Tourists troop cheerfully through the grim gates of Fremantle Prison.
Mevrouw T and I once spent a pleasant week in prison as guests of the WA government. We hadn’t done anything wicked, nor were we victims of any miscarriage of justice.
The Fremantle Prison was decommissioned in 1991, after nearly 150 years of operation. It is Western Australia’s only World Heritage-listed building and plans are afoot to convert one wing into a backpacker hostel.
The former women’s hospital is now an excellent Centre for Children’s Literature with gallery, meeting rooms and a comfortable apartment for the use of visiting authors and their families. I was delighted to accept the invitation to stay there.
Some have found it disturbing to be the only residents in a corner of the large sandstone complex, at night being free to wander onto the balcony, glass of wine in hand, to look out over the cells and exercise yards once occupied by hundreds of convicts. It certainly felt strange, but we rather enjoyed it. Continue reading
Kings Park in Perth, Western Australia, is a treasure – a large tract of landscaped gardens, bushland and playgrounds right by the city centre. In the Synergy Parklands area is a pond where children feed the ducks.
This little pied cormorant was drying himself there. I’m sorry I cut his toes off, but he should be pleased I captured him so sharply in focus.
Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ18 camera (not my best camera, but it’s portable, has a good zoom lens and it usually does the job).
Some may claim they did it easily, but most of us suffered between Busselton and Balingup on the Great WA Bike Ride.
Some of Australia's greatest forest is in Western Australia's South West. And how better to see it than from a bike saddle?
Is there no end to my appetite for physical punishment? Tomorrow I fly to Western Australia to prepare for the Great WA Bike Ride, starting this Saturday.
Up to 2000 riders will tackle the 540km course, which looks to be a beauty – a loop through the southwest of the state, from Manjimup down to the big karri forests of Pemberton, out to the beach at Busselton and up the coast, then back inland to Manjimup again.
I enjoy these big rides, though there are certainly less enjoyable aspects to them. The 2010 Great Vic Bike Ride had about 4000 riders and volunteers. While it’s great that the event is so popular, there are disadvantages to having such a huge crowd. Continue reading