Perth, Australia


Panorama of the downtown area and Swan River, Perth, Australia


The vibrant capital of the state of Western Australia, Perth rests alongside the Swan River, with parks, beaches, bike paths, and golf.  Kings Park and Botanic Garden, an expanse of natural bushland and gardens filled with native flora and fauna, is a popular site for picnics and hiking and biking.  The performing arts are well represented by the Western Australian Opera, Ballet and Symphony.  Stellar restaurants, a casino and a profusion of lively watering holes complete the picture.  As noted in our previous two blog posts, Fremantle, the nearby port city for Perth, holds plenty of appeal of its own — attractions include the new harbor side Western Australia Maritime Museum, home to America’s Cup winner Australia II and the Fremantle Museum and Arts Centre.



The downtown area of Perth, as viewed from the ferry boat sailing into Perth from Fremantle, Australia



A view of some of the new skyscrapers downtown as seen from the gardens outside the Supreme Court, Perth, Australia



The Supreme Court Building, Perth, Australia



Juxtaposition of the gardens and new office buildings, Perth, Australia



The downtown area has a nice mix of preserved and restored 19th century buildings and tall, modern high-rise office buildings, Perth, Australia



Memorial eucalyptus trees line Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, Perth, Australia


Considered one of the world’s largest inner city parks, Kings Park (and Botanic Garden) is a sprawling paradise of 988 acres/400 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, modern culture, and Aboriginal and European history.  Approximately two-thirds of the park is protected as bushland, creating a native biological haven.  Within the park is the Botanic Garden, home to 3,000 species of Western Australia’s unique flora.



Close up of the downtown area, Perth, Australia, taken from Kings Park


We enjoyed a delicious lunch with friends from the ship at Fraser’s, located in Kings Park on Fraser Avenue with spectacular views of downtown Perth and the Swan River from its hillside location.  Executive Chef Chris Taylor oversees the kitchen that prepares West Australian specialties such as carpaccio of kangaroo fillet – a delicious starter that we all enjoyed, reminding us of a nice lean, tasty beef carpaccio.



The clock tower at the entrance to London Court (building and entrance to the shopping street behind the building), Perth, Australia



Julia Child’s eggplant and walnut dip with crackers, served for a dinner party in our apartment on the ship, Perth, Australia



Our home-made dinner continued with a starter of asparagus tonnato (cooked asparagus covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavored with tuna), Perth, Australia



Seafood stew with local ingredients (Tiger Shrimp, scallops and New Zealand green lip mussels) from the market at Fisherman’s Bay in Fremantle, the port for Perth, Australia



For desert we served a frozen pineapple mousse with the intrepid explorer’s chocolate hazelnut squares (cookies) that won the prize for the best all around holiday cookie on the ship for 2016; Perth, Australia


2 thoughts on “Perth, Australia

  1. Enjoyed the pictures of Perth and how it has changed since I passed thru there in 1966! Your photographs are lovely Richard. Did you get a chance to visit the Margaret River area to taste the wines?

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    • Yes, we did a three day “overland” trip to the Margaret River region and caught up with the ship after it sailed to Albany, Australia. Details on the trip will follow in several new blog posts after the holidays…


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