Just thought I would write about our experiences in Perth. We took 14 days holiday there and I must admit I was nervous about going as it was the other city we were considering other than Adelaide, and we have family there, so I was worried it might unsettle us and/or make us want to make another move.
When we landed we were met by my husbands aunt whom we know well and my sons have met just a few times. Well, my eldest son had this huge smile on his face and threw his arms round her and I nearly cried - I thought he was pleased to see a 'granny' figure whom he could recognise and was missing that relationship so that upset me right away.
We stayed in the Northern suburb of Sorrento which is lovely and the beaches are beautiful. We didnt explore it like we explored Adelaide upon first arriving purely as it was a holiday but what we saw was all newer - cars, shops, roads, houses etc but they do have the same graffitti problems as here. We visited Fremantle and the Maritime Museum there, AQWA (the aquarium) at Hillarys Boat Harbour, various beaches, Kings Park with its beautiful views over the Swan River, Perth City but there is also much we did not see - basically anything South of the River in fact! Places which I would love to see in the future.
In conclusion - Perth is beautiful but I did miss Adelaide. Where we have landed in Adelaide, Port Noarlunga, is just beautiful with the views of the hills and glimpses of the ocean from our house are stunning. I did feel that if I had been staying in Perth it would cost a fortune to visit places we have yet to see like Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns compared with travelling from Adelaide. Also, where we were in Perth blocks of land and houses are just so much more expensive as is eating out and drinking - and my son couldnt wait to get back to Adelaide to get back to school!
So never say never , a future move could well happen but for the forseeable future we are very much Adelaideians (is that a word?)