A beautiful highlight of our summer is the flow of Dutch visitors that come in pursuit of a warm Aussie summer away from the wintery weather of the Netherlands. When my Dutchman made the decision to stay permanently in Australia, the hardest sacrifice was leaving behind the people he loves in Holland, so having family and friends come to stay is such an important part of our lives. This time, my Dutchie’s Mum was coming to visit and wanted to visit Perth.
Perth is a three-hour cross country flight from Melbourne. 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’m being absolutely honest!
Upon arrival I was met with the biggest hugs. I had not seen Mother Dutchie in two years, so there was plenty of news to share. Even though we only had a couple of days together, it was spent in pure luxury at the ultra luxe Crown Towers. I have never seen such an exquisitely designed hotel. Every inch of the property was intended to impress and make a bold statement – high ceilings, extravagant furnishings, beautiful artwork, and elaborate chandeliers.
Although we only had a full day in Perth, we certainly weren’t rushing. I was exhausted arriving late Friday night and literally sank into the bed upon arrival, drifting into the deepest 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, the hotel pool and gardens. After an immaculate buffet breakfast, we spent the morning in the pool. 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, we made a dinner reservation at a seafood restaurant at Cottesloe Beach, called The Blue Duck, famous for panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Cottesloe Beach is located in between Perth and Fremantle – 15km west of the city, offering pure white sand and glittering turquoise water. One of my favourite elements of this beach was the multi-level grass terraces 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 not the discomfort of 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, then headed 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.
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.
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 Rottnest Island to see the Quokkas! There is always another chance, and until then… thank you Perth, you were absolutely lovely.