One of my travel resolutions this year would be to explore my own backyard. As a travel blogger, it’s so hard to resist the call of faraway exotic lands. I will be first to admit that I turn a deep shade of red when I meet people overseas who have travelled Australia far more extensively than I have. Sure, I have lived in Cairns, Canberra, and Sydney being my latest residence. But there’s so SO much more out there to explore.
I’m in abit of a whimsical mode this weekend, so I asked myself, “If I could spend a weekend ANYWHERE in Australia, where would it be and how will I spend it?”
Seeing that I live in Sydney, I thought I’d reach as far as I could and go to PERTH.
As you can see, Perth is all the way on the opposite side of the country. You can rail it, but it takes days. Flying there will take approximately 4 and a half hours.
What will my Perth Weekend look like?
I’m just fresh from watching a replay of the Oscars. So forgive me, I’m in a rather dramatic mode. Taking a cue from the very beautiful Lupita Nyong’o, who won Best Actor for a Supporting Female role, she said in her acceptance speech that “wherever you are in the world, your dreams are valid.”
Well I’m a very visual person and to make my dreams even more valid, I, who have never been to Perth or set foot in Western Australia ever, have taken this visualisation to the next level by “being” in Perth, at least in the photos.
This weekend will include luxury and adventure, in true Holy Smithereens style!
Since I will be in Perth just for the weekend, I’d love to stay in one of the luxurious and established hotel brands in the city, the Pan Pacific Perth Hotel. The hotel is located right in the center of the city overlooking the Swan River.
They say that the best way to view a city for the first time is from the top. So while the sun is still out, I will hit two bucket lists in one stone with this activity:
Skydive over Perth CBD!
I’ve always wanted to see Perth and go skydiving, so why not do this in the same afternoon?
When I land, I’m sure I’ll be famished abit so I’ll tidy up my hair just in time for:
Afternoon tea at the Pan Pacific Perth.
I’m sure those lovely cucumber sandwiches and scones will fill me up quite nicely. So after this, I will head out to explore Perth by foot. Perth CBD is known for its lovely cafes and restaurants, so I will take my time strolling and then later have a lazy dinner.
The thrill and excitement of Day 1 will definitely send me to a good snooze as I enjoy my King sized bed at one of Pan Pacific Perth’s executive suites.
Good morning!! After waking up not too early, I will have a hearty breakfast and take a ferry to:
It takes about 30 minutes to get to Rottnest Island by Ferry from the city, and if the weather permits it, I will laze in the waters as above and snorkel. If not, I will explore the island by foot or bicycle.
But there really is one major reason why I want to go to Rottnest Island.
These cute little creatures are found in Rottnest Island, and I’ve always wanted to
keep see one! It’s been a dream of mine to see what could possibly be the cutest little animals (next to wombats). And because this is a dream and the Quokka above seems to be dreaming too, I will name my future quokka friend Lupita. To remind me that my dream of cuddling next to a smiling quokka is valid, my friends. VALID.
After spending most of the day in Rottnest Island, I shall head back to Perth, and if there’s enough time and I still have the energy, I may drop by
Adventure World Perth
I’m a big fan of roller coasters, and because Sydney doesn’t have any “real” theme parks (not Luna Park), it would be cool to be a kid again and go on all the scary rides.
Dinner and Spa
In the evening, I will have a leisurely dinner back at the hotel and because I will surely and truly be spent after the day’s activities, I will be sure to be on time for my appointment at the Pan Pacific Perth’s Rose Moon Day Spa.
After this luxurious treatment , I will head straight to bed, be sure to have the “Do Not Disturb” message. It will be a long and deep sleep.
LAST MORNING IN PERTH
Departure day! For my last morning in Perth, I will try to use the hotel pool
The splash of cold water will certainly wake me up from this weekend of wonderful adventures.
Did I just dream it? Did it really happen? Is Lupita still in my pocket?
Dreams may be valid, but until I really get to Perth, I will let you know for sure how my actual weekend goes 🙂