Beaches, shops, old buildings, ducks and rats!
24.10.2010 - 31.10.2010
We arrived into Perth after staying a night at a lovely little place where an estuary meets the ocean once again. The little town was called Guilderton. We would have stayed an extra night but the place was so windy it 'blew us away'. This is a problem along this coastline. The winds can change everything.
Our caravan park at Karrinyup Waters about 10 kms north of the city was beautiful. It had 2 lakes and many birds - in particular ducks and their babies of varying sizes and also the black swans with their cygnets. We had many visits from these cute things and I fed them well! The swans weren't as welcome because their poo was too big!
Another visitor to our park was relevant only to my Mum whose name is Nell! I had a laugh.
The city is of course the youngest and has grown substantially since I was here. Now having 2 malls and lots of cute arcades with shops to walk through.
They have an excellent transport system - best in Australia. Their trains run very regularly through the middle of the freeways/highways into and out of the city which makes them a tempting travelling option. The bell tower was another beautiful feature.
The park was outstanding with beautiful views of the city and surrounds including the Swan river. The river actually looks clean.
The memorial to all the WW1 and WW2 diggers was one of the best we've seen. The wildflowers were well represented for all the different regions of WA. I have lots of photos of them but don't want to bore you with too many more.
We also went to the 'Mint' where they make lots of coins and gold bullion. Would love to have souvenired the bullion they made for us - the audience. It looked very hot but cooled down very quickly. Unfortunately we couldn't take photos of it for security reasons.
Another day we drove to a very expensive suburb of Dalkeith where Bond used to live and maybe still does. Beautiful peppermint trees everywhere and we parked outside one of the beautiful mansions. Couldn't take too many photos in case of security.
Another beautiful feature of Perth is the beaches. There are many suburbs that enjoy being on or close to a beautiful beach. Not sure I would want to swim/surf in them due to the white pointers that are out there somewhere - very tempting all the same. There are esplanade walks all along the beaches which I reckon are better than the Bondi walk. A lot of people use them for exercise, walking the dog and simply enjoying the scenery. Of course whale watching is all along those beaches. Yes John, a lot of people having a 'whale of a time' and no blubber!
Another day we went to Freemantle and enjoyed the 'cappucino strip'. The buildings are also really old and well maintained. Fish and chips are on offer at the wharf. We also went to the markets - Geoff's favourite - NOT!
We also went to the museum to see how the Dutch discovered this country. There was a wreck of the 'Duyfken' in the museum. These things were bigger than I thought. What we saw were only pieces and it was only half way up to the ship's deck.
The French and the Dutch have been all around this part of Australia. The Dutch saw no value in the trade of spices and the French only charted the coastline on this side. Hence all the French and Dutch names given to national parks and such.
Rottnest Island was also a very pleasant surprise. Geoff went with snorkelling equipment and was not disappointed. The waters were so clear. We paid for a round trip on the bus and you can get on and off anytime along the way. Some people cycled around but it was a bit warm for that and there are a lot of hills (we saw a lot of people taking their bikes for a walk) and flies were also plentiful.
Geoff hopped off the bus to go snorkelling and I had coffee and walks at the main jetty area with another lovely lady from our caravan park called Marian. The water was too cold for me. There are a lot of museums, eateries and shops.
Also saw some quokkas there. When the Dutch came here they thought the quokkas were rats and hence the name 'Rottnest' (ratnest). Pretty big rats! They weren't as plentiful as we thought they would be but could be the time of day as they sleep during the day.
The apartments around the island also looked like they were in picturesque locations. Great place and about 40 mins by ferry from Hillary's marina.