Daily Snapshots; Perth my Second Home.

The memory is not infallible. Already, images have blurred and taken on a sepia tinge. Rose coloured glasses have been tossed aside in favour of donning a (sometimes heavy) coat of Practicality.  Some days, I wake up and expect to see the morning sunlight slanting in through my balcony and spilling onto my sheets of my Queen sized bed in Terrace Road. Sometimes I stand there, stop and breathe in – and I can almost feel the minuscule coarse particles of salt against my skin, the air carrying a hint of sea salt. And other days I can recall the feeling of never being able to warm up again, despite being bundled in flannel pyjamas and blankets, my feet in woolen socks and curled up under myself. Perth is, was, and always will be these icons to me.

The Black Swan

The Black Swan – an emblem from the seal of University of Western Australia.

London Court, Perth City Centre

London Court, Perth City Centre. I never shopped here myself but it never failed to stop me in my tracks to study the colours and contast of this place.

Where it all began - PLC

Where it all began – Presbyterian Ladies’ College. I will always recall letting off school and crossing the busy Stirling Highway to take the bus home.

Ye Olde Swan Brewery

Ye Olde Swan Brewery

Crawley Bath House

Crawley Bath House. Cycling from my apartment in the City to the University, this icon was a part of the cycling route I took.

Swan River

Swan River – the blueness is amazing.

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Broadway intersection

Broadway intersection. So many times I’ve passed by here, when walking from Broadway shopping centre to the apartment that I shared with Yan Hong.

Fairway

Fairway. I used to live here and walk by here everyday in High School.

Walking down these roads take my mind down memory lane. I remember hot summer days where the heat would rise up the pavement and turn it a rusted brown, that was how intense the heat was. In contrast, there were those rainy winter days where the rain would seep down my stockings and by the time I got home, my toes would be wet through – and cold like little blocks of ice.

Also, I remember walking down and talking to neighbours like friends. There was no such thing as strangers in Perth, only people you’ve yet to meet.

Reid Library

Reid Library

Winthrop Hall

Winthrop Hall

Winthrop Clock Tower

Winthrop Clock Tower

Perth is one of those places that will forever hold most of my heart and mind. No matter what, I’ll still maintain that the bluest skies, the fluffiest clouds – nowhere does them like Australia.

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Daytrippin’ to Margaret River, Wine Valley WA

Just 2.5 hours south of Perth lies the popular region known as Margaret River – colloquially dubbed Margs. I’ve always loved driving in Australia so we made an effort to fit it into our itinerary. Unfortunately, we visited during winter hence the vines were devoid of grapes. However, we managed to fit in a few tastings and enjoyed a 2 night stay in the Margaret River region.

Enroute to Margaret River, we also stopped at Mandurah for lunch, and Busselton to walk the Busselton Jetty – the longest timber piled jetty in the Southwest.

I would recommend a trip to Leeuwin Estate and Cullen Winery for sustainable, good wines. You could also drop by the Margaret River Chocolate Factory – we did, although I’ve never been impressed by the quality of the chocolate.

During our stay, we also paid a visit to the nearby Ngilgi Caves as well as the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, which will be covered in a different post.

Enroute to Margaret River

Enroute to Margaret River

Enroute to Margaret River

Enroute to Margaret River

Margaret River

Margaret River

Margaret River Vineyards

Margaret River Wineyards

The route we took to Margaret River is detailed below:

Pinnacles, Namburg National Park & Lake Thetis

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

A Sith lord’s version of a training field is what comes to mind when I first saw the Pinnacles. Stretching as far as the eye can see, you get an impression of a sandy and dusty desert with moon-like outcroppings jutting out of the ground, forming perfect hideaway spots.

This was my second time visiting the Pinnacles but it was made no less impressive. I could have walked forever, however, you don’t have to – there is an option to drive through the Pinnacles (keep to the marked path!).

My travel partner and I opted for the 2.5 hour drive north of Perth via the Great Ocean Drive. If you don’t fancy renting a car though, you can book a day tour. However, I would really recommend the former. Straight roads stretching into the horizon, azure blue skies with nary a cloud to be seen, dramatic coastline features and vertical drop offs into turquoise waters make for a very picturesque drive. Although, be warned – your travel partner might end up dozing off like mine did. While beautiful, the rugged coastline makes for a very samey view.

Great Ocean Drive

Great Ocean Drive

Driving to The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles is part of the Namburg National Park and close to the town Cervantes. As mentioned, it is approximately 250km north of Perth (~2.5 – 3 hours drive). The road I took is detailed below – if you like amazing views of the sun, sand and sea I cannot recommend it highly enough. Load up on the fun music.

Besides Pinnacles, you could also drop by Lancelin for an afternoon of sand boarding fun and Lake Thetis which is close by. Lake Thetis is one of the very few places left on earth where you are able to view marine stromatolites, which are living fossils.

Day Tour Information

Based on Tripadvisor, Travel Western Australia Tour Charters seem to have very good reviews. I cannot attest for them but Tripadvisor has yet to fail me.

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

I came, I saw, I conquered

I came, I saw, I conquered

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites