Despite living in Bali for two years and visiting it dozens of times on holiday, I had never been any further north than Ubud (which is not very far). So, after consulting Google Maps, we set off with our driver from the south coast and headed north into unknown territory.
Like most West Australians, I’m used to covering a fair bit of distance. But after years of mostly solo travel, I suddenly had three other people to think about. I quickly found out that taking a road trip with two kids in tow, and getting them to our destination without anyone having a meltdown, requires quite a bit of extra planning.
The State Buildings in Perth have undergone an amazing transformation as part of a $110 million restoration. But for many of us, negotiating what at first seems like a complex maze of new places to eat, drink, shop and play can be a bit overwhelming.
So, I decided to check into the spectacular COMO the Treasury hotel and spend 24 hours unraveling the mysteries of the iconic buildings.
It's Perth's summer playground; with pristine beaches, stunningly clear water and that sunny island vibe. But as the weather gets colder, Rotto tends to drop off most people's getaway list as they head off in search of warmer destinations instead.
But this year as the seasons changed, I decided to stick it out to find out whether Perth’s favourite summer isle stacked up as a winter destination.