Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Inspired by Restless Jo I’ve decided to share a favourite walk of Le Chic family this week. Jo has had the wonderful idea of sharing her passion for walking by not only writing a weekly post “Jo’s Monday Walks” on her own blog but asking for contributions from bloggers around the world. The result is a weekly collection of a wide variety of walks that span different continents, countries, towns, cities, wilderness areas – a truly eclectic mix!

Now I’m aware that as dog owners we are supposed to be the pack leaders but Winston Le Schnoodle, our exuberant 4 year old schnauzer/poodle cross has been rather over indulged (I won’t say by who) and as a result likes to set his own agenda for walking. He has his preferences and this is one of his current favourites. It does involve a 5 minute drive from home and Winston is not a car lover but he cheers up when we arrive at our destination.

View north along the coast from the breakwater at Hillarys Marina, Perth Western Australia

View north along the coast from the breakwater at Hillarys Marina, Perth Western Australia

Tourists and locals alike often head up the coast, about a 20 minute drive from the Perth city centre, to Hillarys Boat Harbour (also referred to as Hillarys Marina or Sorrento Quay). It’s a man-made marina and boardwalk complex which has become one of Perth’s most popular recreational destinations. There is a safe beach area popular with families, countless cafes, restaurants, a myriad of shops (selling clothing, souvenirs and fishing gear amongst other things) and a number of attractions such as The Great Escape (featuring a giant water slide), Harley Davidson tours, and AQWA (the Aquarium Of Western Australia). Visit hillarysboatharbour.com.au for further information.

Sadly for Winston, however, dogs are not permitted in most of the complex. This may not be a bad thing as quite frankly it is often packed and teeming with people especially at weekends and public holidays. However if you walk or drive round to the north side of the Quay, which will only take you a few minutes, you find yourself out on the breakwater with glorious views in every direction and a welcome feeling of space. We begin our walk in the car park at the end of Northside Drive in the Spinnakers Cafe car park (more of that later). Our initial route takes us along the breakwater past the Hillarys Yacht Club, Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre, Perth Diving Academy and Dive Shop on one side and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on the other.

From here we turn due north and join up with the coastal walking and cycling path, which extends from South Fremantle up to Burns Beach in the north. Should you wish to walk or cycle the path in its entirety the distance is just over 50 kilometres. The native bushland has been preserved and incorporated into the Hillarys Beach Park, which provides a range of recreational and picnic facilities. It’s a safe walking area well away from the road though you do need to be mindful of passing cyclists especially if you have an easily excited dog!

We come to a turning leading down to the beach but alas dogs are not permitted there!

Pathway down to Hillarys Beach dog free zone!

Pathway down to Hillarys Beach dog free zone!

Winston doesn’t seem too perturbed and after a quick drink we set off again.

Winston Le Schnoodle walking along the coastal path near Hillarys Beach

Winston Le Schnoodle walking along the coastal path near Hillarys Beach

A few minutes further along we reach the designated dog beach zone where dogs are permitted to exercise off-leash after midday Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. I was also interested to read on the City Of Joondalup website, joondalup.wa.gov.au, that the beach is also used as a horse beach exercise area, which is presumably why there are certain restrictions involving dogs. Horses are allowed at the northern end and dogs at the southern point.

Although this freedom is seen by many dogs as a chance to frolic in the waves, Winston is not a water-loving schnoodle (he hates getting wet!) so after a few minutes of sniffing around (Winston that is!) we retrace our steps all the way back to the car park. Here you have a superb view of the marina complex. Whilst not quite Monaco or St Tropez there are a large number of boats moored here, which would not look out of place on the Cote D’Azur itself.

All that exercise has left us needing refreshments and we always enjoy morning coffee, or lunch or both on the veranda of Spinnakers Cafe (95 Northside Drive Hillarys). Whilst there is a gorgeous view over the water from inside the cafe, as we have Winston with us we must sit outside but unless it happens to be raining this is no bother at all.

Spinnakers Cafe Hillarys

Winston enjoys it as he is well catered for….

Winston enjoying a drink at Spinnakers Cafe Hillarys

Winston enjoying a drink at Spinnakers Cafe Hillarys

And Monsieur Le Chic and I are partial to the house carrot cake….

Morning Coffee Time at Spinnakers Cafe Hillarys

Morning Coffee Time at Spinnakers Cafe Hillarys

We can sit back, admire the views and watch the world go by……

Did you spot the feral cat? You’ll have to click on the photo of the breakwater to see it peeping out from the rocks. There are many such cats living wild down by the sea presumably runaways or abandoned cats and their offspring. Although I’m sure they get by on the fishermen’s cast offs, it always makes me feel rather sad for them especially when I think of La Duchesse, our extremely pampered feline back home who would no doubt be quite horrified by feline living conditions at the breakwater!

Finally we must leave and make our way home – some of us for a long rest!

Winston Le Schnoodle thinks it's time for a rest!

Winston Le Schnoodle thinks it’s time for a rest!

