24.02.2017 35 °C
We have left Perth and arrived in Nusa Dua, Bali.
We spent time in both Perth, the capital of Western Australia and the smaller port city of Fremantle located on the Swan River, Western Australia. Perth and Fremantle were founded by the British in 1829, the population remaining small until the gold rush of the late 1800's and subsequent convict transportation.
Fremantle hasn't changed very much since the 1800's. it is like stepping back in time to an eclectic mix of artisan cafes and bars, handcrafted beers, quirky boutiques, street entertainment and art galleries. The architecture is straight from a film set, a mix of old colonial meets American Midwest! Fremantle market, with its indigenous crafts and fabulous selection of fresh local produce, unique food such as kangaroo paste and creamed honey was a real highlight.
The beaches at Fremantle are stunning, white sand and a light green Indian Ocean, very cold water though which was a surprise considering the mid 30's temperatures. The light here is the brightest we have ever seen, you cannot go outside without sunglasses and the sun has to be avoided during midday, an absolute scorcher!
Perth city is approx 30 minutes inland from Fremantle on the Swan River. It contains one of the largest public parks in the world called Kings Park on Mt. Eliza, approx 4km sq. It is stunning, the most beautiful and manicured parkland and botanical garden with sweeping views over the bay. We were lucky to see a Kookaburra here too.
We were also lucky enough to see and get very close to wild Kangaroos on Heirisson Island, a small island located next to Perth on the Swan River. We had heard kangaroos were on the island but they took some finding. We eventually found them in amongst some trees next to a mosquito swamp in a snake infested area! What a treat though, they are used to people and let you touch them, their fur is surprisingly soft.
Of course no trip to Perth would be complete without locating the Waca Cricket Stadium. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to see the ground itself. In true tourist style we tried to get a photo of the ground with the selfie stick fully extended over the wall but to no avail, they have that one covered too😐
After a month in Asia, a good old fashioned Australian Steak was definitely on the cards and where else but at the Hogs Breath Cafe - fabulous.
Perth is spotlessly clean, bright, friendly, proud of its heritage and has so much to offer. If we had longer here then a car would be essential as so much is several hundreds of kilometres away, although locals still consider that the outskirts of Perth!
Love Steph & Si xxxx