Have you ever been to Perth? Or Margaret River? I have been to Australia a number of times, but never out west. A vast swathe of Australia, in parts scorched orange with iron ore sands and sunshine. What surprised me was how lush and green Western Australia became the more we travelled south. It was early spring and that will change, but I was reminded that travel is best when you leave your expectations at the airport and remain open to whatever may come.
We started at Fremantle, and I finished there too. A pretty town outside Perth and on the sea, it is slow paced and well preserved with a thriving food and drink culture. From Fremantle you can travel by boat to Rottnest Island, an island famous for pristine beaches and quokkas (small and relatively tame marsupials that densely populate the island). The name comes from rat nest in Dutch, as they mistook the quokkas for rats when they first found it. Continue reading