Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Go West!

The kids' school broke up for the year last week, and the very next day we found ourselves boarding a Virgin Australia flight to Perth.

It was our first visit to Western Australia, and at five hours, one minute, was the longest flight the kids' had ever experienced.

It was a big ask, especially given they would then be required to sit in a car for a further five hours or so to get to Albany, in WA's Great Southern region, where my brother and his family live.

Luckily, my brother had A Cunning Plan.

He was there to meet us at the airport with his youngest son. His other two children were busy with end of school things with their Mum, and besides, we wouldn't have all fitted inside the car anyway.

From there, father and son took us on a quick tour of Perth enroute to famous Cottesloe Beach, where the Indian Ocean meets the Norfolk Pine-lined beach.

The idea was to break the journey with an overnight stay, whilst allowing us time to experience some more of this truly vast and for us, pretty much unknown state of Australia. Genius!

It was with relief that we checked into our beach-side accommodation, the Cottesloe Beach Chalets.

The chalets have a rather rustic appeal, which the kids' loved, but by far their best selling point was their location - literally a skip to the beach via kiddie-legs.

But considering it had already hit 40 degrees celcius by the time we arrived, we decided to cool off and chill out for a while first before heading back out into the sun.

Big brother and I had a cup of tea and caught up on news while the kids happily explored.

Our chalet had living area downstairs and loft-style sleeping quarters' upstairs.

The spacious downstairs living area.

A dip in the swimming pool cooled us down ...

Then it was time to hit Cottesloe Beach ...

The Indian Ocean is much colder than this Queenslander is used to, but the kids didn't seem to mind!

The famous Indiana Tea Rooms, where the late Heath Ledger's wake was held

Frozen yoghurt on the way back to the Cottlesloe Beach Chalets at Red Spoon on Marine Parade. Delicious!

Frozen yoghurt smoothie for the surfer-in-the-making. So good, he wanted another one next. (Of course, the answer was no, but I can't say I blamed him! They were yummy and healthy).

To be continued ...


Mum on the Run said...

You came West!!
I love it down at Cottesloe.
I had wanted my wedding reception at Indiana Tearooms for years before I even met my husband, but they didn't cater for weddings when I got married.
They do now though.
Time for a vow renewal!

Hope the rest of your stay was wonderful.
will await part 2.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh we went to the Indiana for lunch! :) And wow 40 degrees? Could we have some of that warmth here please? :)

Denyse Whelan. said...

Hey there Bronnie! Wow. It must be the only place in OZ right now that's warm. We have cold weather in NSW & Qld I believe too. Your kids are certainly travellers now! That is a great place in terms of comfort & convenience. It is a contrast to Fiji...but this time you are with family so that IS special. Enjoy this time for yourself too. Hope you get to catch up with some WA bloggers.
Love Denyse X

Kelly Exeter said...

True story ... my hubby's basketball team had an end of season trip in those chalets one year ... grrooooosssss. But how good is the location!

BossyMummy said...

G'day from WA
Hope the horrible storm didn't ruin your travels too much!
Enjoy Albany - it is a wonderful place
Have a great week! :o)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What a clever brother you have, with such a cunning, well thought out plan! Hope you are enjoying your stay :)

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Glad your all enjoying it over there I did go to Perth as a young girl was about 8 yrs old & the only thing I can remember is the Motel having a cork screw slippery dip into the pool.

It's lovely to catch up with family, can't wait to hear more.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

more holidays?

I am so jealous I could spit.

But not ON you, cause that would be RUDE.


Peggy said...

Cottesloe is my local, we are found there every weekend come summer. Just looking at your beautiful photo of the beach makes me miss it! Indiana Teahouse is the first cafe I took my hubby to when he first came to Perth.

Hope you have a fabulous time in sleepy ol' Perth!

Tammy End said...

MM, I wish it was summer now, I need some sun and a nice beach...