Just a quick update…

G’day from sunny Perth…

It’s been about two months since our last update. Since then we have said goodbye to one set of visitors, and we have been making the final arrangements for the arrival of the next lot. And Simon turned 30 – the big 3-0!

Firstly, thanks again to everyone that sent birthday cards and gifts – Simon had a great birthday and was spoilt rotten! Sarah treated us to a weekend away in Margaret River, which is a wine region in Western Australia and is about a 3-hour drive south of Perth. You will have heard us rave on about the various beaches that we have seen on our travels, but the beaches in the south west of Australia are, without doubt (almost), the best that we have ever seen! The beaches in the Maldives were incredible, but the beaches here (also in the Indian Ocean) are just as good, if not better. Then there is the awesome food and wine! We are really looking forward to showing you around the Margaret River region one day…

Back in Perth, and on the night of Simon’s birthday, we ate at Rockpool, which is a restaurant run by an Australian chef, Neil Perry. It is one of the best restaurants in town and we enjoyed fantastic cocktails, a great bottle of red, and the most incredible steak.

Sarah has also treated Simon to a trip back to the UK later in the year, and we are now really looking forward to spending Christmas with everybody. We’re not entirely sure how we will cope with going from the heat of the Perth summer to the cold of the UK winter, but I’m sure we’ll survive – especially as we’ll still be able to enjoy the last couple of months of the Perth summer when we return to WA in January.

But first we are looking forward to our next holiday, and catching up with more of the family. This time next month we will already be one week into our 3-week tour of the east coast, where we will be climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, watching the sunset over Uluru, diving at the Great Barrier Reef and enjoying the bright lights of the Gold Coast. Unfortunately there is not enough time for us to squeeze in a trip to WA, but we look forward to welcoming them all to Perth another time.

In other news, we are currently experiencing our seventh heat wave (three or more consecutive days of temperatures above 35 degrees C, apparently…) since November, and although we are now officially into Autumn, we are expecting another heat wave this week. We have also changed our minds about buying a scooter, and are now looking to purchase a car after our holiday.

Anyway, we promised a quick update but have rambled on more than we thought we would. We hope all is well with everyone back in the UK; Happy Birthday to Rach – we’re thinking of you and hope you have a lovely day.

So, that’s it from us for now. We’ll leave you with a light hearted look of Perth…

Lots of love, Sarah and Simon xx

 

Happy Christmas!

G’day, and season’s greetings to all of our friends and family! We just wanted to provide you with a festive update, and fill you in on what we have been up to since we last spoke.

In our last blog, we told you a bit about life in Perth, and how we were settling in here. Since then, we have got to know Perth a little better, and we are really starting to enjoy living here. The weather, obviously, plays a massive part in that, and we have really enjoyed spending time outside – riding our bikes, walking along the beach or the river, and sitting in the beer garden of our local pub.

The economy in Western Australia (WA) is still going strong, mainly due to the resources boom, and it looks like things will stay this way for the foreseeable future. Whilst the cost of living here is high, we feel that it is all relevant and fairly affordable.

Together again...

Both of our jobs are going well. Sarah is receiving extremely positive feedback from her boss, which is great, and Simon is enjoying his new job – although working as the only man in a team of 20-30 women has it’s challenges!

We are still living in East Perth, and enjoying the convenience of being so close to where we work in the city – a 2 minute walk to the train station, a 3 minute train ride into Perth and a 10 minute walk to our respective offices. In fact, we have just renewed the lease on our apartment for another six months. The possibility of living closer to the beach and by the sea is very appealing, so this is something that we may reconsider next year. However, being so close to the city, and only a 20 minute drive to the coast, maybe we couldn’t be better located…

We have now sold our camper van and, whilst we didn’t get as much money for it as we would have liked, we are pleased to have sold it fairly quickly. We are now in the market for a new vehicle and are currently taking motorcycle lessons, with the view to purchasing a Vespa scooter in the new year.

Hello sailors!

Sarah’s dad and brother are currently staying with us, and it has been great to see them again. They landed in Perth on Tuesday 13 December, and their first week/ten days has really blown by. Ian and Jamie are having a great time, and are enjoying the laidback, outdoor lifestyle, as well as the great weather, of course! We have kept them busy with trips to the Swan Valley, Fremantle and Mandurah, and we have a few other things planned before they fly home on Tuesday 3 January. Here are some photos that we have uploaded to our Flickr account. We are off to Sydney later this week, to celebrate the new year by watching the fireworks in Sydney Harbour, and we will also catch up with some friends, and do some sightseeing. We LOVE Sydney, so we cannot wait to be back there! The flight time from Perth to Sydney is approximately five hours, and there is a time difference of +3 hours.

