Perth

Bell Tower Pelican Sunset in Freemantle

I decided to spend the first days in Perth, where I planned to recover from nonexistent jet lag, and to see some local people who have been waiting for me for a while. I also chose that city because it’s supposed to be the sunniest city of Australia, and also the most isolated big city in the world. I *really* enjoyed that place. People are relaxed and peaceful there.

View on the CBD from South-Perth across the Swan river

I walked around shops to get camping and backpacking stuff; I was impressed by the choice and price.

Near the CBD, a new old fashion church

Urbanization is a bit weird when you come from Europe, but I enjoyed and realized how cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant the city is.

I spent almost four hours walking and looking in the City Business District in Hay Street and Murray Street Malls.

I bought a hat, sunglasses, a phone prepaid card, some electric stuff, first postcards, then had a swim in the hotel’s swimming pool. Temperature was between 29 and 34 degrees during the day.

Cycle paths are common in Perth

I had lunch in the food court in the Carillon arcade, where you can choose between all sort of food (American, Italian, Asian, …), where I ate some Chinese cooked vegetables.

In the afternoon, I walked to the Swan Bell tower, then followed the cycle way along the Swan river, and went up to Kings Park, where we have a view on the city and the river. A part of this walk wasn’t so funny, where the cycle path went along the Freeway road, but it’s wasn’t that bad.

I walked up to the Park, and could see how local people enjoy the outside life. I spent almost half an hour to look around the CBD. Then I walked through the 17ha Botanic Garden, which has more than 2500 plant species from Western Australia. I spent all the afternoon in this park, and enjoyed the swim back at the hotel!

Peaceful people in Kings Park

I also visited Perth Zoo in South Perth, using the ferry across the river, where we can see attractive plants, Australian wildlife (including koalas and kangaroos). I spent a whole day there.

Here's another lazy kangaroo

Next day, I went to Freemantle, suburb on the Indian Ocean, where I had my first swim in the sea. I visited the town as well, had my lunch in the market. For the evening, I ate in a sushi bar in Perth.

Next day, I saw my friends, and the following day, I left with the-traveller for 7 days of adventure to Adelaide.

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Near the CBD, a new old fashion church Small park in Barrack Street Bell Tower Cycle paths are common in Perth View on South-Perth from Kings Park View on the CBD from Kings Park Peaceful people in Kings Park Flowered clock Water jet in Kings Park Botanic garden in Kings Park Botanic garden in Kings Park Botanic garden in Kings Park Fires are very common, he's a proof sweet little birdie! Artistic dinosaur Public BBQ place in Kings Park A straight line of grass that cuts the Park. You can imagine how big it is: 400 hectares (1000 acres). Tree in Kings Park Nice tree in Kings Park I love those trees! Tree branch Grass Tree in Kings Park. They grow about 1.5 cm per year, making  this one about 75 years old. Aboriginal people had many uses Grass Tree's Nice plant in the eucalyptus family Yet another tree, still in Kings Park Fashion house, between Kings Park and the CBD And their car :p I was impressed, but when I came back to Luxembourg, I saw this one in a supermarket, only EUR 9999.99 ... I like those new old style buildings :) The only highway I saw in Australia Don't remember this church's name, but it was close to Terrace Road Here's again this funny church :) Kangaroo's statue drinking a fountain's water. In real size Small house in front of the CBD Nice tree in near the Esplanade Let's take the ferry to visit Perth's zoo, and see local wildlife before going to the outback On the other side of the swan river, he welcomed me :) View on the CBD from South-Perth across the Swan river Nice palm tree, let me visit local species now in the zoo. Pelican and duck Pelican Local birds are free to leave the zoo, if they could fly :O Nice palm trees Look at this bamboo, I wish mine could grow this big... err I'm not so sure it might cause a problem in my living room :) So cute! Penguins. Yes, there are some in Australia. Let me be a little more diplomatic before talking to him :P Kangaroo! The first one I saw :) and here's a wallaby. I like them better than kangaroos, they are so cute and peaceful. Lazy kangaroos. Here's another lazy kangaroo This wallaby is my friend Sweet little animal :) In fact, they usually relax in the shade in order to escape from the heat during daytime. A very small marsupial First koala I met Sweet little animal. But please, don't listen to them. I was surprised how this one came to visit people. Later, in the outback, I realized that people don't scare them. SIGFOOD! Mhhhh that's nice :) Little wallaby watching me a Dingo! I had the chance to see some in the outback too, but I have the courage to get close to them (: Rainforest simulator Freemantle's beach, located south west from Perth. Freemantle's beach. OZ's flags Freemantle's church and traffic lights. Radio Nova's van Those birds are the same as our pigeons here. People hate them. Marine Museum Perth's city Mall by night View from the plane while flying from Adelaide to Perth View from the plane while flying from Adelaide to Perth Sunset in Freemantle Sunset in Freemantle Sunset in Freemantle Bell Tower Here's the CBD again! Don't know the name of this plant, but it does really look good! It's not a man, it's only modern art. No comment :P Bye bye Perth from the airport, while waiting for boarding into plane to Singapore.