Heading out of town we pass the Swan River area.
Lots of nice homes on the way,
and I decide this is the tile roof capital of Australia.
The skyline of Perth comes into view.
Nice parks along the Swan River.
Many large vineyards, although our tour guide stated the premium wine areas were farther south.
Our big stop for the day is at Caversham Wildlife Park. This scrub brush is typical of the unimproved landscape.
The park itself is very well manicured.
Female eclectus parrot and the
Owl stare down.
We saw dozens of kangaroos and had a chance to feed them.
I think Gramma sold more food.
Our favorite for the day, was the koala exhibit.
They are so cute,
and we had a chance to pet their backs. They are very soft.
We finished off at Caversham Park with a small area that had two black swans,
a nasty rescue pelican that liked to chase things,
and the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor). The Little Penguin is only 40 cm tall. Note the second one peaking out from the side. We were very pleased to add this penguin species to our list.
Crossing back over the Swan River.
Went through downtown Perth.
Sporting events occur near the center of town. This is the football stadium.
And right next door is where the trotters run.
Large palm trees in downtown park.
Enjoyed a stop at Cottesloe Beach.
This was also a chance to show off my new Australian hat we bought at Caversham.
When we returned to Freemantle, that last stop on the tour was another prison. There have been 3,000 prisons in Australia. Over 165,000 men, women and children were transported from Great Britain to Australia as punishment for their crimes between 1788 and 1868.
We head out on our own. Checked out the Anglican Church.
Fremantle Town Trust established in 1848.
Next stop was the Western Australia Shipwrecks Museum.
Most of the crew and passengers made it to shore, but a mutiny ensued, and 125 men, women, and children were murdered. Eventually, a rescue crew restored order and the mutineers were hung. After 300+ years this section of the stern was raised. Those old timbers are amazing.
The second big find in this museum is a fascinating relic that they worked 20 years to restore. This engine recovered from the SS Xantho in 1985 had been underwater for more than 100 years. The museum recovered it, disassembled it, conserved it and then re-assembled it. The fact that it now can be turned over by hand is just amazing.
Back to the Viking Sun. Time to depart Australia. We sure have enjoyed our visits to the many ports in Australia.