What Happens After 3 Years in Perth, Australia

I don’t know where to begin.

 

We have been here for almost 3 years – time flies so quickly! – and yet, as usual, we haven’t done anything.

This year I’ve traveled to Spain, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, UK, UAE, Belgium, and Germany, yet domestically I’ve only been to one place: Sydney. I’ve had a rather long list of places I’d like to visit in Australia, and after 3 years the list is still the same.

It’s embarrassing that I even haven’t been outside Perth much except Margaret River and its surrounding. I haven’t been to Pinnacle, Exmouth, or Kimberley. I haven’t been on a boat trip to see whales. No, basically, I haven’t done anything for the past 3 years.

Shocking.

Why am I so reluctant to explore my own backyard?

Well, living in the most isolated city in the world doesn’t really help. Perth is bloody far from everywhere! It takes around 4 to 5 hours to fly to Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane (East), and with additional 3 hours time difference, it takes a whole day just to fly there. It takes 3 hours to Adelaide (South) and almost 3 hours to Alice Springs (North), and with one hour time difference, a half day is gone just for traveling.

But, apart from the distance and the time difference, I’m subconsciously afraid that I wouldn’t get as much surprise as I would get if I travel abroad. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t experience the awesome “wow” moments that will stop me in my track when I am walking down the streets of a city. I wouldn’t be surrounded by a foreign language that I don’t understand which forces me to communicate only through expressions and gestures. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t experience eye-opening exchanges with people about how we do things differently.

And I think the fact that Australia is rather a new world makes me feeling that it is less interesting than other continents which are so vastly rich in cultures and languages we don’t know where the myth stops and the history begins. And when I say new, I really mean it. For example, the oldest winery in Western Australia is Vasse Felix, where in 1967 Dr Tom Cullity planted the first vines to found Margaret River’s first vineyard and winery. 1967 is only 45 years a go! How can we compare to the wineries in Bordeaux region, where the vine was introduced by the Romans probably in the mid-1st century and wine production has been continuous in the region since then?

Am I wrong?

Of course I am! Although traveling from Perth to Sydney can be compared to traveling from Surabaya to Jakarta (which means, there is no “wow” moments apart from what a big city can offer: good shops, good vibes, good restaurants, well-dressed, beautiful people, some tourist spots, but that is all), each destination, domestically or internationally is always unique and offers an opportunity to experience something new.

No matter where we live, when we travel, even if it’s just a few hours from home, we will arrive at sights that are different from what we see every day. No matter where we travel, there is always something wonderfully new to be found.

Never lose your sense of wonder, that would be my mantra.

So right now I’m looking at Australia map and planning to visit some places in Australia that I’ve never been. Hopefully by end of next year I get to tick the boxes of the list I’ve been holding for 3 years.

Now, where should I start?

Comments

  1. Tasmania?? I would start in Tasmania :-| .

    • I watched Australian Masterchef show the other day and they shot it at Tassie. It looks very beautiful. And cold! So yeah, I’d definitely want to see the area. Maybe I’d see some devils too ;)

  2. So many of Australia is to be seen. Tasmania, Fraser Island, The Ayers Rock, even there are parts of New South Wales I have yet to explore. I would love to spend months travelling all over Australia.

    Btw, this probably proves a point again, that…well, we take home for granted? I mean, 3 years, Nit. Tsk. ;) *kidding. Look forward to more travel stories, and btw, love the new design. It suits you!
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    • Misslailai: yes, you’re absolutely right, plus, well, I don’t know, Australia never gives me the same excitement with older ‘continents’. I’m up for visiting those places you said, but many say that Uluru is ‘just a red stone’ and doesn’t give them goosebumps when they see it directly. They could be wrong as travel experience is very personal. But Tassie and Adelaide are in my must-see list!;)

  3. Canberra is a must!

  4. Great article. I spent a year in Australia years ago and was told by ‘locals’ that I’d travelled to and seen more of the country than they had! My favourite place? Cairns. I love that in one country, you have so many different weather and natural features.

    Bex
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    • Bex: I don’t doubt at all you’ve seen the country more than many Australians themselves. I haven’t been to Cairns, I lived in Sydney for 2 years (ok, I was a student and poor – but the first place I visited when I finally had money? New Zealand!), and had never traveled beyond Blue Mountains…

      This is why Australia probably is the only country that gives discount on road tax when we travel more, not less!

  5. Be careful saying Australia doesn’t have “old” culture. Studies suggest the Australian Aboriginals trace back to first migration out of Africa. Making them some of the oldest populations in the world!!
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    • Emily, have you seen Aboriginal arts? The patterns (the dots) and the colours (mostly earthy colours) are very similar to Indonesian’s in Nusa Tenggara region. Also, it’s rather difficult to find Aboriginal heritage (i.e architecture) in Australia. Everything looks and feels new. And nobody I know speaks Aborigines or have their words incorporated in everyday’s conversation. And I’ve never seen Aborigines menu ever in the restaurant. This is why I say why Australia lacks of surprise for me because even their Aboriginal arts are somewhat similar to Indonesian and their trace is not easy to find. Basically Australia is just like UK, with much better weather.
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  6. If you like outdoor activities, there are places that Australia can offer. I heard that the southern trail is pretty interesting. New Zealand is also interesting, Nit, from the pictures I’ve seen.
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  7. Perth is bloody far from everywhere hahaha… but, I love this city. Aaah, I miss Shark Bay, WA!!!!!

  8. Having spent the first 24 years of my life in Perth, I know the feeling of the isolation there. It’s so far from anything. When places like Bali are as close as some of the other cities in Australia, it makes you think where would you rather go!

    Even though it’s furthest to go, northern QLD is my recommendation. The winter weather is perfect, rainforests t are good and some of the beaches are just incredible.
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  9. Come on Girl! People here in Europe would kill to visit Tazsmania or Bali :) ha ha ha
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