Fremantle Heritage Festival

Fremantle Heritage Festival

The Fremantle Heritage Festival is one of my favourite festivals in Perth and epitomises everything I love about Freo. Taking place from 27th May to 6th June, the Festival celebrates the rich and colourful history of Fremantle, along with the cool, quirky and the slightly odd.

As always there’s an eclectic program of events on offer – ranging from walking tours, markets, live music events, exhibitions, visual displays and plenty of stuff in between. Continue reading Fremantle Heritage Festival

Things to see and do on the Indian Ocean Drive

Wedge Island Beach

The Indian Ocean Drive is a scenic coastal drive alongside the  turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Constructed in 2010, the Indian Ocean Drive connects Lancelin and Geraldton with plenty of attractions along the way, including  the lunar like Pinnacle Desert.

Whether your destination is on the Indian Ocean Drive, or you’re heading further north, here are some of the best things to see and do along the way. Continue reading Things to see and do on the Indian Ocean Drive

8 Ways to get Historical in Fremantle

Fremantle is one of the best preserved 19th century ports in the world and has a rich tapestry of local heritage and history.

Here are eight easy ways to take a wander into the past and reflect on the bygone days that have shaped Fremantle into the unique place it is today.  Images: Tourism Western Australia

Images: Tourism Western Australia

 Go straight to Prison

What do Mick Jagger and Alice Cooper do when in Perth? They go to prison. True story, both stars opted for a tour of the prison on their short stay while on tour in Perth.

The Fremantle Prison is West Australia’s only World Heritage Listed Building and replaced the Round House as the main goal in the 1850’s. Unlike its predecessor, it was built by the newly arrived convicts who were made to build their own prison using the local limestone.
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Escape the city to Lake Leshenaultia

Lake Leshenaultia

Located near Chidlow in the Perth Hills, Lake Leshenaultia has an old world charm that offers the perfect city escape.

The lake is a perfect outing for a picnic with plenty of shaded areas, BBQ facilities, a swimming beach with pontoon, canoe hire and walking and cycle trails. Children are particularly well catered for, making this an ideal family destination. Continue reading Escape the city to Lake Leshenaultia

Travel through the night sky at Perth Observatory

Perth Observatory

Looking at the magnificent night sky, the inevitable question, is there anyone out there, pops into my head. Gazing at distant galaxies, planets, clusters and nebulae it’s almost impossible not to open your mind to the possibilities of the universe.

Tonight I’m at the Perth Observatory on one of their night viewing tours. After a long dark drive through the Bickley Valley, there’s something almost other worldly about standing on top of the hill at the observatory.  Surrounded by the white domes housing the  impressive array of telescopes and immersed by the millions of stars that make up the Milky Way, I feel a thousand miles away from the city. Continue reading Travel through the night sky at Perth Observatory

Ah the serenity – Glenlynn Farm Cottages

Glenlynn

As  soon as we veered of Southwest Highway and followed the signs to Glenglynn Cottages I knew that I had found what I was hoping for. Like most of the Blackwood Valley area, Glenlynn is full sweeping vistas of green rolling hills, paddocks with roaming sheep, horses and what must be Bridgetown’s biggest dam.

First though, to get to our cottage, we had to get past the sheep. Lots of sheep and none seemed in a particular hurry to make way for a family sized  sedan from the city. The two resident Alpacas were keeping a watchful eye on their herd from atop of the field. After plenty of curious glances and a few baas, the gravel road was cleared and we were free to continue along the winding path to our home for the next three nights. Continue reading Ah the serenity – Glenlynn Farm Cottages