My first trip to Western Australia.
I visited most of the east coast of Australia years ago when I was travelling around the world
solo (being 18 makes you brave) and since moving to Sydney almost 2 years ago I’ve
visited Melbourne and spent time in Queensland. However, the entire western coast of
Australia was still on my wish list. Having seen incredible images of the Indian Ocean side
of this country, and with many of my friends here in Sydney having grown up there, it
seemed about time I make the leap.
I still find it amazing how when I’m in London I can fly for a couple hours, cross several
countries and end up far from home. In Australia, you can fly for 6 hours and you’re only
just at the other side of the same country.
Lucky for me, I had friends who know the area to show me around both Perth and Margaret
River. Making sure we stopped off at every amazing winery, lookout point, best sunset
spot, ocean rock pool, picnic spot, olive grove, all the best cafes and of course, to enjoy
the experience with me.
The landscape here was very different to that of Sydney, or in fact anywhere I’ve been in
Australia. The biggest thing that struck me about Perth was that it isn’t on a cliff like Sydney
is, so the beaches are much flatter – and the colour of the water! Wow. When we travelled
down south to the Margaret River region (we stayed in Dunsborough and visited Yallingup,
Cape Naturaliste and Eagle Bay) the flora was what I could only describe as ‘a tropical
Devon‘ much to the confusion of my Aussie counterparts. And how amazing it was to
watch the sun set on the sea.
It was such an adventure and we had so much wine and cheese fun, I feel so grateful to
have visited this part of the world. My only regret was not visiting the famous Rottnest
Island, but I’m saving that one for another time.
It’ll be the perfect excuse for round two…
I hope you enjoy this photo diary!