FREMANTLE -A RAFFISH HARBOUR CITY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fremantle or rather known as Freo is a raffish harbour city 30 minutes southwest of Perth in Western Australia, where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean.

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Fremantle Railway Station façade. Photo not mine.

Going around Fremantle is very easy, you can explore the city by foot or by bike. All leading attractions are located within walking distance of the Fremantle Train Station. You can hop on their free Fremantle CAT bus that offer easy access to major attractions and venues. The bus circles around the city .

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Fremantle Post Office.
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Fremantle Town Hall
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One of the old churches of Fremantle.
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John Curtis statue at Fremantle Town Hall.
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Locals and tourists came in Freo to enjoy the live music rooms, hipsters bars, boutique hotels, craft-beer breweries, shopping for a unique and original artworks, quirky gifts, trendy Australian fashion and colorful gypsy style dresses.

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Fremantle open market.

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Catch “The BadPiper”. He can shoot flames off the ends of three of the pipes while he plays. Awesome!!!
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Street performer.

After a stroll to South Fremantle and discover street art and murals, tourists and local alike winding up sipping a cup of coffee along the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ or trend Wray Ave., South Terrace and High St.

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Cappuccino Strip. Photo not mine.

Craving for seafood? Go  for a fish and chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour.  Here you will find an array of seafood restaurants that will surely satisfied your craving for seafood.

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Fishing Boat Harbour. Photo not mine.
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Vibrant weekends markets for the freshest fruits and vegetables. Photo not mine.
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WHEN IN FREMANTLE YOU MUST:

  • Have a cup of coffee along the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ and surely this will made your day . The day can’t really begin without coffee getting slurped. This strip is a home to many restaurants, hotels and cafes that offer cabaret, live music and mic night in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Enjoy the best fish and chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour. You can sit outside while you eat and enjoy watching many passing fishing vessels continuing with their daily activities. This harbour is a home to over 400 fishing boats.
  • Walk around or Hop on CAT bus to South Fremantle and discover street art and murals.
  • Catch ‘The BadPiper.  It is one of those things that you must see. We were lucky that day that we were able to watch him performed in Fremantle Markets.
  • Visit the WA Maritime Museum. Home to many iconic vessels, leisure boats and sail boats from throughout the states’ maritime history.
  • Visit Fremantle Arts Centre. This place offers residencies, exhibitions, live music and art courses for locals and tourists alike.
  • Follow a self-guided walking tail-maps available from the visitor centre.
  • Watch street performers and have fun.
  • Visit the Fremantle Prison. This is one of Western Australia’s most significant cultural attractions and was the first building in the state to be included on the World Heritage List in 2010. The place opened to the public in 1992 and offered tours to both locals and tourists that will take you through the chambers and the history of this place.
  • Stroll around the Esplanade Park. This park is home to many loved events throughout the years, such as the Winter Festival, BeerFest, Christmas on the esplanade and events during the iconic Fremantle Street Arts Festival. Enjoy your day by just simply sitting along the benches surrounded with 100 mature Norfolk Island Pines.
  • Shop till you drop in Fremantle Markets. This indoor market is a must place to visit while in Fremantle. With over 150 stalls that offer local produce, fresh food, clothes, handicrafts, unique trinkets, silver jewelries and so much more. The markets are also dedicated to promote indigenous and independent arts and products, reflecting Australia multicultural history.

Now you have the reason why Fremantle should be your next mini-break.

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EXPERIENCE -PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, Western Australia set on the broad Swan River, this modern city is often described as the most isolated city of its size in the Western World. A living picture postcard with the best views of all from the Kings Park and Botanic Garden one of  the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York’s Central Park and home to the Spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora, particularly in spring.

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at the hill-side of Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooking the downtown Perth

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Towering trees inside Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Overlooking Swan River

Boasting more hours of sunshine than any other capital City in Australia. A place for outdoor activities like cycling along the foreshore, kayaking through the Swan Valley and the beautiful warm weather makes this possible almost year-round.

Another city icon a travellers must visit is the iconic Swan Bells, which fills the air with sounds from one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. Roaming around the down town area offer plenty of retail therapy. The high-end fashion boutiques of King Street make it the place to be seen. The Murray and Hay Street malls are where you’ll find the big brands. Here you can stock up trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art, discover antiques or find special gifts to suit your loved ones.

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Iconic Swan Bells ( Photo from Pinterest)

Feeling hungry? No worries, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds- whether it’s dining in an elegant restaurant, enjoy a drink in a trendy bar or eating fish and chips at the beach. Take a lazy lunch by the river or beachside and enjoy the fresh fusion flavors of Perth’s many cafes, restaurants, and new small bars. Particularly beautiful at night as the city lights dance across the water’s surface.

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Downtown Perth

IMG_0794.jpgThe whole region of Perth has been likened to one big holiday resort with multiple attractions, miles of clean beaches and waterways, award-winning wineries, adventure activities of every kind accommodations to suit all budgets.

Visit Perth and experience it for yourself.

COLORS OF AUTUMN

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Autumn is a favorite time of the year to capture the beauty of nature.  Various shades of  orange, pink, magenta, blue, gold, yellow, red, purple a colorful scenes that beg to be photographed.  A beautiful day to walk  in the park seeing  leaves that have changed colors.

I was so excited with my very  first Autumn experience in Australia lasting from March to May across most of the country.  Magnificent hues of gold, burnt orange and firey red make it one of the most magical times of the year. A perfect time for taking beautiful pictures and spending time outdoors. Nothing more relaxing than enjoying nature and the colorful scenery.

I love Autumn. What about you?

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