Perth turned out to be better than expected. It helped that we had friends there to show us around.
It was one of those unplanned trips over a long weekend. Imagine, all the way to Perth from Singapore over a long weekend. A factor was that we had a valid Aus visa and we wanted to utilize it before it expired. Another was that we were bored and wanted to travel someplace. And so we flew over 😀
We visited in August last year (I know this post is long due) and the first welcoming thing was the chill in the weather. Such a nice change from the heat and humidity. The second thing was, for the first time ever we had someone to greet us at the airport 🙂
Perth city offered some tall buildings, parks, a lake, beaches, fremantle with markets and restaurants and drives to nearby scenic locations and towns.
We had a couple of wonderful relaxed breakfasts with sea views and an amazing dinner in the cold with hot food and comforting drinks. Also strolled around fremantle on Sunday soaking in the flurry of activities, the buildings, sights and smells.
One of the days, our friends were gracious enough to drive us to the Swan Valley wine region with a pitstop at Margaret River chocolate co. It was quite fun as it was our first time visiting a wine region and seeing vineyards up close.
Another drive was to this place called Canal Rocks near Yallingup, where the rocks have craved out a canal of sorts on the sea. With the ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see, this was an outstanding picturesque location. Another drive was upto Moore river with more views. It’s a picnic/weekend getaway you could say, where people go and chill.
Our best experience however was driving down to a town near Perth called Bussleton and BBQ-ing at the beach. We stopped at what is known as Bussleton jetty. The jetty’s claim to fame is that its the longest wooden jetty in the world, stretching almost 2 km out to sea from the town of Busselton. There is even a train you can ride to the end of the jetty and back. If not, you are free to stroll or fish.
The park at the jetty had those picnic benches and since we had a car, we had brought along camping chairs, a gas bbq, drinks, food, cheese, chips, dips, condiments and everything you can imagine to make a gourmet bbq feast. Since the weather was chilly, the food tasted heavenly. Also we did not become sweat laden human roasts ourselves 😀
A few hours at DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) saved us a few bucks. Here you will find several brands such as Adidas, Nike, Katmandu and so on for great bargains. We found an amazing deal for a pair of Pumas and denims. Woohoo 😀
We wish we had a couple more days in Perth. We would have loved to ferry to Rottnest Island, spend sometime at the Margaret River and cuddle animals at the Caversham Wildlife park.
Who knew Perth was so nice?