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February 10th 2010
Steamy season Valentines' options

A waterfall near Cockle Bay This Sunday is Valentines Day and while February is a quiet month on Magnetic, with many businesses and eateries in particular taking a hard-earned break, there are things you can do that mark and make the day with your favourite significant/other/lover. Some cost money and others are just there for the taking. Here's are few steamy season options:

If you know where to look there are quite a few just gorgeous little seasonal streams to explore for a picnic and a bottle of sparkles. Have you noticed the little waterfall that's just a very short wander from the West Point road on the right about 600 metres from the Cockle Bay turn off. Some local grubs have left a bit of an old moke on the track in but just a hop beyond is a lovely pool. This waterfall was quite spectacular in the recent heavy rain.

Then there are the better known creeks and pools above Arcadia on Petersen Creek near the stunning Sphinx which must be one of the best lookouts on Magnetic another romantic destination!

Or have you been wanting time to walk and talk? Well, Horseshoe Bay beach took a belting recently but that shouldn't stop you wandering any length of it you fancy. The far western end is wild and like somewhere time forgot a natural aphrodisiac! No wonder lovely Lovers Bay is just around the point.

And while you are thinking Horseshoe, the track to Balding Bay is always a treat and Balding never fails to impress. Then of course there's Radical and Florence and Arthur Bays where beauty and nature are still ascendent.

Out west there is of course the charms of a sunset at West Point. The road is not great after the big rains and if it has been raining heavily before Sunday this is probably not a good destination in a non 4Wd car.

Of course you, our readers, may have some better suggestions so why not share them below.

Picnicers are usually prepared but, if you take a more spontaneous V Day walk in Magnetic's great outdoors, remember Ranger Jo's advice from our previous story: Take plenty of water, wear sun protection and if you are bushing it, covered walking shoes.

But if you are looking for more traditional forms of romantic pleasures, love-strucks are catered for with a special V Day brunch at the RnR Bar at Picnic Bay Pub from 9am. And if you want to keep your appetite for food on the hop then a trip over the hill to the Terrace Restaurant at All Seasons for their two or three course Valentines Day lunch or dinner (lunch from 12 noon and dinner from 6pm with a glass of sparkling on arrival) seems in order. The Arcadia Hotel is running a special white chocolate liqueur promo from Friday which sounds like a nifty gifty but there is one venue that has gone all out on Magnetic with live jazz/soul music in the form of the Sara Shaw Quartet. Sara and her fine line-up are performing at Bungalow Bay from 6.30 to 9.30pm and we hear that for two main courses there is a free dessert.

Story & photo: George Hirst

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Steamy season Valentines' options
Sylvia Hayes
February 10th 2010
Thanks for the great article, George.
I'm definitely a Sara Shaw Groupie (one of many, I'm sure) so no question where I'll be!
Amanda Cross
February 10th 2010
Have just purchased the ferry and dinner valentine's package that is only available through Sunferries. What great value for money!!!! For around the same price as the local restaurants we have a return ferry ticket, we get to eat overseas and overlooking the water at Peppers (very romantic).
I would just like to thank Sunferries for providing this great package, and their faultless customer service.
lindsay simpson
February 12th 2010
And another option for those romantics - a sunset cruise on Providence V $55 ppp includes single rose, complimentary glass of champagne, nibbles and 2.5 hour cruise. Ph 47785580 or 0427882062. Ask for Grant.

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