Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Perth and Fremantle, WA.

We have reached the city lifestyle now. We have the caravan booked into Perth Jayco for the 10,000 km Service on the 28th January. In the meantime we will stay in various Caravan Parks around the Greater Metro Area of Perth and Fremantle. Some of our stays are limited in time because the Sites have been Pre-Booked for the School Holidays and the Australia Day Long Weekend.

In the beginning we stayed in the City of Armidale. Here we had to relearn the art of city driving. We were also able to meet up with James and Lee once more. We first met them in Apollo Bay, Victoria several years before. We had a great afternoon relating our respective travel yarns with each other.

Next was a move down to South Fremantle. Here we were able to meet up with my Cousin, Janet, after something like 20 years. As you can imagine we had much to catch up on following such a long gap in our meetings. From our caravan park we could walk into Fremantle or catch one of the free bus services. Fremantle is a wonderful old time City to stroll around. It reeks of history around every turn. We also spent a day in Perth using the Rail Service from Fremantle to Perth. While in South Fremantle we also used the opportunity to make the 30 minute road trip to Rockingham for a day. Rockingham is a Port City that also has beautiful sandy beaches fronting the brilliant blue Indian Ocean.

Next we moved North of Central Perth to Gwelup. From our base here we were able to explore all the Northern Coastal Suburbs of Perth. From City Beach through the very popular Hillary's Beach all the way North to Two Rocks. This is 59 km out from the Central Perth and there is continuous housing or New Estates being established all along the coast. It looks as if they are building on Sand Dunes because that is all there is along the coastal strip.

We weren't the first visitors to Two Rocks. The early Dutch explorers had been mapping the coast line along here in the 1650's. Wreckage from some of their boats has been found along the beaches.

For the Australia Day Weekend we relocated to Kingsway Tourist Park on Wanneroo Road. From this location we were able to catch a bus into Perth City for the Princely Sum of $1.70 ea. We made a day trip into the City to take in all aspects of Kings Park alongside The Swan River in Perth.

We have moved camp again, this time to Discovery Holiday Park, Forrestfield. This is very near to the Jayco Dealer with whom we have the van booked into at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning. We anticipate the van being in the service bay for most of the day so We will return to this CP for another night. The following morning we will be leaving Perth and travelling South to take in the South West Coast and Albany.

Only a short walk from our Caravan Park at South Fremantle and we are on the beach and taking in this view towards the Fremantle Port Area.

Found this elaborate Sand Castle during our walk along the beach into Fremantle.

This Monument in The Esplanade Reserve is dedicated to the Early Explorers of the Western Australia Coast.

Fishermans Wharf, Fremantle Port.

The Time Ball and Round House at the Old Fremantle Port.

This tunnel leads from the Old Fremantle Port directly into Fremantle City.

There is stunning Architecture in Fremantle City.

High Street, Fremantle looking back towards The Round House and The Time Ball.

Unusual sculpted feature outside The Italian Club in Fremantle.

Forrest Place, Perth.

The Supreme Court, Perth.

The Bell Tower, Perth. Sadly, completely surrounded by massive Earth Works.

The extensive Earth Works surrounding The Bell Tower and Barrack Square.

South Perth Skyline from Barrack Square, Perth.

The WACA viewed across Queens Gardens, Perth.

Memorial to Victims of The Bali Car Bomb in Kings Park, Perth.

A further aspect of the Bali Memorial in Kings Park, Perth.

Memorial to Service Personel from all Theatres of War behind a Mirror Pool surrounding an Eternal Flame, Kings Park, Perth.

Looking over the Swan River towards the entry point of The Canning River with The Kwinana Freeway to the left of photograph. Viewed from Kings Park, Perth.

Fountains and Lakes in The Botanical Gardens located in Kings Park, Perth

This Boab Tree is claimed to be 750 years old. It was moved from it's original location in The Kimberley to this location in Kings Park, Perth in 2008.

Rockingham Beach overlooking the waters of The Indian Ocean.

The Anchor from the Dato built in Finland 1872 and sunk here in Rockingham in the 1890's.

This Green Granite Sphere was mined at Wanneroo and installed at Rockingham. It is 1 m diam and weighs in at 1200 kg. The sphere is supported on a film of water at 90 kpa pressure and is easily rotated by children.

Hillary's Beach is a very popular location for young families over the school holidays.

Hillary's Boat Harbour and Marina Complex overlooks the beach swimming area.

There was a very long queue of children lined up to enter the Hillary's Beach Water Park at $25 for the day.

Rotary Club Dolphin feature at Hillary's Beach.

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