Friday, December 7, 2012

Close to Perth

Perth is a bonus city for us. We had no specific reason to come here, it just happened that we were going to have a layover anyways, so we decided to spend a few days here instead.

Unfortunately we were having so much fun that we never did look into what to do while we were here. So today we mostly wandered around somewhat aimlessly.

Our first stop was at the tiny University of Notre Dame, Australia. At first glance you might think it was a satellite school of Notre Dame in Indiana USA, but they're separate.

Keeping with the trend, we then hopped on the train, and visited the huge University of Western Australia. It's very pretty and looks a little like Stanford. It's often ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world (but not for comp sci.)

Somewhere along the way we decided it would be a great idea to walk from UWA into Perth itself. On the far side of the campus is Kings Park, and beyond that, Perth CBD. No sweat. For interest sake, Kings Park is the largest inner city park in the world, at 4 sq kms.

Inside the Botanical Garden.

A laughing kookaburra.

Baob tree, 750 yrs old.

We didn't make it. After the park and about 10 kms of walking we called it a day and returned to Fremantle. But we got pretty close.

As close to Perth as we're going to get.

Tomorrow we're off to Rottnest Island (literally translates to Rats Nest Island in Dutch). Should be fun.


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