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21 thoughts on “A Walk With Winston

  1. restlessjo says:

    Not sure which I enjoyed more- the walk or the carrot cake, Rosemay! Let’s call it a tie πŸ™‚
    I’m starting to feel almost knowledgeable about Australia from the various posts that have been shared. Thank you very much for your contribution. I’ve just come home from walking on our local beach, which was unseasonably warm so we had to make the most. πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re very welcome Jo glad you enjoyed both – the carrot cake is certainly a delicious treat at the end of our walk πŸ™‚ Am assuming you’re currently in the Uk – think you’ve been having quite an Indian Summer there recently πŸ™‚ The warmer than usual weather will be good for our daughter in London as it’ll help her acclimatise (I always feel the cold whenever I come over!). Am pleased I can share some of the beautiful scenery we enjoy in WA with everyone πŸ™‚

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  2. Winston clearly knows a good walk Rosemary – this looks gorgeous, beautiful scenery and a great cafe at the end, what more could you ask for! A slice of that carrot cake at the end of a good walk would be just the thing. Lovely to see blue skies and sunshine as well since we seem to have passed that stage here now. (Winston is also a bit of a cutie!).

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    1. Thanks Joy we are very lucky here I love the coast at any time of the year – the wild winter storms we get are great to watch too (from a cafe window!) but possibly not to walk in! I believe it’s been a very pleasant start to autumn for you – my dad says they’ve had lovely weather in Yorkshire but it had started to turn when I spoke to him last weekend. I’m glad you like Winston he is rather adorable (most of the time!). Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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  3. Winston is so cute! Lovely pictures and I do miss those walks, rather restricted with the buggy around the countryside here! Though I am enjoying getting out with Tito by myself when possible. I’ll have to join in the next blog with my favourite walk – lovely Autumnal colours! X

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    1. Hi Natalie yes Winston is rather cute (though he does have his “schnoodle moments” as we call them) – very friendly and affectionate though πŸ™‚ I would love to read about your country walks – I love the autumn colours all the russets, reds etc. I love reading anything about Yorkshire too so I hope you will find plenty of great things to write about there! Definitely head over to Jo’s website and join in it’s so interesting to read everyone’s different experiences! Hope you have a good weekend and Tito can get a walk in! X

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  4. Jill's Scene says:

    I had to laugh about Winston. I’m the owner of a beagle who thinks she runs the show … hmm … actually does run the show. And she enjoys cafes. And beaches. And long rests after taking us for walks. The beach looks beautiful. And warm.

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    1. Thanks so much Jill and I’m so glad that you could see the funny side of Winston! He definitely thinks he’s the boss (and I suspect he is!). Our younger daughter was the disciplinarian and she’s just moved to London so he thinks he can do as he pleases now – I’m working on it! How lovely to hear from a fellow dog owner – your beagle sounds gorgeous. All the best dogs enjoy beaches and cafes! The way they flop down and rest once you get them home is priceless – Winston is usually out for the count for the rest of the afternoon. Yes the beach is lovely – we are fortunate to live so close by. This weekend was rather cloudy – I took the pictures a couple of weeks ago – but we are back to cloudless skies again today πŸ™‚

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  5. pommepal says:

    So pleased the council give you a dog area to let them run free. I love Perth such a clean city

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    1. Thanks we are indeed fortunate here there are a couple of dog beaches near our home so dogs can run around to their heart’s content! Am glad you love Perth – I believe you live on the other side of the continent? We lived in Melbourne for 7 years and used the opportunity to travel around the eastern states. I liked Sydney but don’t think I could live there! The NSW coast is beautiful we went to Mollymook near Ulladulla once for a short break and that was lovely!

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      1. pommepal says:

        WE are fortunate in Australia with the beautiful beaches. I’ve been to Perth 3 times on my travels, but live on the Goldcoast, when I am home!!!! Love the name Ulladulla, rolls off your tongue…

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        1. Yes we’re so lucky with the beaches and on the whole we have good weather – we do get some spectacular winter storms here on the west coast and it is surprisingly cold in the winter but it’s great to watch the ocean from a good vantage point when it’s rough! It sounds as if you’re not home much!!! I’ve been to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast (Noosa and Noosaville) which were lovely but have never been to the Gold Coast though my husband goes most years for a work conference there. Ulladulla is a great name for a place – that part of the NSW is very beautiful too πŸ™‚

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  6. colibrist says:

    I love walking and I love sea… in your post you just showed a perfect combination of both πŸ™‚ Would be nice to walk there!

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    1. Thanks Laia! I always feel so much better after a walk by the sea! You’d love Australia it’s beautiful both in the west (where we are) and the east coast maybe you’ll be able to visit on your travels πŸ™‚

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      1. colibrist says:

        Thanks for the recommendation! Australia is my childhood dream, if I get the opportunity I’d like to visit πŸ™‚

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        1. It’s a beautiful country so much variety – rainforests, cities, wineries, beaches and you can even ski if you want to (in the High Country of Victoria and NSW). I think it’s very different from a lot of the stereotypes (we don’t have kangaroos jumping down the main streets!). People are very friendly and welcoming! Hope you will be able to visit one day πŸ™‚

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  7. Paula says:

    It’s almost like being there πŸ™‚ I have enjoyed the nice weather and beautiful views, Rosemary. Thank you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Paula am so glad you enjoyed the walk too πŸ™‚ It’s nice to be able to share it with people I will head over to your blog and catch up now that you’re back πŸ™‚

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  8. Walking, beaches, dog..carrot cake! Love! xxx

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  9. Thanks “Maison” am so glad you like it – it’s a favourite walk of ours and we are so fortunate with the weather most of the time though we do get great contrasts too. Winter can be cool, wild and wet which is nice and refreshing too πŸ™‚ Love your blog too πŸ™‚

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