Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Western Australia is well known for its attractive jarrah trees. Native to the South West region of the State, these beautiful tall trees (they can grow up to 40 metres tall) have been prized over the years for their wood. A distinctive reddish hue, jarrah wood is hard and durable.  It has been used extensively for cabinet …

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks here with school holidays and outings including to Perth Zoo (always a perennial favourite which I’ve blogged about before here and here) and yesterday we headed off with our elder daughter and 2 young granddaughters to another of our favourite places, the Swan Valley (previous visits here and here). …

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Time has marched on and we’re now very busy getting ready for our upcoming trip to Canada and Alaska – we leave in less than 2 weeks. The rest of my UK travel write ups from March will have to wait for another day – it has seemed a bit strange writing about the spring …

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I’ve written about the excellent Hotham Valley Tourist Railway before (see here).     Taking advantage of a gorgeous crisp winter’s WA day (after the heavy storms of the previous few weeks) we planned a similar outing down to Dwellingup last weekend. This time, however, the Steam Ranger train wasn’t operating – maintenance issues and …

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A quick detour from my Hong Kong posts this week as wanted to share some photos from our recent trip out to Araluen Botanic Park. I have blogged about this beautiful spot before (see here and here for previous posts) but never managed to visit during the autumn months. The day was perfect – gorgeous …

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Another discovery recently down in the south east corner of the Perth Metro Area was the Pioneer Village in Armadale. This suburb is not one that most people associate with tourist attractions but it is worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area. A replica of a gold mining village, Pioneer Village …

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An unexpected turn of events led us to The Old Mill in South Perth recently. Despite many years living here, we had never managed to actually visit this lovely icon of Perth’s colonial past. However a large bushfire, which had closed off our intended destination, Kings Park, led to a change of plan. Situated on …

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After a week of strangely wet and humid weather courtesy of the after effects of Cyclone Joyce up in the far north, the sun has finally come out and the Perth summer has returned. Below are a few photos of today’s morning walk on the north of Hillarys Boat Harbour. The last photo is courtesy …

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We had an early new year’s family celebration yesterday out in the Swan Valley at Carilley Estate – a lovely boutique winery and restaurant.   It’s been wonderful having Mlle, our younger daughter, back from London for the past couple of weeks – just a few more days till she swaps our glorious summer weather …

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I seem to be chasing my tail at the moment trying to get everything done before Christmas. Our younger daughter, Mlle, arrives from London this week for a 3 week visit and then my dad is coming out in the New Year. Hence some of my intended blog posts have gone a bit out of …

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