Stepping off the plane from Bali to Perth was like having a glass of rosé after a long day – but that feeling x 100. I couldn’t have felt happier.
Not only was I ecstatic about finally being in the country I’ve wanted to visit most for my entire life, I had my gang of travel buddies – Tash, Luke, Sham and Mike waiting for me in arrivals. As Bali had made us all go slightly insane, we had a spontaneous night in Ubud, where everyone booked flights to Perth and this incredible bunch followed me to Australia.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I thank my lucky stars that I met all four of you.
I am also super thankful to the amazing Linda and Tony, who very kindly booked an apartment for me at All Suites Perth for 5 days; it was an absolute slice of heaven. Thank you both for being so kind!
It did not take long at all to feel totally at home in Perth. I stayed for two weeks in total, and the best way to describe the entire experience is utterly beautiful. Beautiful accommodation, beautiful weather, beautiful people, beautiful beaches, beautiful memories. I loved every single second.
The first day we arrived, I also witnessed the very beautiful moment of Sham being reunited with her friend, Chris, whom she hadn’t seen for 4 years since he moved to Perth. Chris, if you’re reading this, thank you for being such a star and for everything you did for us – you’re the best!
Our first evening we joined Chris for Pimms at the Lucky Shag pub in Elizabeth Quay – a really popular jaunt for the city’s professionals finishing for the day, with incredible views overlooking the river. We basked in the sunshine, got slightly tipsy and spotted several dolphins jumping around. It was a moment I will always remember fondly!
Perth was a stunning city to explore and the perfect catalyst for falling deeply in love with the Australian lifestyle – it’s extremely easy to navigate, free city buses within the CBD and temperatures that reach up to the mid 40s. Thanks to Chris, not only did we spend our days floating around the city centre, but also ventured out to the actual outback, to see the vast contrast in Western Australian landscape.
Even got to see kangaroos in the wild for the very first time..
I would say that some of the best things to do in Perth revolve heavily around the scenery, and some of my favourite places we visited include:
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
This gallery houses a lot of interesting European artists that came to Australia in the 19th century, as well as Aboriginal artwork and we visited an exhibition on violence in the modern world.
Pretty views over the city and sunsets are now one of my favourite combinations, and the long walk up to the top of King’s Park was well worth it – the skyline looked incredible, doused in dusk’s pretty pink lighting. I also witnessed my first ever proposal at the top, which was pretty special.
Or ‘Freyo’ as the Aussies abbreviate it. Fremantle is gorgeous – quirky streets full of restaurants, bakeries, bars and shops, and gorgeous beaches. We also visited Fremantle Prison, which is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia and operated as a prison from the 1850s to 1991. We went on the Great Escapes Tour ($20) which spoke all about the escape attempts, and the few successes throughout the prison’s time of operation. The prison was also the only place of lawful execution in the whole of W.A. from the 1800s to 1984. There are a lot of extremely grim and disturbing facts to be learnt on the tour, but very interesting if you’re intrigued by the convict history of Australia.
In Fremantle, Sham and I also got to meet up with our good pal, Lee, who we’d met in Vietnam and we spent the afternoon getting hammered! It’s super exciting to say I’ve now got a few friends all over the world! 🙂
Hillary’s is really, really beautiful. It is a marina and harbour, lined with eateries (including an English chocolate shop) and home to the aquarium.
On this day, I decided to go out in jeans, which I seriously regretted, as temperatures rose to 43 and I was so hot, I couldn’t move… Ooops.
The beaches in Perth are unbelievable! We visited Cottlesloe, South Fremantle and Scarborough and all are really gorgeous. I spent my first ever hot Christmas on Cottlesloe beach as well!
It it was never my original plan to be in Perth for Christmas – I was supposed to fly to Melbourne on December 20th, but that didn’t evidently happen. Still lost without a phone, and daunted about the idea of flying to a new state by myself without knowing anyone, I just couldn’t do it.
And so in a moment of craziness at 11pm, after I’d packed by backpack up, printed my boarding passes and scheduled my Uber for my 8am flight, I decided I was not getting on the plane; instead, I was going to stay in Perth and celebrate Christmas with my gorgeous gal, Sham!
And it was a bloody fantastic Christmas..
I apologise that my blogs are quite behind to actual time, but still trying to find balance between the exploring and the writing. If you’re still reading along, thank you so much for your patience and support – it means the absolute world to me!