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You’ve got a lot of driving to do, so grab a beautiful – and
very ’grammable – breakfast at Tropico (105 Flora Terrace,
North Beach). The pancakes are divine. Continue heading
north towards the Chittering Valley for some shiraz,
chardonnay and viognier tastings. Most of the wineries along
the wine trail offer spectacular views of the valley, and great
picnic areas under gum trees. Not in the picnicking mood?
Drop by the multi-award winning Bindoon Bakehaus and
Cafe (25 Binda Place, Bindoon), best known for its 5 Senses
coffee, cakes and housemade pies. In the afternoon, visit
one of the valley’s many orchards, such as the Golden Grove
Citrus Orchard (1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering),
home to 13,000 citrus trees and offering tastings of fruit
and fresh-squeezed juice, or Apricot Acres Farm (Lot 2,
Toy Road, Bindoon), a family-owned farm offering guided
tours by appointment. If you’re planning on making it
a full weekend trip, then head west to Guilderton/Moore
River. Can’t stay more than one day? Then make the Gingin
Observatory and Gravity Discovery Centre (1098 Military
Road, Neergabby) your last stop. Perfect for families, the
grounds of the park are filled with scientific experiments such
as an Aeolian wind harp, Foucault Pendulum, and made-to-
scale black holes and solar systems. It also hosts stargazing
evenings for the general public.
TEMPTED TO STAY
AN EXTRA DAY?
Wake up to the beauty of Moore River. Grab breakfast
at Cafe AMoore (Edwards Street, Guilderton) and then
spend the morning on the water, kayaking, canoeing or
fishing along the lazy river. Once you’ve dried off, drive
30 minutes north to Lancelin. Sit down for lunch with a view
at the waterfront restaurant Kerfuffle by the Jetty (Lot 1020
Miragliotta Street, Lancelin), known for its fresh seafood and
friendly service. Then spend the afternoon enjoying the best
of Lancelin – 4WDing or sandboarding on the dunes with
HIGHLIGHTS Checking out the
living stromatolites – the world’s
oldest organisms – at Lake Thetis;
spotting emus at the otherworldly
Pinnacles Desert; and soaking up
the coastal views from wildflower-
covered Mt Lesueur.
HIGHLIGHTS Paddling along
the Murray River; mountain
biking along the forested
Munda Biddi Trail; camping at
Lane Pool Reserve.
HIGHLIGHTS Soaking up the
history of Western Australia’s
oldest inland town; visiting
the York Mill’s gallery and
bistro; and skydiving over the
the monastic town’s Spanish-
style buildings; sampling
the locally made olive oil,
beer, port and bread; and
joining in on the prayers with
HIGHLIGHTS Spotting sea
lions at Penguin Island; lazing
on the beach; kayaking around
THE NORTH COAST
1. Solitude is a beachside mansion in Lancelin,
complete with a helipad and a hefty pricetag of
$3430 per night. Richard Branson and racecar driver
Daniel Ricciardo are rumoured to have stayed there.
2. Over $6 million worth of rock lobsters are harvested
from the ocean around Lancelin. Recreational
fishermen are allowed to catch eight lobsters a day.
Visit fish.wa.gov.au for more information.
3. Until the late 1940s/early 1950s, most of the towns
between Seabird and Cervantes were considered
closed towns where only bona fide fishermen were
able to obtain land. Wedge Island is now the only
‘shack village’ where fishermen can live.
hired boards from Have-a-Chat Lucky 7 store (104 Gingin
Road, Lancelin), or windsurfing. If you haven’t brought your
gear, or you’re keen to take a lesson, visit Werner’s Hotspot
Windsurfing Hire & School (0407 426 469). If you’ve got
time on your way home, drop by Yanchep for the sunset.
TOP ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES
The Maze Family Fun Park (1635 Neaves Road,
Bullsbrook) is home to six mazes, Outback Splash
waterpark and a wildlife park filled with koalas,
kangaroos, emus and exotic birds.
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