h) Back to Perth
Sunday 17th April Monkey Mia to Geraldton
On the road by 9am and heading to Denham were we stopped at the IGA (only shop open) to buy some lunch supplies. Next stop was for fuel at the Overlander where we had morning tea. We passed many 4WDs with boats on the roof towing caravans all heading north - the fishing must be good. There were also a few road trains.
As we drove south the countryside was noticeably dry - the paddocks were red dirt
There was only one town, Northampton - no sign of people except at the bowling club.
We arrived in Geraldton and booked into the Ocean Centre Hotel mid afternoon.
We asked where to find the supermarket and were directed to IGA (only one open on a Sunday afternoon), it was doing great business.
Bought noodles for tea and went to the waterfront to eat. afterwards we went for a walk along the waterfront and discovered the yellow submarine.
Monday 18th April Geraldton
Walked along the foreshore the other way this morning.
Went grocery shopping this morning - now we can eat.
Spent a couple of hours sightseeing around town in the afternoon. First stop the HMAS Sydney Memorial
Next stop St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Then over to Point Moore to the lighthouse and beach.
It was very windy and the kite surfers were taking advantage of the wind.
We sat on the beach eating our Japanese takeaway and watching the sun go down.
Tuesday 19th April Geraldton To Scarborough (Perth)
We cut short our time in Geraldton and went to Perth a day early after booking an extra day at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough. We now have 7 days here.
An 8:30 start heading south on the coast road.
As we travelled along the Indian Ocean Drive we made a few diversions, the first being for morning tea on the beach.
The large sand hills were very white fine sand
Another was along the road into Wedge which was interesting.
Wedge is a small community of fishing shacks nestled in the sand hills.
There was even a Give Way sign on the road onto the beach.
Further down the road we stopped for lunch at a picnic spot beside the Moore River.
After lunch back on the road to Perth only stopping at Two Rocks.
One of the two rocks.
Kevin and one of the two rocks.
We arrived at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, a Perth beach suburb, mid afternoon and soon settled into our ocean view deluxe room on the 19th floor. It won't be hard to stay here for 7 days.
Wednesday 20th April Perth
Went to the local Westfield and had a coffee then decided to go to Fremantle for the afternoon.
St Patrick's basilica in Fremantle
A ship at the dock
While in Fremantle Anne had her hair cut.
Back in Scarborough we watched the sun go down and then
went to Jimmy Dean's for dinner using our Scoopon voucher.
Thursday 21st April Perth
Kevin took the car for a service this morning and Anne read her book.
In the afternoon went for a walk on the beach and then Anne went for a swim in the hotel pool.
Friday 22nd April Perth
We to the beach this morning and dipped our toes in. Back to th hotel pool for a swim.
In the afternoon we drove to Hillary's Boat Harbour - a marina, swimming beach, shops and amusement park.
Just before sunset we took a walk along Scarborough beach.
Saturday 23rd April Perth
Went into the city this morning to have a look around. Went in by bus and train; returned by bus.
Took a walk on the beach in the afternoon.
Ate dinner on the balcony and watched as the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
Sunday 24th April Rottnest Island
Today we spent the day on Rottnest Island.
We took the Rottnest Express from Fremantle to Thomson Bay on Rottnest.
The video below was taken though to adverts covering the window, that is the reason for the funny grid over the video.
We were amazed at the number of boats in the marina.
We then bought all day tickets on the Bayseeker Bus, found the bus stop and waited for the bus which was late. Fortunately we were near the head of the line and got a seat, the bus was crowded.
We alighted at stop 4 where we met the Quokka family who were waiting for the food handouts.
From there we walked around the point
and waited and waited for the bus.
It was full when it arrived but we managed to fit on, then Kevin spied a couple of empty seats up the back so we made our way through the standing passengers who obviously didn't want to sit, and sat for the rest of the journey around the island. We decided to stay on the bus until we reached our starting stop.
After lunch we took a trip on the train to Oliver Hill, a WWII gun emplacement. We even had the opportunity to drive the train.
Oliver Hill has tunnels and gun emplacements form WW11as well as extensive views.
We arrived back at Settlement station and walked over to the jetty where we had a 45 minute wait for our journey back to Fremantle.
This time it was not the Rottnest Express but the ecoexpress - a 45 seat jet boat.
We donned shower proof jackets.
The trip proved not to be as exciting as we expected - we didn't even get wet, but we did have fun.
It was not long before we we disembarking at Fremantle.
Monday 25th April Perth
Went to the beach during the morning.
The surf was quite rough and so strong Anne was swept off her feet.
Kevin went walking along the beach and snapped these birds (not seagulls).
The arrow points to our Anne on our balcony.
We watched our last sunset here in Scarborough, we leave for Busselton tomorrow.
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