Boxing day was spent relaxingat the caravan park and eating all the food we had in the fridge before we left on Sunday. It felt strange to be 'back on the road' we had got used to the luxury of a warm shower and a kitchen. Before we left Fremantle we stopped to see the Round House, which we hadn't had time to see before. It is the first permanent building in Western Australia and was used as a gaol. A courthouse was later added, along with a lighthouse, cottages and a time ball. The time ball was used to give mariners and locals an exact daily time. The ball was hoisted up just before 1pm and released by an electrical signal from the Perth observatory at exactly 1pm. When the convicts arrived in 1850 their first job was to build a new prison as the Round House was no longer big enough.
In the afternoon we visited the aquarium of WA, showing the numerous marine life from the coastline. We were fascinated by the hundreds of different types of marine life. Our favourite were the turtles and huge rays we saw in the underwater observatory. We were also amazed at the number of 'nasties' in the sea waiting to sting, bite or stab. We didn't go swimming that day!