Drive through Perth...Stressful !!!

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

I left York about 1.30pm and had my stop for the night planned...or so I thought.

As I approached the intersection of The Lakes and the Great Eastern Hwy I knew I wasn't far from Perth and I knew I was about to be confronted with the hustle and bustle of the mad Sunday drivers all wanting to get home and out of the rat race. All I wanted was "not to get lost" in the big smoke!
At least Telstra works in the major cities, so I typed in my destination and was led on a wild goose chase in and around the main streets of Perth. I found myself...God only knows how...driving up this steep hill and turning left into what seemed to be the Botanical Gardens (still not sure).Then I saw the masses and not a spare parking spot to be seen, this is awkward, if I can't park, where can I turn around? Nowhere!.

I had to drive down the road for about 1 km to find a roundabout and retrace my path. There were cops everywhere and I was freaking out they would see my broken headlight and stop me, but luckily they seemed more concerned about the noise and mess being left by the people covering the hills like sprouting mushrooms.

I desperately wanted to stop and take photos of the magical sight before me, but this wasn't to be, so I hung the camera out the window and just clicked, which wasn't very successful but at least I managed something.

Back through the city and this time I saw, what seemed, hundreds of groups dressed in some pretty weird costumes so my guess is they must have been in a marathon, a funny race or some sort of money raising event. I'll never know...

It was now time to call the caravan park so I crossed the river and found a park on the other side where the dogs had a run and I made my phone call. Sorry we're full...NO! NO! This can't happen.Two more calls and finally found a park on the northern side of Perth. I typed the address into my phone and preyed I would get there before nightfall!
Phew! Made it, with about a half an hour to spare.

HOWEVER, when the manager came out he said all he could do for me was 'over there'. I had driven 25kms out of my way to be told he could let me stay in his 'f***** visitor's parking area for $25. I was gobsmacked, $25, no way that's unreal. He dropped the price to $20 but that was still outrageously expensive and I had to take it or be booked for parking illegally on the side of the road.

The first signs of rain tapped on the roof around 10pm and continued throughout the night. By morning the sky was still overcast and the day looked bleak. Having had to use the toilet during my stay, there was no way you would call it  "The ablution block" they were disgusting!

As I was having difficulty finding parks I rang around and the only place with any vacancies was on the other side of town. It was time to tackle the Monday morning traffic jams, in the rain.

Once again my GPS sent me to places I didn't want to go...like... the Freeway for heavens sake. I took for first off ramp and re-set my directions and finally got onto the right road to Mundurah. Unfortunately due to the lousy weather I missed Fremantle and a few other places along the way; it was pouring.

From what I did see of Perth it is a beautiful city and I really wish I had had the opportunity to discover more.

It's on my bucket list of places to re-visit...without dogs...




 
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