The Parkerville Tavern – Great Food & a Colourful History

The Parkerville Tavern – Great Food & a Colourful History

The Photo Tour

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The Parkerville Tavern, Parkerville, Mundaring, Western Australia

The Parkerville Tavern, Parkerville, Mundaring, Western Australia

If you’re looking for somewhere new to eat in the Perth Hills, we’ve found a great country pub surrounded by nature with a superbly modern & varied menu, and a bit of a colourful history!

The Parkerville Tavern is a little off the beaten track in a small suburb of Mundaring called Parkerville (who’d have guessed!) which sits across the road from the 59km Railway Reserves Heritage Trail near Jane Brook & the original location of the Parkerville Station.
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Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

A visit to the Yanchep National Park is not complete without wandering through the Koala enclosure spotting the koalas in the trees. Most of the time they are high up in the trees and fast asleep but sometimes you will get lucky and spot one who is a bit more active.

Mum decided to move from her perch up in the trees, with baby hanging on, “Do I go up or down”.

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park Perth Western Australia

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

I wonder what’s over there? Hold on tight Joey!

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Let’s go!

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Although I do not have the photographic evidence she landed safely with Joey still attached I assure you she did.

Dave took these pictures back in 2004 during the early days of MADCAT Photography. The photos where processed using Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo 10.

We have a few products with koala pictures available through our RedBubble store like this bag I ordered 🙂

Feed Me, Yanchep National Park Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Koala snack time, love my gum leaves available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Interesting facts about Koalas:

  • Koala is an aboriginal word that means no water, Koalas get 90% of their liquid intake from the leaves they eat
  • Koalas eat up to 1Kg of leaves a day, hence their dependence on the eucalyptus forests, and it takes a hundred trees per koala to have a sustainable population
  • Koalas have been around for over 20 million years
  • Koalas are listed as vulnerable and are only found wild in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The Australian Koala Foundation, Save The Koala Website has some great information about the fight to save our wild Koala Population, you can even adopt a Joey (a baby Koala).

Here is a video from National Geographic endangered species Koala page that explains why Koalas are not bears, some great Koala footage 🙂

Stay Safe & Happy Exploring,
Maggie

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park Photo Walk – Part 1

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Whiteman Park is a great place to take the family for a fun day out soaking up the sunshine. If, however, you are prepared to take a walk along one of their well marked trails then spring is a great time for wildflower spotting.

Dave and I decided to go out to Whiteman Park to walk the Wunanga Trail which is the longest walk trail in the park at 4.3 km long. Wunanga is a Noongar word meaning ‘quiet’ or ‘peaceful’. The trail is well marked with Yellow/Orange topped pine poles some of which have a letter on top. Each letter refers to notes on the trail guide giving you more information about the area you are walking through.

Here is what I found that caught my eye.

Not exactly a native wildflower but very pretty all the same.

Not exactly a native wildflower but very pretty all the same.

These bushes are very common and absolutely covered in these gorgeous yellow flowers.

These bushes are very common and absolutely covered in these gorgeous yellow flowers.

What looks to me like a white orchid but I cannot find a reference to it anywhere.

What looks to me like a white orchid but I cannot find a reference to it anywhere.

Another array of yellow flowers, beautiful!

Another array of yellow flowers, beautiful!

New growth showing from the burnt out remains of what once was a giant Jarrah tree, nature always prevails.

New growth showing from the burnt out remains of what once was a giant Jarrah tree, nature always prevails.

Came across this bobtail lizard, nearly stood on him, if you look closely you can see my footprint!

Came across this bobtail lizard, nearly stood on him, if you look closely you can see my footprint!

I took a few more pictures but I am still learning and they were not sharp enough for public display.

For those knowledgeable botanists out there, please feel free to leave a comment and help me identify the flowers above, especially that white one!

Just from these few pictures alone I hope you will be encouraged to visit Whiteman Park and get off the beaten track and walk one of the walk trails.

Please remember to dress appropriately, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat and carry plenty of water.