What are we doing for Christmas? It will be a fairly quiet one, starting with the obligatory beach barbie on Christmas morning – with a shed load of snags and prawns, and then the slightly nontraditional roast [goose] dinner with all of the trimmings on Christmas night. The weather forecast for Christmas Day: sunny and 32 degrees…

Happy Christmas!

So, with the new year just around the corner, what do we have planned for 2012? Well, we both turn 30 this year – Simon in February and Sarah in October, so we will, no doubt, do something to celebrate. We have more visitors coming to Australia at Easter, when the rest of Sarah’s family are joining us for three weeks. We have an action packed itinerary, with trips to Sydney, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast, although we simply do not have enough time to squeeze in a visit to our home here in Perth – so we will look forward to doing that next time.

That’s it from us. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas, and a prosperous new year, and we look forward to speaking to some of you on Skype later today.

Lots of love, Simon & Sarah xx (and Ian & Jamie)

PS – our NEW video camera died this week, so there will now be an unfortunate delay until the latest release from Pickle Productions is ready. Sorry…

Perth, Western Australia

G’day!

It’s been nearly four months since we last updated our blog – a very busy four months.

When we last spoke, we had just arrived in Perth and were looking for somewhere to live. Simon had just started a short term contract with Rio Tinto, and Sarah was looking for work. Since then, we have moved into a beautiful apartment in East Perth, Sarah has started a new job, and our travels took us out of town for a couple of weeks…

East Perth

We are enjoying our time in Perth – Sarah loves it here, and Simon is growing to love it. Perth is a small city, without the hustle and bustle of somewhere like Sydney or London, and without the wow factor too – there’s no Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Houses of Parliament or Big Ben here. However, there is also no traffic, which is great! A colleague mentioned something about the ‘busiest road in Perth’ the other day; she was referring to William Street, which can be likened to Sydney’s George Street or London’s Piccadilly. Sure, there are a couple of sets of traffic lights, but busy? Traffic? No – the busiest road in Perth is just not busy! And, the motorways are no exception. Sure, the Mitchell, Kwinana and Graham Farmer freeways can get a bit “stop-start” in rush hour, but they are in no way as painful as the M25, M4 or M1.

We’ve also found that there is relatively little to do here, and we regularly struggle to find anything to do at weekends. Having said that, we are, however, starting to visit a few bars and restaurants; and with summer approaching we will, no doubt, start taking picnics to the beaches and parks; there are even a couple of concerts that we are planning to attend over the next couple of months. We have been to the theatre a couple of times, to see Wicked and Tender Napalm, and we’ve [finally!] found a decent curry house.

Perth is almost notorious for being cliquey, but we are starting to make friends here. We went out for drinks in the city on Friday night,  to a barbie at a fellow Pom’s house last weekend, and we have also been taken to our first AFL (Aussie Rules) footy match.  When we first arrived here, we met up with a couple of Simon’s mum’s friends, who live in a beautiful home in the hills to the east of Perth. Very kindly, they invited us to spend the weekend with them at their house, and we are meeting up with them again for lunch in a couple of weeks.

Soon after arriving in Perth, Sarah started work on a 3-month contract with a newspaper publication, with a particular focus on improving the link between their online and offline content. She did a great job, and has just been offered a permanent contract with them. Simon’s 7-week contract at Rio Tinto was extended until the end of the year, but he is leaving at the end of next week to start work in a 12-month recruitment role with Chevron. Once again, we are now both rocking the “corporate look” with our dread free hairstyles.

Claisebrook Cove, East Perth

Our new home, a 2-bedroom apartment, is about 15-20 minutes away from where we work, and as we live within Perth’s free transit zone, we are able to catch the train into the city every day for free, and then take the short walk to our respective offices. We are also situated less than a 5 minute walk from the multi million dollar homes on the banks of the Swan River, where we often go for evening walks; and the riverside bars and restaurants at Claisebrook Cove, where we sat watching the dolphins a couple of weeks ago whilst having lunch. Truly amazing! We do have a spare bedroom, and a very big bbq, so if any of our family and friends are planning a trip to Perth, we would love to offer you a bed and a barbie – just let us know when you’re coming!

