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chocolates and the dark chocolates work well with the
fruit beers we have from Belgium," says Chris.
Well, if you insist Chris...
If the words "moment on the lips, lifetime on
the hips" filter through your mind while having
lustful thoughts about choclate and beer; there's a
wholefood specialist that has just opened in Albany.
Head down to Solomons Merchants on Stirling
Terrace, which sells bulk whole foods (think
flours, nuts, spices and beans), organic coffee,
textiles and antiques. It's a fantastic place to spend
an hour browsing and hunting down specialty
ingredients for an unusual recipe.
WALKING THE PORONGURUPS
With the delicious food and wine on offer in the
region, it's easy to get caught up and head home
with five kilograms of Great Southern treats
imbedded in your love handles.
If you are looking for a negative calorie day or
simply a beautiful walk with stunning views, then you
have to put at least one day aside and hike through
the stunning Porongurup Range National Park.
The Porongurups have become an increasingly
popular day trip for those doing the classic coastal
holiday in Albany and Denmark, and only 15
minutes from Mount Barker and 40 minutes from
Albany, shouldn't be missed.
Due to its wide biodiversity, the park has just
received heritage listing.
With its giant karri, red gum and jarrah trees
towering over the national park, it is a remarkably
different environment to the Stirling Ranges.
In summer, with the towering trees comes more
shade, providing cooler walks and a welcome
relief from the hot sun.
There are four trails generally recommended
with varying levels of distance and difficulty, that
cater for a casual family stroll with the kids to
those looking to burn off some calories.
The Castle Rock and Balancing Rock walk
is the most popular and also the easiest. A walk
to about two kilometres takes you along a more
gentle slope to the peaks.
On your way up to Castle Rock, look out for
Balancing Rock, which defies gravity and provides
the perfect posed muscle shot, and also provides a
360-degree view, the region's best.
Another favourite is the walk to the highest
peak, the 670m-Devil's Slide.
A 2.5km walk will take you to the top and
glorious views of the national park, Stirling
Ranges and surrounding farmland.
The longest walk is 5.5km and includes
Hayward and Nancy's Peaks.
Nancy's namesake was a cow, lost about 100
years ago, which was later found on one of the
highest peaks in the Porongurups proving that
cows also can appreciate a good view.
If climbing isn't your thing, the Warnsborough
walk is 4km long and takes you from the south to
the north side of the ranges avoiding the peaks while
still capturing a good look at them from below.
The Porongurups make a great day trip and
are only 15 minutes from Mount Barker and
40 minutes from Albany, and provide a great
To pre-order a picnic lunch, contact either
Jingalla Wines on (08) 9853 1023 or Castle Rock
Estate on (08) 9853 1035.
We have mentioned it many times in the past but
can't help but mention it again. Maitraya remains
the leading private holiday resort in WA, with
6000sqm of house overlooking the Southern
Ocean, private beach, indoor pool, tennis court,
lake with canoes, gym and so much more.
Perfect for small groups and located just east of
Albany, this is a chance to holiday like the stars.
A recent addition is the rustic two-bedroom
cottage located on the lake and close to the airstrip,
which can be hired separate from the main house or
used as overflow for additional guests.
& left) Maitraya; (this
picture) Great Southern
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