The Other Scarborough

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, March 30, 2012

Our final destination in Australia is the state of Western Australia and we flew into Perth where we intended on staying for a couple of days before heading out into the surrounding area and then down to the Margaret River.

 We had booked a hostel in Northbridge which wasn't great but we were lucky to have anywhere to stay as the city gets booked up every weekend by the mining industry. (We just found this out the hard way)

After our first night we thought we'd better make some arrangements for the rest of our stay and were told by the tourist office that the cheapest available hotel in the city was $400 a night and the nearest alternative option was over an hour South of Perth. 

Slightly concerned and unwilling to spend $400 per night, we did our own investigation online and managed to find somewhere to stay at the same rate as a hostel. Strangely it was located on Manning street right next to Scarborough beach, it was as if it was destined for us and so we booked it straight away. We then hired a car and decided to head out that way which was a great decision in the end as the weather for the first few days was awesome and we could spend plenty of time on the beach. 

Before heading for the coast we spent some time exploring Perth City and Fremantle. 

 Perth is pretty stunning in the sunshine, much smaller than Melbourne or Sydney but a really cool city full of people hopping from one coffee shop to another. It was a hot day so once we'd had enough of touring the city we made our way to the botanical gardens in Kings Park which overlook the city and we relaxed reading our books up there in the shade. 

 The views you can get from Kings Park are spectacular as you can see right over the swan river which looks picture perfect in the sunshine. the one criticism for Perth is that there isn't too much to do and we were pleased to get our car so that we could explore the city surrounds. There was actually a comedian who said that "If you're ever bored in Perth... and you will be! ......" 
 I thought that was harsh, but I can kinda see what he means. Perth is a great city but probably better to live in than to visit for more than a couple of days. And the surrounds would back that up, the houses along the coastline north of the city are unbelievable! We can't help thinking there must be a fair amount of work for construction workers.

Fremantle was very different to Perth, a really lively seaside town which had a really cool, quirky atmosphere to it. Again the sun was shining and we enjoyed a local beer and lunch at the little creatures brewery and spent some time exploring the city on foot.

Strangely, whilst having a spearmint milkshake at a cafe in Fremantle I saw a massive guy that I recognised on the table next to us. I was convinced he was Radike Samo, the Wallaby and Queensland Rugby union player. Although you'd have thought you couldn't confuse him with that hair I wasn't sure, but when we Googled him later confirmed it was definitely him, probably along with two of his team mates from Queensland who (I just found out) were playing Fremantle. Both of them were equally stacked! Proof of my excellent celebrity spotting!

Then it was well and truly time to relax on the beach and fortunately the weather held out for a couple more days. We spent time at Scarborough beach, City beach and the famous Cottlesloe beach. And they were 3 of the best beaches we've been to in Australia, absolutely perfect! The water was such a nice temperature as well. 

We're glad we got our beach time when we did for two very good reasons. 
1... The weather is about to change to rain, rain and more rain
2.... We now we head for the Margaret river through Busselton where we have just heard on the news that there was a fatal Great White shark attack. 

Clearly we're not the only ones who like the waters here. 
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