In the smash hit Australian movie The Castle we meet Darryl Kerrigan and his family fighting to protect their piece of suburban paradise from developers.
But even the Kerrigans, living as they do next to a noisy airport, need a quiet getaway, which in their case is their holiday hideaway at Bonnie Doon.
Who can forget the classic line from Darryl standing on the porch of his Bonnie Doon holiday home, his arm around his beloved wife: How’s the serenity?
While we can all have a great laugh and perhaps a bit of a cry at the sheer absurdity of The Castle, perhaps one of the reasons the movie was so successful was simply the fact that it speaks to the soul of many Australians.
Deep down inside, we all yearn to have a place like Darryl’s Bonnie Doon, where you can, quite literally, FEEL the serenity.
We think we’ve found it here in WA. It’s called Jurien Bay. Just two hours north of Perth it takes you back to a time when holiday towns didn’t need to try too hard to be serene. At Jurien Bay serenity oozes from the ground up – whether it’s on the beach, out at sea or buried in the hinterland into which the town is nestled.
We have pretty good sense that if Darryl lived in Perth he’d be heading out for a bit of Jurien Bay. How’s the serenity?