On The Water – Swan River Cruise


Today we drove into Perth, had lunch at the Lucky Shag, strolled around Elizabeth Quay and took a cruise down the river to Fremantle.

James Stirling, Captain Cook Cruises, Perth, WA
James Stirling, Captain Cook Cruises, Perth, WA

The following are just some of the photo’s that I took during the cruise.

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West Australian Rowing Club Boat House – Perth, WA
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Seagull
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Dolphins, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfers, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfers, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfers, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Wind Surfer, Swan River – Perth WA
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Tugs Wambiri, Svitzer Falcon & Svitzer Eagle – Fremantle, WA
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MS Astor – Fremantle, WA
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Bulk Carrier SBI Orion – Fremantle, WA
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Container Ship Maersk Gironde – Fremantle, WA
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Unknown – Fremantle, WA
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Fishing Boat , Narrows Bridge – Perth, WA
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Bridge Arches, Elizabeth Quay – Perth, WA
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“Cube” Boat – Perth, WA
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Flotilla Sailing, Swan River – Perth, WA

Exmouth, WA – Part 2


In my previous post I had mentioned  that we booked to go on a glass bottomed boat tour. Consequently we found ourselves up at the unearthly hour of 06:30, packing our bags into the car, so that we could both check-out from Ningaloo Lodge and be ready for our 07:30 pick up.

We were picked up ,on time, by Alek in his bus. He gave a running commentary on what were to see and what our itinerary was going to be. On the way down to the boat he took us down to see the SS Mildura and on the way back we popped up to Vlaming Head Lighthouse. As I have already covered both in my previous post I won’t bore you again.

By the time we arrived at the Tantabiddi boat ramp there were twenty-three passengers.

Alek, left us on shore while he clambered into a canoe and paddled out to his boat which was anchored offshore.

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Tantabiddi Boat Ramp – Glass Bottom Boat just below the horizon
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Alek paddling out to the glass bottomed boat

Soon he was motoring back into the jetty ….

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Alek motoring in to the jetty

After a short informational pitch we were all aboard and heading out to the reef. As you can see from the photos, the sun was hiding and the reef was not well illuminated. The following shots have all had to be adjusted to try to remove the reflections so are not truly representative of what we actually saw. Hopefully they will give you a hint….

After a tour over the reef Alek tied up to a mooring to allow some of the passengers to go snorkeling. The wind was rising and this session was curtailed. Although the boat was very stable, turning from the mooring brought us across the wind and tide which made an uncomfortable ride, for a short period of time.

On the run back to the Tantabiddi boat ramp we were joined by a couple of dolphins who played across our bows and in the wake.

After returning to Exmouth we headed to See Salt for brunch before setting off back down to Carnarvon.

The Gold Coast, WA


We are visiting Australia and whilst most of our time will be spent in W.A. we have just returned from a week based on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Gold Coast Skyline
Gold Coast Skyline

After taking the Jetstar “red-eye” flight from Perth we arrived in Brisbane early Sunday morning. We picked up our hire car and drove down to Mermaid Beach where we had breakfast at the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club. After breakfast we checked into our motel, The Mermaid Beach Motor Inn.

Mermaid Beach Motor Inn
Mermaid Beach Motor Inn

This motel provides basic accommodation and is looking a little tired but the bedding was clean and the rooms had aircon. After a much needed nap and freshen up we strolled along to Broad Beach where we had dinner at Max Seafood Restaurant. The food here was superb  and they served an amazing New Zealand Sole, it was huge.

This area really is geared to holidaying, partying and generally having a good time. We certainly managed to cram a lot in and, at times, it seemed that we were constantly on the move. In the few days we were there we managed to visit Sea World, Movie World, Draculas, The Australian Outback Spectacular and “Crikey” we also made it to  Australia Zoo.

The following are just a few snaps taken over the next five days. Firstly, some snaps taken at Sea World….

Rays - Sea World. They are in a touch pool and moved so gracefully with a ripple of their wings.
Rays – Sea World. They are in a touch pool and moved so gracefully with a ripple of their wings.
Alota Baloney, from the "Fish Detective" show at Sea World
Alota Baloney, from the “Fish Detective” show at Sea World
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The Fish Detectives from the “Fish Detectives” show, Sea World
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Hungry Bird
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An uplifting experience
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All together now !!!
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Is there any other way to travel ?

The following are from Warner Brothers Movie World. Unfortunately, my camera decided it didn’t like the heat on this day and stopped functioning so I don’t have any pictures from the spectacular stunt drivers show. So these are just a taster of some of the other attractions  ……

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Going Down – The Green Lantern coaster, Gold Coast
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A fairly tired western show ….
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….. so let’s bring on the dancing girls to liven things up.
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Scavengers
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A tribute to Marilyn. She actually had a good voice.
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It shoulda been me – Notice the empty seat. My belly stopped the safety bar from locking so I was thrown off the ride. Wild West Falls – Gold Coast
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Meeters and greeters

Australia Zoo is two hours away from Mermaid Beach but was well the drive. There’s lot’s to do, we were there until closing time and didn’t manage to see everything. Once again here is a taster……

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Australian Ibis – Australia Zoo
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Lizard – Australia Zoo
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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
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Fang – Female Crocodile – Australia Zoo
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Pretty Flower
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Lizard – Australia Zoo. These little fellows were all over the place, on the paths, in the restaurants. I had to check my rucksack to be sure I didn’t take one away.
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Koala – Australia Zoo
Hard to find one of these little fellows awake.
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Snake & handler – Australia Zoo. They brought these up to the audience on all sides of the arena. Never heard so much foot shuffling till that moment.
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Big Bird – Australia Zoo
Making a spectacular entrance to the arena. They did say what it was but, due to memory overload, I have forgotten.
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Another Big Bird – Australia Zoo
Again, due to memory overload, I have forgotten what this was.
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Lesser Spotted 5 Dollar Bill Bird – Australia Zoo
This cheeky chap has been trained to relieve members of the audience of their 5 dollar bills. If you look closely you can see he has it in his beak.
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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
This part of the show was all about demonstrating how these crocs move and how to avoid becoming a menu item. Needless to say the handlers do not take chances.
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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
Looking for his next snack. The handlers never turn their backs on this big boy.
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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
From a standing start a crocodile can launch nearly his full body length out of the water.
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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
Snack time
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Wombat – Australia Zoo
He wasn’t very happy, having his picture taken whilst taking a dump.
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Kookaburra – Australia Zoo
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Emerald Dove – Australia Zoo
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Tawney Frogmouth Owls – Australia Zoo
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Australian King Parrot – Australia Zoo
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Koala – Australia Zoo
Think this one likes jazz as he appears to be playing his “air double bass”
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Lizard – Australia Zoo
I was able to place my camera on the floor just a few inches away from this chap. He later came and sat with his foot on my sandal before running across my toes…it tickled.

On the last day we killed some time back at Sea World, before heading back to Brisbane Airport, to see some of the entertainment that we missed on our previous visit. Here are a few photos of some lunatics on seadoos….

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This visit concluded a very hectic week on the Gold Coast.

Although we have photo’s which were taken at Draculas and The Great Australian Outback Show they are commercial ones.  If I’m really brave i might post them at a later date.