Freo Calling

Trip Start Nov 28, 2005
Trip End Aug 12, 2006

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

For reasons that were logical at the time (honest), we decided to start our Australia trip at the furthest away point from New Zealand, and so a twenty hour slog starting at 5am got us to Perth slightly worse for wear, but looking forward none the less to the next (and final) stage of our travelling.

We felt the heat immediately on landing in Perth - a balmy 25 degrees (ok, so we know that you all have this temperature and better back home at the moment, but its the depths of winter here, so we were well chuffed!).

Some stats - Perth is the most isolated city in the world.... and it shows. They definitely have what can only be described as an eclectic style all of their own. Great inventions such as 'the Sunday Sess' (all day beer in the sunshine every sunday) are in abundance.

Perth Zoo was fantastic - our highlight being the absolutely terrifying 5 metre long saltwater crocodile 'Simmo' who was lounging around in his pool on the day. They have an underwater view point, so you can actually see the way he moves under the water. The size of the monster really has to be seen to be believed. We felt a bit sorry for his next door neighbour, a freshwater croc a mere 2 meters in length - totally ignored by all zoo visitors, bless him. We also saw plenty of 'Roos and of course the lovely Koalas and Tasmanian Devils.

'Freo' - Fremantle - is the port town attached to Perth and we spent a few days there relaxing. Andy took on the Freo golf course no less than three times. We visited the Freo Prison - which has been around for a couple of hundred years, only closing in 1991. The tour guide was an ex-prison guard with lots of great stories about riots and hangings and other gorey details - it was great.

The World Cup is BIG news over here at the moment - the Aussies have gone totally Socceroo crazy. We were very sorry to see them knocked out (so unfairly!) by the Italians the other night...

We considered getting another campervan for the rest of our Western Oz trip, but in the end have decided to rent a car. We're heading south to the Margaret River wine regions (60 vineyards with a few miles of each other!) and to the southern forests for about 10 days.
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