia, the country’s biggest and the least populated state, using public transport? Is it even possible for someone to travel here, should they decide not to drive? Well, I’d give a Yes and a No, at the same time. If you’re going to and from the main cities, like Perth or Albany or Broome, you should be fine, though the frequency of buses and train connecting different cities will always remain poor. Moreover, the cost of transport is so heavily …

What To See And Do In Bunbury

There are some towns that you instantly build a liking for, and Bunbury, for me, turned out to be one among them. As I left Perth and traveled south to Bunbury, on a chilly Monday morning in August, the time of the year when tourism in Southwest of Australia is at its all time low, I found a city unlike any other. It was quiet yet not dead, urban yet bucolic. Western Australia’s third largest city Bunbury, has something for everyone — from beaches to wildlife to wineries. But one thing that makes it wonderful to a next level is a peaceful locale it offers! You’ll arrive for only a few days, but you’ll want to stay forever, as was the case with me. When I initially arrived in Bunbury, I’d planned to stay for only 2 nights, rather I ended up staying four. It was wet and cold when I visited Bunbury, and had I arrived a couple of weeks later, I’d have explored a completely different side of the city. As soon as the winter goes weak, after the month of August, Bunbury, just like most of …

Finding My Love For Astrophotography And Stargazing In Australia

As I grabbed myself in the middle of a pitch-dark forest with nothing but a cosmic diffusion of blackness spread all around and looked above, the sky glittered in the distance. It felt like a fairy tale with a million stars twinkling in my eyes. I couldn’t recall when did I last saw something as beautiful and surreal. They say that the Southern Hemisphere holds all the good stuff, with most of the largest and brightest galaxies visible directly through a naked-eye. I couldn’t agree more. Here the central parts of the Milky Way are always directly over your head, stretching from the horizon to horizon, like an open, brilliant bruise. As the night grew darker, and any sort of artificial light disappeared, the many diffused nebulas and a hazy Milky Way took over the reality, giving an unbelievably strong bright light, casting dramatic shadows of anything and everything that stood tall on the ground. At about 3-hour drive, in the east of Perth, The Space Place Observatory (the place I was volunteering at) offered …

9 Best Spots For Photography In Perth

With a constant green of a surrounding forest, a saturated yellow tropical sand, and some periodic rain coming my way, as the train journeyed towards Toodyay, from Perth, in Western Australia, I felt a sudden nostalgia towards the city I’d just left behind. “What a cute little city Perth was,” said a wistful voice inside me. But alas! I had left it behind. A part of me still wanted to return and enjoy a bit more of the beauty that ‘little Perth’ had to offer. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, and where, Perth can be quite promising, at least for photographers. With its never-ending charm, no matter how many days you stay there, the city constantly appears like a series of beautiful pictures seemingly shot at the first morning light, or right before the sunset, when the entire world changes itself from a bright white to a soothing pink, or a dissolving yellow. Not to mention, there’s much more to explore in Perth, than the obvious — a series of beautiful beaches and …

Where To Find The Street Art In Perth

No matter where I am, as soon as I hear that there is some street art to discover, there’s no need to tell me twice. I’ve some affection to street art, some personal liking that I make it a priority – and that’s exactly what happened while I was in Perth. As I arrived in the city and started walking from the Perth central train station to Haus Accommodation, the hostel I was going to staying in, located just a few streets down the road from the train station, I came across some random but startling art murals. A bit of inquiring with the hostel staff, and I found that Perth, just like a few other towns around the world, may just be a graffiti art lovers’ heaven. During the past decade, Perth has rapidly transformed itself into a modern-day artist’s playground, with its urban tapestry of street art adding new shades to its culture, and taking over the city, almost beautifully. From skyscrapers to laneways and everything in between, street art is revitalizing Perth’s …

A Day Trip To Fremantle, From Perth

“Everybody go to Fremantle on a Sunday morning, it’s one of those towns that are meant to unwind and relax” suggested the receptionist in my hostel. Staying in Perth on a work holiday visa for the past 7 months, her suggestion sounded no less than an expert advice. I was told that I can take a train from Perth to Fremantle from the main train station in Perth, situated about 5-minute walk from the hostel, and be there in no more than 25 minutes. Another way to get there was by taking a 60-minute cruise ride from Swan River, right next to Elizabeth Quay, that costs about 30 dollars. Uninterested in a cruise ride, as I always have been, I decided to take a train. But if you end up in Fremantle after noon with a little to no idea about what to see and do there, as so was the case with me, the town may just feel a bit overwhelming. So a quick probe, and I found a list of over a dozen …

Wine Tasting In Swan Valley: A Day Trip From Perth

If you thought Perth is all about beaches, beers and sunsets, take a deep breath and think again. Because at just 30-minute drive outside of the city, lies Australia’s second oldest, and one of the popular wine regions. With over 40 world class wineries, six breweries, two distilleries, and different fresh local produce, the beautiful Swan Valley, makes it feel like a different world. Sitting on the Gnangara mound, a large mound of sandy but very fertile soil, its entire 105 sq km of land has been very thoughtfully planned. As you enter the Swan Valley and start exploring, you come across big and boutique vineyards harmoniously growing on either side of the road, making each site a sight to behold. [Also Read: A Day Trip To The Pinnacles And Lancelin, From Perth] With open spaces, vineyard vistas and plenty of fresh country air, the Swan Valley is a perfect place for day-trippers in Perth looking for some open spaces and fresh air. The only disappointment, however, is that there’s nothing (other than smart branding) to call Swan …

A Day Trip To The Pinnacles, Lancelin & Yanchep National Park, From Perth

With The Triffids playing their popular Wide Open Road on the radio, setting a fine mood for a pleasant driving experience before we even left Perth and hit the Mitchell Freeway, one thing was assured, it was going to be a great day ahead. Though the weather could have been more favourable, during the peak winter season in Western Australia, in August, what better can you expect? The sun was still periodically peeking between the clouds giving the tiny droplets rain a crystal shine. A few quick and timely rainbows were moreover adding up to the charm. Though the weather could have been more favourable, during the peak winter season in Western Australia, in August, what better can you expect? The sun was still periodically peeking between the clouds giving the tiny droplets rain a crystal shine. A few quick and timely rainbows were moreover adding up to the charm. Clearly, if they say that a road trip is the best way to experience Australia, there’s a reason for it. In under 200 km of a driveway, outside the city of Perth, …