Yanchep National Park

September 2018
Monday 24 September 2018 was a Public Holiday in Perth and it was a beautiful sunny day and as it had almost been two years since we last visited, we took the opportunity to go back again. We enjoyed a walk around the lake, lunch at the quaint tea shop and I took lots of photos – I came across two Splendid Blue Wrens (such an apt name!) that were less timid than usual, probably because they were used to seeing more people in their environment. This was lucky for me and I finally managed to get some half decent photos.

I would recommend this place to everyone, just remember to take any rubbish home with you as there is so much wildlife that could potentially be harmed if you don’t.

October 2016
Yanchep National Park is a wonderful place to visit for all ages, even just for a couple of hours, or for a full day, depending on what you feel like doing. You can take a picnic, have lunch at the historic Yanchep Inn, walk around a number of nature trails, visit Koalas in a natural setting and investigate a number of caves. The park is also home to Western Grey Kangaroos which you are more likely to see early or late in the day.

When we visited in October there was a decent amount of water in the lake (last time we visited in June 2015, the water was exceptionally low). It was still much lower than it must have been in the past – in earlier years it was used for boating and the boarding stations now are nowhere near any water, and will likely never to be used again.

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Nature in Nannup

Nannup is in the South West Region of Western Australia and approximately a three hour drive from Perth. We went away for a four night/five day break with our dog Millie, just to get out of the City and enjoy the countryside which was very green with the amount of recent rainfall. Weather was subsequently a bit hit and miss with a lot of rain in the second half of the break, but we were still able to get out and about to enjoy the area.

We stayed in a self catering cottage which was very basic but they allowed dogs so that was fine with us and it had a log burning fire which kept the cottage warm and toasty.

Nannup is famous for two festivals – its Music Festival in March and its Garden and Flower Festival in August, so although we missed the latter by a week, we did enjoy seeing the village in full bloom with multiple colourful displays of tulips.

We also visited the attractive country town of Bridgetown. It was festooned in knitted items and a local told us that this was because it had recently attempted to win the Guinness Book of Records for yarn bombing – and it succeeded with 29,549 individually knitted items on display wherever we looked. The previous record holder was in the UK with less than half this amount.

Another stop was at Donnelly River Holiday Village. The basic weatherboard cottages were originally built to house mill workers at the local mill. This closed long ago but is still visible albeit in a ruined state. The cottages are now rented out to holidaymakers. This was our first holiday stay choice but unfortunately they don’t take dogs which is why we ended up in Nannup. However, we took a drive around with Millie in the back of the car. I was able to get out for a walk and and it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by emus and kangaroos which had no fear of humans at all. As I was the only person in sight, it was nice to enjoy the experience by myself.

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Tomato Lake

An Unexpected Urban Oasis – June 2018

I can thoroughly recommend this unexpectedly lovely urban oasis in Perth – the unusually named Tomato Lake which is a haven for wetland birds, especially the Australian White Ibis – there is huge (and noisy!) colony in residence at close quarters to visitors so a great place for the keen photographer to visit. Dogs are allowed on leads too.

It is popular with families especially at weekends and it has a cafe with very reasonably priced drinks and food. This was our first visit but we will definitely return.

 

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Picture Perfect B&B – Bedfordale

March 2018

We’ve discovered a B&B just an hour’s drive from home which lives up to its name – Picture Perfect B&B (in Bedfordale) with local attractions including Churchman Brook Dam, Wungong Dam and the Last Drop Elizabethan Pub.

The pub was our first stop with Millie constantly on the look out for food!

Lunch at the Elizabethan Pub
Waiting for the ‘OK’ Command!
Lunch at the Elizabethan Pub
‘OK’ Command just issued!

Although the weather was less than ideal, the accommodation more than made up for that and the grounds were a magnet for birds and kangaroos. Can’t wait to go back sometime soon. They don’t normally accept dogs, but because Millie was so well behaved they made an exception for her.

I can thoroughly recommend this B&B for anyone that would like to get out of the city for a day or two to recharge their batteries.

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Peppermint Grove Beach, nr Capel, WA

June 2018

It had been four years since we last went to Peppermint Grove Beach for a short holiday. We always used to go with our wonderful old dog Shadow but when she died, we just didn’t feel like going back there.

But we now have our gorgeous Millie and the time felt right to return to our old haunt and it was well worth the wait. Millie loved it as much as we expected she would and we all had a wonderful time. It is a perfect spot to see a wide variety of wildlife and when the weather gets in the way, there’s always a log fire and red wine!

 

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Canning River Regional Park

Sunday 30 September, 2017
We had such a lovely walk after discovering Canning River Regional Park for the first time last week, we decided to go again on a different walking trail. Spring flowers were in abundance so here are a few more to add to the collection from the week before. I apologise for my lack of botanical knowledge – I have no idea what the names of the flowers are!

 

Sunday 24 September, 2017
I have lived in Perth for eight and a half years, and visited Canning River Regional Park for the first time today. The weather for this long weekend was dismal, but Sunday started fairly bright and dry so we decided to risk it and took a 20 minute drive to check out this park on the advice of a friend. And we were not disappointed. It was lush and green from all the recent rainfall and many areas were saturated with water which in the summer months would probably be dry and baked hard. So we were lucky enough to see it at its best in terms of the wildlife that the conditions attracted.

We took Millie the dog (pictured below in the car, anxious to be let out to explore!); dogs are welcome on a lead and it was nice for her to enjoy different smells for a change, although this resulted in multiple stops for more sniffing opportunities! Canning River Cafe is welcome at the end of the walk for coffee/tea and cake. We timed our walk perfectly as it started to rain just as we got to the Cafe!

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You can read more about this park via the link at the bottom of the page.

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Perth Zoo

During the Christmas Break I took the opportunity to go to Perth Zoo. I was quite impressed with the facilities they have for the animals there and the whole complex looks very well maintained. The plantings are green and lush which add to the experience.

I did feel sad for the Sun Bears and wasn’t sure, in view of their abusive history, that their continued rehabilitation would benefit from being ‘gawped at’ by humans, but they have certainly come a long way from their horrendous start in life.

One of the bears, Jamran, was found in Cambodia with his paws bound to a stake in front of a restaurant, where he was used as an advertisement for bear paw soup, a delicacy that can reach up to $1500 a bowl. He was rescued in 2007 along with Bopha, who was originally captured by poachers at two months old and sold to a wealthy family as a pet.

Current entry price is $29 per person which seems quite expensive but you can spend the whole day and if you have a passion for animals and nature, then the whole experience is well worth the money.

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