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10 national parks and reserves, three caves, an expansive coastline,
meandering rivers, and fine food and wine – the North Coast and
Valleys has got it all covered.
Escape the heat and descend into the
cavernous world of Yanchep’s Crystal Cave.
Take a tour and learn about the natural
formation of these underground treasures,
and marvel at the multitude of ancient
stalagmites found alongside the glassy cool
lakes. Tours of the cave take place several
times each day, depending on the weather.
Explore Moore River and its surrounds via
horseback. At 1300 Trail Rides, beginners
can ride along stunning riverland while
more experienced riders can explore the Old
North Road Stock Route; there are also rides
for younger families. A different way to
experience the bush and river while enjoying
the company of your equestrian guide.
Gaze at the stars
Look to the stars for an evening with a
difference. At Gingin Observatory, its fully
retractable roof and five powerful telescopes
(incuding the largest in Australia for public
use) allows for awe-inspiring views. Soak
up the magic of star clusters, The Milky
Way, shooting stars, the moon and planets.
Discover the secrets of the universe, learn
all about ‘galactic cannabilism’ and blow
your mind with fascinating facts from
event gets bigger and
better every year. Now
in its 28th season, between
3000 and 5000 visitors are
expected to descend
upon Lancelin to be a
part of the watersport
action. With kitesurfing
as an added component
this year, competitors
will fight it out in both
wave sailing and
events for a share of the
$25,000 prize pool.
February 10-13, Lancelin.
Get starry-eyed with your
chosen one under the night
sky at Gingin Observatory’s
Valentine’s Starry Night.
Celebrants of all things Irish
can enjoy the experience
on St. Patrick’s Day Dark
February 14 & March 17,
SWIM AT GINGIN
Those who missed
out on the real deal,
take heart. At Gingin’s
Aquatic Centre, swimmers
can get away from the
maddening crowds and
boats by taking to the
pool. Swimmers can
form teams of up to
10 participants and will
cover the same distance
as their Rottnest swim
counterparts (in a 25m
pool over 800 laps) to get
a virtual taste of WA’s most
famous swimming race.
February 23, Iluka Aquatic
BRITISH CAR DAY
Around 800 vintage British
cars of various makes,
shapes and sizes will be
on display at this popular
event that attracts around
6000 enthusiasts each
year. Demonstrations, kids’
rides and games, markets
and live entertainment will
May 18, Granville Civic
LEDGE POINT ART
Watercolour, oil and acrylic
Indigenous art, woodwork,
sculptures, mosaics, prints
and mixed media will
showcase the talents of
WA artists with the
majority of the art pieces
available for purchase.
March 1-4 Ledge Point
There are a number of national parks
worth exploring by car or foot. Moore
River National Park, Yeal Nature Reserve
and Yanchep National Park are more
developed, but for the 4WD, trail bike and
quad enthusiasts, there are a number of
off-road tracks within Wilbinga National Park
to keep the wild at heart happy.
Follow your nose and pay homage to the
seven wineries along the Chittering Valley
Wine Trail. Wind your way past hills and
orchards and treat your tastebuds to the
grape flavours of shiraz, verdelho, grenache,
viognier, chenin blanc and chardonnay.
Soak up the oil
Pop into one of the valley’s numerous olive
oil producers, watch how olive oil is made,
wander amongst the trees, taste the goodness
and stock up the pantry.
Horse-riding in the region (photography
Our Kid Photography).
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