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Six ways WA locals are enjoying more of Western Australia in a particularly memorable way

If you’re looking for a new adventure or memorable moment, these fantastic experiences will certainly take your mind off school lunches, tidy homes and bath-time.

We’ve received thousands of entries from our Not Thinking About Gas competition and to highlight some of the particularly unique moments, we thought we’d capture some experiences here.

Skydiving Travis Hurst

Image courtesy of Travis H., – “Dropping in to Jurien Bay, to say G’day.”

  1. Skydiving

For many, skydiving can be a bucket list item. While there are various destinations around the world that would vie for ‘best skydiving experience’, WA also offers skydiving in a number of locations that allow you to see land or land and sea from on-high.

Take the plunge in Perth’s CBD, Applecross, Rottnest or Jurien Bay. There are also few skydive options in the Peel area, including Mandurah and Myalup, or into the south west in Busselton.

And if you’d rather experience skydiving in an indoor, completely simulated environment, try iFly Indoor Skydiving.

“My moment would be. Sky diving. I think the moment you jump out of that plane looking at the world around you. Feeling the wind in your face. The exhilaration of free falling until the parachute opens. Total freedom.” – Tanya O., sharing her ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

  1. Fishing and exploring the Blackwood River National Park

    Houseboating Blackwood River Augusta

The Blackwood is the longest river (400km) in the south west of WA and begins its journey near the Wheatbelt town of Wagin. The river meanders through Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup before finally meeting the ocean in Augusta.

Apart from fishing, you can follow trails, enjoy a picnic, camp and canoe or kayak your way along the river. The Blackwood River National Park is a great place to base yourself for DIY fun or to join a tour of the area.

You can even go houseboating on the Blackwood River. Closer to Perth, Mandurah Houseboats also offer houseboating in and around Mandurah as well as along the Murray River starting in Ravenswood.

“My not thinking about gas moment is when I’m fishing on the Blackwood River with my two boys catching black brim.” – T. O’Brien, sharing his ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

  1. Island hopping Mid West style

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands lie 60km west of Geraldton and boast 122 islands popular for fishing, bird watching, snorkelling and diving. The Abrolhos Islands can be accessed by fast ferry, flight or charter boat.

There are a variety fishing boat charters you can join including, Abrolhos Adventures. If you aren’t too interested in fishing, and are short on time, try a flyover with a scenic flight, with Shine Aviation or Geraldton Air Charter.

“Being part of a fishing charter on the Abrolhos Islands, including  an overnight stay on one of the islands is my dream.” – Richard W., sharing his ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

  1. Off-grid camping

Ningaloo is WA’s most accessible destination for experiencing our beautiful intact reef system and marine life. Many West Aussie’s are familiar with the experiences that the popular Coral Bay and Exmouth offer to visitors.

Not thinking about gas camping Sam Bush

Image courtesy of Sam B., – “Whenever I’m out exploring our great backyard.”

However, going ‘off-grid’ camping in this area, or anywhere else, is still yet to be experienced by many of us. Typically, ‘off-grid’ camping locations in WA are designated as ‘BYO- everything’, while others offer the opportunity to “upgrade”.

One of the better ways to ease into trialling off-grid camping is through station stays. Easing into camping through camping in comfortable surroundings first, allows you to learn more about what you need when camping remotely from a supplies and from a safety point of view.

“Zero thoughts of gas preparing to drive 15hrs to our school-holiday, off-grid beach camp at Ningaloo and not surprisingly, none whilst teaching the children to swim with stingrays and sea turtles!” – Nicola R., sharing her ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

WA Station Stays offers a list of stations available for camping, while also offering self-contained options. Regional tourism websites including Australia’s Golden Outback and Australia’s North West and Visitor Centres are useful in finding your ideal Station Stay experience.

  1. Kayaking down the Kalgan River

Albany continues to surprise with a variety of activities for all ages. History lovers and educators visit Albany to learn and explore WWI memorability and the National ANZAC CentreAerial view of Isthmus Bay and Salmon Beach near Albany, Western Australia stock photo.

