|Getting ready for Australia--Mom helped me narrow down my options :)|
|View going towards LA|
|Entrance to Kings Park|
Now, the only bad part about going to Australia was the flight getting there. I left on September 26 around 7pm Atlanta time, flew to LA then to Sydney and finally to Perth. I arrived in Perth on Friday, September 28 in the afternoon (Perth is 12 hours ahead of Atlanta).
|Beautiful tree in Kings Park|
|Overlooking the city center from the park|
I can't remember which days we did what, but one of the first things we did was to go to Kings Park which was a short bus ride away from Patrick's rental house (which was pretty sweet, if I say so myself). His building was actually right across from the entrance to the park and even though it was winter when Patrick was down there, there were still some nice days where he could go and enjoy lunch on the benches there. In Atlanta, we have Piedmont Park, which is gorgeous, but man, oh, man, this park is much larger and full of flowers and trees native to Australia. The park doesn't have a huge open area like Piedmont, but it has winding trails, great views of the city down below, and it did have a small area where musicians can entertain guests and there were even food trucks!
|the Swan created for the millenium|
|Fountains in Kings Park|
|Free concerts in the park|
|View of the city|
|Patrick's favorite tree|
|The black building on the far right was Patrick's building (right across from the park!)|
|Perth far away on the horizon|
|Biking around the island|
After we finished biking the island (I put my foot down as I was starving!!), we ended up at a little cafe overlooking the main "port" of the island. Patrick and I shared some fish and chips and Ashley and I split a bottle of wine. (We had decided we deserved that wine as we had biked so far around the island!) We enjoyed a leisurely late lunch and were greatly amused by this little quokka (they are supposed to be nocturnal little guys, but this one obviously was smarter than most and figured out when the people eat, so should he). Not only did the quokka run back and forth under our feet, but we were surprised by a small child crawling after the quokka as well. It was quite a spectacle that made us laugh. It was also amusing to us that the same Texans we had met on the beach earlier found us at the restaurant! They tried to get us to spend the night on the island again, but we told them we were going to keep our tickets to return to Fremantle in the afternoon. They were very nice people and I'm sure they were just excited to hang out with Americans, but it was hilarious to us!
|A Quokka trying to eat some of our fish and chips|
|Looking to the right where one of the lighthouses is located|
|The best seats in the house|
|Watching the bikes being loaded and the next group of people ready to leave the island|
|All the bikes on the back of the ferry|
|Perth far, far away|
|Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle|
Once we made it back to Fremantle (Freo--apparently, Australians like to use abbreviations for most everything), we walked around for a while until we found this gelato place Patrick loved. It was pretty good, but we found even more divine gelato in Sydney, but I'll talk more about that later. Ashley and Matt were eating at Little Creatures Brewery and we grabbed a drink with them before heading back to Perth where we met up with one of Patrick's coworkers, Brandon, who cooked us a fantastic dinner!! He surprised me with kangaroo (kind of like steak), lamb, steamed veggies, and smashed sweet potatoes. It was absolutely delicious and it was wonderful getting to know him! Brandon, if you come across this, I expect to see you in Atlanta in the new year! Up next will be one of my favorite places we visited--Penguin Island! :)