Saturday, May 07, 2016

Perth Day 6

Our first visit to Elizabeth Quay had this easterly point absolutely full of muck and I reckon it is design issue. Our second visit saw a good bit cleaner, but it still and an area where muck accumulates and very visible to visitors to the Quay. Can do better Perth.

I wanted to investigate the Bell Tower at the Quay, but I can think of better ways to spend $17 than go up into the Bell Tower for what are probably mediocre views. I would guess that the pealing bells are a recording but you can visit when proper bell ringers are at work. These love locks can be bought inside the tower for about $35. Some had usurped the high charge by bringing their own locks.

It's an interesting design and can be see from afar but will probably be swamped by the apartment towers being built.

I don't know if ever Western Australian school child had their name inscribed here but there were a lot of names. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the where they were inscribed.

The Lucky Shag.......some of you will think of a bird on a rock with a fish in its mouth but many of you will think of something else. You are appalling.

Nice Muriel.

Heavily pruned trees.

Actually, I doubt they will ever grow.

We are waiting for the 302 bus at the Elizabeth Quay bus terminal. Bus terminals are always such grim places, even with a little colour. We are travelling to Zone 2 again and without a stored value card, you pay the driver.

It is now very rare in Melbourne to see annual flowering plants in public gardens. Yes, buses have cursed advertising on their windows in Perth too.

I see the sea. We are at the famous Cottesloe Beach. Although there is a train station at Cottesloe, it is over a one kilometre walk to the beach, so we took the bus instead from the city which was an interesting trip along Mounts Bay Road and then suburban streets. Bus trips where buses don't stick to main roads can be a good way to get a feel for a place and see what the local housing looks like.

It was not a bright blue sky this day, but warm enough.

Being a Sunday, I though we might struggle to get a seat in the Indiana Tea Rooms, now just called Indiana, but it wasn't very busy.

On the site back in 1910 was an ice cream parlour. By 1920 people were dancing within the building. Over the years various buildings have come and gone and being extended. The present construction was built in 1994 atop surf live saving rooms.

It was a very nice lunch and the staff pleasant.

To swim around this buoy seems to be a thing to do.

Over to the left is a small breakwater. That's a lifesavers pod on the beach.

What a nice daddy with his son.

It is from the breakwater that everyone takes their shot of the non street side view of the Indiana. Note the shutter doors underneath for life saving equipment.

Looking along the coast in the direction of Fremantle.

Just a mural I snapped from the bus on our way home.

R suggested that if we stayed in tonight, he would cook a meal. We visited the supermarket and bought some lamb chops, some prepared salad and some potatoes. It was a nice meal at home.


  1. I am loving sharing your trip.
    And still smiling at the hopefullness in that bars name...

  2. It's all so lovely over there.
    I often take buses instead of trains just to see the different suburbs here.

    1. River, I only realised that in the last few years.

  3. The photo of non street side view of the Indiana, and its foreshore location, is gorgeous. I used to go to our equivalents in StKilda, The Beachcomber and Republica, but the architecture of Indiana is much more striking.

    1. Hels, I remember The Beachcomber but never made it to Republica. The Indiana is just a great building and as interesting inside.

  4. Those ads on the bus windows are a pain. The lunch stop looked very nice. Sounds like you are haven a good time over there.

    1. Diane, at least bus ads don't cover all of the windows, unlike on our trams. Past tense, we had a good time.

  5. Shame about the water being yukky, find that in many places.
    Nice trip around the place.

    1. Margaret, I think it is poor design and knowledge of water currents. I am sure it doesn't have to be like that.

  6. Andrew I wqould like to visit it a great place

  7. I'm not sure I'd call the views from atop the Bell Tower mediocre Andrew :) there's rather a lovely view out across the Swan River. I'm pretty sure the bells are properly rung by real live people :) The children signed their names in 2000, the tiles were removed when construction began and then replaced. So glad you had coffee at the Indiana, a lovely spot, good views of nice looking dad's not to mention the lifesavers..

    1. Grace, I thought we had probably seen the best views already from other vantage points. Anyway, I have Scottish blood. The bells just seem to be constantly ringing, so I don't really know. Sixteen years on, I suppose it is a thing for people to visit and find their names. Our Indiana lunch was very nice as was our waiter!