Pinjarra – Mandurah – Fremantle – Armadale – Frank Lupino Memorial Park, Byford

After filling the water tanks and getting some groceries this morning, I headed to Mandurah on the way to Fremantle.  The drive into Fremantle via the industrial area reminded me that this is a port city – massive establishments line the shores and the roadways. Large ships are moored out in the bay and the whole area is a hive of activity – I’m not enjoying all the trucks!!  I head towards the dock area of Fremantle as I’ve been told it’s easier to park – I found a park in a lane and decided that it was a good spot to begin my exploration of Fremantle.

The University of Notre Dame has some amazing buildings, as does the Customs Department – rounded frontages on two streets – great symmetry. The history in the buildings is apparent and I love the architecture – the stone facades are superb, and I wandered the streets, camera at the ready for several hours before finding my way back to the marina for lunch (fish and chips of course!!)

There is a Round House at Arthur Head, the landing place of the first settlers of the Swan River Colony. This is built on a craggy limestone cliff and has flags flying to welcome ships from other ports to the Port of Fremantle. There is also the Fremantle Time Ball and Time Gun which was erected near the Round House in 1900, it belongs to the Fremantle Football Club but is now on loan to the Volunteer Heritage Guides who man this Round House. Under the Round House and in the Cliff, is a Whaler’s Tunnel with wrought iron gates at either end which leads to the Bather’s Beach.

I had lunch on the pier and the atmosphere was great – fish and chips with the seagulls!! There’s a statue of Bon Scott on the boardwalk, and lots of people having their lunch and heading back to work.

After exploring the streets, fascinated by the great architecture,  I head out of Fremantle towards Armadale and Byford where I’m going to camp for the night. I don’t want to be in the traffic again so I left early. Byford has a great entry welcome – sculptures depicting the district’s activity – gorgeous.

Ornate 1829 Building

Ornate 1829 Building

Gorgeous Corner Architecture

Gorgeous Corner Architecture

Hotel Cleopatra

Hotel Cleopatra

Flags Flying Information

Flags Flying Information

Flags Flying

Flags Flying

The Fremantle Time Ball and Time Gun Information

The Fremantle Time Ball and Time Gun Information

Time Gun Canon

Time Gun Canon

Ship in Port

Ship in Port

Whaler's Tunnel

Whaler’s Tunnel

Whaler's Tunnel Information

Whaler’s Tunnel Information

The Round House

The Round House

Fremantle Yachts

Fremantle Yachts

Fremantle Harbour

Fremantle Harbour

Flags Flying at Round House

Flags Flying at Round House

Bon Scott Statue

Bon Scott Statue

Byford Sign

Byford Sign

Byford Entry Dairy Sculpture

Byford Entry Dairy Sculpture

Byford Entry Harness Racing Sculpture

Byford Entry Harness Racing Sculpture

Byford Entry Farming Sculpture

Byford Entry Farming Sculpture

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