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Western Australia: A sunny 22 degree (celsius) day in the middle of winter is not unusual in this part of the world and enjoying a run or walk on the beach in the Southern Hemisphere winter sun is something I will never tire of.
It’s no secret that Western Australia has amazing weather. The winters are mild, the summers are hot…and they say there is some kind of interim seasons in between (spring and autumn I think they are called…)
In truth, outside of the heat of the summer months there is what I like to call a ‘perpetual autumn’….mostly sun, with a little rain, wind and thunder thrown in every now and then.
Winter in Western Australia often doesn’t look like winter. It looks more like this:
It has been nearly eight years since I last had a place of my own and the lovely 2-bedroom apartment I rented for $125/week back then would be worth more than three times that now. That is not in most traveller’s budget, especially this one!
While it is something I have considered whilst travelling overseas, House sitting in Australia was not on my agenda. I am feeling incredibly blessed with this house by the sea that, for all intents and purpose is ‘mine’….at least for the next three months.
Seeing as I am on a not-so-strict wine-detox after all the food and wine I consumed in Italy, I felt it was only fitting to invite a friend over and open a bottle of good Australian red wine to celebrate. (The detox plan is working out famously, as you can probably tell….)
I woke up humming that Iron and Wine song ‘House By The Sea’ and I thought what better way to start the first morning in my new pad than with a run along one of the best running beaches ever!
Of all my travels, the Western Australian coastline is still the most gorgeous I have ever seen and one of the first things I do when I get home from a long trip…is head to the coast. Margaret River is a fine example of Western Australian coastline town. It attracts many professional surfers worldwide. Plan your next surfing trip to Margaret River with Expedia.
The downside is the unbearably hot summers….oh, and the sharks. Unfortunately, there has been an unusual increase in shark attacks and fatalities in the last 12 months. Divers, surfers, paddlers and swimmers have all come face to face with up to 5 meter long Great Whites (or some will tell you, it is the same Great White) and sadly many have not lived to tell the tale.
But walking on the beach has never been safer 😉
Long-term house sits seem like the ideal arrangement for any traveller wanting to spend more than a couple of weeks in a place. House sitting in Australia has become more and more popular with travellers. I was lucky enough to know people who needed a house sitter while they are overseas, but the most common course is to register with an agency.
House sitting has been in the back of my mind for a while now – ever since I heard Pete and Dalene Heck from Hecktic Travels raving about their amazing house sitting gigs in places like Turkey, London and Brussels. These guys are the experts in everything to do with house sitting and have put together a fantastic House Sitting 101 post for all you need to get started.
As for me, I am no expert in house sitting but I do know this: if I could start every day with an hour or so on the beach, I would be one very happy woman.
Three months. Yes, I could get very used to this….