Day 85 Excursion from Fremantle to Perth March 28, 2019

The ship overnighted in Perth, so on March 28th we achieved an early start for our excursion to Perth.   


Allan our tour guide for the day. 



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.


Tons of animals and birds to see. 


Nice wombat.


Female eclectus parrot and the





male eclectus parrot.  It took 100 years before they realized they are the same species.  

Pink Cockatoo




Owl stare down.





Strange lizards.



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.


We departed the park and headed back with a couple stops yet to go.   Lots more vineyards in this area.   



Crossing back over the Swan River.




Nice flowers.





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.




New apartment building with bright colors we thought Tyler would like.  



Large palm trees in downtown park.




Christ Church Claremont.  




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.

The Batavia hit a reef off Western Australia on June 4, 1629 and although attempts were made to refloat it, the ship quickly broke open and flooded.  



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.


Day 84 Fremantle Australia March 27, 2019

Today, March 27th, the Viking Sun, kissed the dock at Fremantle at 4:15 pm.






We had a smooth ride from Albany.  The coastline of Australia in the early afternoon.


Attractive looking town.









Interesting way to position the gangplank. 




They pick it up with this crane and slide the end onto Deck 2 of the Viking Sun.



We went ashore before dinner to explore the waterfront.  Several Statues from this local rock star to




these two fisherman/crabbers.


Large marina with lots of boats





including interesting old ones.







In/Out service is big.





More than a few large boats.




Our friends from L3 are here.




There is a nearby beach.




A natural area.



The original jail and the modern harbor control building.



Beach plus small marina.







We stayed until it was too dark to take photos and then headed back to the boat for dinner.

Day 83 Albany Australia March 26, 2019

We arrived mid-morning on the 26th in Albany after going slower through the Great Australian Bight to improve passenger comfort in the bad sea state.  This was Vikings first visit to this small town of 40,000 people.  This is a small port sized to the town.  Clean port.




Nice looking town.




Mostly modest but nice homes.




We start with a bus tour with our guide Jay.  This is a means to view what they see as important.



First stop is their museum. 



The British  arrived on the Amity with the intention of starting a community.  To do this, they had to interact with the Aboriginal culture.



In the museum, they cover what they know about the previous culture and what has happened since  that is of importance to them.


They discussed the interactions between the two groups.  Initially, it was very friendly, but then as the British brought more and more people including heavy-handed administrators, the relationships deteriorated.



Their participation in WW I



and WW II still seems painful to them as they lost a high percentage of those that went off to war.



We toured the jail built by convicts in 1850.



Single cell




and some of the grounds,






This was a different philosophy jail.  They were trying for rehabilitation and those that qualified were allowed to work in the community for a small allowance.  Also viewed as cheap labor for the community. 

Today, they are environmentally conscious, and the next stop was the wind farm.  They currently supply 80% of their electrical power needs from the 18 windmills currently installed.  The windmills are owned and operated by a private contractor. 

At a windspeed of 35 mph the farm (18 turbines) would be at the maximum output of 35 megawatts.



Pretty countryside





and nice houses on the way back from the wind farm.






Back in town we check out 3 of the large church buildings.











Uniting Church in Australia a Wesley Church established in 1863 with its 1890’s Victorian architecture.


We finished off with cheese/crackers and ice cream bars in this park originally built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.  It has gone through periods of decay but has been recently restored to its former glory.

Interesting visit to small town Australia.



Days 81 & 82 Great Australian Bight March 24 – 25, 2019

We took the planned two days to cross the Great Australian Bight.  It was a bumpy passage.

  • 29-foot waves on the 24th
  • 20-foot waves on the 25th

Massive low-pressure area to the south of us.  The Captain went north into the bight, but we still had significant wind and waves.  They emptied the swimming pools.  I like flat water better.   😉


Day 80 Adelaide Australia March 23, 2019

Day 79 was a day at sea.

Day 80 we arrived at Port Adelaide early on March 23rd


We started with a bus tour with Graham.





On the way into town we saw this boat under restoration.  Back in the day it traveled between Scotland and here.  A Scot on vacation saw it rotting in the harbor, bought it, and is spending millions to restore it.  Future tourist attraction and consistent with their view of honoring the past.   Well built old buildings abound.





This is the largest city in the south




that was not founded as a penal colony.




Well laid out broad streets were part of the planning for this city.



They honor Colonel William Light who surveyed the site and and laid the city of Adelaide.  Planned and laid out, not just a city that grew as it went.



This is the football stadium.  Big game today.  This is some of the only green grass in or around the city.  The parks are allowed to reclaim gray water and use it for irrigation of the public areas


and the golf course.




Modern high rises mixed in with the classic buildings.




The trams in the city center are everywhere and free.




Public transportation covers the city.




We spent some time at their central shopping area.



