Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fremantle - Perth (Australia)

A fruitful fulfilling Saturday (Perth My Knowledge Travel Venture Part 1) next day, obviously must be Sunday right, yes please, we decided to venture to Fremantle. Fremantle, a port city in Western Australia and part of Perth metropolitan area, is known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia's days as a British penal colony and also, Fremantle Prison, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991. Fremantle now features re-created cellblocks. So, why not? Why not a trip to Fremantle instead of idling our time in Murray Street? After all, from Miss Maud Hotel, transport to Fremantle is within our reach. Fremantle also came highly recommended by our Curtin University counterparts, remember, I have already told you about this Perth trip of mine, at the courtesy of the university? 

After packing all the energy we needed by heartily tucking into breakfast in (Perth Part 1), we walked to Perth Station and purchased ticket from the automated machine. Initially, we weren’t really sure on how much to insert. Perhaps, out of excitement or we took it for granted, we overlooked the amount clearly stated on the machine, and not because we are from alien space. Mind you, it’s the same mode of transport for our Malaysian monorail. Nevertheless, we still fumbled, which potentially at once drew the attention of the officer. He angrily came toward us, as if we are vandalizers. Oh, please, just because we were foreigners, give us a break please. We in return calmly replied, he turned back and walked away, but kept staring at us over and over again. Honestly, I didn’t like his approach, similar to the officers I encountered when I arrive in Perth airport. Then again, better not to argue when you are in foreign land. I bet we will be the losers or end up in Fremantle Prison. 

Anyway, we got into the train, we truly enjoyed the ride, prior to arriving in Freemantle Station. It’s all about walking in Freemantle, as we walked among the many, I think mostly locals, we took our moment for stopping by at the church, the retail outlets and we continued walking while passing by some of the landmarks. 15 minutes at the shore, a must for me, water is so soothing to our senses. Later, another 15 minutes at Explorer’s Monument, dedicated to Vasco Da Gama and where you will see the fin like sculpture.   

Thereafter, to the nearby WA Shipwrecks Museum.The foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere, housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building. Entry is free, please if you can, drop some notes into the donation box placed at the entrance. WA Shipwrecks Museum is a must visit for history buffs. At least an hour for viewing ship wrecks from the coast of Western Australia, the galleries which houses hundreds of relics, the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, the countless artefacts from Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck, and various documents, charts and books from early Dutch explorers. One of the highlights in WA Shipwrecks Museum is Batavia ship. Batavia ship  was part of the Dutch East India fleet, wrecked on WA coast in 1600s and portion of it rebuild from original timbers. The other highlight is the skeleton of one of the first Europeans in Australia..

From WA Shipwrecks Museum, we walked again, before everyone unanimously agreed for lunching in Cicerellos. Frankly speaking, wasn’t really great for me, though fresh catch in Fremantle shouldn’t be disputed. After lunching, on our way back to Fremantle Station, we stopped at Fremantle Market, Corner of Henderson & South Terrace. Basically, for retail therapy, or for resting your legs over some food and drinks. Aplenty choices, no doubt, however, not entirely in country Australian produce, I wasn’t surprise in noticing the Asian traders. Speak about Perth’s multi-cultural dynamism, in fact, wherever you turn to in Perth on the whole, you will bump into another Asian. 

Fremantle Market by the way is like a bazaar. Nothing special, nor any different to every other bazaar in your country or mine. Retail therapy in Fremantle Market is not cheap too. Not for a Malaysian like me. That’s beside the point, whether you shop or not, if you have come this far to Fremantle, you might as well visit Fremantle Market. I did pick up two pieces of costume jewelry for remembrance. Later, I tried the iced chocolate strawberries. Three pieces in a stick, we were quite trilled actually.

Existing out of Fremantle Market, we passed by some of the other outlets we didn’t really notice while on our way into Fremantle, we also watched  the street show and then back on the train for another round of Fremantle’s Ariel view, prior to arriving in Murray Street.  

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  1. It is more like Iam walking with u along the roads and visited fremantle. Nice clicks, waiting for more...

  2. Hi Nava, if u dont mind can u remove the word verification, Iam getting it wrong most of the time and kicked out...

  3. Thanks for taking me to australia. nice post Nava

  4. HiPriya,

    Thanks for the request to remove the word verification but its sort of a protection mechanism, actually encouraged by blogger. Also to prevent spamming and to moderate the comments before postings. I can understand your concern but sorry am comfortable with it.

  5. "The thought of carrying the tins all over the place held me back" - How true is that!! I always like to loiter around without even carrying my hand bag, hence I always carry a backpack, lazy me :)
    It was good to see and get to know Perth and it's old charm and in specific the famous Notre Dame.
    As always nice write up, Nava!

  6. Very nice post Nava, you are best tour guide.

  7. Agree about the tin cans, sure looks like collector's item (for people who don't stay there)

  8. Very informative post... Loved the clicks Nava :-)

  9. I would have happily bought at least one the packing design:D

  10. love the photos.... feels like going there...well maybe one day i will be able to go

  11. Oh looks like an interesting place :) Seems like a weekend full of fun for you


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