Exploring Western Australia – Episode 67 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My home state of Western Australia is one of those places that is extra special because it's really far from everywhere. While I (fairly often) complain about it being a long distance to get to "the rest of the world" from WA, I realise that this is probably one of the main reasons it's so … [Read more...]

13 suburbs of Perth to explore when you visit Western Australia

When we who call Perth home mention Perth, we mean far more than the city centre. For us, Perth is a vast sprawling city, now home to over two million people, and because of our love of living near the coast, it stretches more than 100km from north to south and it covers an area equivalent to well … [Read more...]

Bringing art to the people: Sculpture by the Sea in Perth

You know I love Perth beaches, but I tend to avoid the busier beaches like Cottesloe Beach except for this particular time of year - because the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibit opened this week, and I never miss it. I love to see the sculptures, because they're always so varied, but more than … [Read more...]

5 experiences I had in Perth to realise my home town has grown up

I have a recent epiphany to share: Perth, Western Australia, is now a really cool city. I was born in Perth (in the 1970s; population then around 800,000 - now over 2 million), the capital city of Western Australia, and arguably the only real city - nearly 80% of West Aussies live here and the … [Read more...]

5 ways Australia’s Coral Coast stretched my comfort zone (in a good way)

Last week I got a very last-minute call-up to join a group of UK bloggers exploring my beautiful home state of Western Australia. It was a hectic 24 hours of figuring out who would take care of my son and when, what I should pack and where on earth I was actually going, and I won't say it wasn't a … [Read more...]

My first travel journal entries – a trip to Kalbarri, aged 8

Did you keep a travel journal (or just an everyday diary) when you were a child? I have various diaries and journals from many times of my life and I actually love looking back on them - most often because they make me laugh, but they're also a great way to remind me of forgotten events of the past, … [Read more...]

Showing travellers around your region – meeting the locals

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - one of my absolute favourite ways of travelling is to stay with some locals and learn all about how they go about their daily lives. Figuring out the similarities and differences from my life to theirs is something I find fascinating. It both reminds me of … [Read more...]

Perth for kids: Fun at the Castledare Miniature Railway

Give me a four-year-old boy and I will say he is a train lover and I will always be right. Right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctA4YYcjsI8 So when my husband heard about the Castledare Miniature Railway from a colleague, I did agree that it sounded like a winner - but for once left it up to … [Read more...]

Why I prefer Perth beaches in winter than summer

My hometown of Perth, Western Australia, has some pretty spectacular beaches, if I do say so myself. And with summer coming up here, a lot of people, both locals and tourists alike, start to focus on the beach. Not me though. Perth beaches in summer All up and down the coast of Perth - it's … [Read more...]

Why tourists should visit the Perth Royal Show (and how pigs fly)

In the 80s I was a kid growing up in Perth, arguably the most isolated city in the world. But isolated didn't mean we missed out on fun (or if we did, we didn't realise - there was no internet back then, and much less FOMO!). One of the highlights of the year was our nearly-annual chance to visit … [Read more...]