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In two weeks today we'll be on an aeroplane bound for Perth, home of the sandgropers.
I'm really excited. Not only will we be catching up with our dear friend Warrick and witnessing his marriage to the beautiful Fiona; we'll be taking my parents along with us. My Mum and Dad have both been in poor health in the past year - Dad recently - and so we will really treasure the opportunity to spend extended time with them while we're away.
None of us have ever been to Perth - one of the most geographically isolated cities in the world. Its location on the Western seaboard places it closer to East Timor, Singapore and Jakarta than to fellow Aussies in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. It is for this reason, I suppose that I know almost nothing about it either - except that Tim Winton's Cloudstreet was based there. (I've already reserved a copy from the mobile library for the trip. Note to self: must show you some photos of our 'library' later. )
I've been reading some guidebooks, but what I'm after is some insider knowledge. What are the must sees for an Victorian homeschooling family with the olds in tow on a five day trip to Perth followed by five days in Margaret River? Where should we eat? Where should we go? Is there anything happening about now that I should know about? Are the whales still around? Are there any good theatre productions?
Have you been to Perth? Better still, do you live there?