A Travellerspoint blog

April 2015

Perth Hills, Mundaring - WA

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Moving on from Victoria, I'd had the wonderful offer to house and animal sit for a month in Mundaring, near Perth.

The house was s stunning property hidden away in the woods:
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However, looking after a place like this takes some work, and there is ALWAYS a job that needs doing! It was nice to be able to get through Yvonne's 'to-do' list while she was away, including...
polishing a jaguar..
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and the silver
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staining the outside furniture, and sign,
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and gym windows
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But at the end of the week, it's nice to look forward to the outdoor cinema, under the stars
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The Perth Hills offer a glorious mix of natural bush, wild flowers, waterfalls, creeks, towering trees, sensational views and vineyards.
Mundaring is in the heart of the The Hills, with six of the State's top Trails including the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail, Mundaring is perfect for walking and cycling.
It was great to be able to walk from the house into endless bush. They're some very lucky dogs!
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Beelu National Park is 3,000-hectares and abundant with flora and fauna. that is native to Western Australia. Some fo the most common wildlife includes Chuditch, Quenda, bushtail possum, echidna, grey kangaroos and the western bush wallaby. flora in the area includes jarrah, marri, grasstrees, bull banksia and sheoak.
On the first day, Yvonne took me to North Ledge, with stunning views over to Mundaring Weir.
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I walked the dogs here almost every day
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and saw some great sights, including this eagle (with a crow)
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and there was always the optin of hill training under the power lines
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Nearby to Mundaring is a place called Calamunnda Camel Farm] that have 10-15 camels they offer for trekking.
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but Sammy didn't seem too sure on the idea
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which I can understand, they're really quite ugly sometimes
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They did have some other animals to look at instead
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Whilst in Mundaring, I celebrated my 33rd birthday, and created some great memories of birthday cauliflower cheese (the result of living with a vegetarian!)
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a whole selection of cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Shop
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and thanks to Melanie and Yvonne for making it one to remember!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:29 Archived in Australia Tagged mundaring vernon_avenue Comments (0)

Fremantle - WA

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Fremantle is one of Western Australia's most historic cities. A wealth of 19th century buildings remains, including superb examples from the gold rush period.
Founded on the Indian Ocean in 1829, at the mouth of the swan River, Fremantle was intended to be a port for the new colony, but was only used as such when an artificial harbour was dredged at the end of the 19th century.

The town still has thriving harbours
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and, in 1987, it hosted the America’s Cup. Many sites were renovated for the event and street cafes and restaurants sprang up.
The America's Cup yachting race has been run every four years since 1851. Not until 1983 however did a country other than the United States win this coveted trophy. This was the year that Australia II carried it home.
My first venture into Fremantle was for the Street Arts Festival, Australia's biggest and best street arts festival held over the Easter long weekend. Performers from around the globe invaded the streets, turning them into over 11 stages to amuse, astound and amaze.
There was plenty of local and international acts, busking, street theatre, comedy, circus acts, cabaret and much, much more. The roads were closed to allow for the acts and the crowds to gather, giving people space to relax
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and restaurants room to expand
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This year performers took part from the USA, Japan, Italy, the UK, France, Cuba, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.
I'm not sure where these guys were from...!
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Zap Circus gathered quite a crowd to show off daredevil acts
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Winterbourne were one of many live bands taking up a spot on the closed road
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there was music of all kinds around the city
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Some amazing street art was being done live
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This retro artist was using graffiti to produce his pieces of artwork
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and on a smaller scale, but still impressive this lady was doing pet portraits from people's phone images
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This chap wasn't just gazing into his crystal ball
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The Round House was built in 1930 and is Fremantle’s oldest building.
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It was the town's first gaol and, in 1844, site of the colony's first hanging.
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Beneath is a tunnel dug in 1837 to allow whalers to transfer cargo from the jetty to the High Street.
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The cannon at the Fremantle Roundhouse is manned by volunteers and fired at 1pm everyday except for Christmas Day and Good Friday
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The views from the top were great
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Fremantle Markets In 1897 a competition was announced to design a suitable building to act as Fremantle's Market Hall.
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The winning design still stands today, having been renovated in 1975. There are more than 170 stalls offering everything from fruit and vegetables to opals.
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E-Shed Markets are located waterside on Fremantle's historic Victoria Quay and have some 80 stalls. E-Shed Markets offer unique gifts and souvenirs, local arts and crafts, international food court and free entertainment every weekend
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Fremantle Prison - in the 1850's, when the first group of convicts arrived in the Saw River Colony, the need arose for a large-scale prison., An imposing building with a sturdy gate-house and a cold, forbidding limestone cell block was built by those first convicts in 1855. It is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia and is the most intact in the entire country. It was not closed until 1991.
In 1894 prisoners completed construction of the 1km labyrinth of tunnels located 20 metres beneath the Prison. water from the tunnels sustained thousands of people in the Fremantle area in the late 1800's.