Dave will be posting Part 2 of this blog with lots of amazing pictures from the walk and some great photo tips.

Stay Safe & Happy Exploring,
Maggie

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

Dave will have some more photo tips in Part 2 of this blog series.

All images in this article were taken on an iPhone 6s by me and processed in Lightroom CC.

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:

 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

As usual we’re planning a whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Whiteman Park” images. More details in Part 2 of this blog series.

Meanwhile you can take a look at all of the amazing images and products that we currently have available in our shop, all based on Dave’s photography.

Everlasting Daisies, Kings Park Drawstring Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Kings Park wildflowers namely everlasting daisies available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Everlasting Daisies, Kings Park Drawstring Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Kings Park Everlasting Daisies available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Whiteman Park is located to the west of the Swan Valley with entrances from Lord St & Beechboro Rd and is 18 km northeast of Perth.

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Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

Noble Falls Photo Walk – Part 2

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Last time we visited Noble Falls in Gidgegannup there was barely a trickle of water flowing over the rocks. Not so this time, the falls are in full flow and a truly amazing sight to see.

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The weather was perfect, blue skies and puffy white clouds making it an ideal day for a hike around Noble Falls along Wooroloo Brook and back the other side. Also great conditions for taking some photos of this beautiful area.

The falls themselves are visible from the car park and can be approached from either side with ease. Despite being so close to the road and car park it retains that feeling of being out in the natural world.

As I mentioned above the falls are in full flow, allowing for some amazing long(ish) exposures to be captured.

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

I generally avoid using filters so getting long exposures during the daytime can be a bit of a challenge. I do sometimes use a Neutral Density filter to get much longer exposure times but in this instance I was able to achieve shutter speeds of around 1/5th sec which still gives the water a nice smooth look.

Anything lower than around 1/30th sec will start to give you that flowing effect on the water, just make sure you’re using a tripod.

Flowing Waters, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Flowing Waters, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie has acquired a new-found interest in photography lately and I managed to pull myself away from the myriad of natural photo opportunities to grab this shot of her using her iPhone to get some pics of the incredibly colourful Wattle bushes.

You can see one of Maggie’s Wattle pics in Part 1 of this blog series.

Maggie the Photographer, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie the Photographer, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The two available walk trails both start on the north side of Wooroloo Brook and follow the river to the north-west as it meanders through the bush.

The paths are very well maintained and signposted and so are easily accessible to anyone with a moderate level of fitness.

The shorter trail is 1.5 km return and great if you just want to see the falls and a bit of the river. It doesn’t take long to reach the first bridge across the river which signals the return crossing for this shorter trail.

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The photo opportunities here are endless, especially at this time of year and with such perfect weather.

All around the ground was covered with a lush green carpet which was teaming with small yellow flowers showing the signs of the beginning of our wildflower season.

Contrasting the  lush green was the typically Western Australian red dirt that made up the soil and trail paths.

Standing on the first bridge is a nice spot to get some photos up and down the river.

View North of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View North of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View South of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View South of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Shortly after bypassing the bridge over Wooroloo Brook for the shorter trail we came across a shallow ford which created a mini version of Noble Falls, less spectacular but still an amazing sight.

It’s well worth the extra distance to see the ford even if you’re going to turn around and return to the first bridge.

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The walk along the fast flowing river was unbelievably luscious & green, spring really is a great time of year to be out in nature.

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

After following the river for a while the path opens up onto a bitumen road, Kooringal Vale, and then turns left on to Brennan Rise for a while.

According to the trail guide (which we were not using) there is a dry weather optional route here which takes a left down onto the “Kangaroo Track” and then back up to Kooringal Vale.

Kooringal Vale, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Kooringal Vale, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Sadly, we didn’t notice any signs so we missed the “Kangaroo Track” but I would recommend taking this track for a slightly more interesting walk.

Note to self, always take a trail guide with you!

Continue along Brennan Rise across the Wooroloo Brook bridge and rejoin the dirt trail at the corner of Brennan Rise & Old Coach Road.