Hikers warm up along the Bald Head 12km hiking trail in Torndirrup National Park, particularly in winter for views of whales cruising by.

Wine and food lovers have plenty to choose from and beach-goers and fishing fans have multiple beaches, bays and waterways to refresh in or fish from.

The Kalgan River remains a quiet and peaceful area within Albany and is a popular place for boat cruises, fishing, bird watching and canoeing.

“I moved to Albany, along with my kayak with an electric motor. Paddling or motoring on the Kalgan River thinking of anything but gas.” – Lewis C., sharing his ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

  1. Train rides into the Wheatbelt and Goldfields

Many of us wouldn’t have had the chance to take a train journey in WA. Most likely, because we choose to drive, fly or because there is no train available to that destination.Avon River, Northam

However, a journey into the Wheatbelt and Goldfields can be a day-trip, overnight or long weekend experience that’s worth the journey.

If you’re after a day-trip that doesn’t require a driver, consider the AvonLink. The passenger train runs return journeys from Perth to Northam, via Toodyay on a daily schedule. This means you can stop off in either Toodyay or Northam to explore some of the Avon Valley.

If you’d like to take off for a few days and enjoy a scenic eight-hour journey, the Prospector departs Perth twice a week, into the Goldfields.

There’s plenty to experience when heading into the Goldfields, so don’t let the roughness associated with Kalgoorlie being a mining town, put you off. There are some real gems to be found, plus you can actually prospect for gold while you’re in town.

“That my really unspoilt kids derived such pleasure from the ‘gadgets’ on the Prospector train from Perth to Kalgoorlie – including the free ear phones and coat hook on the back of the seats!!” – Laura K., sharing her ‘not thinking about gas moment’.

At Kleenheat, we’re your truly local gas provider focused on delivering better value and friendly service to our local community, so you can enjoy your every day and focus on things like getting out and enjoying our backyard.

For a short time only, we’re asking you to let us know what your ‘not thinking about gas’ moment is, what you do in your free time when you want to relax, enjoy yourself, or head off on an adventure.

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44 Responses to “Six ways WA locals are enjoying more of Western Australia in a particularly memorable way

  1. September 16, 2021 at 10:08 am
    Jemma said:

    I”m not thinking about gas while out in the open in the sun, surrounded by the earth and all it has to offer. Discovering the wonders WA has for me and my family to learn, grow and enjoy life ✨

  2. September 16, 2021 at 10:18 am
    Ian Thomson said:

    Saturday 21st, March, 2020, it is a beautiful sunny day and WA is about to go into our first Covid lock down.

    Now I”m standing at the alter, waiting for my bride, who is the obligatory 30 minutes late, there are about 50 people in the church spread out from pulpit to portico in line with social distancing, the organist is obviously getting tired of playing “waiting” music, and I have to admit, gas was not on my mind.

    The good news was lockdown occurred on the Sunday and I am still happily married to a wonderful woman – although we never did get to have a honeymoon!

    And on another happy note, every time a competitor sends me a “we are cheaper” pamphlet, I phone Kleenheat and they better it. How good is life!

    • Eva
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      September 20, 2021 at 4:17 pm
      Eva said:

      Glad it wasn’t on your mind at that very special moment. The Mrs would not have been impressed, otherwise. Congratulations and wishing you the best of luck in the competition. Be sure to share your ‘Not Thinking about Gas’ moment to win at https://www.kleenheat.com.au/thinking-gas/competition

  3. September 16, 2021 at 10:39 am
    Mathew said:

    My not thinking about gas moment was on the 30th of august at 7am not having sleept since Saturday night, being at the hospital with my fiancee going through labour and me being hands on to delivery our 1st born little girl. Wanting to get her home and eventually down to margaret river for her 1st holiday as a family

  4. September 16, 2021 at 10:58 am
    Julz Walton said:

    I would to take my family up the West Australian coast camping to some warm weather and have fun snorkling, Kyaking and having quality time with them. Lazing on our golden beaches and dipping in the turquoise waters. Living the dream.