Little Creatures

One of our favourite suburbs is Fremantle, or Freo as it is more commonly known, which is where the British first settled in the 1800s. Freo is renowned for it’s well preserved architectural heritage, and when we first arrived in Perth we went on a ghost walk around many of the convict-built colonial-era buildings, including the old jetty, port, and prisons. Little Creatures, based in Freo, brew one of Simon’s favourite beers, Bright Ale, and we (Simon!) are looking forward to doing their brewery tour and eating at their well regarded restaurant.

We are currently in the process of selling our van, as we have decided that we are unlikely to use it for more travel, and to leave it sitting in the underground car park would, therefore, be a waste of a good van. We have advertised it for sale, along with everything else that we bought with it, and hope to sell it all for a good price. We may end up replacing it with a small run-around car at some point, but for now, we don’t really need anything.

Back in July we did leave town for a couple of weeks, leaving the campervan at home as we were heading to Mexico to surprise Sarah’s mum on her 50th (sorry Karen!) birthday. Cutting a very long story short, we had a few problems with our flight out of Sydney, but we had a great time with the family when we finally arrived in Mexico. We are now looking forward to seeing them again next Easter when we are all heading off on a mini tour around Australia, visiting Sydney, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast. Unfortunately there is not enough time for us to include a trip to WA, but we are looking forward to spending Christmas in Perth and New Year in Sydney with Sarah’s dad and brother at the end of this year.

When we arrived in Perth, we were excited about starting work again. However, we are now four months in and I think it is safe to say that the novelty is, very quickly, starting to wear off. We are now ready for our next holiday!

Click here to see a selection of photos that we have taken since arriving in Perth. We have been a bit slack, so watch this space for more pictures…

Lots of love to everyone.

xx

6 months in. The story so far…

G’day!

We wanted to write an update for our blog today, to mark the six month anniversary since we left the UK on 22nd November. Hasn’t time flown by? It really doesn’t feel like we have been away for six months!

This is going to be a fairly lengthy update, with one or two, perhaps surprising, revelations, so stick the kettle on and make yourself comfortable…

Firstly, we have now arrived in Perth, which is the state capital of Western Australia (WA). Said to be the most isolated capital city in the world, Perth is also one of the fastest growing – certainly in Australia – with approximately 800 migrants moving here every day!

Perth is a relatively new city and is at the centre of the mining boom in WA, which is driving up the cost of living here. In fact, the cost of living is incredibly high, almost to the point that you cannot afford to live here unless you are involved with the mining industry, where remuneration is higher. To give you an idea of how expensive things can be, it is not unusual to get no change from $10 (£7.50) when buying a pint of beer. Ouch!

The Mediterranean-type climate here is pretty good, with an average, annual temperature of about 20-25 degrees, although, with winter approaching, it is getting quite cold here in the evenings once the sun goes down. We hear that the summers are exceptionally hot and dry, with temperatures of 40 degrees being far from unusual. Here in Perth, people are very laid back and, they say, that WA actually stands for ‘wait awhile’, not just ‘Western Australia’. As an example, Sarah had an appointment at 11 am the other day, but was not seen until nearly 12 o’clock. No worries…

Anyway, our situation has changed since we last spoke and we have, in fact, delayed our plans of seeing the rest of Australia for the time being. We have decided to settle here in Perth, so that we can see what living and working in Australia is all about. We had planned to return to, and settle in, Sydney, however, once we started applying for jobs we soon realised that the job market is far more buoyant over on the west coast.

We have both been applying for jobs – Sarah in IT and Business Analysis, and Simon in Recruitment. Prior to leaving the UK, Simon had made a decision that he would explore an alternative career when we arrived in Australia. However, having realised the demand for good recruiters in Perth (and that they pay significantly higher wages than they do back in the UK), he has decided to stick with what he does best, and actually starts working for Rio Tinto, who are the largest MINING company in the world, tomorrow. Sarah is now a lady of leisure, for the time being anyway. She has submitted a number of job applications and we are hopeful of hearing something positive next week.