Brennan Rise Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Brennan Rise Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

 

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

From here the trail continues back along the river towards Noble Falls. Again, having the trail guide will help you take the correct route as there are two possible paths you could take.

The trail guide recommends you take a left to the lower fire-break path which follows the river however we missed the sign and went straight on following the higher fire-break path which you will eventually join anyway. Either way the views are still amazing 🙂

High Fire-Break, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

High Fire-Break, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Whichever route you took you’ll eventually come across a sharp bend in the river offering another great photo opportunity.

Bend in the River, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bend in the River, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

What forest wouldn’t be complete without an old rusty car wreck? Not to disappoint there is one just off the path here not far past the river bend. It always pays to keep your eyes open.

Did I mention lots of great photo opportunities!

Old Rusty Car, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Old Rusty Car, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Not much further along you’ll find yourself approaching Toodyay Road and returning to Noble Falls end the end of the walk trail.

By now it was approaching 5pm and the sun was getting low enough to add some nice coloured light to the scenery, however from this side of the river it was getting tricky to get a decent shot of the falls without lens flare or exposure problems.

Cascading Falls, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Cascading Falls, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

If you do want to get some photo’s at this time of day make sure that you keep the sun’s flare outside of the field of view and use a lens hood to minimise the risks.

As you can see below I still got a bit of lens flare and the edges of the clouds are blown out, but if I had turned my camera any further to the right too much of the image would have become overexposed.

Another way to approach situations like this would be to use a tripod and take multiple exposures which can be merged later on with software such as Adobe Lightroom.

Lens Flare, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lens Flare, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

When shooting into the sun becomes a problem I like to try a few different ideas such as switching to a longer lens and getting in close for a few abstract shots

Crystal Chaos, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Crystal Chaos, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

or some cool reflections

Noble Reflections, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Noble Reflections, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Noble Falls is definitely a great place to visit for a day out in the Perth Hills with plenty of photo opportunities, amazing scenery and 2 walk trails to choose from.

There are plenty of facilities at Noble Falls too, there’s a big car park, a picnic & barbecue area, toilets and the Noble Falls Tavern is just across the road with stunning views over the falls and very good quality food.

We highly recommend making a trip there any time of year but early spring when the water is flowing and the weather is good would be the best.

Also you can take your dog there too 🙂

Cheers,
Dave

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

All images in this article I took on my Canon 5D MKII with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens or an EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens unless otherwise stated and processed in Lightroom CC & ON1 Photo 10.5 & Photoshop CC.

Shooting Long Exposures
A tripod is pretty much essential for getting good results with long exposures.

You can get a water trail effect with exposures longer than 1/30th sec but around 1/5th sec or longer will give a better result. the best way to learn is to experiment with different settings.

To achieve longer exposure times you can do 1 or more of the following:

  • Reduce your ISO to the minimum setting, this will have no effect on image quality.
  • Shoot later in the day when the natural light is lower, this will have no effect on image quality unless it is too dark to use lower ISO settings.
  • Use a Neutral Density and / or a Polarising filter, this will affect image quality marginally depending on the quality of the filters you use.
  • Reduce your aperture setting to it’s minimum (usually around F22 or higher). This will have minimal effect on image quality depending on your lens.Reduce your ISO to the minimum setting, this will have no effect on image quality.
  • Overexpose your image by increasing your shutter speed with your camera’s exposure compensation function or manually. This will effect the quality of your image depending on how much you overexpose the image and how good your are at post processing your images. Always bear in mind that overexposed highlights are much harder to recover in post processing.
  • Place a tissue over the front of your lens, this will result in a terrible photo and give everyone around you a good laugh 🙂

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:


 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

We’re planning whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Noble Falls” images here are a few samples of what we have in our store:

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls iPhone Case design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls iPhone Case design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Hardcover Journal design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Hardcover Journal design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Round Beach Towel design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Round Beach Towel design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Mug design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Mug design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Noble Falls is located just of Toodyay Road in the township of Gidgegannup, City of Swan approx 40 km northeast of Perth.

