Holidays are always a chance to try different restaurants and we dined at several restaurants within easy walking distance of our hotel during our stay in Perth.
Caffe Italia was a short distance from our hotel and we dined there on two occasions. This is a great Italian restaurant with a wide selection of dishes including varieties of pasta, gnocchi and pizza. On the first visit I had the chicken parmigiana and the scaloppine al funghi on the second visit - both great dishes. We also shared entrees of bruscheta al pomodora and calamari fritti. This is a very busy restaurant and when, on the Sunday, we were looking for somewhere to eat there were queues waiting for a table. We went for a walk and were able to get a table a short time later. On our return visit later in the week we arrived at the restaurant relatively early but while we were enjoying our meal we noticed queues forming again.
Jaws Japanese Sushi restaurant in the Hay Street Mall where we enjoyed trying selections from the sushi train. On the Friday evening we selected from the sushi train at the East Perth Jaws restaurant, also in Hay Street, a short distance from the hotel.
Bluerock. This is where we had a Continental Breakfast each morning. Compared with a number of hotels where we have previously stayed a really good selection of cereals (for adults) including muesli was provided as well as natural yoghurt and a variety of fruit. I enjoyed breakfast on this holiday. There was also toast, a selection of pastries plus cold meat, hard boiled eggs etc (there were a number of visitors from Europe staying at the hotel). A hot breakfast was also available and, in the restaurant garden, egg and bacon rolls were cooked and sold to passers-by on their way to the cricket at the WACA around the corner from the hotel.
We also had dinner at the Bluerock on two occasions. While the test match was on a special menu was provided.
Miss Maud pastry house in the Carillon City Arcade. This cafe serves good hot chocolate. We also had a light lunch there one day. There are a number of these cafes, based on Swedish Pastry Houses, throughout Perth and suburbs.
on the corner of Plain Street and Royal Street, East Perth. The restaurant is close to Gloucester Park, where the Championship Meet and Greet was held, and the WACA and a short walk from the hotel where we stayed. This is another fine Perth Italian restaurant and I enjoyed the risotto.
The Royal on the Waterfront, a hotel and restaurant diagonally opposite the Antico Caffe. The colonial beer battered coral trout and chips was very good.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
On our last day in Perth Gina and Andrew took us for a drive to the Swan Valley, north east of Perth.
Our first stop was at the bakery at Bindoon, 84 km from Perth city, where we had lunch. The bakery is the main attraction in Bindoon and was a popular stop at lunchtime, particularly for motorcyclists.
We stopped at the Margaret River Chocolate Company at Swan River where we explored the range of chocolates and I sampled their hot chocolate.
|Margaret River Chocolate Company|
After the completion of the Senior Cricket Australia National Championships we stayed in Perth to spend the weekend with my brother and his family. This was also an opportunity to explore Perth outside the central city and cricket grounds.
Matilda Bay on the Swan River, a peaceful place with views of Perth and the nearby marina.
COTTESLOE BEACH: North of Fremantle is Cottesloe Beach.
When we arrived a shark spotter plane flew over the beach, the alarm sounded, the flags on the beach were removed and the swimmers left the water. Only one swimmer ventured back into the water for a short time before deciding to return to the beach.
HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR: Hillarys Boat Harbour, south of Joondalup, was the final destination.
|Andrew relaxing - taking in the view|
|Cottesloe Beach Pavilion|
|View of the beach|
|Looking towards Fremantle|
We arrived in Fremantle at lunchtime and after a lunch of fish and chips at E Shed Markets we then made a quick visit to the nearby Western Australian Maritime Museum.
On our visit we saw a number of interesting exhibits on early visitors to the Western Australian coast before European settlement, sea trading along the Western Australian coast and the development of fisheries by Europeans, particularly families from Italy. Australia II is a featured exhibit at the museum. The memory wall shows the significance of Fremantle as the first entry to Australia for many new migrants.
Older buildings have been retained in many Fremantle streets adding character to the city.
At the end of High Street we located the Round House. The Round House was built in 1831 as a prison and in 1837 a request was made by the Fremantle Whaling Company for permission to build a tunnel from Bathers Beach to High Street. The tunnel was used to transport whale products from the whaling station jetty on the beach to the settlement.
We walked through the tunnel to Bathers Beach. Bathers Beach was where Captain Charles Howe Fremantle claimed British sovereignty over the west coast of New Holland in May 1829.
During World War II the tunnel was used as an air raid shelter. A small side tunnel was excavated to provide access from cottages above to the tunnel if required. From 1905 to 1919 electricity cables ran through the tunnel while from 1916 to 1975 a sewerage pipe also ran through a trench in the tunnel.
After exploring part of Fremantle for a couple of hours it was back on a ferry for the return trip to Perth.
|WA Maritime Museum|
|Dugongs - mother and child|
|STS Leeuwin II|
|High Street, Fremantle|
|High Street, Fremantle|
|Round House and Whalers' Tunnel|
|Looking through the tunnel towards the beach|
|Interior of the tunnel|
|View from beach towards tunnel and Round House|
|Perth from the ferry to Fremantle|
|A Captain Cook ferry travelling to Perth|
|Rainbow - a colourful sculpture made from sea containers|