Perth - Western Australia

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2009

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Friday, June 12, 2009

12th June – Perth

My nephew, William picked us up from Perth Airport - as he walked towards us, it was just like seeing my brother Stuart 30 years ago, when he was good looking !
We stayed with William & Cathy & their 3 charming children in their home in Nedlands, close to the Swan River. Cathy took time out of her already busy schedule, to chauffeur us around to see the local area. We walked the dog along the "doggy beach" (dogs have their own beaches here) & “did coffee” at the Indiana, a grand cafe/restaurant overlooking Indian Ocean at Cottesloe.

We were treated to a family picnic at Bells Rapids, a picturesque spot on the river up in the hills above Perth. Saturdays revolved around the children's sports; we loved watching Jonathan play under 8’s rugby & watched a rowing regatta on the Swan River, cheering as Naomi & Rachael did well, rowing for their schools. The girls had to get up at 5:00 in the morning to practice (rather them than me). William has taken up rowing again & his “senior” 8 easily beat the young University upstarts in his regatta.

We took a cruise from Perth to Freemantle down the beautiful Swan River (famous for black swans & lager) passing many yacht & rowing clubs, parks & the multi-million dollar houses of Peppermint Grove.  
We loved Freemantle, which is a bohemian town full of coffee bars, museums, bookshops & sex shops (well I counted four) with an interesting waterfront where we had the local delicacy, fish & chips.
Freemantle was a forgotten suburb until Alan Bond’s “Australia II” brought the America Cup to Perth ( the actual yacht is strung up in the Maritime Museum). Freo was then transformed into a vibrant yachting & tourist centre.

Perth itself is very tranquil with tree-lined avenues & many parks, the best being Kings Park the world’s largest inner city park (I’m surprised it isn’t a World Heritage site).
We liked the free busses around town & hopped on them to see the museums & sights, one of which was the Bell Tower which houses the bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London – I wonder if anyone has noticed they are missing yet ?
We wanted to go to Rottnest Island, a lovely sandy island off the coast & also motor up to The Pinnacles but the weather changed. Perth is famous for its fantastic weather which unfortunately for us only lasted for the first week we were there, it then got windy & colder – it is their winter though.

We motored down to Albany on the southern tip of WA instead.
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P Smith
Looks lovely another one for the list! Obviously I would love Peppermint Grove and Colin would love Freemantle, probably not the for museums and coffee bars!!!!

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