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Shake up your weekend with
these off-the-beaten-track ideas.
These days, Oxford Street is filled with more
than just alfresco restaurants, bustling cafes
and small bars. Look up from your espresso (or
espresso martini) on a Friday or Saturday night
and you’ll see rickshaws breeze past. No, it’s not
a newfangled taxi service giving Uber a run for
its money. It’s the The Leederville Food Safari:
a weekly dining tour to three of Leedy’s most
popular restaurants. The culinary fun begins
at Ria for Malaysian entrees and drinks, before hopping in
the rickshaw and being pedalled 500m up Oxford Street
to quirky small bar Kitsch for mains (and more drinks). After
that, it’s back down to the thick of Leederville for dessert
and coffee at Foam Coffee Bar. The only drawback? Regular
dining will never be as satisfying again.
Need to Know
• The Leederville Food Safari happens every Friday and
Saturday evening, starting from 5:30pm, and takes
approximately three hours to complete.
• Only two people can fit in the rickshaws, so make sure to
organise even numbers if going in a group.
• Whatever you do, resist the urge to heckle your driver
– the rickshaws aren’t exactly made for speed!
2...SWING UPSIDE DOWN ABOVE
Check your visions of grandeur at the door with this one – it’ll take you a fair few swings to
get the, uh, hang of trapeze. But the chirpy staff at Twilight Flyers are extremely helpful and
understanding – even with the most knock-kneed wimp at the top of the platform. Ease into
the class with a ground-level demonstration of jumping, gripping and flying techniques, and
then you’re sent one by one up the ladder to the takeoff point, where a firm “hup!” sends
you hurtling through the air. The first trick, a knee-hang – which is exactly what it sounds like
– is easy enough to master, but the class gets increasingly difficult as optional somersaults
are added. We’ll admit to some terrified yelps at that point, but also some exhilarated
squeals. It’s an incredible adrenalin rush, and fantastic fun.
Need to Know
• Wear tight-fitting pants that cover the backs of your knees, or risk painful chafing while hanging upside down.
• Make good use of the bags of talcum powder on offer, both to dry out clammy hands before the big swing, and to soothe
sore palms. We’re repping our blisters as battle scars, but even the most positive spin can’t vanquish the pain. Ouch!
• Not a huge amount of fitness is required to swing – you just have to be able to support your own body weight for
10 seconds – but note that mental grit is required, because the ladder is one-way. Guess what your only option is
for getting down?
• Classes run until the end of March.
• Contact Access Circus on 0418 910 094 for more information.
LIKE IT’S 1989?
Transport yourself back in time with Happy Healthy
Hoops’ HoopCircuit – a fitness class created by
Perth hula hoop queen Bree Kirk-Burnnand. The
circuit incorporates flashy hula moves, jumping,
squats, lunges and balancing, for a surprisingly fun workout.
With leafy gum trees or crystal blue water as your backdrop,
pumping 90s tunes to set the scene, and brightly coloured
hoops as your props, you’re ready to embark on your first
HoopCircuit. The class starts with a quick hula hoop tutorial,
and then it’s right into a number of one-minute stations
comprising various skills and techniques, including twirling
large rings around your arms and taking on more than
10 hoops at a time. Bree demonstrates each skill so you
know what to do, but place cards are at each stop as helpful
reminders. Be warned – hula hooping is so addictive you
won’t even know you’re exercising!
Need to Know
• Bring a hat and sunscreen – most of the classes occur
in the great outdoors.
• To keep your hula hoop from falling, try moving back and
forth rather than around in a circle – this ensures the hoop
hits your hip every time it swings around.
• Can’t keep it up? Ask for a heavier hoop – it’s foolproof.
• Visit happyhealthyhoops.com for more information.
Photography Cheyne Tillier-Daly.
Photography Tracy Incau.
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