Home' Scoop : Scoop 55 Autumn 2011 Contents There’s a gem in our backyard but we’re not ogling it
It’s about an hour from Perth, and it houses the most
comprehensive history of sailing in the world. “It has no peer
globally,” says Australian sailing legend Sir James Hardy of
the Australian Sailing Museum in Mandurah. Do we care?
Apparently not. A labour of love for famed sportsman Rolly
Tasker, it’s been largely ignored by West Australians. More
than 90 per cent of visitors are from interstate or overseas.
Yet when a fraction of the collection toured the US a decade
ago, thousands walked through to view the hand-drawn
pictures of America’s Cup yachts and the handmade models.
Despite running at a large loss, Rolly Tasker continues to
update and finetune the exhibits. When it meets his exacting
standards he plans to bequeath it to the people of Australia.
The Australian Sailing Museum, 22 Ormsby Terrace,
Mandurah, (08) 9534 7256, australiansailingmuseum.com .au.
blight at the museum
The Australian Sailing Museum in Mandurah and (inset) Rolly Tasker.
mbience and charm are only part of the hotel’s appeal. Its reputation
as one of rural West Australia’s premier establishments has been built
on a foundation of quality and service. The 14 individually designed
suites combine colonial elegance with discreetly integrated modern facilities which
include reverse cycle air-conditioning, all rooms have private bathrooms. For
that special occasion try a luxury spa-suite with all the trimmings Hotel facilities
include guest bar, conference room, restaurant and beer garden.
Located just over an hour’s drive from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway,
Northam makes a perfect day trip, weekender or base from which to explore
the Avon Valley. The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft
grassy banks and shady trees, providing numerous picturesque spots where
you can relax, stretch out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.
112 Fitzgerald St, Northam WA 6401
(08) 9622 1092
at Affordable Prices
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