Perth & Fremantle

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

From May 18th,2004, to May 17th,2005, I have travelled around Australia with a work-and-holiday visa. During my stay, I visited a lot of cities including Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, and Gold Coast.

In Perth, I stayed in Grand Central Backpackers hostel for $100 per week. The rate was not bad at all. I made friends with a lot of Koreans and a friendly Japanese, Shige. I still remember the day trip to Subiaco Markets with Terry, Saeyong, and Brian. I also attended a festival there on the other day. While I was in Perth, thanks to Regent Cinemas, I enjoyed movies for a reasonable price almost every day. The best attraction of Perth must be King's Park. It was a great place to relax and stroll. The most memorable event there was Perth Royal Show in Claremont, which was held celebrating the 100th anniversary. The ticket cost only $18 and I enjoyed some shows including boxing troops and a camel ride until the evening. I also visited the Claremont gym near there, looking for a wresting club, because I had practised wrestling in Adelaide and wanted to keep on the practice in Perth, too. Unfortunately, only kids were practising in the gym and it was different from what I expected. Incidentally, I was still eager to study English, so I joined a free English class at a church. I attended the class only once, because all the students were Japanese at beginner's level. So I just went to State Library of Western Australia almost every day in order to use free Internet to study. Globe Backpackers hostel near the station offered cheap Internet and I often used the Internet there, but I stayed in the hostel for only a few days. I took TOEFL at a school in the suburbs of Perth. The venue was a bit far from the city centre and close to the City Beach. So after the exam, I stopped by at the beach, but it was out of season and there were only a few people there.

As for my travels, the Bell Tower on the Swan River seemed the most symbolic building of Perth and I climbed the tower and saw the bells. Rottnest island is small, but it is very accessible from Fremantle and may be fun if you visit there with your friends and just relax in nature. In Fremantle, the prison must be the best attraction and I took a night tour in there. When I visited the city with Shige, I caught a sight of a busker near the entrance of the Fremantle Market. We had beer and talked outside of a pub on the main street. I also visited Roundhouse, buying a souvenir cap, and the Maritime Museum of Western Australia with the Shipwreck Galleries.

*After I left for Melbourne, my mom and brother flew in Perth. They joined the package tour to the Pinnacles which I had arranged in Perth. So I didn't join the tour with them and some of the pictures on this page were taken by my brother.
 
Fremantle Prison Official Website
http://www.fremantleprison.com.au/Pages/default.aspx
You can enjoy the virtual tour of the prison. According to the website, Fremantle prison is the most intact of all Australian convicts sites.

Mi Goreng
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg4TUVXl8Yk&feature=more_related
I often had Mi Goreng, Indonesian food, while I was in Australia. You don't need an instruction to make mi goreng, but the video is well organized.
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