Category Archives: In and around Perth

Excursions, short day trips, general thoughts

Yalgorup National Park

The machine hadn’t´t been in 4wd for far to long, a trip to the beach was very overdue. Very! And even though we woke up to a rainy Perth Saturday morning, we packed the bathers and some picnic and headed south to the “first beach south of Perth” or to be more precise, the first beach you can drive on (I think). We are planning a short two-family camping weekend soon and the day trip turned into a little reccy for a potential bush camping site. The entrance sign was rather discouraging (in terms of camping)… Continue reading Yalgorup National Park

Behind the Dunes

What a special Sunday! We found a little, you may say hidden, gem just a short hour North of Perth and we could enjoy it with two Norwegian visitors. It´s a special week this week, our little OZ office hosts 3 guests from Oslo HQ and we took that opportunity to assemble all our 4WDs on Sunday and take Mr. T.L. and Mr. N.L. on a little outing.

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Three vehicles headed up to Guilderton after recommendations that it was supposed to be almost as nice as Lancelin just minus the crowds. Worth a try, isn´t it? And beautiful it was! It was a very windy day, pretty high tide and the beach didn´t look very inviting. So, after airing down, we headed on the track through the dunes, which turned out a little beauty. Not particularly challenging, not to soft sand, not to narrow and still fun. Here is the track in detail.

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When we found a (rather steep) descend to the beach we took the chance and found a nicely wind sheltered spot, perfect for a picnic. You quickly loose track of time but we must have spent quite a number of hours there. Chilling out with some cold ones and dips and vegs and breads and so on. Mr. B-M had brought all kinds of gear (sandboard, kite, etc.) time flew and both adults and kids had a really, really good time.

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On the way home (from such trips) it´s really recommendable to stop over at Yanchep N.P. at dusk, say hi to the Roos and Koalas and have dinner at the Yanchep Inn.

PS: That steep descent you may ask? Yes we made it back up, piece of cake..

Takk for turen! (as you would say in Viking tongue)

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 😉