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Kayak Moore River
Hire a canoe at Guilderton foreshore car park and
paddle along the Moore River. As you head up the
river, listen to the sounds of birds and look out for
native wildlife including kangaroos, and blue-tongue
and bob-tail lizards. Pull up alongside the sand dunes
and walk to the peak for spectacular views of the
surrounding landscape. If you’re keen for a thrill, pack
a sheet of cardboard to ride down the dunes. Avid
fishermen should note that the largest bream are found
further down the river away from the river mouth.
Lancelin is regarded as one of the best windsurfing
locations in the world, and summer is the perfect time
to hone your skills or take lessons. As the temperature
rises the sea breeze provides excellent windsurfing
conditions and the shallow reefs close to shore in
Lancelin Bay are great for beginners. Courses and
gear are available from local windsurfing veteran
Werner from his trailer Werner’s Hot Spot. You’ll find
it at the main launching area at Grace Darling Park
(or Windsurf Park as the locals call it). Facilities
include a grassed rigging area, toilets and showers.
Yanchep National Park
The park has the makings of a great family daytrip
– koalas, caves and cafes. The picnic spots and
playgrounds are surrounded by rolling lawns
that are shared with western grey kangaroos.
There is accommodation on site, and the park
is only ten minutes from the suburbs of Yanchep
and Two Rocks. The bushwalking trails range
from a short 500m stroll to trails up to 46.2km.
Other highlights include the 45-minute Aboriginal
Experiences and tours of Crystal, Yonderup and
The two main events
are wave-sailing and
a marathon. This year’s
event will also feature
a kite surfing component
and demonstrations from
sports organisations such
as jet skiing and stand
The new event village
includes stalls, food,
drink and entertainment.
Lancelin, Jan 9-12.
Head to Ledge Point
Country Club with garden
shovels and buckets in tow.
Past categories included
children only (maximum of
four) and family (maximum
of six, with one adult).
A sausage sizzle will
also be at the event.
Ledge Point, Jan 26.
A great family event;
listen to live music from
the 50s to 90s at the
mouth of the Moore River.
There will be raffles and
a variety of food available.
Guilderton, Jan 27.
Head to the seaside town
of Lancelin for stalls selling
cakes, arts and crafts,
plants and fresh produce.
There will also be rides,
competitions and plenty
of food and drink.
Lancelin, Mar 2.
Cabaret caves. For tour bookings, visit the McNess
House Visitor Centre.
The town of Gingin, 25km inland, is a starting point
for a trek along the edge of the Moore River National
Park, utilising forgotten stock tracks, bush terrain
and dune formations. Beachside 4WDing begins at
the vast sand dunes on the edge of Lancelin – ideal
for recreational fun. The adventure continues north
along beaches and dunes to locations such as Dide
Bay and Wedge and Grey islands before re-joining
the Indian Ocean Drive to Cervantes and the
Pinnacles. Regulations, no-go zones and seasonal and
environmental restrictions apply. Contact DEC Moora
office ((08) 9652 1911) for everything you need to know.
Lancelin Island and its lagoon are just metres off
the coast and home to amazing marine life. Snorkel
off the beach over coral and limestone reefs, sandy
bottom and seagrass beds with more than 200 species
of flora and fauna identified in this compact area. Be
careful not to fish in the Fish Habitat Protection Area.
Back Beach, around the point in Lancelin, is safe for
bodyboarding, surfing and swimming, with plenty of
protected areas for sunbathing.
Olives and oranges
The Moore River region is olive central – it accounts
for over 70 per cent of olive production in the state.
Fini Olives offers tastings and tours as well as disabled
toilets, shade and a picnic area. Nearby Regans Ridge
also offers tastings and showcases plenty of olive
products. If olives don’t tickle your fancy, or you’re
after a sweeter fix, there are thousands of citrus trees
throughout the region, and during summer you’ll find
plenty of Valencia oranges. Head to an orchard to buy
and taste the fruit – because these are working farms,
most are open seven days and some offer picnic areas.
The Gravity Discovery Centre is only a one-hour
drive north of Perth to Gingin West. You can explore
the surrounding bush and climb the 45m Leaning
Tower. After the sun sets, head next door to the
Gingin Observatory, Australia’s best-equipped
public space observatory, for an astronomy tour.
You’ll have hands-on access to telescopes, and time
with expert astronomers. There is a shop and a cafe,
and the centre is open Tuesday to Sunday. Stargazing
tours start at 7.30pm in summer. Bookings are essential.
Camping Wedge Island (photography Jess W)
Cabaret Cave in Yanchep National Park.
WHAT TO DO
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