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.
Saturday 3rd March, 2012
the morning we went to the Shoalwater Bay. Here we boarded the boat
and the safari started. Only about 5 minutes out in the sea we
already saw a few dolphins. The next hour we followed and watched
them. For me it is the first time I saw dolphins swimming in the sea,
but not for Konrad. As I had taken my pills against motion sickness I
could stand in the front of the boat and take pictures. Konrad could
not believe it as he remembered of the opposite in Island were the
pills had not helped and I had been very sick. Our ride was not yet
over. The boat went to Bird Island were there are cormorants and
pelicans nesting. Then we met again a dolphin which was playing with
a ray. Next was Seal Island with its seal colony. As it was very
warm, they liked more to sunbath than to move around. We often saw
flying pelicans. At the end of the tour we left the boat at Penguin
Island. Here every hour a ferry goes back to the mainland. First we
enjoyed our pick-nick as there is no shop here. We also observed a
few of the local lizards. One just walked over the pick-nick area.
Then we went onto the two kilometre long path around the island.
First we saw a decayed tractor stand in the middle of the nature.
Passing nesting pelicans we went to the beach. We enjoyed the
refreshing bath and the waves and then we let us dry by the sun. Back
at the start we went to see the feeding of the penguins. A few of
them live in the visitor centre. They are not able anymore to live in
the wild. Four times a day they get fresh fish. After the feeding we
went back to the mainland and from there back to the motel next to
the airport. As there was still some time left we went to the centre of Perth
and walked a bit in the Kings Park. We heard some parrots in the
trees and saw them flying away. The evening we closed with a dinner
with sight to the city.
29th February, 2012
at 8.45pm I was at the bus stop. In a few minutes the shuttle bus
should arrive. The minutes passed and I waited and waited. After 25
minutes the bus appeared. The traffic should be the reason and some
more stops are required. I thought: “Come on, that will run short
on the airport”. Everybody around me was nervous as they have to do
the check-in even earlier than I. On the airport the idea was to as
fast as possible get the backpack and get to the counter. I got there
just on time and should go immediately to the plane. At the gate they
said the plane arrived late and thus boarding will be in 15 minutes.
OK, somehow everything is a bit late today. After a bit more than an
hour we landed in Melbourne. Here I had 40 minutes to change flight.
The nice lady next to me said I should take the backpack. So I was
the first leaving the plane and I could have a breather before
getting into the next plane. Another three hours of flight were
ahead. Shortly before landing there were many air holes and slowly I
got a bit sick. No wonder as I did not eat anything except crisps and
two cookies. Unfortunately I did not find anything without wheat in
the hurry. In Perth I could again wait for half an hour for the
shuttle bus. The first one said that my destination is not on his
tour and I should take the next one in a few minutes. Around 4
o'clock I arrived at the hostel. It took a while until they found my
reservation. Tired from travelling I put my luggage into the room. I
just wanted to check where I will get the car tomorrow. I started
walking equipped with the city map. I soon found the office of Hertz.
As it was not yet late I went to the Kings Park. That was a good
idea. There is a beautiful view about the northern part of Perth.
While walking in the park, I saw three wedding couples. OK, the date
is very special. A couple had its ceremony in the park with view to
the city. I sat down in the grass, watched them and remembered me of
my own wedding. As it is 3 hour later as in Tasmania I was now very
hungry. Around the corner I saw a Japanese and as I love sushi, I
went there. I was a bit overstrained by the big assortment they
offered. A kind Japanese recommended a sushi with chicken and avocado
served with a sweet-and-sour plum sauce. Lovely! Then I went tired
back to the hostel.