The next step for us is to find somewhere to live. Our van has served us really well – even if there were a few shaky moments in the early days – but now we need something more practical, and more homely! Imagine trying to put on a suit in the back of a van where there isn’t even sufficient headroom to sit up, let alone stand up! Plus, we need to find somewhere with air conditioning before the summertime and the impressive 30-40 degree heat. From experience, we know that our van is not a nice place to be when it gets hot outside…

We now need to decide whether we will rent a small apartment close to the centre of Perth, or if we will rent a house further out of town (where property is MUCH cheaper) and nearer to the coast. For example, you can rent a 4-bedroom house, with two bathrooms and a swimming pool for less than a 2-bedroom apartment in the centre of town, because it is 30km (20 miles) north or south of the city. Decisions, decisions…

So, getting back to our six month update, we wanted to do a ‘what have we learnt about Australia?’ blog. We have been asked many times why we chose, specifically, to come to Australia. Ultimately we wanted to explore and experience life elsewhere in the world, and to see whether the grass is greener on the other side. We were aware that Australia was the number one location chosen by UK migrants, and the influential UK media painted a wonderful picture of this mysterious land, especially with TV programme’s like ‘Wanted Down Under’, Phil Spencer’s ‘Relocation: Down Under’ and, more recently ‘Poms in Paradise’, so Australia was the obvious choice.

First and foremost, life down under is pretty special. Outdoor living is what it is all about here, and we still cannot get over the number of people that use the parks – having picnics, going for a jog, playing on the swings, throwing a ball around or playing a game of cricket. It seems as though everybody is into camping and fishing, and they love their sports, with netball and football tournaments dominating the parks at the weekends.

The wildlife is beautiful, and I do not think that we could ever tire of seeing a kangaroo in the bush, or the beautiful birds in the trees – the types of parrots that you will only ever see in cages back home. Then there’s the dolphins that you can just happen to see at the beach and, we have been told that, if you are lucky enough, they can even swim and play with you in the waves! Oh, and contrary to popular belief, there are not spiders and snakes everywhere – in fact, we have only seen one snake and one large spider in the whole time that we have been here!

If “living the dream” is living within a 10 minute drive of the most perfect, deserted beach, with an esky full of cold beer and snags to throw on the free barbies in the park, while basking in the hot sun, then yes, life here is pretty good. And do not get us wrong – these opportunities exist for everybody. But, our pre-trip research showed us that moving to Australia is not for everyone, for a number of reasons. Aside from the obvious things like missing family and friends, we have observed the following factors that we reckon would contribute towards a feeling of “same shit, different country”:

  • For starters, the sun does not shine every day, and it does get cold. Hello prospective migrants – you need to be aware of this! Do not be fooled by what you see on the TV… :)
  • And it rains here, too, even outside the rainy season!
  • Crime rates are surprisingly high, with graffiti everywhere. And then there are the bad people that live here – murderers and all sorts. Fancy that! As with newspapers in the UK, it is not unusual for Australian newspapers to be full of “bad news” either…
  • Since the day that we arrived, we have found Australia to be a very expensive place. We have been told that this is, especially, the case when spending £s, but that things do become more affordable once you are earning and spending $s.
  • Unemployment is high, yet, like in the UK, there seems to be an abundance of jobs. So what’s the problem?
  • The Aussie’s love a drink! And who doesn’t, let’s face it?! But we reckon that their drink problem is as bad, if not worse, than the “binge drinking Brits”. Especially when it comes to drink driving!
  • The 40-hr working week is longer than in the UK, where we only had to work a measly 37 hours. This goes against what we were led to believe, so we will reserve our judgement on the work/life balance until we have experienced it for ourselves…
  • Politics, and the much maligned Australian government, take a regular battering, and there are even people that complain about taxes being too high. What a revelation… Sounding familiar?
  • Sadly, the integration of the Aboriginal people into the “White Australian” community does not appear to have worked as well as you would hope and, often heard screaming and shouting, or singing, at each other or anyone else, there are vagrants everywhere. This is a particular problem in the major cities, where you will find them going through bins and lining up outside the bottle shops at 9 am, waiting for their first drink of the day.
  • Then there’s the very dodgy suburbs – we’ve seen more than our fair share of those. Bordering on poverty, these are the kind of places where we certainly wouldn’t go out at night.
  • We’ve covered nearly 20,000 km in the last six months, and the drivers here are some of the worst that we have ever seen. Then there’s the “Boy Racers”, or “Hoons”, who can often be heard squealing their tyres in the distance at night.
  • And yes, the recession did hit Australia, no matter what anybody tells you. Granted, Australia was not as badly affected as other parts of the world, but we have read about it in the newspapers here, and have listened to people talking about how it has affected them.

