Whether you live in the Eastern states and haven’t yet headed across to the West, or whether you’re a local, a “must-do” is to experience the graciousness of Perth with its welcoming Kings Park (housing the Botanical Gardens) just 1.5 kms from the CBD, its stunning copper and glass Swan Bells Tower with bells that carry some incredible history (12 original bells were donated from St Martin- in-the- Fields church in Trafalgar Square, London) and its peaceful boat rides amid the signature black swans gliding along the river that bears their name. To know you are truly on holidays, enjoy an easy hassle free stay at Worldmark’s beautiful Outram Hotel not far from Perth’s business district. A gourmet breakfast on the terrace starts the day off wonderfully. Access to the city’s attractions is easy from here via a free bus, but the walk is enjoyable and picturesque. Giving yourself a few days stay at the Outram will allow for further delights in this very friendly city. For me, the Perth Mint is one of the best attractions I’ve visited in a while. Established in 1899, it is the world’s oldest mint still operating from its original premises. The gold pour is not to be missed , nor is the exquisite jewellery on sale. If you’re a bit of a rev-head like me, team your stay at the Outram for early May and go watch the V8 Supercar round at Barbagello Raceway.
Having wiled away your days in beautiful Perth, head for Dunsborough on the coast. Just three short hours drive will land you at WorldMarkSP’s stunning Dunsborough Resort and Spa overlooking the the crystal waters of Geographe Bay and its pristine white sandy beaches. In this magnificent resort, you will want for nothing. If the ocean doesn’t lure you, there’s always the option of the outdoor pool, spa, or tennis courts. Me, I sat on my balcony looking out to sea, sampling the world renowned Margaret River wine, deciding what I would dine on from the in-house restaurant and bar and planning my agenda for the next few days. Reluctant as I was to leave the resort, I visited the very interesting nearby Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and the Karri forests of Pemberton and walked the 2km long Busselton Jetty with its underwater observatory. Day two saw me again sampling the famous wines of the region, along with the locally made chocolate, fudge and cheese in Margaret River. This region has so many small towns just brimming with hospitality and with history. Further trips to the spectacular limestone caves along the south west coast and on to Cape Leeuwin further south rounded off my adventuring and I headed back towards the comfort of the Dunsborough Resort for some needed spoiling before heading back home. A revisit is definitely on my bucket list.
Words by Carole – Photo WorldMarksP