Holidaying in your own backyard can be just as rewarding as taking an overseas sojourn.
We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful, diverse and vibrant country. From our red outback in the north of WA, and our lush, green bushland in the south, to the tropical north east of Australia and the metropolitan capital cities – there isn’t one corner of our country that doesn’t have something interesting to offer. With little time and an even smaller budget for travel this year, I have focussed the time that I do have on exploring more of what my own state has to offer in place of jetting off overseas, or even interstate. On my mission to holiday without venturing too far from home, I have visited the Araluen Botanic Park (for the first time ever!), spent a weekend at The Alex Hotel with my girlfriends, and this month, as a part of Adrenalin.com.au‘s ‘Share an Experience‘ campaign, I will even be discovering Perth from a very different angle… hint hint: helicopters are involved (see more at the end of this post)!
On one of my ‘longer’ trips back in August, I took a Volvo XC60 from Barbagallo Volvo back down to my home town of Bunbury for an extended weekend stay. I checked into the Hotel Le Mum’s House (thanks mum), and set my mind to the task of planning my exploration of all of the places that I remember frequenting during my childhood. As well as visiting some of the more popular tourist spots – Busselton, Eagle Bay, Dunsborough etc – I made sure I penned in some time to get back to the lesser publicised spots, the spots from my childhood that resonated with me for one reason or another. I went back to Dardanup to see the old town hall I spent a good part of my childhood learning how to correctly execute a plie and jete in; I ventured through the Ferguson Valley where we used to go 4-wheel driving, and stopped in at Gnomesville along the way; I even took the red gravel road along Forrest Beach all the way down to Busselton, taking the chance to hop out and take in the mirror-like ocean wherever I could (thank the lordy I was in the cushy Volvo on the gravel and not my little beep beep!).
Rediscovering these places that I had once loved so much as a child was like breathing in the biggest, deepest breath of fresh air. There is something so special about finding beautiful spots in and around your own city/town. It is humbling and really makes you believe the idea that ‘there is no place like home’. If there are any spots I have photographed that take your interest, leave a comment below and I can let you in on where they are.
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