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.
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.
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.