TraaVerse

TraaVerse is a brand new local business offering trail transfers, kayak and SUP hire and small group tours.

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Shuttle Service

If you are planning to hike or ride a section of the Bibbulmun or Munda Biddi Tracks, TraaVerse can arrange pick up or drop off to your start or end points. They have the capacity to carry four passengers, bikes and packs etc.

Or if you are heading down to ride the #collietrails and don’t want to leave your car in the middle of no where, TraaVerse will pick you up at your accommodation, drop you off at the trails and pick you up at the end of your ride.

Wellington NP is home to some amazing one way walking trails, such as the Jabitj and Wiilman Bilya Trails. TraaVerse Shuttle Service can pick you up at the end of your walk and take you back to your car or you can leave your car at the end of the walk and get TraaVerse to drop you off at the start.

COMING SOON

Kayak and Paddle Board Hire

With literally miles of rivers and lakes to explore, why not hire a kayak or SUP for the day?

Small Group Tours

TraaVerse also offer small group tours of all the best places in the Collie River Valley in luxury 4WD comfort.

Visit the famous blue lakes, Black Diamond and Stockton Lake.

Explore Lennard Drive , Wellington National Park and take a dip in a secluded river pool, including the famous Honeymoon Pool or less known Long Pool.

Check out Wellington Dam from the lookout, followed by some scrumptious treats at the Kiosk at the Dam. 

Or kick back at Potters Gorge and enjoy a refreshing swim in stunning surroundings.

Bookings and Contact

To book in your shuttle service, tour or kayak/paddle board hire contact Simone or Dion on 0417 654 426

Wildflowers – August

During August we start to see more colour appearing throughout the Collie River Valley

Collie Town Centre

This Tea Tree is growing near the Old Goods Shed and at the other end of Central Park opposite the Premier Hotel

Love these Yellow Native Hibiscus blooms that never really open

These are not natives, but they are fascinating they way the grow in amazing round clumps. You will find them at the end of the footbridge over the railway line near the Goods Shed

This pink Bottle Brush is growing under the railway foot bridge and it is a stunner

You will find mass plantings of these amazing pink Grevilleas at the back of Central Park along the railway line fence

Silver Princess is one of the most beautiful Eucalypts

This unusual Grevillea is growing near the Water Playground in Central Park

Another amazing Grevillea near the round-about opposite 8 Thai Ladies

Karak Trail

Purple Native Wisteria is flowering along the Karak Trail, especially amongst the Jarrah trees

Minninup Pool

You will need to be a bit of a stealth to find one of these Helmet Orchids

This unusual fungi looks like an upside down mushroom!

 

Mungalup Road

These stunning Eucalyptus flowers are right up against  the Golf Course fence on Mungalup Rd. 

More amazing Eucalyptus blooms along Mungalup Rd.  We think they look like little ballerinas in a tutu!

 

Rays Trail, Harris River Road

Cute little pink Fairy Orchid found on Rays Trail. One of the benefits of being a slow bike rider – you get to see the flowers as you go past!

A most peculiar, large fungi attached to a tree on Rays Trail. The top section was the size of a football.

Scenic Drive/Flora Road

 Another stunning Grevillea, found near the gauging station along Flora Road

Pretty little Hakea found near the gauging station along Flora Road

 

Wellington National Park, Lennard Drive

These feather flowers grow en-masse throughout the National Park, but are particularly spectacular at Big Rock

Bright yellow Hibbertia’s start flowering in the Winter and keep going right into Spring

This unusual Grevillea is growing near the toilets at the Kiosk at the Dam. We think it is an introduced plant but still stunning with it’s most unusual form.

Various types of ferns grow prolifically in rock crevasses throughout the Park

Sika Trail

The Sika Trail is located in Wellington National Park, just 2 1/2 hours south of Perth, WA. It is a 10 km, dual purpose trail, suitable for mountain bike riding and bush walking. The road is sealed all the way to the start of the trail and there is plenty of car park space available. 

Optional Starting Points

Starting at the Kiosk at the Dam, The Sika Trail, winds its way through some magnificent jarrah and marri bush land, passes Potters Gorge and finishes back at the kiosk. After your hike or ride you can relax at the kiosk with a cold drink and salad roll or hot coffee and delicious home baked cakes. If you prefer, you can start your walk/ride at Potters Gorge and finish with a refreshing swim in the lake. Or even take it slow and do both!

Stunning Views

The trail winds high above the river, offering  stunning views across the valley and Wellington Dam. This lookout (pictured) is only about 2-3 km from the Kiosk (walking clockwise). If you only had time for a short walk, you could just walk into the lookout and back to the kiosk again and take in this amazing view.

