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ON THE COAST
THERE IS NOTHING more serene that strapping wings to your back and gliding up
and down the cliffs along our beautiful coast line powered by nothing but the wind.
Regular on-shore sea breezes create a strong updraft for hanggliders and paragliders
that will take their passengers soaring above the ocean and way out to sea. Relatively
easy to learn over a few weekends in Perth, there are various schools and clubs that
can help guide you in the right direction and also to take you up on a duo-flight with
an instructor -- it would make a hell of a first date impression! In Perth you can see
devotees practicing at Cottesloe and Leighton and Quinns Rock. Outside the city,
there are several sites off the coast at Albany, at Yallingup and further east to the
cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. In the Kimberley there are a few spectacular
spots near Wyndham. The WA Hanggliding Association has a website with clubs
and suggested sites all over the state. www.hgfa.asn.au.
2Watch the world's best surfing
DRUG AWARE PRO surfing competition in Margaret River
-- Strap your boards to the roof, get some Jack Johnson on
the stereo and head down to the Mass Festival from March 15 to 22.
While the main event is the surfing with international professionals
ripping up local waters, there's also a festival reflecting the surf
lifestyle with art, music and fashion. It's going to be epic, dude.
Western Australia has some of the most stunning coastline in the world: thousands of
kilometres of perfect bays and beaches, isolated islands, international-standard surf breaks
and a relatively untouched biodiversity make it ideal for every conceivable ocean activity.
Scoop Traveller sums it up in 50 great ideas to make the most of the coast this season.
TEXT: Lisa O'Neill and staff writers
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