Perth - Western Australia
Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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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 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.
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 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.