Another short walk option is between Potters Gorge campsites and the Kiosk. It’s only about 2 km return and lots of people follow the trail through the bush to the kiosk for an ice cream or ‘real’ coffee!

Grade 2 Trail

The trail is a Grade 2 trail and most people with minimal fitness will easily manage it. We tackled it clockwise (hiking) and although there were a couple of steep climbs, we felt we were going down more hills than we went up. Allow up to half a day, depending on how fast you like to walk, or how often you stop to take photos and just take it all in! Less if you ride.

Network of Trails to Choose From

The Sika Trail is part of a network of trails in the Wellington National Park that can be mixed and matched to create your own adventure. Choose from the Jabitj Trail that follows the river with spectacular views of river pools and rapids; the Kurliiny Tjenangitj that climbs high above the valley with views out across the distant hills or the epic Munda Biddi that extends from Mundaring, Perth in the north to Albany on the south coast of WA, after winding it’s way through WNP. The new Wiilman Bilya starts where the Sika Trail crosses the pipeline (dotted line on the map) and heads out to the Coalfields Hwy. Eventually it will wind its way right around the lake with a number of campsites along the way!

Follow the orange footprints

All the trails in Wellington National Park are marked by different coloured footprints. The Sika trail markers are orange and easily identified. (The blue marker is for the Munda Biddi that shares the trail for a short distance) Make use of the cooler weather to tackle the trails and be sure to carry plenty of water and a snack. Remember to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. But most of all, Enjoy the Collie River Valley!. PS These trails are all in the National Park so pets are not allowed to come with you, unfortunately.
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Campfire – Apricot Chicken

The great thing about this Apricot Chicken recipe is, you can start cooking within a few minutes of lighting the fire and it only takes about 20-30 minutes to cook. No more grizzly, hungry kids waiting for dinner after a big day of exploring.

We cooked this one indoors on the wood stove , but it is exactly the same, cooking outdoors on an open fire. 

Put a little oil in the pot and when it is hot, add the diced chicken and cook until the meat is just sealed. You can use any cut of chicken you like; breast, thigh or even chicken pieces. We used four chicken breasts for this batch; enough to feed the hungry hoards, but if you want less, you can reduce the amounts to suit. This quantity will feed four to six people, depending on how hungry they are!

HINT: When you are camping, you could dice the chicken at home to save time.

As soon as the meat is just sealed, stir through one litre of Apricot Nectar and one or two packets of French Onion soup mix. 

HINT Add one packet of soup to start with. You can always add more later on.

Pop the lid on and leave it to cook while you prepare the veggies. Make sure the fire is not too hot. If it is, either raise the pot higher above the flames or move it to the side of the fire. It should be boiling well, but not too vigorously, in case it burns. If in doubt, a slow boil is better than a faster boil.
Taste test, at this point to see if you want more soup mix.

Add your chopped veggies. We used two large carrots, one tin of corn (drained and rinsed) and two cups of frozen peas. You can use any veges you fancy, but carrots, peas and corn are our favourites. You can also add some diced potatoes with the other veges or cook some rice separately. Or to keep it really simple, serve with some crusty bread rolls to scoop up the last of the gravy.

HINT: If you are using tinned peas, add them a few minutes before serving, so they don’t go a mushy!

Cook until the veggies are just tender. If the gravy is too runny, you can thicken it with a small amount of self raising flour, sprinkled over the top and gently stirred through.

Serve in deep bowls. Enjoy!

For more campfire cooking and hints click here

Wildflowers – July

During July the wattles are a blaze of golden, fluffy blooms and other splashes of colour are starting to show in the undergrowth. It is also a great time to go hunting for mosses and fungii. 

Minninup Pool area

You will easily find these purple Hardenbergia blooms along any of the tracks around Minninup Pool

These tiny flowers were found  down the track to the right of the  Minninup Pool car park, near  Sandy. Lean in as they have a faint, but rather nice perfume.

Minninup Pool – We found these little sticky sundews, on the track to the right of the car park

Minninup Pool – Keep an eye out for these striking little blooms all around the Minninup area

You can’t miss those golden wattle blooms and the sweet fragrance that lingers in the air. These were flowering along the river banks near Sandy, to the right of Minninup Pool

Stockton Lake

Just about everywhere you look there are fluffy yellow Wattle blooms. Some of them are not native to WA and are inclined to take over, but they are still a pleasant surprise after weeks of cold and rain.

Wellington National Park

These tiny blooms can be found along the  Jabitj Trail, in Wellington National Park

Jabitj Trail, Wellington National Park

Keep an eye out for these splashes of purple Hovea along the Jabitj Trail, Wellington National Park.

