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SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Drug Aware Margaret
River Surf Pro 2015
The Margaret River Pro is always a display of salty
goodness, as the top 32 ranked male and top 18
ranked female surf pros swarm to Mainbreak from
all over the world. Stay down for the week to soak
up the good vibes – this year, the event has its 30th
birthday, so you can catch us celebrating with a beer
at Settlers Tavern. Surfer’s Point, Prevelly, Apr 15-26 .
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/sport
It’s super easy to escape the city and get ‘off grid’ in Perth, with plenty of options less than 100km away from the
centre of town. In our sometimes crazy heat, we recommend you head to one of these locations – their proximity
to water makes cooling off easy as.
LANE POOLE RESERVE
Perfect for first-time campers, this spot has it all – several campgrounds to choose from, an undercover camp kitchen
(with gas barbecues, cold collected rainwater, and dining benches), incredible forest to cycle and bushwalk in, and
activities galore at the nearby Murray River. Go fishing, canoeing and kayaking, or swim in waterfalls and deep, still
pools along the way. Dwellingup’s also nearby for an emergency coffee break.
Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup.
Camping at Rotto gets you just far enough away from the city, yet with heaps of cafe and shopping options so you’re
not totally cut off. The campgrounds were given a makeover in 2013, with 43 non-powered, sand-covered sites, new
ablution blocks and a camp kitchen. Chances are you won’t spend much time at the sites, though – being surrounded
by water, you’ll want to grab a bike and ride to one of the endless beaches (or chill out at the pub).
Rottnest Island Camping Ground.
Beautifully situated in the foothills of the Darling Ranges, this is for campers who like a view. The campsite is well
spread out over grassland and under shady trees, and close to all necessary amenities (barbecues, ablution blocks,
laundry and kitchen). The main attraction here is obviously the Serpentine Falls – bathe under the cascading waterfall
and jump off the rocks into the dam. From there, it’s a short drive to the Millbrook Winery, and Action Paintball (though
maybe not in that order...) .
Serpentine Falls and National Park, Serpentine.
This is beach camping at its finest. Find this completely isolated and untouched gem of a spot just north of Yanchep,
though be prepared: access is only by 4WD (beware the soft sand) and there are no luxury amenities at hand – it’s
just you, the sand and the water. Those who get a wee bit excited about the DIY camping set up will froth on this.
Camping here is free, beach fishing is abundant, and dogs are allowed. Try not to spread the word on this one too
much or we’ll be in trouble.
Wilbinga Campground, Two Rocks.
There’s a handful of surfing schools in Perth,
and more down south. Boards are supplied, and
most people manage to stand and catch
a wave by the end of the day. Anyone can do it,
including kids aged five and older, and lessons
range from a few hours to a week-long safari.
TOP 3 BEGINNERS’ SURF BREAKS
Mark Lane, CEO of Surfing Western
Australia, shares his pick of Perth’s best
breaks for surfing newbies.
1. Trigg and Scarborough beaches would
be your best bet at this time of year, but
conditions vary. Low-swell months are ideal
for beginners, but if the swells do come it
can be really dangerous, with big waves
breaking onto shallow sand.
2. Leighton and Cottesloe would be your next
pick, but both are swell-dependent. If you push
yourself a little further south you’ll find yourself
at Secret Harbour, which is also ideal.
3. Heading north, Mullaloo can be a great
beginner’s location – but can be a little small at
this time of year – or you could take a chance at
Mindarie. If you push a little further north you’ll
find yourself at Lancelin Backbeach, which is
another great spot for novices.
KEEN TO TAKE A LESSON BEFORE
BRAVING THE WAVES?
• Big Wave Surfing School
Secret Harbour 9758 8315
• Gone Surfin Secret Harbour 9537 3709
• Go Surf Scarborough 9245 1684
• One Surf School Mullaloo 0403 206 651
• Perth Go Surf Scarborough 9245 1684
• Scarborough Beach Surf School
Scarborough 9447 5637
• School of Surfing WA Trigg, Mullaloo,
Leighton and Rottnest Island 9448 0004
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GWS Giants May 2
Gold Coast Suns May 16
Geelong Cats May 31
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Port Adelaide Apr 5
Sydney Swans Apr 25
Essendon May 9
North Melbourne May 23
Richmond Jun 5
Collingwood Jun 25
WEST COAST FEVER VS
Northern Mystics Mar 8
Southern Steel Mar 14
Melbourne Vixens Apr 6
Magic Apr 26
WEST COAST FEVER VS
QLD Firebirds May 1
NSW Swifts May 30
WESTERN FORCE VS
Rebels Mar 13
Cheetahs Apr 11
Stormers Apr 18
Waratahs May 9
Highlanders May 23
Reds May 30
Brumbies Jun 5
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