Life is a journey, especially when you’re an emigrant. We understand that it’s not so much about the final destination but the memories you create and the relationships you build along the way.
In many ways, travelling is the same. It’s easy to book a package deal to somewhere and simply follow the beaten path towards the usual touristy spots, but many people are beginning to feel that getting away from it all isn’t merely about sunning yourself on a beach. Instead, there are so many wonderful adventures to be had off the beaten path right across Australia.
There are fewer places more suited to a road trip than Australia. It’s a vast, expansive and diverse continent which features everything from urban sprawl to jungle-like conditions in the outback. And when you move to Australia, it’s the perfect opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime – and here are just five reasons why you should consider planning a road trip once you’ve settled into your new life in Australia.
You can’t talk about South African shops in Perth without mentioning Cape To Cairo.
As the first South African expat store in Australia, it’s been groundbreaking for South Africans in Perth and across Australia, and paved the way for others to follow suit.
I chatted to owner Jens Henschel about Cape To Cairo and their role they’ve played in the lives of many South Africans in WA and across Australia.
One of the most exciting things to experience when you’ve moved to Perth is showing off our amazing new home to those who make the effort to visit us.
Usually our time with family and friends who visit is limited (and so are our budgets!), so here are some ideas for how to show Perth off to visitors next time you have someone come to stay.
If you’re anything like me you would have researched moving to Australia until you knew almost everything before you even set foot on Aussie soil.
I loved googling everything about Perth, where things were, what to do, where to visit, what it would cost and how to get around.
We had a list as long as our arms of all the things we wanted to do and places we wanted to visit, and although we still haven’t managed to tick everything off, we’ve not done too badly overall.
One of my favourite memories from my childhood in Durban was heading to the drive-in. We’d pack the snacks, or buy some treats from the shop at the drive-in, and settle in for a movie (or 2 if I was allowed to stay awake!).
Did you know that we have a drive-in right here in Perth? I was so excited to find out there was one here, the Galaxy Drive-In in Perth, and it was one of the first things we did when we arrived. My husband is English and going to the drive-in was not something he had ever done. Hardly surprising given their atrocious weather for most of the year!
**Please note that South African head chef Sherry is no longer at Chapters Bistro, however, it is one of our favourite restaurants in Perth now and we’ve eaten there several times for breakfast, lunch, tapas, and dinner since this blog was written.**
Earlier this year I noticed that one of our favourite restaurants in Perth, Basq, has closed down. But in September, a new restaurant in the same location was born – Chapters Bistro in Currambine.
I started following them on social media and one day I was browsing their menu on their website when something caught my eye – koeksusters on the dessert menu! My eyes nearly popped out of my head; I’d never seen them on a restaurant menu in Perth ever.
Not only did they have koeksusters on the menu, but they also had peri-peri chicken and biltong too. There had to be a South African behind this, right?
Quickly, I messaged the restaurant and asked if they were South African. The owners were quick to reply that they were from the UK but their head chef, Sherry Phillip, was from South Africa. After an email chat, I was invited to try out their new summer menu and spread to word to other South Africans in Perth.
If you’re a follower of the restaurant scene here in Perth you may have heard that The Meat & Wine Co recently opened in Perth.
This African-style steakhouse is South African owned and inspired, so I was invited along to check it out and spread the word with you all.