10.04.2010

Sunny Perth

After a long night with a delayed red eye flight and a pretty uncomfortable plane ride, Tiger Airways is cheap for a reason, we showed up in a sunny Perth at 4am.  At least it wasn't too cold as we sat outside our hostel waiting for them to open (for 3 hours).  Needless to say we were very happy to get all checked in and hit the hay at our new residence in Perth.

Hay Street Backpackers

After a day of recovering we decided to start out exploring Perth with a trip to Kings Park.  Perth, the epicenter and capital of the huge state of Western Australia, hosts a beautiful park a top Mt. Eliza (really just a hill).  Kings park is larger than central Park in NYC with a botanical garden and war memorial to boot.  Perched on a hill overlooking the Swan River the park was great for a lazy day of wandering through the botanical gardens, checking out the exotic flowers, and admiring the views.

a view from Kings Park

The King's Flower

The Glass Bridge

Our next stop here was a day trip out to Fremantle, know as "Freo" to the locals.  Ross and I both really enjoyed this hip beach front town and got to have our first view of the Indian Ocean.  With a local market and a the famed "cappuccino strip", a row of espresso bars lining South Terrace Street, we were content to spend a day wandering through the town and stopping off for a flat white and a few tasty treats at a coffee shop on the strip to wrap up the day.

Fremantle Harbour

Fremantle Harbour II

Fremantle Harbour III

Bather's Bay

Cappuccino Strip

Some other highlights of our time here have included mornings running along Swan River, a trip to the Western Australia Art Museum and the PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) and soaking up all the sunshine.  We are winding down our time here in Perth, we are headed for Singapore tomorrow, and I am excited for something new, but sad to say goodbye to Oz.  It has been really fun to come back and I will definitely miss the friendly people, the easy way of living, the Ginger beer, no pennies, saying "heaps", and no tipping.  It has been a blast and I am happy we took the time to start out here.

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