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You’ve got the best of both worlds here – coast and trees – and you’ve got them in good
proximity, with not a whole lot of people around. The North Coast and Valleys is all about
catching a break and enjoying some peace and quiet in country surrounds. Lancelin is a
small lobster-fishing town, popular for its water activities and kicked-back vibes, where
people who really know how to holiday visit time and again.
Jarrah and marri forest forms a stunning backdrop for inland towns like Gingin, not to
mention the vines and orchards rolling through Bindoon and Chittering Valley. Perched 300m-
plus above sea level, the climate and soils of the valleys are quite different to those of nearby
viticulture regions, producing stunning varieties of shiraz, chardonnay and viognier. Tastings and
tours at the working groves and orchards are a must for foodies exploring the region.
Yanchep National Park is a great day-trip destination, or you can kayak up the Moore River
to the desert for a spot of sandboarding and picnicking along the river’s banks. Stop in for a
gourmet lunch at a quaint cafe, or why not make a weekend of it? There’s a great range of
accommodation, from holiday homes and caravan parks to farmstays and cosy B&Bs.
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foodies exploring the region”
National Parks | Just an hour from the city, Yanchep
National Park is an ideal family day trip with nine
world-class bush trails, koalas, kangaroos, caves,
cafes, a sweet shop, an inn, picnics spots and
playgrounds. It’s 3000ha of native flora and
fauna, ideally visited in spring when the wildflowers
are in bloom. Moore River in Gingin is another
favourite, with thickets of tall eucalypts and banskia
colouring the landscape in springtime. Open daily,
the park is a favourite for for picnicking, camping,
fishing and hiking.
Off-road tracks | You’ll find the best 4WD tracks from
Lancelin north to Cervantes where you can venture
inland or beachside. Gingin is a starting point for a trek
along the Moore River National Park, utilising forgotten
stock tracks, bush terrain and dune formations. The
vast sand dunes on the edge of Lancelin are where
adrenalin junkies head, but because it is unregulated,
the number of sand boarders, dune buggy-ers and
motorbikers can be a hazard. Make sure you talk to the
DEC or shire before setting off.
A Chittering Valley winery (Photography Western Range Wines).
Vines and orchards in the Chittering Valley (Photography Western Range Wines).
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