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Janine Pittaway

WA's First Steam Locomotive, the Ballaarat
Spotlight On
24/08/2021

A Tale of WA’s First Steam Locomotive

Imagine a time without haulage trucks on the highways, when we relied on horses for all the heavy lifting. 170 years ago, Australia had one horse to every two people, such was their importance in human transport and haulage. When steam engines were built for…
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Active & AdventureNature & Environment
31/07/2021

Winter Walks in Yallingup and Dunsborough

The Japanese have a word for time spent in the forest for de-stressing and mood-boosting. Shinrin-Yoku literally means forest-bathing. Scientific field experiments across Japan have proven that spending a day in the forest lowers concentrations of cortisol, and lowers pulse rates and blood pressure. We’re…
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Eat & Drink
30/07/2021

Night-Time Dining in the Margaret River Region

While the Margaret River Region is known for a love of brunches and long lunches, there’s a growing feast of places to dine after dark. From north to south, the region's night time dining haunts offer everything from rustic Italian and classic pub fare to…
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Arts & WellbeingGuides
30/07/2021

Guide To: Galleries of the Margaret River Region

With so much natural beauty it’s no wonder artists from around the globe have chosen to call the Margaret River Region home, and you can find their work represented year-round in local galleries.  Here’s a guide to some of the stand-outs, plus lesser-known galleries from north to south.   Thoughtfully designed, beautifully made, contemporary…
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Wild Hop Brewing Co Pub Lunch
Eat & Drink
09/07/2021

Where To Find An Epic Pub Lunch

The pub lunch is done a bit differently in the Margaret River Region, with beef tartare, Japanese pancakes and Indian thali all making an appearance. But there are also plenty of places to enjoy the classics. Here are some of the best spots to head for…
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Chloe Wilder Margaret River Open Studios
Arts & Wellbeing
20/08/2020

Margaret River Artists Make Final Flourishes Before Annual Open Studios Event Next Month

More than 100 artists from Busselton to Witchliffe are making final preparations to open their private studios to the West Australian public for next month's Margaret River Region Open Studios. The 7th annual Open Studios event was originally scheduled for April/May but was postponed to…
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Arts & Wellbeing
21/05/2019

Local Musicians Prepare for Jazz by the Bay

Most people who have chosen to call the Margaret River region home have a song in their hearts, but a group of talented locals have gone a step further, forming a big bold band that celebrates the song of jazz. Margaret River GP and saxophonist…
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Eat & DrinkWine & Wineries
02/04/2019

How To: Pairing Vintage Wine & Vinyl

If you like music and you like wine, grab yourself a bottle or two from Snake + Herring and whack on a record - because all the wines are named after songs. Tony (Snake) Davis, and Redmond (Herring) Sweeney - the brains behind the Snake…
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Eat & Drink
31/07/2018

Sisters are Brewing it for Themselves

The production of beer and spirits is an age-old tradition, and beer’s even said to be the world’s oldest drink, produced and consumed in every corner of the world. Although it’s been recorded that women have been brewing beer since ancient times, brewing has been…
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Active & AdventureNature & Environment
30/07/2018

Celebrating International Lighthouse Day

It's International Lighthouse Day on Saturday August 18th, so to celebrate, get a close-up of two of the region's stunning historical maritime buildings. With unforgettable views, a history of shipwrecks, and a chance to spot migrating whales, you won't regret the experience! Janine Pittaway spoke…
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