Hi all, as promised here are my reports from our two week (Jan 24th - Feb 6th) adventure in SouthWest WA. Thanks once again for all your super advice. There is no way we would have been able to have done so much without your help.
I was blown away with the secenry and fell in love with the place. The hospitality and kindness received from locals was a breath of fresh air. We will be back for sure. Ok, here goes...
Jan 24th Perth - Day 1
We arrived early at around 5:20am to a cloudy and slightly chilly summer morning in Perth. Very strange weather ideed! It's was only about 20c.
We waited about an hour to get the free shuttle bus into the city, as the first scheduled bus decided not to turn up. We finally arrived at the Hotel Comfort Inn Perth (127$) at 8am. Unfortunately, we couldn't check-in so we put our bags into their storage room, got some maps and decided to see the much talked about Kings Park. We had the choice of taking the free CAT bus there, but me being me decided to walk! On the way we stopped off at a roadside cafe and got some breakie. We went a bit crazy and bought way too much, but the rolls and sandwiches were so tasty, and the coffee, a flat white was awesome! We continued to walk along Hay Street nosing around through shops and consulting the map just to get our bearings. As we continued the weather, which was quite chilly due to the wind, turned and it began to rain. Not heavy, but enough to put you off a hike around the park. So we decided to stay in the city and enjoy the window shopping. Shame really, as I was looking forward to seeing the park.
The city itself seemed small, nothing like we are used to in Korea. It was clean, and very easy to navigate! We didn't see many tourists; instead the streets were full of businesses men and women heading to and from work. Most locals we saw seemed under dressed and we could hear everyone complaining about how untypical the weather was being.
By early afternoon the effects of two nights sleeping on the plane were begining to catch up with us, and we decided to catch the bus back to the hotel. (should have done this in the first place! We might have made it to the park - oh well) On the way we stopped off at the bell tower on the River edge, but we weren't impressed and swiftly got back on the bus. Back at the hotel we got washed and changed and made our way to the car rental place (Bayswater) which was just round the corner. Getting the car was a piece of cake, but we had to pay 5$ a day extra for my gf to be able to drive. Oh well! She's not getting out of it, I thought.
We left the car park hesitantly and programmed Fremantle into the GPS and off we went. Half an hour later we arrived. Parked our car in a stupid 1 hr maximum place for 2$ and decided to have a quick look around and hopefully find a better space. However, we kind of got lost and I was dying for the bathroom so we wasted a lot of time trying to find one! Bathrooms are not easily found, and are far and a few. Gonna have to be more careful.
As the weather was so miserable we weren't overly impressed with Fremantle either, oh no!. This was disappointing, as so many people had said how lovely it is. I can only imagine that on a nice day things would have looked a lot more attractive. We made our way to the harbor to have a look, but we were now pushed for time so doubled back to the car. We gave up on exploring Fremantle more and decided to head back as we were feeling rather zonked by this time.
That evening we got a nice Chinese meal from a local takeaway and took it back to the hotel to enjoy with a few bottles of VB. That was nice! Early night as tomorrow is our first full day of driving!
Not a very successful first day. Let’s hope things get better!