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Rear View of MINI Countryman in Boranup Forest

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The new MINI Countryman's elevated ground clearance and ALL4 all-wheel drive mode allow it to resiliently handle off-road terrains.

Perth travel photographer and blogger Rachel Claire tested the MINI Countryman's adventurous agility while exploring the landscapes of Western Australia to film her vignette.

We caught up with Rachel to experience a Cottesloe Beach sunset and find out more about the stories that transpired on the road.

 

> Your vignette showcases the landscape of Western Australia with a refreshing contemporary lens, what locations are featured in your video?

We travelled to Boranup Forest to capture the shots featuring the towering Karri trees and girls exploring the amazing off-road walking trails. After adventuring through the forest terrains, we drove to Gracetown which is the iconic surf spot seen in the drone footage. The third location that we ventured to was the ridiculously beautiful Augusta coastline which features the iconic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and stunning rock pools.

> Why were you inspired to tell the story of two females and their wilderness explorations in the MINI Countryman?

All of the greatest adventures I’ve ever had have been alongside other female adventurers. I love traveling with my friends who are all really into hiking, climbing and surfing. It’s really inspiring for me to see other girls pushing their own limits and boundaries. Female explorers with a resilient attitude really empower me.

> Your content showcases a mix of MINI Countryman exterior and interior shots, which features were your favourite?

The hands-free boot detection had us all pretty excited. So did the MINI logo projecting onto the ground at night from the door. But my favourite feature was the cruise control and its ability to detect a car pulling in front. It was almost autonomous in its nature. The MINI Countryman really does make driving effortless.

> The MINI Countryman's Chili Red exterior complements a lot of the scenery in your footage, what was it about these locations that inspired you to explore them?

Boranup’s red dirt and pale trees are such a contrast to other forested regions in the area. I’ve always been drawn to the sunburnt earth there. Gracetown, Augusta and the coastline are famous for great surf breaks, fishing, hiking and endless ocean views. I love the way that visually these places are in stark contrast, yet are all only 40 minutes away from one another. Western Australia is so incredibly diverse.

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