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Autumn is a wonderful time to stretch your legs along
one of Yanchep National Park’s nine bushwalking trails.
Each offers a wide range of scenery such as caves,
wetlands, woodlands and historic sites, as well as plenty
of native flora and fauna – keep your eyes peeled for
the Yanchep rose. For those wanting a longer hike,
there are overnight shelters on the Ghost House Trail,
Cockatoo Trail and the Coastal Plains Trail.
While the weather may be cooling, nothing can
separate kids and water. The Maze, located in
Bullsbrook, recently opened its Outback Splash,
which is reported to be Australia’s biggest waterslide
playground. It’s just the latest in major upgrades for
the fun park; a huge new hedge maze is also due to
be opened in April. There’s also mini golf, barbecue
facilities, a giant ‘jumping pillow’ , and a small zoo.
Hit the Lancelin sand dunes for an adrenalin-packed
daytrip. Boards can be hired from several places in the
township, and locals are happy to share info on the
best spots. Don’t forget your goggles if it’s windy!
Just an hour’s drive from Perth, this wine trail is one
of the state’s best-kept secrets. W ind your way up
and down through the hills and valleys to visit five
wineries, each with its own unique character. Most
offer light platters and local produce, and you’ll find
a restaurant at Stringybark. While it’s an easy drive
from Perth, if you want to make a weekend of it, there
are a handful of friendly B&Bs. Download a map from
Cruising down the river
Take a cruise down Moore River and discover the
diverse landscape of this region. Bring your own
dinghy, or there is a local tour operator that offers
Marvellous Moon evenings
show off the moon at its
best – on these nights,
you can view distant star
clusters, nebulas and
galaxies through the
telescopes. A laser beam
pointer show will highlight
the night’s constellations.
Dark Night Stargazing
evenings, meanwhile, give
you the chance to check
out the Milky Way galaxy.
Bookings are essential.
Every year, Bindoon hosts
the ‘Bindoon Dirt Drags’,
famous for loud pipes and
super-fast dirt-drag action.
Witness Australia’s fastest
Harley Davidson and V8
bikes on show, ready to
blow your socks off as they
scream past at unbelievable
speeds. Don’t wear your
Bindoon, Apr 19.
STATION OPEN DAY
Experience local heritage,
and learn about the
restoration project of the
historic Railway Station,
and grounds. View
proposed works, displays
of historical photos,
railway memorabilia, and
everyday items used by
families of the era. Watch
spinning and shearing
demos, and visit local stalls.
Gingin, May 4.
BRITISH CAR DAY
Hundreds of eager vintage
car enthusiasts converge on
the historic town of Gingin
to show off their ‘wheels’. In
recent years, the Granville
Civic Centre and surrounds
have attracted automobile
lovers of all ages. Local
wares and produce are
available for purchase at
the popular market stalls.
Gingin, May 18.
To celebrate NAIDOC
Week in the first week
of the school holidays,
Yanchep National Park
will have plenty of fun
and informative activities
for all ages.
Yanchep, Jul 6-13.
sunset and moonlight tours, riverine eco tours and
– every parent’s dream – the kids’ adventure tour.
Yanchep Lakes was said to have been created when
the Wagyl, a Dreamtime creature, erupted out of the
ground. This tour in the Yanchep National Park allows
visitors to learn from Indigenous guides, participate
in cultural activities and gain insight into Nyoongar
culture, such as how traditional tools were used.
Catch of the day
Hit Ledge Point beach at sunset to cast a line for whiting
and tailor, or the Lancelin jetty for squid. For bigger
catch, you’ll need to launch a boat from Lancelin beach
(there’s no ramp but there’s a tractor for hire if you don’t
have a 4WD and you get into trouble).
Fishing off Lancelin Jetty (photography Kay Cipher).
Explore the Chittering Valley Wine Trail
(photography Western Range Wines).
WHAT TO DO
Gingin British Car Day.
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