Friday, October 29, 2010

A beach-combing holiday in Western Australia

This time last week I was out exploring a new city - Perth - on the penultimate day of a week long holiday. It was the third week-long holiday of the year and it was fantastic as south western Western Australia turned out to be quite a relaxed place with some amazing beaches.

Living in Melbourne, one quickly become accustomed to great coffee, well dressed people and bad weather. I was warned to expect Perth and WA to be the opposite of this and while I was looking forward to good weather, the coffee was surprisingly good - and smiley.

Coffee in Perth CBD

Sunset on the first night made the perfect setting for a dinner of grilled
fish, coleslaw and some amazing chili mussels at Cicerello's in Mandurah.

Feeling like a snail with my home on my back.

The amazing building of the Margaret River Chocolate Company...

...and the breathtaking flowering kangaroo paws lining the path to chocolate wonderland.

Margaret River Providore - don't get me started
on the delicious jams and relishes. Yum!

And the sun soaked views from the Providore's cafe.

The trees in the Valley of the Giants count their age in centuries and have to be seen to be believed.
The 40-metre-high Tree Top Walk is terrifying but breathtaking, in a good way.

Turns out there is a river called Margaret that
runs through Margaret River. Fancy that!

And it was while in that charming township that a giant cocoa meringue was enjoyed
at the very bohemian and sweet Margaret River bakery.

Street art in Perth's Northbridge precinct.

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