We arrived in Perth on
11th March. Perth is a tiny but beautifully formed city,
with contrasts of old - well, Victorian - and new buildings.
It is by the Swan river and has a stunning outlook. And
it was warm (30 degrees) and sunny. As you may guess, we
are impressed. We were able to sit out in a pavement cafe
eating the local fish and chilled white wine, relaxing after
walking round the streets, seeing the sights, including
a copy of the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens!
Below: The Town Hall and the Clock Tower
Below: Peter Pan, the Mint
and the Theatre Royal
We found some very good restuarants and
began trying out Australian wine...
We took the ferry to Fremantle (an
hour and a half) and explored the oldest building in Western
Australia (1830!!), which was a gaol. Freo, as they call
it, too, has its charms.
We returned by train (20
We walked to the King's
Park botanical gardens - a smaller version of Kew but with
some very unusual Australian plants, including these amazing
Banksias. The birds, too were very exotic and colourful.