|Perth from the air (upside down)|
The next morning (Friday, I think), Brenda began feeling the symptoms of a cold she picked up somewhere, so she stayed in bed and gave me the morning off. So, I used the opportunity to walk as much of the city as I could. Our hotel was at the east end of downtown, so I walked towards the center of town. Downtown Perth, like other Australian cities, is a mixture of modern skyscrapers and colonial (late 1800's-early 1900's) buildings. As like other Australian cities, it's very clean, walkable, and the central city is busy. Here are a few views:
|The Perth Mint, built in 1899|
|Mixture of the old an new downtown. Yes, those are Christmas decorations.|
|Hay Street pedestrian mall|
|London Court, a shopping arcade off Hay Street|
|A plaza across from Perth Train Station|
|Murray Street, another pedestrian mall|
|Swan Bell Tower|
|View of central Perth from the bell tower|
|View across the Swan River from the bell tower|
|Perth Convention Center, viewed from the bell tower|
|Supreme Court Building|
|The Old Court House, the oldest building in Perth, built in 1836.|
|Inside the Old Court House|
|Government House, the official residence of the Government of Western Australia|
|Back to the Comfort Hotel, our home in Perth|
Our plan called for us to spend the first (Thursday) night in Perth, then drive to Wave Rock, which is about 250 miles east of Perth and spend Friday night there, and then return to Perth on Saturday. So, I dragged Brenda out of bed, checked out of hotel, picked up our rental car and headed to Wave Rock.
In Australia, they drive on the left. After a while this became pretty natural, except for the fact that the turn signals and windshield (windscreen) wiper controls are on opposite sides of what I am used to, so I turned on the wipers every time I made a turn. We had the cleanest windshield/screen in Australia.
Once we left Perth, I expected the scenery to be what you would associate with the Outback, but it was mostly wheatfields--sort of like driving through Kansas if Kansas had rolling hills.
After a stop for gas at Stumpy's Roadhouse, we arrived at Wave Rock. See if you can tell how Wave Rock got its name....
|Stumpy's Roadhouse: Eat Here, Get Gas|
Next to Wave Rock is Hippo's Yawn, a rock formation that is supposed to look like, well, you know what.
We then checked in to the Wave Rock Motel, and after dinner we did some stargazing. The sky was amazing--if I had been able to take a picture of the sky, it would look like the picture below, which I stole off the web.
|I did not take this picture|
The next morning we got up and revisited Wave Rock before heading back to Perth.
|At the Wave Rock Motel|
|The other side of Wave Rock|
|Wave Rock in the morning|
The drive back to Perth was uneventful, except for being pulled over for speeding (which I got off with a warning), and going through a DUI roadblock (at 1:00 on a Saturday afternoon!). After getting back to Perth, we checked into our hotel and did some sightseeing of areas we (I) hadn't covered the previous day. We spent most of our time in King's Park, which has grass that's lusher than most fairways, and spectacular views over Perth.
|House near Kings Park--traditional Australian architecture|
|View of downtown from the park|
|View across the river from the park|
|Another view of downtown|
|The east end of central Perth, where we stayed. The Swan Bells are at left.|
The area around Kings Park has a lot of Art Deco architecture. Here are a few examples:
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