It has often been said that travel “broadens the mind”, but it could equally be said that travel will not only make you smarter, but it will also develop a more open-minded approach and creativity.
Wikipedia describes travel as being “the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.”
Did they say bicycle?
They did, but from this departure lounge, we are not necessarily going to be cycling.
I have been fortunate to have travelled to a many destinations around Australia plus a few overseas, and not wanting to leave those memories lingering, unforgotten on a hard-drive somewhere, I thought that I would share them, even though they are not strictly a “Bloke on Bike” experience.
Without doubt my favourite destination has been Malaysian Borneo for the primates and other than cycling (of course) I am currently really enjoying the odd bush walking adventure when time allows.
The accounts listed below are a look back on hand-picked escapades from the past 10-15 years.
As well as browsing these stories, a more focused listing by locality or type can be achieved from the Destination sub-menus above.
Meandering along the Canning River in East Perth, this 7km return shared use trail starts and finishes at Kent St Weir, passing through the beautiful Bebington, Woodloes and Canning River Regional Parks in the process.
The Swan River is a key aspect of Perth's personality and this ride highlights many aspects of this lifeline. From birds and fish to river dolphins and possibly even a shark or two, to the wide estuary and spectacular parkland, this ride has it all and is simply a beautiful outing.
Duckhole Lake is a flooded sinkhole that is part of the surrounding cave and karst landscape and getting there is via a 1.8km undulating walking trail that for much of the route, consists of 'duckboards' for much of the route.
As the trail meanders through the natural bushland stop to read the 15 interpretive panels ranging from Aboriginal and early settlement stories to birds, the night sky and the weather. This is an easy ride, suitable for most bicycles.
Much of the route is on a high-quality shared path running next to the Kwinana Freeway with connections to railway stations along the Perth to Mandurah line including the Canning Bridge, Bull Creek, Murdoch, Cockburn, Warnbro, Rockingham, Wellard and Kwinana.
The mostly flat trail stretches over 14km, following West Swan Road, and features a shared-use path that is suitable for riders of all ages and fitness levels. It can be entered at three points – Stirling Square in Guildford, on the Maali Footbridge and West Swan Hall.
Regardless of your mode of transport, this is a very popular loop in Perth city, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Swan River that includes plenty of places to stop for refreshments or just to explore.
Running alongside Ocean Beach Road and with native bushland at the other elbow, it provides easy access to other cycle paths in Denmark and offers beautiful views out over Wilsons Inlet from several points, including the Ocean Beach lookout not far from the end.