Disclaimer: We are keen to stress that these are purely our observations and, in no way, supposed to be a gross generalisation of the entire population of Australia.

We have met so many lovely people. Generally, the Australians that we have met could not have been more down to earth and friendly. Nothing is too much bother for them, and they have all been very interested (or nosy!) to hear about our travels, offering their advice on where we should go and what we should see.

As you can see, and as we quickly realised for ourselves, we were very naive in our anticipation of what we would find when we got to Australia. To say that we were expecting some kind of idyllic paradise would be wide of the mark, but maybe we were expecting more than we have found so far… If it sounds as though we are painting a gloomy picture of life in Australia, we aren’t, we are just being realistic.

We do love it here, and we are now looking forward to settling down into new jobs, and a new home, so that we can see what “real-life Australia” is all about. To back that up, every Pom that we have met (and there’s loads of them here!) has been singing and dancing about their new life down under.

So far, we have enjoyed our holiday of a lifetime, and now we are ready for some normality. We never thought that we would say this, but I think that we are now ready to go back to work!

The story continues…

We survived the Nullarbor!

And the Great White Sharks, too! To celebrate our survival, we have just released the next installment from Pickle Productions and it should be live on YouTube in the next couple of hours very, very shortly – it took all night to upload the video, and YouTube are processing it now. Click here to take a peek.

So, hello everybody. We have been out of touch for the last week or so due to limited mobile phone signal and internet access.

We mentioned in our last blog that we had a date with the Great White Sharks in Port Lincoln. It was, quite simply, the most amazing experience! Up until now, both the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, and the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, ranked as our top experiences during our time here in Australia. Not anymore…

Having forked out nearly £1000 for the two of us, we were concerned that the tour company was unable to offer any guarantee that we would actually see any sharks. A pretty reasonable concern to have, I would say. Fortunately, we need not have had any concerns at all, as we saw four different sharks, including one 5 metre long female – she is the one attacking the boat in our video!

Everybody was able to spend 45 minutes underwater, in a cage, with the sharks that, surprisingly, hung around all day. During this time the crew aboard the boat were enticing the sharks with tuna fish and fish guts to encourage them to stick around the boat.

Absolutely buzzing from this experience, we were keen to make the journey across the Nullarbor. Initially we had plans to take our time making the journey, however, once on the road we decided to knock it out in just two days.

The journey itself was not as bad as we had envisaged, although we have decided that outback life is not really for us. The sheer distance between places, the dry and dusty landscape, and the masses of bush flies, were factors that contributed to this revelation. As expected, the price of fuel was astronomical and, in places, cost in excess of 30% more than anywhere else that we have filled up!

We spent a couple of days at Ceduna stocking up with food and water, and getting the van ready for the journey. We had previously purchased an iron jerry can holder, that looks like a small cage, which needed to be fitted to the roof rack, so this was a job for the self-appointed DIYer in the team.

Before hitting the road, we were keen to visit a wombat rescue centre that we had read about on someone else’s travel blog. We had not seen any wombats so far, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity, and it did not disappoint. Val, the lady who runs the rescue, is an amazing woman, and she spent the morning talking to us about wombats, showing us around her home, and introducing us to the injured/abandoned animals that she cares for. It was a memorable experience, and we would highly recommend that all other travellers pay Val a visit.

Leaving Ceduna on Easter Saturday, we headed to a roadhouse at a place called Mundrabilla, based on some positive reviews that we had previously stumbled across. Mundrabilla, a small town that is roughly half way between Ceduna and Norseman, with a population of 9 people (yes, nine!), consists of a petrol station, motel and “caravan park”. Oh, and the 8th hole (or the 11th, depending which way you are travelling) of the Nullarbor Links, which is the longest golf course in the world, spanning 1300 km between Ceduna and Kalgoorlie (north of Norseman).

On the way we stopped at Nullarbor Roadhouse, where we filled up with fuel ($2/litre, UK prices in other words!), and headed towards the shade under a manmade shelter so that we could have our lunch. There was an enormous crash, and we wondered what we had hit. Then we remembered the 20 litre jerry can, which stands about 1.5 feet tall on the roof rack. We had crashed the jerry can into the roof of the shelter. Oops! Upon inspection, we realised that we had bent the roof rack out of shape, and one of the legs that holds the rack to the roof has been pulled out of position slightly. Nothing too serious, thankfully, but we do need to get it checked over to make sure that everything is safe, and water tight!