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Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

Noble Falls Photo Walk – Part 1

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Now is the best time to visit our waterfalls. As winter ends and spring begins the water in our waterways is about as full as it is going to get.

Waterfall & Tavern, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall & Tavern, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

We decided to take advantage of a beautiful sunny day to visit Noble Falls in Gidgegannup and enjoy the site and sound of fast running water.

Another great thing about this time of year is it is wildflower season and the wattles are in full bloom, a sight that only lasts so long. There are also plenty of other wildflowers to see along the walk trail here.

Maggie's Wattle Pic, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie’s Wattle Pic, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The Noble Falls did not disappoint either, with fast paced running water rushing over the rocks as can be seen here.

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

You can also see how close to the car park and picnic area Noble Falls is, so if you’re not up for a walk then you can still enjoy the views.

There are 2 walk trails at Noble Falls, a short 1.3 km loop and a longer 3.5 km loop. Both trails offer a very scenic walk along the river and through the surrounding bushland returning on the far side of the river. We took the longer trail and really enjoyed the walk and the views.

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

If after a walk along the Wooroloo Brook you have developed an appetite then there is a picnic / barbecue area near the falls or the Noble Falls Tavern just across the road, where we had a great lunch.

If you love waterfalls then may we also suggest a trip to John Forest National Park, Sixty Foot Falls and Lesmurdie Falls to name a few great days out.

Dave will be posting Part 2 of this blog with lots of amazing pictures from the walk and some great photo tips.

Cheers,
Maggie

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

Dave will have some great photo tips in Part 2 of this blog series.

All images in this article were either taken on an iPhone 6s or with Dave’s Canon 5D MKII with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens or an EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens and processed in Lightroom CC & ON1 Photo 10.5 & Photoshop CC.

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:

 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

As usual we’re planning a whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Noble Falls” images. More details in Part 2 of this blog series.

Meanwhile you can take a look at all of the amazing images and products that we currently have available in our shop, all based on Dave’s photography.

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River - Round Beach Towel

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River – Round Beach Towel

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Noble Falls is located just off Toodyay Road in the township of Gidgegannup, City of Swan approx 40 km northeast of Perth.

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Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 2

Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 2

The Photo Walk – Part 2

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Once you’ve finished exploring the vine covered fairy grotto for which Perth’s “Secret Garden” is now famous for you can carry on walking to the other side of this amazing reserve and discover the more traditional paperbark trees you would expect to find in a wetland.

Welcome to Part 2 of our Photo Walk around “Perth’s Secret Garden” …

Paperbark Trees, The Secret Garden Perth, Western Australia

Paperbark Trees, The Secret Garden Perth, Western Australia

The textures and tones from these Paperbark trees combined with the dappled light shining through the branches makes for some amazing photo opportunities.

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Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 1

Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 1

The Photo Walk – Part 1

Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Environment ~ Links ~ Directions

Here in Perth we are blessed with a wealth of little known magical locations to explore & photograph right in the middle of our inner & outer suburbs.

The Secret Garden, Perth, Western Australia

The Secret Garden, Perth, Western Australia

Perth’s “Secret Garden” is one such place, located in a relatively small wetland area in the City of Stirling you could easily drive past this place without ever guessing what was hidden on the other side of a seemingly impenetrable wall of 20′ high bamboo.

Here is Part 1 of our Photo Walk around “Perth’s Secret Garden”

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Why We Chose Perth

Why We Chose Perth

As the daughter of an ex Pat I have lived in various places around the world so why we chose Perth as the place to live.

Perth City from South Perth, Western Australia

Perth City from South Perth, Western Australia

When you arrive in Perth and take your first walk through the city you will be amazed how clean the city is! It is a relatively small city so you can pretty much walk to everywhere, although there are CAT buses that you can jump on and off and its free ?

 Elizabeth Quay & The Bell Tower, Perth, Western Australia

Elizabeth Quay & The Bell Tower, Perth, Western Australia

Some people say WA stands for Wait Awhile but that is another of its charms. You are never rushed its a more laid back style of living.

