October 5th, 2009
We arrived in Perth around midnight and after a short taxi ride we checked in at the Medina Executive: gorgeous place right in the centre of Perth. After a good night sleep we decided to take some breakfast on Hay St, together with Murray St one of the most central streets of the city. We had a lovely breakfast at Bocelli with fresh croissants and orange juice while some curious sea eagles tried to steal a bite.
After breakfast we took a walk up to swan river where I saw my first wild dolphin right on the city shore! Unfortunately it went down rightaway and we didn't see it again. At Swan River we decided to take the morning ferry to Fremantle (25$AUD).
From the ferry you can enjoy the amazing skyline of Perth with views of the swan river area and kings cross park. After about half an our we arrived in the harbour of Fremantle.
Fremantle is a really cute little town with beautiful buildings and the famous Fremantle markets which we were lucky enough to visit (held friday-sunday). At the markets you can get almost everything from ginger bread to authentic boomerangs. There is also a lot of aboriginal art craft.
After a stroll through the markets we went up hill to Monument Hill which is not only a WWII monument but also a great lookout over the town.
After that we visited the world famous Fremantle Prison where prisoners from all over the world were shipped to so they could be kept completely isolated. The prison was quite impressive and really well underkept. There were a lot of items in display that give you an idea of the harsh life these men lived.
Around the prison we even got to see ( my personal highlight of the day) some real parrots! We spotted two brightly coloured parrots in a tree right above our heads!!
After a long walk we arrived back at the Ocean Express harbour to take the ferry back to Perth.
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