Avon Valley National Park sunday outing

One of the closest parks, just under an hour NE from Perth with quite picturesque wilderness and landscape carved out by the Avon River. It´s the northern limit of WAs Jarrah forests and rich of wildlife. We saw a bunch of kangaroos outside of the park and an Emu running away when it caught sight of us.

It was quite a nice four wheel drive as well as the heavy rains throughout the last days had filled up some of the track´s depressions to adventurous levels. Even had to put the machine in low gear to get out of one waterhole 😉

After traversing the park, we stopped for a bbq in Toodyay, happy boys all around 🙂


Beautiful Swan River

There are coastal cities and cities along rivers and Perth has kinda the best of both worlds. Some say Swan River got it´s name from the black swans found here, some say it´s the shape of the river, getting a swan-like wide belly just south of the city. In fact West Australia used to be the “Swan River Colony” until 1832.

As we finally managed to assemble cycles for the whole family, a ride around the Swan River was just a perfect Saturday outing. Shure, we didn´t do the “full” round via Freemantle but just a nice 10 km along CBD with dinner at the Windsor in South Perth (and of course a stop at every single playground along the way…). A lovely day!

The Pinnacles

Not far from the middle of nowhere, 2 hours north of Perth is a gate with a lady that asks for 12 dollars. You pay them because behind the gate is one of those locations that you just gotta see I guess. Something that geologists (despite of typical geologist fantasy) still havent fully figured out. They are called pinnacles, rise out of a field of dunes and stand several meters high.

After paying the national park fee you get to drive through those structures and stop to take photos. So did we and need to share those photos, don´t we? The tricky part is avoiding other cars and tourists on the photos,

or rather the opposite 😉

Wedge to Grey 4W-drive 

After a far to rainy week, the weekend blessed us with crystal skies and 20-something degrees. Time to head for a decent day trip! Just under 2h north of Perth is the  Crayfishing village Wedge, entry point to the beach and a 20 kilometers track north, mostly through the dunes, partially along the beach and always with views of the Jurien Bay marine park’s turquoise seas.

After a lunch break on the beach just north of Wedge we headed along the windy, narrow and partially demanding track. Nothing the cruiser wouldn’t handle with ease in 2nd to 4th low. A bush had a slight disagreement with the snorkel and besides, all the brushing branches cleaned last Sunday’s red dirt from the sides 😉

Further north towards Grey the ground gets more rocky made of sharp limestone and the beaches give way to impressive cliffs.

All in all a fantastic route and perfect to combine with a visit to the Pinnacles. Kangaroo Point made a nice sunset spot before heading back to Perth. What a day!

PS: Yes we saw two Roos at sunset

The Machine

Full disclosure: I am a four-wheel drive kinda guy. So when in Australia, drive as the Australians! In fact with a machine that doesn’t exist in Europe: The Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series. One of the very last survivors of the species that once was founded by and on Jeep, Land Rover, Puch / Mercedes and Toyota. Land Rover stopped producing the Defender, Mercedes pimped up the Puch G for millionaires, Jeep will soon redesign the classic Wrangler but Japan still produces a very basic 4×4 for some selected markets. Some say it is the best overland vehicle on earth.

IMG_1391This beast has nothing you expect of a modern vehicle: Electric windows, power mirrors, automatic gearbox, traction control, … No chance! You get a 4.5 liter diesel V8 for massive torque and power along with a truck-like gearbox, solid axles and locking differentials. Yes, I am looking forward to getting it dirty 🙂