Once you have your own transport a whole new world opens up for you. Within 30-40 minutes drive the vast array of experiences waiting to be explored are amazing.

To the west we have some of the best beaches on offer,

Our Beaches, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Our Beaches, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

east we have wineries, the hills and farmland,

Entopia Wines, Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia

Entopia Wines, Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia

to the north we have the Yanchep National Park, a natural bush experience

Natural Bush Experience, Yanchep National Park Perth, Western Australia

Natural Bush Experience, Yanchep National Park Perth, Western Australia

along with pristine beaches and some of the  biggest sand dunes you’ll find anywhere outside of the sahara desert

Fun in the Dunes, Lancelin, Perth, Western Australia

Fun in the Dunes, Lancelin, Perth, Western Australia

to the south we have Mandurah and Rockingham, large coastal communities with a large variety of ocean based activities.

Fun on the Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mandurah, Western Australia

Fun on the Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mandurah, Western Australia

If you are prepared to venture further a field there are many more adventures waiting.

Places to Explore, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia

Places to Explore, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia

Our fair city is growing at a rapid pace and new and exciting things are being added all the time, we will even have a Ritz Hotel in the not too distant future ?

Water Park, Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia

Water Park, Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia

So I choose Perth because it doesn’t feel crowded or overly busy, because there are endless natural experiences on my doorstep and the food and drink offerings are expanding all the time ?

Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

What are your favourite Perth experiences, or if you are moving here what are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading, Maggie 🙂

The Hen – A New Pub in the Swan Valley

The Hen – A New Pub in the Swan Valley

The Photo Tour

Photo Tips ~ Links ~ Directions

Entrance & Grounds, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Entrance & Grounds, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

While visiting Mash Brewery for lunch a few weeks ago we came across a new pub in the Swan Valley right next door to the Duckstein (must go there again sometime soon) called “The Henley Brook” (a.k.a. “The Hen”).

This is our Photo Tour of “The Henley Brook” in which we hope to give you a visual guide of our visit along with short notes describing our personal experience at this exciting new venue.

Entrance & Grounds, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Entrance & Grounds, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

“The Hen”, as it’s affectionately called, is found on a large property on West Swan Road with lots of open grass areas for families to enjoy, plenty of parking and a humorous “Hen” theme used extensively throughout the venue.

We always love a good story tied in with a bit of history and The Hen certainly delivers both. The Hen’s story relates to the original settlers that owned the property, the Edwards family.

Known as The Hen, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Known as The Hen, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

The original Edwards family home still exists at the back of the property and is now heritage listed. It was built back in 1849 by Richard Edwards and his sons, one of the first families to settle in the Swan River Colony.

You can’t beat a great story behind a venue, for us it adds an emotional attachment and shows that the owners care about more than just the money 🙂 Check out The Henley Brook website to read their story.

Log Fire, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Log Fire, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

The pub itself is beautifully rustic inside & out with a log fire in the centre adding to the traditional “local pub” friendly atmosphere that us Poms remember so fondly from back in the “good ol’ days” before we move out here to paradise ?

Indoor Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Indoor Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

There’s plenty of seating without feeling like your cramped up in a chicken coop (pun intended ?) and there’s a traditional style bar along the length of one wall.

Comfy Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Comfy Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

There’s also the comfy seating area to relax in if you’ve run round like a headless chicken all day with great views of the extensive grounds provided by the large windows situated around the building.

Outdoor Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Outdoor Seating, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

The outdoor seating is also spacious & rustic and situated near to a large area setup for the chicks (& kids) to play in.

Beers on Tap, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Beers on Tap, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Moving on to the more important aspect of any pub, it’s selection of beers, or more importantly, it’s selection of Craft Beers!

This is where The Hen really stands out from the flock.

Beers on Tap, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Beers on Tap, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Whilst not a brewery itself The Hen includes in it’s beer selection the largest range of locally brewed Craft Beers I have seen in any pub around Perth.

