Next up in the Antipodes is Western Australia. Since WA is ENORMOUS, almost as big as all of the US west coast states together, and much of it empty outback, we had to really narrow down our region of exploration.
We chose the South West, spending our time in Perth and Fremantle where I went to school, and making our way through to Margaret River, Denmark, Albany and back to Perth.
We rented a car and stayed at a combination of Airbnb and holiday villas as well as with an old college friend of mine. Australia was a drastic change to New Zealand in terms of weather and landscape, but no less fascinating, with huge swaths of flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in the world.
The skies were wide and deep blue, the weather Spring and dry but bugs everywhere! Poisonous spiders, stubborn flies, biting march flies, mosquitoes, gnats abound. We were inch thick in insect repellant most of the time.
Highlights of the trip include the scary Tree Top Canopy Walk, relaxing in quiet Denmark and the water spots nearby and introducing Henry to my favorite Perth haunts-a hilltop urban botanical garden, a city carnival, an incredible downtown natural science museum, and of course, my old university.
Overall, Australia had a relaxed, unpretentious and fun-loving vibe that was immediately apparent in all the communities we were in! Unique and immensely livable! Must come back for more.
© Amy Tan