Last week I came back from a mind altering adventure in Western Australia. My task- to familiarise myself with Western Australia so I can pass on what a truly wonderful holiday destination it is to my fellow wanderers. You must travel here!
I have lived in Australia but only ever visited the East Coast like many others who venture down under. Feeling a world away but much closer to fly to than the East Coast, Western Australia sits on the Indian Ocean and introduces you to the worlds most breathtaking coastline, captivating wildlife and gracious locals.
A short 6 day trip jam packed with tours, hotel site visits and generally being in awe of this beautiful state has left me bursting with stories and this first instalment is an introduction to travel in Perth- Capital of the largest city in Western Australia.
Our first greeting upon arrival into Perth International Airport, not the extremely friendly tour driver from Adams Pinnacle Tours but the warm balmy heat caressing my skin. At 2am we were in wondrous excitement that it was 25 degrees centigrade and having come from 3 degrees in the UK this was a most welcome treat.
Our first night was spent in central Perth at The Pensione Hotel, a lovely boutique property within short walking distance of all of the city centre districts. Look it up, well worth a sleep here.
To start off our trip we were joined by Dianne, our tour operator for the entirety of our time in Western Australia from Adams Pinnacle Tours. After spending a week with Dianne we came to the understanding that she was one of the most knowledgable and generous assets to the company and made our journey through WA unforgettable.
Our tour started with an introduction to Perth and saw us wandering around Kings Park, a beautiful botanical garden that lies on the edge of the CBD offering breath taking views of the city skyline. The perfect picnic spot and a great way to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
TIP: Visit at dusk to see the Perth Skyline light up the nights sky.
After a quick drive around some of Perths most prestigious post codes, home to the some of the wealthiest people in the world (including Gina Rinehart the 6th richest women in the world) we arrived at the stunning Cottesloe Beach for a well deserved ice cream stop.
Only 15 minutes away from the city centre, Cottesloe Beach invites you in to the warm, turquoise and transparent Indian Ocean. Experience the best of both worlds with a city break and beach retreat all in one.
TIP: If you love beach sunsets where better than this romantic spot as the sun goes down over the Indian Ocean.
To follow our love affair with Cottesloe we made a lunch stop in Freemantle. An intriguing town demonstrating beautiful architecture, boutique shopping and best of all Little Creatures Brewery.
Grab a Schooner of locally brewed beer at Little Creatures, stroll the streets admiring the architecture or visit the harbour and you will come to love what is known to the locals as Freo.
TIP: This is where you travel on the ferry to Rottnest Island, home to the native Quokka.
A morning spent visiting Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach and Freemantle gave us a taste of why so many people love Perth and in part two we continue our Perth Journey on foot-think street art, and secret spots all in a hidden city.