As you can see from the chalk board behind the bar they have embraced local Craft Beer in a big way and include beers from many of the popular local breweries including Little Creatures, Mash, Colonial, Feral, Nail & Last Drop.

Our Beers, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Our Beers, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Not only has The Hen embraced local Craft Beers but they also stock a variety of bottled Craft Beers from around the world.

It’s going to take a while but we’re going to have to work our way through all those Craft Beers. By the end of it we may even have learned something about beer tasting beyond the novice level that we’re at now, I’m pretty sure I can already tell a Pils from a Pale Ale!

To start our Craft Beer Journey at The Hen we both tried something new to us. Maggie went with the Last Drop Pils which she really enjoyed. Ironically we hadn’t heard of the Last Drop Brewery before (despite it being the oldest operating brewery in WA!!) so it was a pleasant surprise to discover a new local brewery to visit.

I picked the Nail Stout much to Maggie’s dismay when she tasted and subsequently tried to steal it! It was beautifully smooth and tasty (insert knowledgeable beer tasting comments here) and definitely one of the best Stouts I have ever tasted!

Our Lunch, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Our Lunch, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Of course lunch cannot consist of beer alone and there were plenty of tasty looking dishes on the menu.

As we often do we went with a selection of smaller plates to share to avoid over eating and get a bit of variety.

First I picked the Chilli Salt Squid with a salad of lychee, pickled radish & lime aioli. The mix of flavours was a delight and the addition of the lychee made it an amazing dish.

Maggie went with the Texas Hickory BBQ Lamb Ribs as her selection and it turned out to be the sticky, messy, tasty & indulgent dish that BBQ Ribs always should be.

For our third dish we went with the Lemon Prawn Arancini Balls with red pepper & basil coulis and confit garlic. This dish was a disaster! Well, when I say disaster it was really yummy and we loved it but there was not enough of that amazing confit garlic! Someone tell the chef to triple the garlic next time!

Looking Peckish, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Looking Peckish, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

One thing you’ll probably notice as you look around The Hen is all the hens! They’re everywhere and I’m pretty sure that this one with our table number on her back was definitely eyeing up our ribs

I know normal hens don’t eat meat but those ribs were very tasty and who knows what a metal hen will eat, when it gets a little peckish!!!

Eye of the Hen, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Eye of the Hen, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

The great thing about being a photographer is that you’re always looking to find quirky subject matter for photos. Apparently this habit of taking photos of almost everything in sight can be a bit annoying to people with you who aren’t photographers 😮

I called this one “The Eye of the Hen”, who knows, maybe someone will write a song about it 🙂

John the Friendly Patron, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

John the Friendly Patron, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

We were all set to leave when this guy asked us as we walked past his table “are you connoisseurs?”.

Note entirely sure what he meant we entered into a conversation with him (Maggie talks the way I take pictures <ducks quickly>) resulting in us not leaving for another 30 odd minutes while we had a great chat with John the Local from Ellenbrook.

It turns out that John the Local really appreciates his beer so we had a lot in common from the start.

Awesome Staff, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Awesome Staff, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

It also turned out that John knows some of the staff very well and he introduced us to the extremely enthusiastic  barman, Josh. Of course I had to grab a picture of Josh with Nicole, one of the waitresses. I have to say that Josh was definitely the more eager of the two to get in front of the camera but they both looked great in the shot 🙂

It was obvious by watching and talking to the staff at The Hen that they are happy & enthusiastic about their jobs which adds a lot to the natural ambience of the venue and certainly makes it a place we will be returning  to often 🙂

Cocks, Hens and Nests, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Cocks, Hens and Nests, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

On the way out we had to pay a quick visit to the toilets and we loved the sense of humour and consistency with the whole Hen theme that went into naming the Hens (Ladies)Cocks (Gents) & Nesting (Parenting) rooms 🙂

Hens Everywhere, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Hens Everywhere, The Henley Brook, Swan Valley, Western Australia

We also noticed this cute Hen on the way out guarding the entrance, she must be the GuardiHen

I hope you enjoy a visit to The Hen as much as we did 🙂

Cheers
Dave

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