And The Winner Is...

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, November 19, 2011

There was just too much to do and too little time to do it in. It was a whirlwind final few days in Perth, naturally on Thursday I had to go back to Hillarys to collect my phone. It was an uneventful day, I mooched around for the day by the beach, wondering what the poor people were doing; that is, until it started raining. Yes, it even rains here (sometimes). The only other thing of note was that after having had my interest piqued by the fish and chips of just two days before, I decided to take up the challenge of finding the best fish and chips in Oz – I know, I know, it's a tough task, but somebody’s got to do it. Amberjacks (that was the name of the chippie in Cottesloe) had set a very high standard, now it was time to see if it could be matched. My first port of call in this culinary quest was a chippie right on the harbour of Hillarys. I thought to myself, "Surely, the fish can’t get any fresher than this?" Knowing what I now know, I couldn’t in all conscience go for the Orange Roughy again (it’s an endangered fish), besides it wasn’t on the menu. So I went for the old favourite, barra(mundi) & chips. The barra was ok, but the chips were, quite frankly, awful; basically frozen French fries. I was most disappointed. Fortunately, Helen and Paul compensated for this by BBQ-ing some orange roughy (*blush*) and, get this..., honey chilli prawns! Scrumptious!

The next day I went back to Freo, but this time by boat. There’s a cruise that leaves the centre which gives you a slightly different view of Perth. For example, it’s only from the boat that you truly appreciate how big Kings Park is. I knew it was big, but, my word! Left to my own devices for a few hours in Freo, amongst other things, I finally got the chance to see if Cicerello’s (fish & chip shop) really was the best in Western Australia, as they claim. It clearly was a tourist attraction as it was absolutely packed and had staff running all over the place, it was overwhelming, almost like a McDonald’s in a busy city centre, like say in Pelaio, BCN, or Oxford St. Unfortunately, its popularity was not an accurate indicator of its quality. Once again, I had barra & chips, and once again it was dreadful. So much for their reputation. In fact I was so dispirited by the experience that no sooner had my quest begun, than I declared that it was over – I couldn’t face the disappointment all over again, instead, I shall search for the best kebabs in Oz J! Therefore, by default, but also merited, I feel, I declare the best fish & chips in W.A. are to be had at Amberjacks in Cottesloe (opposite the Indiana tea rooms).

I also got the chance to have a look around Fremantle markets, which was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The highlight of the market for me was a stall with row upon row of miniature model guitars associated with famous axemen. The attention to detail was excellent and the stallholder, a Kiwi, was more than happy to explain about the different guitars. Unfortunately, although I love music, I know nothing about guitars, so what he was saying went over my head, but I appreciated the effort.
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Fremantle...COOL!!!! I staid few month in North Fremantle.
Cotesloe...great beach with a golf court. be carefull with the golf balls.
Subiaco? good bars in Subiaco. Claremont...good young party

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