One of the things that bothered me the most when I was living and working away in Dubai was the fact that half of my crews on board (which, a lot of the time, were from cities that I had never heard of, let alone pronounce) had travelled far and wide across Australia, and I hadn’t even visited some of the major landmarks in my own state. So, since being home, I have decided to make an effort to visit the beauties of Australia so that I can add them to my list of breathtaking places visited! I would like to road trip around Australia, to see Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef and all of the quirky and dusty red dirt towns in between, but for the time being we have been on a few closer-to-home getaways. Even though I have visited these places before, it was so lovely to come home to such a free, natural, rural landscape after living in the hustle and bustle of Dubai, and frequenting some of the busiest cities in the world, such as New York and San Francisco!
The first of our trips was at Easter time, where James and I journeyed to Dunsborough with some family friends. It was a lovely escape, full of wine tasting (and also not really tasting it because it went down too well on one occasion!), water sports, café dwelling and lots of driving, taking pictures and soaking up the salty air of the Western Australian wine region. We spent the day on the jet ski, which was so much fun that I ended up with an unsightly rope burn on my knee from holding on so tight! At almost 90km/hr on the water, I am glad that I did! I also tried out paddling boarding in the Indian Ocean rather than the chilly Pacific like we did in British Columbia! To read about Touring Tofino, click Here.I was still the reigning paddle board queen, the only time that I fell of was because I was pushed, gladiator style! Paddle Boarding is something that I would love to take up as a regular hobby, but they are so expensive and I think I would have to build up some muscle to lug it everywhere!
So after a full day of water sport, lots of sun and sand and a seafood dinner, it was time for an early night before the highlight of our trip- wine tasting! I had offered to drive, but seeing as some of our group wasn’t drinking, I participated in the wine tasting/cider tasting/ general gourmet local produce sampling. It was lovely! We visited a couple of favourites, including the House of Cards, where we bought a really nice rose (I have a massive sweet tooth), Knee Deep, Woody Nook, Evans and Tate (where the most lovely Pinot in the whole region comes from, in my opinion!), Peacetree, Fermoy Estate and many more that were all lovely and very generous with their tastings, if you know what I mean 😉 We had a sneaky serving of rustic chips at the Pour House (the only pub in Dunsborough that was open, lucky it is so lovely!) and then retired for a BBQ and an early night.
The next day we went 4 Wheel Driving and had lunch at the Eagle Bay Brewery (one of my absolute favourites!)The Cape to Cape track is a beautiful part of the Cape Naturaliste nature reserve, and the views that we were blessed with, given our mode of transport, were unparalleled!
It was such a lovely way to take in the scenery and the beautiful weather. A very nice escape from the busy area of town and of course from Perth. It is amazing how just a few hours driving in Australia will take you to another geographic region, yet after a few hours driving in Europe, you are more likely to pass through another country! Crazy! It is just one of the many comparisons that I have noticed, and come to appreciate since coming back Down Under again.
The trip back from our getaway was highlighted with a visit to Black Diamond Lake, that is said to have the most blue water in the whole of WA. It was quite cloudy that afternoon, but fortunately, even with grey skies, the water was still a brilliant green. A very nice end to a lovely, refreshing long weekend away!
The second and most recent local vacation was to Rottnest Island, about 20km by ferry from Perth for those of you who aren’t from here! It was a beautiful, blue skied day, a little chilly and windy, but that didn’t stop us from getting wet! We were on the ferry at 10:00am and after loading up our bikes with snorkels, snacks and other (very heavy) items that I struggled to pedal uphill with! The day was filled with sun, sand, snorkelling and lots and lots of uphill cycling! I’m not particularly unfit, but this was a huge work out for both James the Gym Junkie and I! This made me feel a lot better!
Here are some pictures from our day on the beautiful hidden gem that is Rottnest!
Some other exciting news is that my cousin Cassie and I have decided to extend our family holiday to the Greek Islands by another week and we are heading to some of my favourite layover destinations: Paris (again!?) and London, but this time I’m going to be relaxing and putting my feet up- I’ll be taking my time and taking in all of the sights, sounds and tastes that I usually don’t have time for!
Safe and Happy Travels,