St Patrick Catholic Church - built in 1900, decorated gothic style and constructed of limestone.
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and some other church...
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The Port of Fremantle operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is the states; principal general cargo port, handling 74% by value of WA's sea-borne imports. Total trade through Fremantle Ports in 2013-2014 was 33.5 million mass tonnes, worth more than $28.4 billion.

Other sites included the Post Office
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The Technical College
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Esplande Hotel
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Even the bike shelter seemed interesting
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'Freo' has retained its migrant driven cosmopolitan culture. There is always something happening around the town and it is a hub for art lovers with local musicians and street performers out to impress.

One of my favourite spots was suggested by one of the shearer back in Victoria - Little Creatures Brewery.
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One of many small scale breweries along the waterfront in Fremantle, but with a great atmopshese,
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stone pizza over, and a perfect view from the garden.
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King's Park, Perth - WA

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My first trip up to King's Park was for my birthday outing with Yvonne and her friend Lesley.
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It's a great way to see the city of Perth and appreciate it's location on the river.
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A perfect day to enjoy the view with a few fluffy cotton wool clouds
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Cenotaph - An 18m granite obelisk commemorates all Western Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country.
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The internal walls of the undercraft list the names of more than 7,000 members of the services killed in action or who died of wounds or illness in WWI.
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Bronze plaques on the outside walls list the names of nearly 4,000 Australians who lost their lives in WWII.

Flame of Remembrance - dedicated to Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, the Court of Contemplation commemorates the confliscts in which Western Australians have been involved.
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The Flame of Remembrance, located within the Pool of Reflection, was lit by Her Majesty in 2000. Burning continuously the four torches of the flame represent the Navy, Army, Air Force and Women's Services.

As we were leaving Kings Park one evening, we caught the beginning of the daily sunset service.
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A beautiful and timely reminder as Anzac day was only two days away - and I would not be getting up for the traditional sunrise service!
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Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War
As the sun set over Perth
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it was something special to listen to the bugle and the bagpipes
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to be surrounded by men representing all uniforms
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and to listen to the stories of a particular few men that lost their lives
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something quite humbling
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Owers' Corner is the starting point of the Kokoda Track.
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From here the troops caught their first glimpse of the daunting Owen Stanley Range. Across these mountains the Japanese South Seas Army Force had advanced until they were halted only 9km from here.
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The Darling Scarp - forming Perth's Eastern Hills, the Darling Scarp is the edge of a vast area of granite bedrock 2.5billion years old, making it one of the oldest landscapes on earth.

The tranquil Water Garden Celebrates a Darling Scarp stream system.
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These streams are a vital water source for plants, animals and people in Perth's dry climate.
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Beyond the Water Gardens is a fountain pool, which alternates between the features and sculptures
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Western Australia is unique. It has half od Australia's 25,000 plant species and most of those are found nowhere else on earth. the western Australian Botanic gardens is an ever-changing, living research centre committed to the conservation of Western Australia's flora. There are several walks you can take around the gardens that highlight it's different aspects.

Saved from demolition, this 80-year old Dragon tree was relocated from a private property in Dalkeith in 2014.
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Under police and pilot vehicle escort, the 9km journey to Kings Park took over three hours, starting at midnight to minimise traffic disruption. Safely upright in Kings Park, the Dragon Tree's extensive canopy was preserved during the transplant. Support anchors will remain until the root system re-establishes.

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- Presented to the peopled of Western Australia by Mr A.Stoneham in 1902.
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Lotterywest Federation Walkway glass bridge
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Since opening in 2003, it has become one of Kings Park and Botanic Garden's most popular tourist attractions.
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The 40 minute return journey begins at the State's Centenary of Federation floral emblem mosaic - the Kings Park Federation Flame Kangaroo Paw. It travels through the Western Australian Botanic Garden and over the spectacular elevated 52 metre glass and steel arched bridge to the Beedawong amphitheatre. The journey extends 620 metres through the Western Australian Botanic Garden over an arched bridge suspended among a canopy of tall eucalypts. Along the way, visitors can enjoy views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the diverse Western Australian flora, Aboriginal art, the Water Garden and Marri woodland forest.
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Interpretive signage details Kings Park and Botanic Garden's connection to Federation and the importance of Lord John Forrest's involvement in the Park's history.
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The rusted steel structure finish was designed to blend in with the trees in the gardens. It provides a potent reminder of the rusted steel of camps, farms and mines in the Western Australian bush at the time of Federation.

After Kings Park on my birthday, Yvonne took us to Mill Point
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for lunch at Blue Water Grill.
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the view to Perth city was stunning
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and the local magpie lark was pretty too :)
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