Perth, Fremantle and the Quokkas - Islands Around Australia Part 13

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 12th October 2019

Perth Revisited

Back in Perth, after my overly exciting trip to Christmas and Cocos Islands, there's a grand reunion. Petra has come over from Sydney for the weekend and Jenny and Geoff from Tasmania are taking us out to Fremantle for the day. They do us proud.

Fremantle

Fremantle for breakfast, in an uber cool art gallery café. Fremantle itself is the epitome of cool with industrial chic cafes (coffee break), canopied colonial architecture, beaches and a prison cum fort.

Rottnest Island

Then we take the ferry to Rottnest Island in search of cute quokkas. The captain warns that the ‘sea is quite rough’ and it is, but the sky is blue and there are multitudes of the tiny mammals waiting to meet us. They are dotted throughout the little settlement and along the edges of the beaches. The latter are gorgeous and golden and there’s a suitably atmospheric lighthouse.

The cafes serve excellent food and cocktails. It’s a perfect day,

Margaret River or Bust

Petra and I are quite keen to venture into southern Australia and have booked a coach tour to the Margaret River area, though we have been warned it will be a very long day. Our tour has, however, been cancelled, so we’re biting the bullet and have hired a car.

Bunbury

It’s actually very easy driving – the roads are quiet and it's two-lane highway most of the way. The weather isn’t being as cooperative. We eat breakfast at Bunbury, buffeted by a howling gale. The café is much busier than the roads - it's Father’s Day here and the only tables available are outside. The wind starts to gust after we’ve ordered our food. The water for my tea has cooled rapidly, so I ask for a replacement. The waiter says he will charge if I require any more. Wait till I get on Trip Advisor.

Busselton

The famous ‘longest jetty in the southern hemisphere’ at Busselton is scarcely visible and Margaret River itself is a dull little town masked by the rain. But then, in defiance of the weather forecast, the sun comes out. The many wineries, with their lakes and clusters of hostsas are velvety green and picturesque, even if the wine isn’t as good as we would have hoped. The beaches on the Dunsbrough Peninsula are gorgeous and the sun glints on the boulders. We even get to see the Busselton Jetty on our return journey. Petra insists that we walk at least half way and the lights come on as we finish. It was all worth the drive.

Perth Breakfasts

The rain is back but a damp hour is enough to see the main sights of Perth - churches, shopping malls, a small harbour area and scrapers, and eat  another great breakfast,  before I leave for Singapore.

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