Hello all! The Monaghans are back from their jollidays in beautiful Perth and thought we'd bore you with some thoughts about our trip! Some of you may know that we were originally intending to go to Perth when we first applied for our visa but changed our minds halfway through. We now have family living there and so took the opportunity to go and see what we were missing. Well, I have to say that it's a stunningly beautiful place. The views from Kings Park along the Swan River are breathtaking, the city itself is clean and shiny and the people very friendly. We visited AQWA, the WA aquarium and it was fantastic! There is a moving walkway which goes through an underwater tunnel and you have sharks, turtles and giant rays swimming above and around you. The kids were absolutely slack jawed with the wonder of it and frankly, so were we! We also went to Yanchep National Park and watched the wild kangaroos, some of which were carrying joeys, and koalas sleeping peacefully in the trees. On Tuesday we all went into Perth city and whilst the dads entertained the kids with a milkshake and muffin, my sister in law and I went shopping. We'd been gone about 20 minutes when I got a text from Richie telling me that Bill Bailey (the comedian) was sitting next to them! Richie asked Bill if he would have his photo taken with our kids as I was a big fan and Bill very obligingly said yes, of course. Unfortunatly for Bill and for us, our little darlings were having none of it and refused to have their photo taken with him!! Poor Richie has never felt so humiliated!!
The downside of Perth for me was the very thing that attracts some people to it. That is, the fact that it is all so new. There are new estates springing up all over the place but no greenery at all. There is a view of an area called Clarkson which is about 30 minutes north of Perth and you cannot see a single patch of green. No trees, no reserves, and the gardens are tiny. It's also shockingly expensive, according to himself a pint of Toohey's Extra Dry in Lonsdale is $4.50. In Perth it was $8.50!!!!
All in all, we loved Perth and had a fabulous time. Of course what really made it special was being with family again and it was wonderful to see our children playing so happily with their cousins again. I have to be completely honest and say I wouldn't rule out ever moving there, certainly not right now though. How on earth could I go to Perth and leave the wonderful friends that we've made here????
To sum up, if anyone's thinking of going for a holiday I'd say go for it, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a great time!