Killen Falls Nature Reserve

Located near Ballina, Killen Falls is an easily accessible destination that offers a lovely short walk through regenerating sub-tropical rainforest to a refreshing watering hole. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, the cosy pool is nested in a gully of ferns and is fed  by the Emigrant Creek dam shortly upstream at the aptly named Fernleigh. The bed of the pool is quite rocky so don’t forget to bring reefs sandals and if you are lucky enough you will see the resident turtles that inhabit this gem of a place.

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Wandering

Fancy wandering around Wandering? It is well worth the short drive 130km just south east of Perth to spend New Years here. Situated in Marradong Country in the heart of the Darling Range, surrounded by farmland with patches of remnant wandoo forest to the east and jarrah forest to the west, there is much to explore. Hoofing up the the granite outcrops should definitely be on the list of things to do to see the sweeping views over the honey washed landscape at sunset. Continue reading “Wandering”

Avon Valley National Park

Need tree time but don’t want to travel far? Avon Valley National Park is situated a mere stones throw from Perth city! Visit in spring to be welcomed by a carpet of white and yellow daisies smiling out from underneath a mixture of jarrah, marri, powderbark and wandoo forest.

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Morocco – Toubkal National Park

Travelling west across Morocco, climbing deep into the High Atlas mountains, the landscape changes quickly. Pine and juniper trees give way to a desolate mix of rocky scree and smooth, domed expanses dusted in a rainbow of colours. The steep roads wind past areas of greens, oranges, yellows, reds and even blacks as they approach the highest mountain pass in all of Morocco. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, situated at 2260m altitude, affords sweeping vistas and is also surprisingly a hotspot for enthusiastic salesmen peddling geod rocks.

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Morocco – Todra Gorge

Heading west from the desert plains in Morocco the landscape abruptly cleaves into sheer gorges. Towns perch precariously on the sides and in the valleys shaded by lush date palmeries. The valley floor is a slice of bright green contrasting against the monochromatic rock and is striped with rows of crops either side of the life-giving thread of silver water. Simply lounging on a terrace here, watching the birds soaring in the sky or reading a book, is a grand way to pass a day. Another invigorating option is to wander down to the public Hamam baths with the locals for a chat and a traditional scrub with black soap made from olives.

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