Travelling around Australia with 2 kids, our little family will be putting the country's camping spots, a Toyota Prado and Jayco Swan to the test. Our start and end point being the Far North Coast of NSW, we'll be traveling anti-clockwise North through the middle of Queensland to Darwin, around to Melbourne and up the East Coast, finishing in Byron Bay for Christmas 2014.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
A Little Bit of Perth.
Rockingham is to Perth
what Palm Beach is to the Gold Coast or MaroubraBeach
is to Sydney-
very pretty but with lots of doof-doof-racer-boy-hoons getting around. If you
get beyond your fellow road users though, it’s actually a pretty cool place; luckily
we had friends living here and used this as a base for exploring a little bit
Beautiful coastline at Rockingham.
We drove into the quiet suburban street and
caused quite a sensation as we reversed onto the driveway and bundled out of
the car like tinkers. Geoff and Nanga (our incredibly gracious hosts) have
wonderful neighbours and I felt like we’d stepped back into a community not
unlike that which we belong to in SunriseBeach. The beers and
jokes flowed, people marvelled at the amount of crap which could actually come
out of a camper trailer and we lost our children to the boxes of trains and
tracks Nanga had squirreled away for a time such as this. I lost Fiela to Geoff
and the BBQ, meeting up with him later at some ridiculous hour when he woke me
up with his inebriated snoring. I was lost in the kitchen- an oven! A thermomix!
Dishwashing water that went down the sinkhole, never to be seen again! The
Uyshuis was happily lost in the suburbs, loving the sunshine, friends and
comforts of four walls…
King's Park, Perth.
We popped up to Perth for the day on the
train (so exciting for Caesar!) and while we waited for the most boring walking
tour of the city ever (“This is the Post Office. You can send mail overseas,
express, do some banking and there’s even some lovely calendars for sale… That
is the ANZ Bank building, open from Monday to Friday…” WTF??) to start, watched
as a drunk homeless guy did the ‘right thing’ by walking two metres down an
alleyway off the main thoroughfare to go to the toilet. I forgot that sort of
thing happens in the city and that homelessness occurs in our first world
country. The most exciting thing about being in the city of Perth? Finding a South African biltong shop.
The Uyshuis overlooking Perth.
Anyway, we finally got clued up enough to
take a bus up to King’s Park, the botanical gardens which overlook Perth. What a magical
place! Apart from the stunning view over the city (much nicer than the urine
soaked close up!) the gardens are amazing and we happily spent the bulk of our
city day here.
King's Park hi jinx.
We did little else apart from a quick trip
over to Fremantle, go to the park and make nuisances of ourselves at Geoff and
Nanga’s. We would have liked to explore the SwanValley and stay a few nights at RottnestIsland,
but with the weather was changeable and we had other places we had to be; a
proper exploration of Perth
would have to be left to an entirely different trip.