A beautiful highlight of our summer season is the continual flow of Dutch visitors that come in pursuit of a warm Aussie summer, looking to escape the wintery weather of the Netherlands. When my Dutchman made the decision to stay permanently in Australia the hardest sacrifice was undoubtedly leaving behind the people he loves back home, so having friends and family come to stay with us is such an integral and important part of our lives.
When his Mum (Mother Dutchie) said she was coming to Australia, but wanted to begin her adventure in Perth, we flew from East to West to meet up for the weekend. Coming from Melbourne, Perth is a three-hour cross country flight via the south coast. My work schedule only allowed for a very quick visit, so I flew in late Friday night and only had one full day in Perth before flying home again on Sunday morning. So, when I say Perth in a Flash, I am being totally honest!
Upon arrival, I was met with the biggest hugs. I had not seen Mother Dutchie in person since 2016, so there was plenty of news to share. My lovely partner is extraordinarily generous and loves to spoil the ladies in his life, treating us to a very special weekend of pure indulgence and luxury at ultra luxe Crown Towers, which is part of the Crown Casino complex. I have never seen such an exquisitely designed hotel, every inch of the property was intended to impress and make a bold statement, and they certainly succeeded in their aim. High ceilings, extravagant furnishings, avant-garde artwork, elaborate chandeliers.
Although we only had one full day in Perth, we certainly weren’t rushing. I was exhausted arriving late Friday night and literally sank into the cloud like bed upon arrival and had the best sleep of my life. When I woke up, my boyfriend pushed a button (!!) and the curtains opened to reveal the most spectacular view of the city and the pool and gardens. After an immaculate buffet breakfast, we spent the morning in the pool and did some swimming to burn off some of the calories from breakfast. The weather was stunning and after a busy week I was so happy just to relax under an umbrella for a few hours before heading back to our room for a nap.
In the afternoon, I did some book shopping and we made a dinner reservation for a beachside seafood restaurant at Cottesloe Beach, called The Blue Duck, famous for panoramic views of Rottnest Island and the Indian Ocean. We had heard amazing things about the sunset at Cottesloe Beach and wanted to see it ourselves.
Cottesloe Beach is located in between Perth and Fremantle 15km west of the city, offering pure white sand and glittering turquoise water. This pretty beach suburb has relaxed vibes and although there were plenty of people enjoying the summer weather, it wasn’t overrun like Bondi Beach in Sydney. One of my favourite elements of this beach was the multi-level grass terraces that have been carved into the rock wall so that people can enjoy the beach from the comfort of a grassy knoll. Perfect for families or those (like myself) who love the beach, but detest the discomfort getting sand in all sorts of nooks and crannies.
We took a walk along Marine Parade, an esplanade lined with Norfolk Pine Trees and cafes, before heading down to the beach to dip our toes in the Indian Ocean. We walked along the beach and savoured the fresh westerly breeze until we found our restaurant. We could hardly believe the spectacular view from our table at the Blue Duck, which became the perfect viewing platform to enjoy the changing tones and colours of a Cottesloe sunset.
We feasted on local Western Australian oysters and Shark Bay scallops, washed down with chilled Margaret River Riesling, all whilst admiring the evolving hues of the sky and watching the clouds take shape. It was the perfect setting for dinner and became a very special evening sharing stories and news.
Again, we returned to our beautiful hotel and drifted into a deep slumber that one can only achieve in a five star hotel with crisp white sheets, king sized mattress, and custom pillows. The next day, I woke up at 6am for a morning walk along the Swan River before heading to the airport for our flight back to Melbourne. It was the most relaxing walk, waking past quirky sculptures and lovely parks while watching the locals water ski on the river.
After seeing a tiny speck of Perth, I look forward to coming back to see more of Western Australia. Next time I would definitely hire a car to explore Margaret River and Fremantle. There is always another chance, and until then… thank you Perth, you were absolutely lovely!