A Summer in Perth, Western Australia

I didn’t have a fairy Godmother to make my travel dreams become a reality, but I do have an incredible older sister.

My eldest sibling had surprised us all by moving across the world with the man of her dreams to Perth, Australia (what a fairy tale story that is). With my final year of college ending, she asked me what my plans were for post-graduate life. There wasn’t much of a plan other than “get a job, try and find somewhere to live, try and travel”.

That was it.
 
No plan or direction, except slaving away in the hospitality industry (which I still love because I’m a masochist).
 
She invited me to come live with her in Perth. Her reasoning was, if I was going to be a waitress, I should do that in Australia. How could I argue with that logic? And so I began saving, dreaming, and planning.
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I moved into their old stone house near the beach.

Backyard view in Perth, Western Australia

Having spent my life in land-locked Ontario, I had never been to the ocean before. Now it was down the street. I could watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean from the kitchen. If the wind was right, the sea spray would cloud the windows with salt.

Sun streaming through a kitchen window in Perth, Western Australia.

I got a job at a nearby restaurant, but spent most of my days off at the beach, obsessed with the ocean. Awed by its beauty and size, but cowed by the power of it. For the most part I stayed on the sand – walking, reading, or staring (I’m afraid to swim alone).

Quinns Beach on the Indian Ocean in Perth, Western Australia

Sunset waves in Perth, Western Australia

A storm rolling in at Quinns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

A flock of parrots lived in a park around the corner. After spending 20+ years surrounded by 90% brown birds, I can’t explain how happy wild parrots make me. They never get old.

Galah cockatoos in Perth, Western Australia

Galah cockatoos in Perth, Western Australia.

Sometimes I’d go for long jogs along the coast alone, or with my intrepid explorer buddy. We found a hidden beach in the dunes, but I never found a way to get down there. Now that beach is gone – the coastline is eroding and the tide has moved in.

King Charles Cavalier puppy at the beach

Hidden Beach in Perth, Western Australia

For a change from their quiet neighborhood, I’d go into the city. Perth is pretty quiet as far as capitals go, but it has a great positive vibe.

Walk along the Perth Esplenade

At the Perth Zoo I got to celebrate an elephant birthday and feed Armani the giraffe.

Feeding the giraffes at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia

An elephant celebrates herfirst birthday at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia

Tiny monkeys at the Perth Zoo, Western Australia

Songbirds at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia

When summer begins, the jacaranda trees come into bloom and the city looks like a fairy tale.

Jacaranda trees in Perth, Western Australia

Jacaranda trees in Perth, Western Australia

Despite my best efforts, I cannot get behind watching multi-day cricket matches. Yet, the short games are quick and exciting. We went to watch a few tournament matches at the WACA.

Perth Scorchers playing in the Big Bash tournament in Perth, Western Australia

Perth puts on the best show in the country for Australia Day (although getting to the fireworks can be an ordeal).

Australia Day fireworks in Perth, Western Australia

In March, I found some Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach.

Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia

The weather in Perth is about as close to perfect as you can get. On rare occasions it does get cloudy or even rain, a soothing drink for a dry climate.

Raindrops in Perth, Western Australia

For a day trip from the city, Rottnest Island is a brilliant little island, loved by both Aussies and tourists.

 Rottnest Island is about an hour ferry ride from Perth, Western Australia

 Rottnest Island is about an hour ferry ride from Perth, Western Australia

With no visitor cars allowed on the island, transportation options are two feet or two wheels. The lack of engine noise makes the island feel like it has time travelled backward. Be sure to say hello to the quokkas for me when you visit – I couldn’t get over how cute and inquisitive these little guys are.

Friendly quokkas on Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island is about an hour ferry ride from Perth, Western Australia

The best part about living on the West Coast was the sunsets. I maintain that they are the best on Earth.

Sunset over the Indian Ocean in Perth, Western Australia

Sunset over the Indian Ocean in Perth, Western Australia

I’m always look forward to my next visit to Perth.

Lounging in a hammock in Perth, Western Australia

To sitting on the beach watching the waves,

Stormy waves along Quinns Beach in Perth, Western Australia

or standing next to the ‘pineapple palm’ and look out at my favourite view.

Sunset over the Indian Ocean in Perth, Western Australia

Until next time,
 
Lisa.
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5 Comment

  1. Sukanya Ramanujan says: Reply

    Wow living so close to the beach! Feels like a dream. Loved your photographs

    1. Thank you! It certainly felt like a dream 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos of Perth! I’m over in the Northern Suburbs and have loved living here as well 🙂 Sometimes it does feel a bit too isolated, though!

    1. Thank you! I completely agree with you on the northern suburbs, they are so lovely, but so quiet at the same time. At least the city is only a train ride away.

  3. Heather Lovering says: Reply

    Again wonderful pics …….

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