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kind who doesn't mind a carrying swag, spend
a night or more camping out at one of the 48
campsites along the 1000km route. A welcoming
sight at the end of the day, the campsites are
well equipped with a timber shelter, picnic table,
rainwater tank, tent sites and pit toilet.
Try the two-day walk from Walpole to
Frankland -- at 17km each way, it's a satisfying
way to explore the region. Allow about five hours
to enjoy your walk through the magnificent tingle
forest and along the river.
Picnic half way at the Giant Tingle Tree picnic
site and spend the night at Frankland Campsite,
recently voted best campsite on the Bibbulmun
Track. Return to Walpole the next day -- the Track
really does look different on the way back!
You can even make a weekend of it; the
foundation can put together self-guided two-night
plus Bibbulmun Walking Break packages, which
allow you to discover the track and still enjoy the
comforts of home.
Yes, that means a hot shower or luxurious spa,
a comfy bed and a delicious meal, as well as a day
walk map pack and transfers to the Track. They
can even arrange a massage to recover your aching
muscles -- and all you have to do is show up.
These beautifully catered packs are available
in seven unique locations along the entire track,
including Walpole and Denmark.
For more on the wonderful Bibbulmun, visit
www.bibbulmuntrack.org, (08) 9481 0551 or mail
ON THE DRIVE DOWN
On the drive down along Albany Highway, there
really isn't much happening in terms of great
attractions. Kojonup is often whizzed through
at high speed or used as a well-needed fuel spot,
however you can turn it into a proper break by
visiting the Australian Rose Maze.
Three fictional stories are woven through
the maze; featuring Yoondi, a Nyoongar whose
journey is told in words and mosaics in the path;
Elizabeth, an English settler whose story is told
through journal entries on wandoo strainer posts;
and Maria, an Italian immigrant, is featured in
letters on seats throughout the maze.
The beautiful range of roses is reason enough
to stop by, but the maze component makes it a fun
outing for kids and big kids alike.
See the maze at The Kodja Place, which is also
a good place for a decent coffee and toilet break,
Albany Highway in Kojonup.
Hot off the press: The Chocolate Lounge at the
Denmark Chocolate Company on South Coast
Highway opened in early December.
If you thought mastering food and wine
combinations was tricky or were still trying to
master matching food with beer... try matching
beer with chocolate!
Apparently a chocolate lounge, which has
a more formal atmosphere than the rest of the
company, encourages the pairing of high quality
chocolates with certain beers and wines.
"We're not talking a VB with a Mars bar
though," says managing director Chris Grain.
"We've handpicked a range of unusual beers, a lot
of stouts and ales, which have malts and caramels
through them that match up with your dark
Apparently WA is behind the times, with
regular chocolate and wine festivals in the US
and Melbourne's Koko Black has a very popular
chocolate lounge in Carlton.
According to Chris, this is the first licensed
chocolate lounge in WA and with the popularity
of the chocolate factory element there, the lounge
should be a hit.
The trick to ordering your chocolate and wine
or beer combination is balancing the sugar profiles.
"Try a liqueur like cointreau or a muscat with milk
Rose Maze; (right) The
Lake House cellar door;
(this picture) Elephant
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