From the comfort of my front room I write to you again. I’m fortunate I work from home, the kids snapping at my heels constantly. So this period of self isolation feels little different to the last 2 years. I have however never felt more like an outsider. While others talk about how different their lives are I cannot relate.
We’re lucky to live when we do. To live in an age of information. Where we’re living in self-isolation but can talk to people all over the world. All of who are going through the same thing! So to make the most of this I thought I would create a theme of each week, starting with Western Australia. (Don’t ask me why – I was just drawn to it on my world map.)
This page will be updated daily over the week – a curation of content designed to immerse you in the culture, the natural beauty, the sights, the sounds and the tastes of Western Australia. Have you been to Western Australia? Please send us travel tips and any content you want to share!
How to get there?
Emirates via Dubai
Qatar Airways via Qatar
Ethiad via Abu Dhabi
British Airways & Singapore Airlines via Singapore
Direct from London to Perth with Qantas
Or with leisurely direct voyage by infrequent round-the-world cruise, Princess Cruises, P&O and Cunard to name a few cruise lines.
- Perth – the capital of Western Australia and the main transport hub for international travel. Makes it the perfect base to start your trip. It sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
- Fremantle – Plenty of sights and a gorgeous town. Home to the largest cruise terminal in Australia.
- Rottnest Island – A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White-sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. Strickland Bay is known for its surf breaks, while reef breaks occur at Radar Reef, off the island’s far western tip.
- Nambung National Park – Home to the Pinnacles Desert, a unique landscape of limestone formations. It looks like a distant planet.
- Pink Lake at Hutt Lagoon – a huge lake with water a shade of pink! It’s the salt concentration that makes it pink.
- Shell Beach & Shark Bay – a beach not made of sand but instead made of the most stunning white sea shells!
- Margaret River – Over 100 wineries & eateries in the small town. It’s known for its boutiques, craft breweries. Surfing is popular on the nearby coastline. And the waters host
- Bunbury – Swim with dolphins
- Recommended by our client Fran – Cottesloe beach is lovely and my favourite restaurant was Cicerello’s seafood restaurant in Fremantle
Western Australia Wine
I spent the day immersed in wine research for my Facebook Live. The wine tasting didn’t go ahead, as I just couldn’t justify leaving the house for wine as a “basic essential”. Weird, weird, times.
I didn’t realise at the time of planning my wine-tasting live, I didn’t make the connection. But while talking I realised that when you taste a wine where it is produced. And you see the micro-influences on the taste, the sea breeze, the smell of the fauna etc. You can taste all that in the wine. So the wine-tasting is a fantastic way to immerse you in the destination and #travelvirtually.
I'm a Synesthete. Day 8 of 14 #traveltalk live! Kate Holroyd
Posted by Strawberry Holidays on Tuesday, 24 March 2020