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WHAT TO DO
Cook your catch
If you are looking to catch your own meal, the
locals boast about the bream. Should your
catch from the river be on the small side, hire
a canoe from the mouth of the Moore River
and drop a line further downstream, where
you’ll be sure to hook some brag-worthy
catches. Enjoy idyllic sunset views and play
MasterChef by taking advantage of the free
gas-fired barbecues on the riverbank. When
cooking the likes of herring, taylor and bream,
all you’ll need is alfoil, lemon and some
seasoning to bake a delicious feast.
Give chocolate a well-deserved rest and get
your sweet fix at West Coast Honey, with
products ranging from honey ice-cream
(a must-try) to soap. If your sweetest thoughts
are more wine-orientated, head along the
Chittering Valley or Bindoon Trails to sample
the region’s finest grape varieties.
Hit the dunes
A piece of cardboard is all you need for an
adrenalin rush, riding down the dunes. To avoid
a mouthful of sand, always stick to the smaller
peaks. Even if you don’t plan on getting any
kicks with cardboard, you’ll be gleeful after
scaling the dunes to take in the panoramic
views. They’re best accessed with a 4WD
because windblown sand can make the car
park a hazard for 2WD vehicles.
You’ll witness impressive
athleticism from ponies
and riders alike at this
tournament in Muchea,
a great spectacle for
families to enjoy. The
competition unfolds over
two days, concluding with
the finals from lunchtime
on Sunday. There will be
food and drinks available
Muchea, Aug 24-25.
It’s a smorgasbord of all
that Chittering has to offer,
at the centre of a beautiful
rural setting. See a diverse
range of wares from local
growers, producers and
businesses, including wines,
food, and arts and crafts.
You won’t be leaving
empty-handed (or hungry)
from this unmissable event.
The Village Green, Lower
Chittering Hall, Sep 7.
Blow away the winter
cobwebs and join the
Chittering Bird Group for
an early but info-packed
morning among some
chirpy friends. You’ll learn to
identify different birds and
recognise their calls... make
it a competition with your
friends to see how many
you can spot.
Blackboy Ridge Reserve,
Chittering, Sep 7.
Capture the wildflower
season at its best, with
hundreds of named
wildflowers for sale and
much more. If wildflowers
are too much of a nose-
tingling experience, there
will be plenty of local
produce on sale. Make sure
you bring the kids – they will
love the wildlife carers with
the newborn joeys.
Bindoon Hall, Sep 12-15.
HELL OF THE
NORTH – LANCELIN
This challenging 135km
cycle course starts and
finishes in the picturesque
seaside town of Lancelin.
If cycling all that way
makes you squirm, there
is a 91km option that skips
the gravel section (whew).
While it’s not a race, it’s
recommended to have
some riding experience
under your belt. Training
programs can be found on
the event website.
Wangaree Park, Walker
Avenue, Lancelin, Sep 15.
The pride and joy of the Gravity Discovery
Centre is the Leaning Tower of Gingin (not
Pisa), which stands at an impressive 45m
with a 15-degree lean. You’ll be rewarded
for your climb with a first-hand view of the
rolling hills and vastness of the countryside.
The kids will love dropping a water balloon
from the top of the tower.
Come September, play photographer among
the vibrant masses of wildflowers you’ll see on
the drive north. The kids will be able to snap
some keepers to print out for the fridge and, for
camera-savvy individuals, shots of the striking
flowers make for fantastic wall art or gifts.
The Leaning Tower of Gingin (photograph
Gravity Discovery Centre).
Firewood Banksia, (photography
Hell of the North (photography
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