Moss and fungi, living together. Jabitj Trail, Wellington National Park

These bright yellow Hibbertia’s start flowering in July and last for weeks!

More fluffy yellow Wattle blooms

Currawong Pump Track

The Currawong Pump Track is  located at Potters Gorge campsite/day use area, about 2 hours south of Perth in the Wellington National Park, just inland from Australind/Bunbury. The road is sealed all the way. There is ample parking and very clean, odour free, composting toilets. No drinking water available.

What exactly is a pump track?

A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping” – meaning to create momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. (Wikipedia)

But however you ride it, it is great fun!

Great fun for all ages

The track is suitable for all ages, from the littlest riders still on trainer wheels, with the cutest little log roll overs and some serious rollers and berms (banked up curves) for the bigger kids. We have even seen a few dads doing laps of the course!
If the older kids want a bit more of a challenge, the 10 km Sika Trail runs right through the area as well.

There is no seating in the direct vicinity of the bike track, so if the younger kids need supervision, it may be advisable to bring your own folding chairs. There is no shortage of shade to sit under though.

Make a Day of it!

There are gas BBQs, seating and shelters in the day use area and full on camp kitchens if you decide to camp out. 

The Kiosk at the Dam is a short drive away and offer ice creams, cold drinks, hot coffee, burgers, sandwiches, pies and delicious home made cakes! Choose to sit indoors or dine ‘alfresco’ with views of Wellington Dam and blue wrens at your feet, literally!

So next time you head out to the National Park, remember to pack the bikes. 

Currawong Pump Track

A short video by MTB Guidebook of the Currawong Pump Track

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Campfire Golden Syrup Dumplings

Perfect for those cold nights around the campfire! Serve hot with a little fresh cream or ice cream if you have it available.

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Make the Syrup

Put the following in a large camp oven and carefully bring to the boil
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp golden syrup

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Make the Dumplings

Make dumplings with
2 cups SR flour
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup water
Mix all together to a moist dough, roll into balls and add to simmering syrup

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Cook

Cook over a low fire of mostly coals.
They should take about 20 minutes to cook and be light and fluffy. Break one open with a fork to test.

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Enjoy!

For more campfire cooking recipes and hints, go to Campfire Cooking

Campfire Indian Chicken Curry

This delicious Indian chicken curry is so easy to cook on a campfire.

The Meat

Dice 750 gm chicken thigh and brown in a little oil
Add 2/3 jar Pataks Tikka Masala Curry Paste and cook until aromatic.
You can add more or less curry paste, depending on whether you like it mild or hotter!
Add 2-3 tbsp SR flour and stir well
Add 3 cups Campbell’s Chicken Stock.

The Vegies

Add some chopped veges, carrot, cauliflower, pumpkin, potato and broccoli. I usually add the broccoli a little later as it cooks faster than the other veges. You can use whatever veges you like. Cook until veges are just tender. Don’t have the fire too hot.

Add some Flavour.

Add a can of coconut cream and reheat. Don’t let the coconut boil, in case it separates. Add lots of fresh coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

Serve around the campfire, with rice and some lime wedges.

For more campfire cooking recipes and hints, go to Campfire Cooking

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Campfire Beef Stew and Dumplings

An old favourite and an easy one to learn to cook on an open fire.

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The Stew

Put onions, beef and a tin of chopped tomatoes into the camp oven and place over the fire. Throw in diced carrots and peas or whatever veges you like. Add seasoning to taste. I like lots of black pepper! Half a cup of red wine is nice too. If you like extra gravy, add a little water or stock and some gravy powder just before putting the dumplings in, but remember the dumplings will help to thicken it as well.

2

The Fire

A good cooking fire has lots of red coals and only a little bit of flame. If you need to add more wood during cooking, just add a little at a time so the temperature stays fairly consistent.

3

The Dumplings

Make the dumplings while it cooks and add them to the stew, when the meat is just done. Don’t over cook the meat at this stage, because it will cook some more while the dumplings are cooking.

To make dumplings; put four scoops of SR flour, one scoop of cream and one scoop of water into a bowl and mix. Knead lightly and roll into dumplings. Add dumplings to the meat and cover until cooked. (About 20 minutes)

Serve around the fire and enjoy.

For more campfire cooking recipes and hints, go to Campfire Cooking

Hint

It can be tricky to gauge the temperature when cooking over an open fire, but if you put a spare pot of water over the fire and watch how it boils it will help you work out if your fire is too hot or just right. If the water simmers or boils very gently, that will be good for slow cooking a stew. But if it boils vigorously, then the fire will great for cooking a steak, but too hot for slow cooking. You can either raise the pot up higher, spread the coals out slightly or move it to the side of the fire until the water just simmers.

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