Thursday, 21 April 2011

Tourist in Your Home Town

Since Brian & Silke left we've had Jennifer and two of her friends visit the wild west of Perth, it's been fantastic to catch up and join them as tourists.

Not only did we visit the usual tourist attractions such as Kings Park, Fremantle etc but we also went to the West Coast Blues. It was one of the few cloudy days we've experienced since being a resident of Perth and it was perfect as a sunny day would have been extremely uncomfortable. The line up included Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Ruthie Foster, Michael Franti and many others.  Most of the artists were fantastic but  some  are at the age of retirement and should very well retire.

It was a smoke free event, though smokers appeared to be rounding themselves up like sheep and going into an isolated fenced area to smoke.

Jennifer & I visited Rockingham, which is about 40 km's south of Perth and travelled out by ferry to Penguin Island that is one of several islands within the Shoalwater Marine Park. The island is a wildlife sanctuary for the worlds smallest penguins, pelicans and other sea birds. Again we were very lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful day with the usual big blue sky and a slightly cool breeze.

Penguin Island is the home to about 1,200 penguins, any injured penguins are cared for within the Discovery Centre on the island. Currently there are 10 of these penguins who are unable to be released back into the wild.

West Coast Blues

Smoking area at West Coast Blues

Penguin Island

Penguin Island has the largest breeding colony of Pelicans in WA
Rocky outcrops near Seal Island 

Penguins within the Discovery Centre on Penguin Island

View from the top of the island to the wharf and the coastline

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