The World’s most Isolated City

When doing the Guinness Brewery tour in Dublin almost a decade ago, they boasted Dublin Guinness was transported all over the world, even as far as the most isolated city in the world. At the time, I wasn’t so impressed, as Perth is in a western country after all, with easy access by boat, road and rail. It isn’t until you have to drive there at 80 km/hour with two, often fed up kids fighting in the back seat, that you realise how remote Perth really is.

Perth is also the last Aussie state capital I had to tick off my personal travel list.

We arrived in Perth in time for the world’s longest long weekend. This was the first time we had to book a place well in advance, as we didn’t want to be caught short. Fortunately we managed to get into a fairly central caravan park, and had booked in for an entire week. I was really looking forward to a bit of a break and catch-up. I soon found out that this was a nice idea, but reality was far from predicted.

As soon as we arrived and set up, we had a full spring clean of the van, and washed absolutely everything. Big thanks to our co-travelling family, the O’Callaghan’s. They are staying in a house in Perth, courtesy of family connections. It just so happened to be up the road from our campsite. They came and collected our washing to start at their house while Mike and I got stuck into some van maintenance, repairs, and a major sort-out and clean. It took us a solid three hours, without the kids around (our kids had a play-date with our friends). It felt good to get it all done.

Perth From Kings Park LookoutsKings Park WalkwayOn our first full day we ventured into the city. We parked in Kings Park, just beside the city centre, and had a walk around just before taking the free shuttle bus to the main mall. Can I just say, King’s Park is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited, in the world. It is situated on Mount Eliza, and overlooks the Swan River. I just loved the botanical gardens, which specialises in rare and endangered species from all areas of Western Australia. I always feel so hopeful knowing there are people in the world really dedicated to saving rare and exotic species.

After looking around the city centre, which was pretty much like any other city centre in Australia. We headed over to the Western Australian museum, which had a great discovery centre for the children and a wonderful wildlife photography exhibition for us.Dinosaur bones at museum

Luckily, on Easter Sunday, the Easter bunny managed to find us and left both the kids a large chocolate egg. This was a big point of concern for the children the previous day. We also drove to Fremantle (known as Freo to locals) to see the Street Artist Festival, and to enjoy the atmosphere. I also managed to catch up with an old colleague from England for lunch, and had great fun reminiscing about old times.Kids with easter eggs

West Beach of Penguin IslandPenguin Island Boat tripThe highlight to our week in Perth was our visit to Penguin Island, which is situated just of Rockingham, around 45 minutes south of Perth. It was a very full day of fun and adventure, that as a family we all loved. There is too much to mention in just one blog post, so I wrote a separate entry about our day. Click here to read a full report of our fantastic day seeing some remarkable wildlife at a unique location. For anyone visiting Perth, Penguin Island is well worth a visit, especially for families.

On our last night we were invited by the O’Callaghan’s to bunk in with them for a night watching the Royal Wedding. The blokes got a few hours off duty down the pub after lunch, so that the girls could watch the main event in relative peace that evening. Coby dressed up in her princess dress and butterfly wings and the girls all did their hair in honour of the momentous occasion. Champagne flowed, and despite the sarcastic comments from the boys, they really got into it as well.

It was with great sadness we had to say goodbye to our new travelling friends. They were staying behind in Perth for a month while we wanted to start our trek up the Western coast. Our paths might cross again sometime, but for now we have to follow our own path. New adventures and friends await.

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