Byford Rest Area – Perth – Fremantle – Rockingham – Mandurah – Pinjarra

Perth City

Perth City

On the highway today heading into Perth, I had to travel through quite a few suburbs as the GPS found another May Drive in Perth and took me North of the city instead of to Kings Park as was the plan.  Kings Park is very spectacular and the views are a feast for my eyes.  The view over the Swan and Canning Rivers meeting and the City from the War Memorial are stunning. It would be easy to while away quite a few hours drinking in this scene. The War Memorial and Eternal Flame are strategically placed – possibly the best real estate in the city!! The Eternal Flame challenges you to “Let Silent Contemplation Be Your Offering” – very thought provoking and beautifully said.

The WA Botanical Gardens are magnificent and the crowds of people enjoying them are testament to a well-designed public space.  I so enjoyed exploring the different sections and can imagine, if I lived in Perth it would be one of my favourite places to go.  The DNA Tower had 100 steps and a magical view from the top – 360 degrees around the gardens and the city. The gardens are in sections and each had explanations in the pamphlet I’d picked up at the Visitor Centre.  There is a 750 year old Boab tree, which was re-located from the north of the state – an enormous undertaking. It was driven 3200 kilometres from Telegraph Creek to Perth to take pride of place in the gardens. There are quite a few tributes to women in the park, a Pioneer Memorial Wall which was fabulous, and tiles on the footpath celebrating women’s contribution to life in Perth. I spent many hours exploring before I had to head south to Fremantle.

The freeway was so busy, I couldn’t get off at Fremantle so I headed for Rockingham and did the 20 kilometre Coastal Discovery Tourist Drive – the conveyor belt which goes out into the bay from the silos is extremely long and covered. The housing along the beach drive is impressive – beautiful homes with great patios out the front to take in the views of the ocean.  The Rockingham Beach Precinct is well laid out – a lit path and plenty of barbecue shelters – obviously a family oriented community. The streetscape on the beach reminds me of Southbank in Brisbane. I drive around Rockingham to explore before heading to Mandurah.

I found Silver Sands Beach at Mandurah but the road into the Visitor Centre is under repair so was unable to explore as much as I wished.  The traffic is very heavy so I decide to head to Bunnings for gas and then to Pinjarra for the night before the headache was full blown.  I got to a truck rest area and pulled in but was advised by a local to head into the park at Pinjarra.  I arrived in the park and met Charley and Wendy from Bundaberg and Gaye from Bourke.  We had happy hour then Gaye and I went across the road to the Hotel for dinner.

Paula at Kings Park Perth

Paula at Kings Park Perth

Boab Tree

Boab Tree

Boab Movement Information

Boab Movement Information

W.A. War Memorial

W.A. War Memorial

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

Stunning Scarlet Featherflower

Stunning Scarlet Featherflower

Botanical Gardens Seating

Botanical Gardens Seating

Pioneering Women's Memorial Wall

Pioneering Women’s Memorial Wall

DNA Tower at Botanical Gardens

DNA Tower at Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Peppermint tree information

Peppermint tree information

Firefighter's Memorial in Kings Park

Firefighter’s Memorial in Kings Park

Parliment Building

Parliment Building

Swan Panorama

Swan Panorama

Rockingham Conveyor

Rockingham Conveyor

Rockingham Beach Path

Rockingham Beach Path

Mandurah Street

Mandurah Street

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