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Park, Beach and Roos!

Around Perth quintessentials

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One of the things Perth is rightly very proud of is Kings Park, 1,003 acres of park and bush overlooking the city and the vantage point for the quintessential postcard shot of Perth's skyscrapper skyline. Pride of place overlooking the city goes to the WA State War Memorial but there is also an impressive 17 acre gardens including an elevated walkway constructed using lottery funding.

Perth Skyline from Kings Park

Perth Skyline from Kings Park


The State War Memorial in Kings Park overlooking Perth

The State War Memorial in Kings Park overlooking Perth


Me by the WA State War Memorial in Kings Park overlooking Perth

Me by the WA State War Memorial in Kings Park overlooking Perth

Perth, like Sydney likes its beaches along the ocean when it gets hot and the most famous of these is Cottesloe Beach. When we went there it was the first weekend of the annual Sculpture by the Sea outdoor sculpture exhibition that began on Sydney's Bondi Beach back in 1997 and has also been held at Perth's Cottesloe Beach since 2005. Wierd and wonderful modern sculptures were dotted along the beach and its immediate surroundings. I must admit for me I am not sure they all worked but it was a good excuse to have a look around.

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach


Sculpture of a lobster on Cottesloe Beach

Sculpture of a lobster on Cottesloe Beach


Skeleton on a ladder by the Pavilion on Cottesloe Beach

Skeleton on a ladder by the Pavilion on Cottesloe Beach


Crocodile sculpture on Cottesloe Beach

Crocodile sculpture on Cottesloe Beach


Admiring a sculpture hanging between the trees with the poles of the Bali Bombing Memorial on the beach in the background

Admiring a sculpture hanging between the trees with the poles of the Bali Bombing Memorial on the beach in the background

However one thing I definately wanted to see while in Perth was a wild kangaroo; not as easy as it sounds and as we drove up to Mundaring Weir in the Perth Hills 24 miles outside of Perth there was no guarantee we would succeed. At first all we saw was a couple of kangaroos foraging in someone's front garden but they soon disappeared before we could get a decent photo, it looked like I was going to leave Perth empty handed. Then, just like the quokkas on Rottnest Island we were surrounded by a mob of about a dozen kangaroos just as we were about to give up! We celebrated with a drink afterwards at the local pub.

A couple of Kangaroos foraging in a front garden

A couple of Kangaroos foraging in a front garden


Kangaroos foraging in the Forest

Kangaroos foraging in the Forest


Me with a couple wild kangaroos behind me

Me with a couple wild kangaroos behind me


One final photo of a wild kangaroo

One final photo of a wild kangaroo

Mundaring Weir Hotel

Mundaring Weir Hotel

Having been lucky with the quokka on Rottnest Island and the kangaroos at Mundaring Weir I thought we would also tick off the camel ride I missed in Oman with a visit to Camel Farm at Calamunda.

Few people realise it but there are actually more camels in Australia than Egypt and Saudi Arabia combined! Camels were brought to Australia as pack animals in the 19th Century and when with the advent of trucks and trains they were no longer needed they were set free and thrived! Being bred as pack animals rather than for racing as happens in the Middle East they also tend to be larger than their Arab cousins. Anyhow after a short trek through the forest on the back of a camel called Wasim I had another tick in the box.

Me on a camel trekking through the Perth Hills

Me on a camel trekking through the Perth Hills


Camels waiting their turn at Calamunda

Camels waiting their turn at Calamunda


Nearby there was also an Emu in an enclosure but he looked grumpy so we did not get too close!

Nearby there was also an Emu in an enclosure but he looked grumpy so we did not get too close!

Posted by FrancisRTW 09.03.2013 19:00 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches animals beer perth videos aborigine war_memorials

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