Blogs from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle March 29th 2023

We are in Busselton for our next stop. We are up early for our trip to the lighthouse and Ngilgi caves. It’s a gorgeous day with blue skies and not a cloud in the sky. The azure sea is twinkling in the sunlight. We are to tender ashore and over the tannoy the captain tells it’s the longest tender, 3 miles, because the sea is so shallow. Thank goodness the sea is much calmer than Kangaroo Island! It takes us just over 30 minutes to reach the land, passing the mile long wooden pier, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. The beach goes on for miles and is pure white,wonderful! We are taken to the light house on a coach and our guide is a former headteacher from the city of Busselton. Now you are probably ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle August 27th 2022

Day 2: 27Aug2022 (Sat) - Sunny Rise and shine! We all had a good sleep and finally no more headache! Weather was also amazing! We had a quick and light breakfast (bread and yoghurt) in the hotel before checking out. Our first stop: The Roundhouse The scenery was breathtaking. However, as we were near to the beach, it was very windy, A kept shouting "COLD, COLD, COLD", so we didn't manage to take any nice photos and had to leave quickly. 2nd stop: Playground at the Esplanade A was thrilled to see the huge playground and didn't want to leave 3rd stop: Fremantle Market The market was smaller than expected, but the food was good. We ordered duck bao, soup and Dutch pancakes. We also bought a wool hat for A. Then it was time to ... read more
Fremantle Market
Kangaroos spotted!
Sandalford Wines

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle August 26th 2022

It was our first flight together as a family of 3! It's also A first aeroplane experience. As A had not reached 2, his ticket was free. This is probably the first and last time he will be travelling for free. Day 1: 26Aug2022 (Fri) - Sunny We arrived early at Changi Airport as our flight was at 0930. After checked in, we had our breakfast at the food court and explored the grounds. We went to the butterfly garden, but A was more intrigued by the aeroplanes outside and fishes in the pond. Soon, it was time to board the plane. Our seats were at the front so we have ample leg space, but as A did not have a seat, we have put the blanket and pillow on the ground instead. Take off was ... read more
Smile for our first flight together!
Dinner at Cicerello's

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle September 3rd 2021

Thanks to our beloved Qantas we've got another day here in Perth, so we head back up to Kings Park. It seems that we’re here during the annual Kings Park Festival which is apparently timed to coincide with the blossoming of wildflowers in the south west of the State. We walk up through the Park’s Western Australian Botanic Garden which we read displays more than 3,000 species of the State's unique flora. It’s still a bit chilly, if not quite as Antarctic-like as it was yesterday. We come across some boab trees. It seems that they’re a parochial lot over here in the west; a map shows the boab habitat as being solely in the WA Kimberley, and stopping abruptly at the Northern Territory border. I wonder if they have a team of highly trained botanists ... read more
Perth and the Swan River from Kings Park
Western Australia Botanic Garden, Kings Park
Old Fremantle Gaol

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle September 2nd 2021

Today we fly to Perth as we finally start to make our way home. The number of new COVID cases per day back in Melbourne is in the hundreds and climbing steadily, and the authorities have now conceded that they can’t get it back to zero. This means that we'll be locked up until everyone’s had their jabs, which won’t be for quite a few months yet. We keep asking ourselves who in their right mind would willingly go back to that. Well us it seems….. only because if we stay here for much longer we’ll go broke. We stop at a petrol station to fill up our trusty hire car before returning it to Broome Airport. As often happens in these situations we can’t find the button to open the petrol cap. I push and ... read more
Perth and the Swan River from Kings Park
Kings Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle March 12th 2020

Photos from Adelaide and Albany hopefully! Altho the photos are in no particular order I hope you enjoy them. As you can see it was heard to stop when the birds were so close. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle December 10th 2018

SC : I'm now on the solo leg of the trip heding out West ... Yesterday I was up and out early for my flight (flight number 8 of RTW4) from Sydney to Perth. Cathy got up early to take me to the local bus stop and from there I took public transport. I was not expecting much from my 5 hours, 4,500 km and three time zones flight to Perth in Western Australia but it turned out quite well. No issues except a particulalrly long wait for luggage. Then I drove my hire car down ot Fremantle (only 40 minutes and got settled into my decent city centre hotel around lunchtime. This left me time to explore downtown and the famous "Freo Market".... I should explain here the Aussie predilection for shortening names And words ... read more
Free beer at a launch party
Freo market
Insie the "Little Creatures" restaurant and bar

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle March 16th 2016

The day after our arrival in Perth was a Sunday, so we decided to go to mass at the Redemptorist monastery in North Perth. To our surprise and delight, the priest saying the mass was previously the parish priest in our home parish of Mary Mackillop at Warnervale in New South Wales. John was as pleased to see us as we were to see him. Over a cup of tea, he introduced us to members of his parish then drove us back into the centre of Perth. We arranged to meet him later in the day for a meal. After spending a couple of hours shopping for last minute necessities for the cruise, we went back to hotel and rested for the afternoon out of the intense heat. (Well, Sylvia rested. I began to type up ... read more
Perth - Redemptorist Monastery Altar
Perth - is built on sand
Perth - Bell Tower

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle February 23rd 2016

Geo: -32.0531, 115.746We landed in Mauritius on a very hot and humid day. The tour excursion guide said that it was a pleasant 10 minute coastal walk into the city of Port Louis. It lied!! We walked along a very dusty road for over half an hour to reach the main part of the city. I was not feeling the best. So far on this trip I had been exceptionally well but this morning the 24 hour lurgy started so I was struggling a bit. I was determined not to miss out though. On the way to the Caudron Waterfront complex we passed both a Buddhist, Chinese temple and a Hindu temple under construction. Mauritius has a very multicultural population with many citizens of Indian descent who were brought here as indentured labour to work in ... read more
Hindu Temple
Shopping complex
Statue of first president of Mauritius

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle January 8th 2016

Geo: -32.0531, 115.746We left Adelaide yesterday and flew to Perth. Fortunately we were able to use our points to upgrade to Business so were in 1A and 1C. Had a very nice lunch on board with good wines and attentive service. Going back 2 and a half hours meant that we arrived before we left! We got a taxi from the airport to Freo. We had looked at other options but costs were similar and the convenience of not having to haul luggage on and off trains made this the better option. The Esplanade Hotel is an older style place recently bought and done up by Rydges. It is conveniently located and comfortable though the air conditioning in our room was not very efficient. After checking in we went for a walk, even though the temperature ... read more
Fremantle Town Hall
Esplanade Hotel

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