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Mice Net : October 2008
western australia LEFT: The beach view at Salmon Point, Rottnest Island, Perth. Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia. BELOW: Group in the grape vines at Amberley Estate, Margaret River. Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia. MUST SEE AND DO Wiilmun Tours Two hours drive south from Perth delegates will find themselves smack-bang in Wiilmun country in the hinterland of Karta Moornda (the Darling Ranges). The best way to get the most out of exploring this region is to take a Wiilmun Tour, operated by Primus Ugle and his family. Primus is a Wiilmun elder and custodian. Primus’s aim is to educate people and protect the land, with groups given an incite into the indigenous way of life through the retelling of hunting stories, touring significant local sites, and even sampling some of the local bush tucker (depending what fruits are in season!). This tour is ideal for groups and would be a great post-conference option. Tours generally depart from Perth, however they can also be arranged from Narrogin, Bunbury and Collie. When departing from Perth the tour commences from 7.30am and concludes back in Perth at 6pm. For more information phone (08) 9296 0711. Rottnest Island Rottnest Island, or Rotto to the locals, is situated just off the coastline of Perth and is surrounded by white-sandy beaches and turquoise water. The island is a complete escape, and as a car-free zone it’s easy to kick-back and explore the island with guided walking tours, diving, surfing and fishing. Or, if you’re more interested in the history of this island, there’s also a guided bus and historic train tour where you can learn more about the early colonial buildings and history of 92 mice.net the island. There are 63 sheltered beaches to relax on, all of which are usually uncrowded. The waters off the island are known for out-of-this-world snorkelling and diving because it is surrounded with coral reefs and shipwrecks. Taking a tour of Rottnest is an easy day trip from Perth and Fremantle and some time on any one of its picturesque sandy beaches will be sure to melt away any post- conference stress. For more information about the range of tours available go to www.rottnestisland.com/en/default.htm. Margaret River Tours The Margaret River offers visitors a huge variety of options. Whether it’s quality wine, golf or gourmet cuisine, there is bound to be something to entice your group in this region of Western Australia. Private Margaret River Tours are experts in the region and can tailor a trip based on what you want to see. If it’s a gourmet tour you’re after they can show you hidden gems in the area which include boutique wineries, progressive lunches roving from one winery to the next for a gastronomic adventure, or simply wine-tasting with a local expert. For golf lovers, the Margaret River is heaven on a green. The Margaret River Vintage Golf and Wine Tour is designed for golfers who want to discover the region between rounds of golf. Tours can also include local galleries, fine food and nature-based activities. Each tour is one-of-a-kind based on what you are interested in. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.