1st April, 2012
hostels are very full as there should be about 20'000 backpackers
coming from the east coast to the west coast. When we had booked
Sandra had not known if she would not like to travel a bit
southwards. So I then just had booked for Dominik and me and so we
had to change again rooms. Sandra met a former workmate as we lodged
our luggage in the storage room.
soon as we left the hostel it started raining. After breakfast it got
better and we went up the hill to Kings Park. We walked in the park
and I saw black and red cockatoos. Then we went to the DNA Tower and
climbed it to enjoy the view. The afternoon we were again riding bus
and then we could get to our room. In the evening we walked through
Northbridge and found a cinema screen with many cushions to watch the
film. We watched the animation film Planet 51. As a few drops of rain
fell from the sky we took our cushion and moved below a big umbrella.
After the film we went to eat at Outback Jacks and enjoyed the last
evening together with Sandra.
31st March, 2012
a relaxing night Sandra and I were really refreshed. Dominik also
slept better even as he was in a room with 8 beds. In the morning we
visited two different markets in Freo. Both had mainly souvenirs and
junk to offer. Towards noon we drove back to Perth and in a park we
laid in the sun as it was to early to get to the accommodation.
the afternoon we went shopping and enjoyed the street artists in the
pedestrian area. The rest of the day we were riding with the city
bus. There are three lines which are free. Two of them we took to
30th March, 2012
and I had a bad night. One of the ladies in our room snored like a
chainsaw. We slept very bad and after midnight Sandra left the room
armed with the duvet to go to the common room. But there were still
some guest watching TV, so she came back. In the morning we
immediately decided to get another room. First the receptionist told
us they are fully booked, but our insistence to check if there is not
other possibility was successful: there was a free double room. We
immediately booked it as we did not want to spend another night in
breakfast we went to the harbour. We reached it at last minute to get
a place on the ferry. After 30 minutes we reached Rottnest Island.
The island is 4 km wide and 11 km long. Here we chose to take the bus
which drives across the island every hour. After the first tour we
wanted to hike a bit. So we walked along the coast and enjoyed the
rocks, the sand and the green landscape. At 1pm we joined a quokka
tour and could see these cute animals for the first time. Quokkas are
about 20 cm tall and are like kangaroos marsupials. After the tour we
observed these small animals everywhere and until Dominik said that
we have now certainly enough pictures. We continued with the bus and
walked to the light house. To get to the harbour we took the last bus
and had to wait for 2 hours for the last ferry.
in Freo we first went to the hostel and after to the prison. We
joined the night tour and could listen to some scary stories about
this place. Unbelievable that this prison was in operation until 1991
and a few month later the first tourists came to visit it. It is
anxious that only 20 years ago there were nearly unimaginable
29th March, 2012
taking breakfast together we departed for Fremantle. The locals call
Fremantle Freo. The train brought us in 30 minutes to the
destination. We left the luggage in a backpacker which until lately
has been a youth hostel. A short look made me clear that it is not
the cleanest house. But it will be OK for two nights it.
has many old houses from the Victorian time. We walked through the
town without destination and looked around. We went to the old prison
and had a look at the exhibition. We did not want to make a tour
today. In the late afternoon we went along the shore to the harbour.
On the harbour entrance there is a light house on each side. We
observed two tugboats leaving the harbour and Dominik thought that
they would accompany a ship in to the harbour. We continued walking
as this would probably not be that soon. Later we we could see how a
war ship was tugged into the harbour. Freo has a big container
harbour. It got fresher and fresher as the the sun slowly was about to set and we
were glad about long clothes. At the shore promenade we enjoyed fish
and chips and the evening atmosphere.
28th March, 2012
early in the morning we swept the camper to remove as much of the
remaining sand as possible. Then we started out to explore the Swan
Valley. I was here three and a half weeks ago and told Sandra about
it. Now she wants to experience it by herself.
we started in Midland and went first to the Nougat House. I missed
that one last time. An Italian family prepares nougat with different
ingredients like nuts, blue berries, cranberries, chocolate, etc. We
bought a bit of nougat and granted ourselves a real hot chocolate.
Then we went to the honey shop, but there was not much offered. I did
not want to buy honey as I did not have space in the backpack. But we
observed the highland cattle.
the road there are many cafes, wineries and some art shops. Next stop
was the Lavender House. They make and sell oils, jam, body lotion,
cakes and teas with lavender. I tried the lavender tea and it was not
bad. Sandra refused as she does not like the smell of lavender.
this refreshment we went to the Chocolate House. Here they sell
self-made chocolate. A few pralines won gold at a exhibition in
Perth. We tried the chocolate and have to say that it is not bad.
we continued on the road and stopped at a small park to visit it. A
few flowers looked strange, but we are a bit early for the wild
flowers. As the sun was strong, we stopped at the Honey House. We
visited the shop and took a break. We enjoyed ice cream and honey
ginger water. It is just very delicious what they produce here with
honey. After a small detour to the to the Swan River we went to the
car wash. Here I cleaned the camper at the outside and Sandra
organised with the kind help of an employee the required water and
strawberry soap. As I was a bit slow the kind man helped me a bit and
then the camper was very shiny. With the clean car we drove to the
petrol station, but we first did not find the diesel and thus
produced a bit of traffic jam. But there was one already before. Also
here there were nice Australians explaining us where to find the
diesel. To thank we let them drive first.
as this was completed, we drove to the hostel to leave our luggage
there. Dominik (my brother) stand already behind me when we arrived
at the reception. He was quite lucky today and found also a free bed
here. Similar as 4 weeks before Perth is nearly booked up.
drove the camper to the rental company to bring it back. We soon
realized that the lady was from Germany so we could have our chat in
German. She explained that we already got one and a half day of rent
back as we had trouble with the first car. This was not enough for us
as they promised on the phone that they will pay the taxi, the
accommodation and the clamping set. Then we expected that more days
get refunded as we stood still for three nights. The lady advocated
at the headquarter. Now we got 4 days of the rent, three nights of
accommodation, the taxi, the new tire and the clamping set refunded.
With this offer we were happy.
Back in Perth we met Dominik and planned the next two days when we want to
visit Fremantle and Rottnest Island.