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A few months ago I swapped Australia for London – something you’d know if you’d been following my last couple of posts (you read these intros, right? We’re friends? You’d trust me to care for your low-maintenance cactus?). Luckily for me though, the guys at Forrest Chase HQ allowed me to stay on as their unofficial foreign correspondent, relaying my gripping tales of the people I see in airports and drastic wardrobe culls.

But despite my connections to life down-under through this blog and regular skype calls with my parents (or, more accurately, the top of my dad’s head) there are certain nuances of Australian culture that have me hankering for the homeland. Even in the UK, with such a massive population of Aussie expats, a chiko roll shaped hole in my heart still remains and it’s one that no amount of tomato sauce can mend.

In no particular order, here are 20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.


1. Sand That Squeaks Under Your Feet

Even when that squeak turns into third degree burns.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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2. Fresh Food + Big Supermarkets

Wide aisles! Fresh milk! Massive vegetables! Friendly chats with the cashiers!

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Woolworths


3. Living Alongside The Sassiest Birds On The Planet

Kookaburras. Cockatoos. Magpies. Dame Edna.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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4. Driving 1 Hour And Being In The Country

Pristine, wide opens spaces where no-one can hear you belt out Shannon Noll songs.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Istock. Boranup Karri Forest, Margaret River. 


5. Being Able To See Stars

Strangely, helicopters just don’t have the same effect.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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6. Telling Your Friends You HAVE To Go To Fringe World This Year, And Then Forgetting

Take this as your official reminder to book those tickets!

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Fringe World  


7. Spending Your Friday Nights At The City Hawkers Market

Take a trip to Morocco, Vietnam and The Netherlands all in one night.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Twilight Hawkers Market Facebook


8. Visiting Leederville And Wondering Why Greens & Co Don’t Just Change Their Name

You-know-what-I’m-talkin-bout, wink wink.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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9. Matso’s Ginger Beer / Little Creatures / Strongbow Crisp Apple Cider

The most satisfying of BWS bevvies.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Little Creatures. 


10. Having Mutual Friends With Everyone You Meet

If your boss isn’t your ex-boyfriends uncle, is it really Perth?

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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11. Not Needing To Pack An Umbrella

I do save on sunscreen though.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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12. The Sunday Sesh

And the melodious chorus of clinking rosè glasses.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Petition Kitchen, Perth

13. MECCA Cosmetica

♫ Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? ♫

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Mecca Cosmetica at MYER

14. Pretty Money

In the beauty pageant of currency, we emerge more victorious than 2004 Jennifer Hawkins.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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15. Gym Memberships That Don’t Cost You A Months Rent

And just forget about the pilates classes.20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

Credit: Goodlife Health Clubs

16. People Pronouncing Yoghurt Right

Yo-GERT, not yog-HURT. Don’t question me on this, world.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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 17. Town Names

Watch how baffled your foreign friend’s faces get when you insist Gingin, Perenjori, Gidgegannup, Mukinbudin, Dog Swamp, Innaloo, Pannawonica and Yelbeni are habitable places.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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 18. Kelpies

Cue Red Dog heartbreak.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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19. Areas That Look Like This

And venomously hating on the family taking FOREVER at the BBQ.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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20. ‘No Worries’

as both 1) an acceptable alternative to ‘Yes’, ‘Sure’ or ‘Okay’ and, 2) a way of life.

20 things you miss about Perth when you move away.

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