The place is well decorated.





There are interesting side arcades.








With interesting (freaky) displays.






We thought Gabe would like this statue.


Various buskers in the area.









Another type of entrepreneur.  My kind of shop.




Gramma found a store for Lily.




We continued on the bus tour to the shoreline city of Glenelg.  It is a lovely city.



Monument to the founding of South Australia in 1836.




Walking pier.


Large beach areas.





City Hall as seen from the pier.




Houses along the beach.  We had lunch on the water front in Glenelg and then took the tram back into Adelaide.



They call themselves the city of churches and there are many.







They are good at statues.

War memorial. 




Reading in the park.



WWI Memorial.






Hanging out in the park.


We went to their Australia Museum that focused on the aboriginal heritage.



Displays of carvings.





Decorated baskets.  















and Trading Canoes.  Great Museum.




We took the train back to the boat and departed soon afterward for Albany.


Day 78 Geelong Australia March 21, 2019

Day 77 was a relaxing day at sea and we enjoyed dinner with Janice and John Barney.    

On March 21st, Day 78, we arrive in Geelong early on March 21st




We anchor out and are tendered in to the local Yacht Club.



They have these pole statues all over town for the tourists to take photos.




They have nice homes and many of them are classics.  Once again they are a town that is proud of their heritage.



This provides lots of unique homes





from various eras.




They do seem to like their gardens.






Shopping was along the streets, with no malls in sight.






For the morning we took a bus tour with Sian as our driver and guide.



The country side was very brown.  They are into the 5th year of drought, and have not had rain since before Christmas (i.e. none so far this year).


The tour stopped at a small marina for coffee and a restroom break.




Clever wall decoration inside the coffee shop.



For the afternoon we took our own walking tour and visited the National Wool Museum that was only 3 blocks from the Yacht Club.  This was a great decision.




The first thing we saw was a sheep shearing exhibition. 



This guy likes the mechanical (not electric) shears as the lamb just lays there.  Very interesting process. 


Old caretakers’ cabin.



Love these old stoves.




They had a whole floor that contained the various old machines that got you to fabric from the raw wool. 







Lots of processing required.












An automatic sock knitting machine.  Who knew?



Their show piece was a 109 year old rug weaving loom.  With 7 colors, 1,323 bobbins, and 1,992 punch cards the 1910 Axminster Jacquard gripper-type carpet loom is awesome.  It takes these bobbins of yarn




and turns them into this beautiful carpet. 

Here you see the operator and the digital punch card instructions.  These punch cards control the bobbin selection and then move forward when those instructions have been completed.  This design system of Josepth Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) influenced the legendary Charles Babbage (1791-1871) who is known as “the father of the computer” and credited with inventing the first mechanical computer.  That’s amazing.  Excited to have seen this wonderful computing machine.  That was such a great stop, gramma bought a new wool top. 






Checked out some more statues.








Another place with a Robinson R44.  This is the third operation with an R-44 that we have seen along the southern coast.



Back to the yacht club





and back to our boat. 




Goodbye Geelong.




Much to our surprise, Clark is joining us on the boat.  😉

What a day.  Can not get over that carpet weaving machine.

Day 76 Hobart Tasmania Australia March 19, 2019

We arrived in Hobart early on March 19th


Obviously, wood is a major export.  We learned this is all going to Asia.



We jumped on the included tour with our guide Erika.




We drove through some upscale neighborhoods where they work to keep the exteriors classic even if the interiors are upgraded.





They are proud of the laws that maintain the old looks.





Certainly, many beautiful homes are being maintained.


Nice view of the harbor from these homes.




Anglican Church under restoration.




First stop is the oldest brewery in Australia.  Cascade Brewery was established in 1824.



It is a great looking brewery with well-maintained grounds



and still very much in operation.





House by the brewery.



Watering Hole that dates to the whaling days.





Next stop – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.



Some big old trees.





Nice flowers.








And beautify lily ponds.







Their floral clock.




They are celebrating their 200th Anniversary of these gardens.




French Section.







Japanese section.








Nice succulents.



Nice conservatory





and plants (Aechmea Fasciata).




Next stop is Rosny Point Lookout on the Eastern Shore.




You cross this bridge to get there.  The spans are a bit unequal.  The bridge was hit by the freighter Lake Illawarra in 1975 dropping two spans and killing 12 people.


This model shows how the ship still lies under water at the base of the bridge.  They have installed monitors and the Navy dives on it yearly to make sure it is not moving.

Leaving the ship after lunch and entering into town we pass these statues.  After the US gained independence in 1776, the British looked for places other than the colonies to dump their undesirables and Tasmania (called Van Diemen’s Land back then) became a penal colony.  Between 1803 and 1853 they sent 13,000 women to Tasmania as prisoners.  These statues highlight the English cruelty to the women prisoners.  Some of the crimes were stealing thread = 7-year sentence, stealing corn = 7-year sentence, etc.   Some of the women arrived with young children or babies.  At age 2 they would take babies from their mothers and place them in orphanages.  If the mother was not released before the child reached 12 then the child was placed into service (nice name for slavery). 


