Left Auckland feeling hungover! Finishing off all the alcohol seemed like a good idea at the time; 8 hours later we arrived in Perth, 40c and no breeze. Taxi ride was 30 mins into the city, we got into our apartment chose our beds and slept!
Monday was even hotter, we walked to the supermarket at 0730, feeling like a tourist, as we had to walk through the heart of the CBD, everyone was suited and booted. We generally walked around the city and Elizabeth Quays which will be fantastic when it's finished. Perth city is on a grid formation and easy to walk around, with all the usual city shops.
Tuesday we boarded the captain cook ferry and cruised over to Fremantle, it was a slow 1.5hr crossing with commentary which was interesting; especially on millionaires row, one of houses had just sold for $57 million! The buildings were old but well preserved, we had award winning fish and chips in Kailis, which considering I'm not a batter fan, it was truly the best I've had.
Fremantle has the biggest shopping yard in Australia, with containers mounted high in a huge area. It's one of the nearest ports to Asia and also it's where the first of the '£10 poms' arrived. We caught the train back to Perth and then the underground to be lazy to get us near to 'home'
Up at 0630 on Wednesday as the tour bus was picking us up at 0715, first stop a small village, again very old but maintained buildings; it really is like a film set. We stopped at a place that had the world record of a man and dog in a Ute convoy!! 7kms 2056 Utes drove into this small town with a dog sat as co driver. There was also a dog cemetery, which I thought was slightly an odd place for a tour bus to stop! Onto Hippos Yawn, which is a large rock which looks like a hippo yawning (photos on fb) then the Wave Rock....was totally worth the 700km 13 hour round trip to see. The rock standing 15m tall and 110m long, was created by water pressure. You can walk along the top area which is what I can imagine a creator to look like, hard rock of many colours with the empty shells of what was rock pools.
Lunch was served buffet style, chicken, rice and salad, we sat with a couple and a lady from Melbourne, the ladies brother went to Uk years ago and met and married a girl from Cornwall and they now live in Melbourne.
The cave had aboriginal art work and rather spacious once inside. The last stop was at a tiny village called Babakin, the tour bus has been stopping there since they started doing these trips in the 80s. The CWA which is like our WI lays on an afternoon spread of sandwiches and cakes €6 or with tea €10. It looked lovely and home made you couldn't resist