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Within WA | Over the drive? Skywest is scheduled to make twice
weekly flights from Perth to Busselton, starting in July, with a further
leg available to Albany. Further up the coast and beyond, the airline has
also introduced new services between Geraldton and Denpasar, via Port
Hedland, from the end of June. The routes formerly flown by Skywest
from Perth to Carnarvon, Kalbarri and on to Monkey Mia have been
taken over by FIFO specialist, Skippers Aviation.
Meanwhile, regional carrier Airnorth has added more capacity
between Perth and Kununurra for the dry season, including a Sunday
service until the end of August. For more details, visit skywest.com.au,
skippers.com.au and airnorth.com.au .
Qantas has begun flying from Perth to Exmouth three times a week,
and has based additional aircraft in Perth to meet demand, adding some
7000 seats per week between Perth and Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha,
Newman, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland. Visit qantas.com .au .
Interstate | Qantas has increased frequency of flights to Melbourne, Sydney
and Brisbane. More than 4300 seats a week have opened up to cross-
country travellers since April. It’s not just the frequency – size of the
aircraft has increased too. Airbus 330 services between Perth and Sydney
have gone up to five round trips per week and other wide-body aircraft
have been deployed across the Nullarbor.
Tiger Airways has increased its flights between Melbourne and Perth
for winter. Between March and October, they’re offering more than
double the number of flights as the same period last year – up to 20
services per week. Visit tigerairways.com .
Mandurah Ocean Marina has now
secured one of the world’s most
prestigious awards for design
excellence, the PIANC Marina
Excellence Design Jack Nichol
Award. Already Australia’s most
awarded marina, this win sets the
marina among the world’s best.
Meanwhile, Café Pronto has
won Best Regional Cafe and Best
Breakfast Restaurant at the 2011
Savour Australian Restaurant
& Catering Institute Awards for
Excellence in Regional WA.
Malcolm Douglas’ legacy
The family of the late Kimberley adventurer Malcolm Douglas
has some exciting plans to enhance Broome as a destination and
preserve Malcolm’s dream to conserve the Kimberley’s species
before the cane toads arrive.
The aim is to redevelop the Cable Beach Crocodile Park into a
cultural precinct made up of restaurants, shops, and night markets.
All 250 of the current inhabitants will slowly be moved 16km to the
80ha Wilderness Park north of Broome.
The Wilderness Park and Crocodile Farm will be remodelled to offer
wild crocodile tours, a walk-in aviary, and an endangered species
walk featuring bilbies and other critters. A croc farm tour and botanic
garden will complete the exciting new tourism destination.
Horse trial success in spotting bilbies
Lorna Glen station in the Goldfields is using stock horses as ‘vehicles’
to monitor the bilby population. The bilbies must be approached
quietly, and department scientists have found horses are quieter and
have less of a carbon footprint in the delicate arid eco-system.
Dr Neil Burrows, senior research scientist with the DEC, says, “Using
horses enables us to pay respect to the rich pastoral heritage of the area.”
Lots at steak
Fancy trying the best steak
sandwich in Western Australia?
Get to the Royal Exchange Hotel
in Katanning, where English chef
Ray Pullen won a gong celebrating
the iconic pub meal from the
Australian Hotels Association.
The ideals of the late Malcolm Douglas will live on, thanks to his family.
Using horses to search for signs of bilbies
(Photography Neil Burrows, DEC).
Mandurah Ocean Marina
Ray Pullen shows
off his trophy.
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