It’s mid-afternoon on a Sunday and a group of children are giggling and scrambling on a climbing frame in the play area. Two women are chatting on a bench. They’re old school friends. Jodie Connors lives here; Melanie Giles is visiting from Perth.
“As a family, we used to regularly come for holidays. I’d had enough of living in Perth, my husband was FIFO so I said let’s go and we moved here three years ago,” Jodie explains.
Jodie has three children aged 13, 12 and 4 who are settled in school and have been welcomed into the Jurien Bay community.
“I’ve kept in contact with Melanie who’s an old-school friend.”
“Yes I am here with ten other people, all relatives. We are staying in the local caravan park. Between us we have hired a caravan, chalet and tent. It’s my first time up here but I can see the appeal,” Melanie adds.
“My kids are dirty, messy and grubby and that makes them happy. They’ve been fishing and done some sandboarding.”
“We’ll be back to visit Jodie again and I have already started planning next year’s trip.”
Jodie butts in;
“Oh I am glad you are coming back. That’s the beauty of Jurien Bay, it’s not miles away so people can come and visit.”
“I’m glad we made the move. It’s a less stressful lifestyle, as soon as I drive into Jurien Bay, I feel relief, it’s just like I’m back home and can relax.”
Remember those holidays you used to take where pleasures were a lot simpler? They still exist and you only have to drive a couple of hours north to enjoy them. Take a break from the stresses of city life and visit Jurien Bay.