Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scarborough Beach, Perth, WA, Australia

March 2014

With some spare time on a sunny afternoon I thought I would drive up to Scarborough Beach and see what all the fuss is about.

Known as the best (or one of the best) beaches in the Perth area, I could see the attraction, but didn't find it much more impressive than the beaches I live around.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kings Park, Perth, WA, Australia

March 2014

Kings Park is one of the world's largest inner-city park's and located in Perth, Western Australia.

I had a spare half and hour and decided to check it out myself. I was particularly impressed with the view over the city and how green it was.


On a Friday afternoon it was packed with families and friends having BBQs, people running and walking and people just enjoying the last of the sun.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Geordie Bay Cafe, Rottnest Island, WA, Australia

March 2014

There are a few food options on Rottnest Island, but Geordie's Cafe at Geordie Bay was the closest for us during lunch on our recent trip.

I was expecting the service to be slow, so we were pleasantly surprised when we had our drinks and our meals within 15 minutes.

Caramel Milkshakes $8 ea

Beef Burger with chips $22

Lentil Burger with chips $18

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rottnest Island, WA, Australia

March 2014

Rottnest Island is located off the Western Australian coast, just 19 km from Fremantle. The island is 11 km long and 4.5 km wide at the widest point. It is popular with Perth/Fremantle locals and tourists alike, and attracts the young, old, families, friends, couples and everyone else I may have missed!

Rottnest Island is also the easiest place to locate the Quokka (easier than I thought it would be). The Quokka is a funny animal, that looks rat like, hops like a kangaroo and hence the name for Rottnest (Rat Nest).

Our main objective was snorkeling and hiking. When we realised we were very limited in time, we had to pair back our objective to just snorkeling, next time we'll be sure to check out the Rottnest Wadjemup Walk Trail (which will be expended before we are back).

Our first stop was Parker Point, which was a bit of a disappointment and mainly covered in weed beds.

Our next stop was Mary Cove, which was the best of the three locations of all day. The bus dropped us at Green Island and we walked the 700 m to the cove where coral and fish were plentiful.

We stopped at Geordie Bay for lunch, the service was a lot quicker than I expected but next time to allow for more flexibility I would bring a packed lunch (we really wanted to snorkel at Little Armstrong bay but couldn't fit it in time wise).

After lunch, was our final snorkel spot at The Basin. Conveniently located 1 km from both the ferry port and main town and Geordie Bay where we had lunch. I've read that you can see stingrays in this area, but there were none seen during the time we were there.

There are plenty of places to snorkel, dive, hike, swim and just relax on Rottnest. There are a number of accommodation options, but I'm told they are hard to book. We found a day trip fine and as long as you have an idea of what you want to do and where on the island you want to do it you should have a great day on Rotto.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Little Creatures, Fremantle Brewery, WA, Australia

March 2014

I don't drink alcohol, while H doesn't mind a nice pale ale. The advantage of places like Little Creatures is you get great food, in a neat setting with microbrew as a main item.

We arrived at 1130 am and the outdoor area was already packed, so we had to settle for inside the hall.

Fresh WA Oysters - $3 ea

Refried bean nachos, capsicum, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos - $22

Beetroot salad, red onion, feta, spinach - $12

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moore & Moore Cafe, Fremantle, WA, Australia

March 2014

Other than Rottnest Moore & Moore Cafe was the most recommend thing to try in Fremantle and it did not disappoint,

Flat White/Latte $3.80

Burnt butter, sage and roast pumpkin mash -  with 2 poached eggs, rocket and tomato relish on crispy turkish toast with bacon -  $19.5

The special of the day, choc chip bagel with fruit and cream

Monday, March 24, 2014

Run Amuk, Hotdogs Unleashed, Fremantle, WA, Australia

March 2014

I'm a big fan of hot dogs, growing up in an American household I learnt to appreciate from an early age a hot dog with more than just tomato sauce/ketchup and mustard. Run Amuk in South Fremantle has hot dog and toppings to a fine art.

Banana Milkshake $5

Stumbles - Premium bratwurst, lightly caramelised onions, aged cheddar, gherkin relish, baby spinach, tasty tomato relish & cream cheese $11.5

Minx - Premium bratwurst, guacamole, tasty tomato relish, sour cream and a corn, capsicum, red onion & fresh mint salsa $11.5

Coleslaw $3

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fremantle, WA, Australia

March 2014

I was in WA for work and decided to stay the weekend to see what Fremantle had to offer. Fremantle is only 20km from Perth and bounded by the Indian Ocean and the Swan River. We got to see a bit of everything in the day and half we had, but most of the locations we visited on the second day we didn't have time to do in depth.

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Its run down and tired but in a prime position in the heart of town

Ipho for Vietnamese

Moore & Moore

Char Char Bull Steakhouse

Ootong & Lincoln for breakfast or brunch

Little Creatures for a drink and lunch

Run Amuk for Hotdogs


Sweetlips for traditional fish and chips

Chalky's for coffee

Check out the Fremantle Markets

Take a day trip to Rottnest Island - this was definitely a highlight of our trip

Run the foreshore

The Roundhouse

Bathers Beach

The Fremantle Art Center

Fremantle Prison

Walk the streets and soak in some history