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WHAT TO DO
Brave the rapids
In the colder months, the Murray River turns
into an exciting channel of gushing water after
a downpour. Raft the rapids with Dwellingup
Adventures, or try a self-guided bushwalk
beginning at Lane Poole Reserve. Don’t forget
to pack some shoes with grip, to avoid a nasty
slip and a muddy behind.
Get back to basics
Pack your tent and hit the road for a weekend
in the scenic Yalgorup National Park. With
the extreme fire ban season concluded, don’t
forget your firewood – and marshmallows to
toast in the embers. A stunning spot to pitch
your tent is the Martins Tank Lake Campground,
right on the edge of the water and which has
Tour the mines
Want to discover what all the mining fuss
is about? Take a tour through Alcoa’s Pinjarra
Alumina Refinery and the Huntly Bauxite
Mine. There are weekly and monthly tours
on offer: contact the Alcoa Discovery Centre
to make a booking. Both adults and kids will
be bursting with knowledge when it comes
time to head home.
Stay on track
Come winter, the steam trains once again
surge through the picturesque Darling Range.
The locomotives of the Hotham Valley Railway
give old Thomas the Tank Engine a run for his
money as they take in the steep climbs and
magnificent sights. The trains depart from
Dwellingup Railway Station, and run until
October. Bookings are recommended.
Aimed at promoting the
many waterways in the
district, the carnival has
an assortment of water
settings and paddling
endeavours to suit all ages
and abilities. You can enjoy
a drift in the estuary, river
or sea, and most of the
activities are free.
Peel and surrounds,
Aug 18-Sep 29.
ACT BELONG COMMIT
Get in the saddle during the
winter to prepare yourself
for this thrilling mountain-
biking event. There are
various courses to suit
beginners and skilled
riders alike, and the
Dwellingup Cafe will be
creating a special pasta
menu for cyclists to devour
the night before the ride.
Field, Sep 7.
In its 35th year, Circus Oz
has honed its new show,
Cranked Up, to be a
whirlwind of hilarious
acts, fast-paced tricks and
The animal-free circus will
be a thrilling experience for
both kids and adults.
Arts Centre, Sep 7.
You’ll find a wealth of
tractors, engines, trucks
and toys at this get-
together for lovers of
classic machinery. For the
ladies who prefer to leave
that kind of thing to the
men, there will also be
plenty of homemade
goods on sale.
Mark your calendars,
people, you’re not going to
want to miss this one. The
2013 Nanga Music Festival
continues its celebration
of acoustic and folk music.
Joining together in the lush
bushland setting will be 300
patrons, one stage and an
impressive line-up of artists.
It’s an unmissable weekend
of music. Nanga Bush Camp,
Dwellingup, Oct 12-13.
Try the local cuisine
Marron, the freshwater crayfish indigenous to
WA, are an integral part of south-west culture,
and well worth a try when you are in the area.
They don’t come cheap, mind you. A dish of this
acquatic delicacy will set you back $32 to $38 in
most local restaurants and wineries, depending
on the size of the bad boys served up. Newbliss
Winery owner Joanne says the only complaint
she’s ever had about their marron came from
her: that her husband won’t let her eat them.
Catch some waves
There’s no need to travel all the way to Margs
to find great swell, just head to Secret Harbour
instead. The break isn’t on a reef, so it’s a great
place for learners to start, and there are
a number of surf schools in the area that provide
board and wetsuit hire with lessons. Just don’t
forget a wetsuit – in winter, the water is frigid.
The Hotham Valley Railway (photography Tourism WA).
Dawesville Cut (photography Tourism WA).
Photography Tourism WA.
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