  5. September 16, 2021 at 11:33 am
    Hilton Logan said:

    One of the most pristine wilderness Lodges in WA. A 45 minute flight north west of Kununurra on the Timor Sea. Thinking of gas……No! This exclusive resort on the Berkeley River is a once in a lifetime trip. Everything is supplied, tours, 5 star accomodation, food, and wine. An exhilarating part of the Kimberley with aborigine rock art, fishing and scenery. Wake up to the sun rising over the foot of your bed. Thinking of gas……..I think NOT!

  6. September 16, 2021 at 11:47 am
    Reiner said:

    I wasn”t thinking about gas but my wife and I were discussing replacing our old electric oven. I passed flatus when my wife turned to me and said “why not a gas stove”? She indicated I could help fuel it.

    • Eva
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      September 20, 2021 at 10:57 am
      Eva said:

      Funny but slightly inappropriate :)

  7. September 16, 2021 at 12:16 pm
    Deborah Wilson said:

    My not thinking of gas moment is camping/cooking in the backyard during the last kids holiday lockdown. Under torchlight we played cards and Pictionary. I have five kids so lockdown time is family time and a time to create positive family memories for the future.

  8. September 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    Mark Spilsted said:

    Laying on the beach drinking wine with the missus

  9. September 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm
    Terry Soo said:

    My family loves to visit Pink Lake near Kalbarri. We found the Pink lake was magnificent and has beautiful coloured contrast which makes awesome photos. It”s natural and rare scenery.

  10. September 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    gayszydlowski said:

    sitting at hopetoun jetty with hubby, fishing and watching the sun to down

  11. September 16, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    Val Wise Wise said:

    Swimming with Manta Rays in Coral Bay

  12. September 16, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    David Johnston said:

    Taking time out and just allowing the sounds of nature to provide a sense of total serenity.

  13. September 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm
    Karen Ivey said:

    Viewing the Abrolos Islands by air and exploring the pristine waters ,corals and sea life below.🐟🐠

  14. September 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    Asry said:

    I love exploring the countryside with my vintage and classic motocross clubs. The first time I went further than Rockingham (from school camp) I was 18! Getting to explore our beautiful state and scenery whilst racing motocross in-between is nothing short of amazing.

  15. September 16, 2021 at 2:16 pm
    Mel Hanneybel said:

    Sitting under my patio with family watching my grandchildren playing with the dog

  16. September 16, 2021 at 2:20 pm
    Julia Hale said:

    Swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth is a dream, I would be thinking of anything but gas.

  17. September 16, 2021 at 3:36 pm
    Barry Liddelow said:

    Walking with Jane along a remote, deserted, pristine, squeaky white beach and crystal clear waters near Esperance, looking for amazing treasurers to share with our grandchildren.

  18. September 16, 2021 at 4:27 pm
    Peter said:

    Getting back to Ireland and Italy

    • Eva
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      September 17, 2021 at 5:23 pm
      Eva said:

      We miss our overseas travel to see loved ones too! Stay positive and safe :)

  19. September 16, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    Julie Fitzpatrick said:

    Going to all the best Perth Festival Fringe shows with my son, who is preparing his Drama postgrad work: he can recommend shows, and can explain all the shows” best and worst points for me :)

  20. September 16, 2021 at 8:46 pm
    Neil Roberts said:

    Hitting the Great Eastern Highway knowing a super moon is rising over the horizon as the summer heat dies in the west then turning into a wayside restaurant or roadhouse and supporting local business

  21. September 17, 2021 at 4:24 pm
    Anne Boylson said:

    Enjoying a quiet drink and sunset without the Covid plague affecting us here in WA!

  22. September 17, 2021 at 8:44 pm
    Ryan Arblaster said:

    Waiting with anticipation and excitement for our first baby to arrive, our little girl is due in 2 weeks!!

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