Fireworks, fine wines and a 40th birthday party
15.12.2008 - 22.12.2008 28 °C
Our final destination on the Ponder Payne tour was Perth, Western Australia. We were kindly invited to stay with Jo a friend of Gary's at Hotel Ward. Jo has been a brilliant host and tourist information guide during our stay - cheers Jo.
Gary has already visited Perth and 'when he was here before' he enjoyed wandering around Kings Park which has a stunning view of the city skyline and Swan River, this was our first destination and I enjoyed it just as much. It is really pretty with the botanical garden, tree top walk and water fountains.
We hired a car and headed south to explore the Margaret River area. We visited some stunning beaches, watched the surfers and tried to take some arty photos. Of course there was also a wine tasting tour to 6 vineyards, a cheese factory and even a chocolate factory. One vineyard offered 14 tastings so it was a fun day!
After the wine tasting we continued with the drinking and on the Thursday we met up with some staff and ex staff of Genesis where Jo works and Gary used to work. We went to a pub called the Lucky Shag right on the banks of the Swan river. The locals had all been watching the cricket all day and one girl even fell into the river as she tried to board a party boat.
We ourselves took a boat trip along the river the following day to visit Rottnest Island, just off the mainland. It was a beautifully sunny day and we hired bikes to cycle around the island, this was a great way to explore the gorgeous beaches.
When we returned to the city we met up with Jo for more drinks - it was the last Friday before Christmas and the locals were partying hard again. Geez the beer is well expensive - and we're used to paying London prices!
On Saturday Jo took us to her friend Pam's house party for more drinks and partying - yay!
We took it a little more easy on our final day in Perth and visited Fremantle (Freo) and a walk around the markets, harbour and shops. Fish and chips by the harbour for lunch, and a quick pint in the Little Creatures brewery. In the evening we had a final meal in South Perth with stunning views of the city from across the river. As we left a firework display lit up the city, it was a fantastic end to a fantastic trip.
Photos will be uploaded shortly or we may share all 5,000 of them with you over Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all, see you soon.
Gary and Vicki