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Cruises and underground adventures
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Seagoing safaris

Until December, AQWA - The Aquarium of Western Australia - and Mills Charters have ocean safaris through Marmion Marine Park from Hillarys Boat Harbour every Wednesday at 9am. The safari includes a cruise of three to four hours (with an AQWA guide and the use of an underwater microphone) in search of bottlenose dolphins and migrating humpback whales, a trip to Little Island to see Australian sea lions and entry to AQWA.

During 2012, the safaris cost $80 for adults, $65 for concession card holders and $55 for children. Mills Charters 9246 5334, and 9447 7500

Underground adventure

Moondyne Cave, near Augusta, has reopened to the public after 10 years and travellers can enjoy an underground adventure on The Moondyne Experience - a three-hour guided tour by torchlight.

Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association attractions manager says Moondyne Cave has the world's biggest pendulites, a type of stalactite, The Tower of Babel stalagtite and evidence of ancient megafauna.

The cave will be the subject of twice-weekly tours from June to December including lunch at the Jewel Cafe. The Moondyne Experience costs $150 for adults and $120 for children (12 years and above). and 9757 7411

Fisher kings

Ebullient brothers Joe and John Fisher are doing interesting things with Clancy's Fish Pub on Caves Road just out of Dunsborough.

Happily situated by a lake, surrounded by bush and featuring flexible exhibition and performance spaces inside and out, this newest addition to the Clancy's Fish Pub Group has already played host to John Butler and CinefestOZ.

I recently travelled down to launch a new series of book readings for Margaret River Press and was immediately impressed by the open fireplaces, eclectic furniture, excellent food (my spiced pumpkin and cauliflower dahl with coconut roti was to die for), regional wines and warm hospitality.

The brothers are keen to get a cabaret up and running, and are open to other ideas. If you're looking for a performance venue with a difference, this could just be the ticket. Clancy's Fish Pub, 1710 Caves Road, Dunsborough. For more information visit
by William Yeoman

A cruise at Twilight

Charter 1 is offering Twilight Champagne cruises on Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings departing from the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. The tours will operate from 5.45pm to 7.45pm and it costs $98 per adult, which includes a glass of champagne and canapes.

Alternatively, take a Rottnest Snorkel Tour for $68, which includes equipment, snorkel guide and morning tea. Or take a Rottnest Eco Sail Adventure/Whale Watching for $58. or 0428 604 794

The West Australian

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