There were some nice statues at the water front.










A variety of boats at the downtown marina.






There were also a number of fishing boats that would sell part of their catch




to these restaurants,





who in turn would fix you a very fresh seafood meal.  (tide was out)



Our 3rd big stop was at the Maritime Museum.




They had an extensive scrimshaw display




that was impressive.





July 10, 1995 the MV Iron Baron hit the Hebe Reef at the mouth of the Tamar River.  Estimated 325 tonnes of heavy bunker fuel oil was released before the ship could be disposed of properly.  The penguins were dying from oil ingestion when preening themselves.  They knit these sweaters so the penguins would have to stop preening until they could get them cleaned up.



A ton of nifty models.  This is the barque Lady Franklin



and the 671 ton iron barque James Craig  – too bad they got the name backwards.




I like the way this guy talked 😉



The Maritime Museum obligatory lighthouse Fresnel lens.




Gramma driving




the Silver Crown.




Nice knots.




Back in the day, this guy Henry Jones made jams.  The IXL means “I Excel” but probably not at modesty.

The peak for this company was in the mid 1920’s and at that time they had 1,100 employees and could fill 30,000 tins of jam in one eight-hour shift.   Henry Jones started each day at the jam factory with prayer. Perhaps he did excel.  

That sure seemed like a lot packed into one day.  These islanders are certainly interesting and industrious.

Day 75 Tasman Sea March 18, 2019

We are on the Tasman Sea on March 18th headed for Hobart Tasmania, Australia.  The day started out with rough seas of 9 to 13 feet, but it laid down all day and was comfortable by evening. 


Great evening entertainment by a hard rock violinists Katei.  Loud and fast.  Mostly great fun.

Day 74 Sydney and our departure March 17, 2019

We have the morning available in Sydney on the 17th with ship departure at 2:00 pm.  We had planned to go ashore, explore The Rocks area some more and visit the hotel where we stayed in 1996 for our 25th wedding anniversary.



Instead we awoke to driving rain and decided to stay on the boat and enjoy the morning in dry clothes.



We had lunch and by the time for departure, the weather had lifted to only a light drizzle.  So, we were able to get lots of great photos on our way out of town.



Huge sandstone formations.  Must have been a huge flood here a while back.





Nice boats





and apartments.





We are going out under the Sydney Harbor Bridge




and past the Opera House.






The captain does a 360 spin turn so everyone on the boat can enjoy all the views


and we certainly do that.  This photo is by John Barney from his stateroom veranda as we say goodbye to Sydney for this trip.




We pass by some picturesque bays





and beaches and head out to the Tasman Sea.  Sydney does not disappoint.  Very enjoyable visit.

Day 73 We continue in Sydney March 16, 2019

We start the day with a photo of us with Melody taken by her husband Kwai-Ting.  Nice couple from China that we talk with frequently on the ship.

We want to go to the Maritime Museum and the Sea Life Aquarium so we sign up for the Hop On/Hop Off tour bus for the cheapest taxi service plan.  I do like sitting on the open upper deck to take photos along the way.


Great architecture any where you look.





They seem to have a fascination with showing us the red-light district. 


Fountain war memorial.




This is known as an Avant guard market where you may discover the next big designer.


Australian Navy.  Note the kangaroo on the side of the ship.  For New Zealand they have a kiwi.  That way, when the sailors arrive back from the bar they can get on the correct grey ship.



Nice Porsche.




Huge sandstone formations everywhere.




Building with an exterior garden.  Looks really weird.




First stop today is the Maritime Museum.



Nice sculpture.





The required 1st order Fresnel lens for a maritime museum.



Display of the first woman to solo circumnavigate the globe.

Her 37-foot sail boat is on display.







They have an old steam engine that  is cut away and is kept in motion as part of the display.  Well done.


They also have some ships floating in the harbor that are impressive. 



This is the Endeavour and you can book 11-day trips.




We ate lunch on the waterfront and then walked across this footbridge in Darling Harbour to the Sea Life Museum.



In the line, we ran into some of the food service staff from our boat and gave them 20% off discount coupons.  They had not picked up the tour books of course.







This museum was amazingly large.  Every time you thought you were done, you entered another room with more stuff.  Many great things, including sea anemones and clown fish,


reef fish,





plant imitating fish,




a manatee,




large eagle rays,





a hiding manta ray,








more reef fish,






jelly fish,












more sharks,




and turtles.





We returned to the boat via our Hop On bus going via The Rocks area.  Another great day in Sydney.