We were both so annoyed that we hadn’t given a thought to the height restriction on the shelter, but figured that if this was to be our biggest problem, it really wasn’t so bad.

Crossing the border into Western Australia (WA), we came across our first RBT (Random Breath Testing unit), and I had to provide a specimen to show that I was not driving under the influence of alcohol. The guy also took the opportunity to quiz us on whether we were carrying ‘anything that we shouldn’t be’ and was, apparently, satisfied that we weren’t.

At Mundrabilla, we met an English backpacker who was working at the roadhouse as the petrol attendant, barman, chef and cleaner, and we spent the evening chatting to him as we enjoyed a couple of cold drinks at the bar. Later, as the sun was setting, the sky became illuminated – in one direction the sky was a variety of red hues, and in the other it was blue, purple and pink. Stunning. Once the sun had sunk down beyond the horizon, we were treated to the most amazing, and abundant, display of stars, unlike anything that we have ever seen – we reckon that we could see the Milky Way! After 6 hours driving, an early night was in order. Oh, and we would thoroughly recommend Mundrabilla as a great place to stop for the night.

We were back on the road by about 8 o’clock the following morning, destination: Norseman, which was a 7 hour drive. Relentlessly, the wind was howling, the sun was streaming in through the driver’s side window all day, and the temperature outdoors was in the high 30’s, which made driving very comfortable. With the windows wide open, to avoid using the air con, it was like sitting under the hair dryer. The van was struggling too, and it’s temperature guage would shoot up as soon as the speedo went anywhere near 100 kph. We could have stayed at any one of a number of road side rest areas for the night, but with the thought of a “luxurious” caravan park just a few hours away, we soldiered on, albeit at a more leisurely (and frustrating) pace of about 55 mph!

By this point we had given up on listening to music, counting the road kill, and even talking to each other. Not even an energy drink had the power to muster up any sign of life from either of us! We staggered through the gate of the caravan park at Norseman, which is probably the worst that we have ever stayed at, and gave into another early night. After all, we wanted to be up early in the morning, and away from this hole of a caravan park as soon as possible…

As already mentioned, our trek across the Nullarbor has confirmed that we are city slickers, and not country folk. However, we did have an amazing time – in the kind of place that we have never seen before (nor likely to again), but we are certainly not in any hurry to head back in the opposite direction.

We were both surprised at how green the whole area was – even though the Nullarbor Plain is illustrated as being green on the map, we really were not expecting that. We were also shocked by how many people were making the same journey as us, in either the same or opposite direction. The majority of people using the road are truck (or road train) drivers, followed by caravaners, although a larger than expected number of people appear to use this as any other commuter route.

Besides the people, we saw a variety of wildlife too – one echidna, two shingleback lizards, a flock of emus, about a dozen wedge tailed eagles, and a whole host of massive black crows. Despite the signs along the road, we saw no sheep, cows, camels, wombats or kangaroos, and we were pleasantly surprised at the lack of road kill. Having said that, there was a stretch of road just across the SA/WA border where we lost count of the number of dead kangaroos, and a similar stretch around Yalata, in SA, where we saw nothing but dead wombats.

Surprisingly, we probably saw as many empty beer bottles on the side of the road as coke cans or dead kangaroos. This is not the first time that we have realised the drinking problem in Australia, where it is not unusual for people to drive their car while working their way through a carton of beer!

We are now in Esperance, which is almost at the SW-most tip of Australia. The beaches here are amazing, and continually voted as the best in the country – Lucky Bay is the pick of the bunch, and is famous for it’s crystal clear water, white sand and the kangaroos that sunbathe there. We have driven nearly 1500 km to get here, and we are still 1000 km from Perth. The next stage of our journey will be much more leisurely than the last one, and we have every intention of kicking back on the beach, exploring the local areas, and maybe ‘chucking a line in the water’ somewhere between here and our next destination. With the prospect of getting jobs in Perth, we are certainly in no particular rush to get there…

We hope that everyone had a happy Easter and that you enjoyed the long weekend. We celebrated Easter with a hot cross bun, as we didn’t think the chocolate would survive the outback. We understand that it is the royal wedding this week, and that you have another long weekend. And the sun is still shining?! How lucky. Enjoy…

Happy birthday to my Mum for later in the week – I hope to catch up with you soon.

Lots of love from us both, xx

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