I’m not going to live near a railway! Perth’s YHA is very convenient for the station but the trains pass by really close and love to sound their horn as they travel: even at night!
I wake with a mild headache, and a concern about Easter!
Last night at the Korean restaurant, we had been joking about the strangeness of celebrating harvest festival at the same time as Easter. For someone from the UK this does not make sense and I’d never thought of it before. Today, I realise that Easter is next week!
And we have not booked any accommodation at all! And when I make enquiries, everyone tells me it is a very busy time and all families go on holiday and accommodation is at a premium. Haven’t you booked already, they say amazed!
Sure enough Wotif shows us that Easter weekend is fully booked!
Oh, we’ll how bad can it be? We only have today to see Perth, let’s go!
Perth has three free buses. We choose the red CAT because it stops very near the YHA and because it’s circuit travels the longest distance along Perth city.
It’s a bit disjointed initially, spacious, several medium sized green spaces, all the shops and businesses you might expect of a large and successful city.
Kings Park, larger than Central Park NY,we are told, has a whole range of interest, from children’s corner to botanic garden. We make our way round, impressed by the number of team building groups we find, sporting T-shirts from various major multinationals.
Once we reach the viewing platform we get a sense of what this city is about.
Like Sydney it is based around an estuary system. The river mouth is enormous providing an incredible natural harbour. Housing spreads right round this water and the efficient transport systems are very evident.
The CBD offers a proud and confident skyline and way off in the distance, bush land surrounds the city. The panoramas are wonderful, especially from a viewing platform beside three cafes. Under this platform is an aboriginal art gallery, which we explore. There are some wonderful modern pieces here. Firstly I select two cushion covers, which are gorgeous. Then I fall in love with a piece made from hand made paper, constructed in 3D in red depicting a topography of a journey around water holes.
Purchases made, we explore the botanic gardens and their collection of Banksia plants, before finding the Bell Tower down by the harbour. Nearby, is a massive sundial. As part of John’s work concerned time we spend a while examining this time piece.
There are so many wonderful things to see in Perth, I am sure we missed loads. We walked until we could walk no more, finding quaint, English style alleys and brash modern buildings. Eventually we need a drink. The first place we poke our noses into is noisy beyond belief, we spy “The Nest” up high and make our way up there. This is also quite noisy, but with a vibrancy we love, full of people who have just finished work. I wonder if they had to do their share of teamwork games, it seems very popular here.
Back at the YHA, we begin the thankless task of finding somewhere to live over Easter. Not as easy as I thought. We only secured one night so far!