Perth - our favourite city

Trip Start Jun 24, 2008
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Trip End Oct 17, 2009


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hi all,
We were advised to stay south until the end of March before venturing north. This is due to the extreme weather in the tropical regions where it is not unusual to get 8 inches of rain at a time, flooding roads and rendering passage impossible. Since there is only one main road between us and Darwin in the north (3000 miles) we guessed it best to follow good advice.
So another 5-6 weeks in our favourite city - yippee!
20 miles of good beaches, rock'n'roll bands twice a week and clear roads to get there. I'm not complaining.
We made some nice discoverys like the 'roux point', which is a big, man made peninsula to calm the waters at the entry to fremantle harbour. It offers a great view point for the entry and departure of shipping to and fro. It also gave us a new overnight stopover point. Also, the world war tunnels site north of fremantle which was the 2nd world war defence post for the city. 3 artillery pieces mounted high on a hill connected by tunnels from the command post offered great views and yep, another overnight stopover place.
We continued to enjoy the resident bands at the Magnum bar in northbribge every saturday and monday night. We went to a big car show north of the city 2 weeks ago (1500 exhibits) many yank motors with buses, tractors and fire engines. All free of charge. That evening we followed on to an outdoor beach show at Hillarys beach a few miles north where 3 bands played in turn. R'n'R and swing music. We noticed a water slide park nearby so waited to go on it the next day because - we found another overnight stopover place.
This spare time gave us an oppurtunity to check the vehicle out for all the little suspect faults we had noticed since acquisition last Nov. An engine service cured the annoying 'tick' which we'd had since Sydney. The spare batterys passed a discharge test. We corrected the wiring fault so our reversing lights worked again and the 5th gear fault (it would slide out into neutral) was corrected free by the garage who reconditioned it. Content that all was as well as it could be, we made our plans to move on.
After watching a travel program about a tourist area 350 miles north that offered 'sand boarding' we decided to head there first. For the uninitiated this is to descend a sand dune on a board like a skiboard. So what, you may say, except that this place offers sand dunes up to 600 ft high! Tune in folks for another thrilling episode next week, same time, same channel.
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