We got up close and personal with the Swan Bell Tower which is really cool. Perth is known as the city of the black swan and so there are black swans everywhere. The swan bells were the millennium project for Western Australia and it is a beautiful architectural piece that you can see from all different areas of the city.
|Featured in House Hunters by HGTV when a couple bought in Perth|
|Time Capsule for 2100|
|Swan Bell Tower|
We walked all around the city and peeked over into an area called Elizabeth Quay that is being built near the river downtown. They are going to flood a portion of the city to have more waterfront properties and buildings. I think it's supposed to be ready at the end of 2013 sometime and it looks pretty cool though I'm interested to see how they will be able to move a major road around it all.
|Drawing of what Elizabeth Quay will look like|
|Not sure if this road will still be here or not in late 2013|
|Kangaroo statues near Elizabeth Quay|
|Leaving the port with Perth in the background|
|New football stadium being built|
|Morning tea (devoured my muffin)|
|Really expensive houses|
We had morning tea to start our journey down the river and later, Patrick and I both had to "model" a wine we tasted on the boat. We tasted four wines and had a cheese and bread plate to cleanse our palates. Midmorning, we stopped off at a winery where we met up with another tour guide who took us the rest of the way on the wine tour.
At first, Patrick and I were worried we had made the wrong choice because we both fell asleep listening to our tour guide (his voice was quite soothing!) as he drove around this little town of Guilford and explained the history of the town. He told us you had to have a jail, a church, and a bar for a town to become a town and then I fell asleep. Apparently, we were a little earlier than he had anticipated for our first winery, so he decided to give us that little side tour. It was pretty funny once we realized what he was doing, but man, we were worried in the beginning!
After lunch, we picked up some more people and loaded into the van to the next vineyard called Jarrah Ridge Wines. This was the smallest winery we went to and we just loved it. We ended up buying a case of cleanskin wines from them to ship home, but I don't think we will ever see it since it was supposed to come in December and yeah, we still haven't gotten it. Lovely. It was a great wine too! Oh well, you live and learn, I guess. They had a variety of cheeses and olives you could buy as well and if we had been staying in Perth longer, we would have bought some to enjoy.
|Charlie's Estate Wines|
|sideways tree at the brewery|
|Margaret River Chocolate Company|