Thursday, May 12, 2016

Perth Day 9

As our flight home was late afternoon and we had to check out of our hotel at 10 am, Grace and P had very kindly offered to take us out for a while before dropping us at the airport.

This woman with a dog was one of two people I noticed several times in our street. I believe the dog is a Pitt Bull Terrier and it was a very old dog and certainly no threat to anyone at its age. The other character was an older man who would walk up Mount Street, then back down and do this twice or thrice. What was noticeable about him is that he was always shirtless and in brief shorts. As I have said in the past, it is the obligation of the young to expose their bodies for our appreciation and the obligation of people over a certain age to cover their up. He was certainly in the latter category. He proved that you can be very fit and also fat.


Already my memory is getting hazy about what we saw. We leisurely journeyed up the northern suburban coast from Perth, stopping off at some scenic vantage points and stopped for refreshment at Hillarys Boat Harbour, so often featured on Grace's Perth Daily Photo. Hillarys was interesting to see. It is not an historic place but a very modern construction, including a hotel, a shopping centre and many small businesses. We must have arrived just before 11am as shops were beginning to open their doors. The hotel bar has a wonderful outdoor decked area which would clearly be very popular on a warm summer evening and at other times too. Now here is a lesson for you folk. If you want a beer, go to a bar. If you want coffee, go to a cafe. Bars do generally serve coffee but the standard can be very patchy and in this case, it was a fail. Nevertheless, it was very pleasant sitting outdoors. I should have taken more photos.


We drove around to the other side of the small harbour and walked out on a breakwater and climbed this tower to the viewing platform.


Cats? On a breakwater?


Apparently the breakwater was once infested with cats but the campaign to not feed them seems to have worked and the numbers have reduced. You may have to embiggen the photos to see them.



From there we turned inland to visit Whiteman Park. The park was once a large cattle grazing area with much of the land owned by Mr Lew Whiteman. Over time the government bought up the land and created this huge park where one could easily spend a day investigating its attractions.


Here is a bit of a list. Caversham Wildlife Park, Children's Forest, Woodland Reserve, heritage tram rides, Motor Museum of WA, Tractor Museum of WA, vintage train rides and a transport museum.


We barely touched the sides of the park and what we saw was very interesting. Some people who I shan't name, managed to find Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe, and indulged themselves....gifts....yeah, sure.


The museum is housed within what look like train or tram storage sheds. Nicely done.


I think this is to service overhead electric wires of trams and trains.



We said our goodbyes to Grace and P at the airport and it was an uneventful flight home. Perhaps one more summary post to come.

13 comments:

  1. Perth does look a clean city which is good to see.
    That's was very lovely of G and P to take you both to the Airport.

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    1. Margaret, yes, while I wanted to meet Grace, the rest was utter kindness to strangers by them both.

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  2. *nod* Coffee should be hot, high quality and bought in a cafe and not a pub. But the top priority for coffee, beer and every other pleasure-drink is location. As your photo shows, you cannot beat the beauty of open ocean, harbours or rivers.

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    1. Hels, sometime it is the wrong things that you remember the most when on holidays, and that coffee/pub experience is one of them. We had a lovely chat with Grace and P in an idyllic setting. The coffee was a side issue.

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  3. ANDREW in my opinion it is a great city and the harbour looks great. It would be fantastic visit it

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    1. Gosia, it is a lovely city and well worth visiting.

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  4. Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe? I love those places! I would have spent the weekly grocery money for sure.
    I loved all those little shops at Hillary's.

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    1. River, to be fair, R bought me some lollies I showed interest in and Grace bought something for her niece and nephew.....but, whether they get it???

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  5. I suspect the cats thrived on fisherman's throwaways on the breakwater.
    I have loved wandering around Perth with you - thanks.

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    1. EC, there was clearly a lot of food to sustain such a population. As you say, fisherman throw aways, a nearby cafe and people feeding them.

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  6. OMG that coffee in the Breakwater was sooooo bad :) good thing the view made up for it hey Andrew :)
    BTW my niece and nephew never did get their lollies but as yet I haven't eaten them either.. I'm using them as a test of willpower :)

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    1. Grace, it was bad but we've had a good laugh about it. It should have been in the post, but I say it here, 'we had as surprisingly good lunch at the Whiteman Park cafe'.

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  7. Uh Oh I've missed some must go back and catch up.

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