Friday, April 12, 2013

PERTH TRAVEL DIARY III

Finally getting down to blogging about Perth again. Was doing some spring cleaning on the hard-disk over the weekend and I realized there were a whole load of photos from the trip which I have yet to upload!

Enough of my rambling, let's get started on my third day in Perth!

The day started with a trip to Malaga Markets, a five minute drive from Aunt's place for some grocery shopping. Love the markets in Perth; the sheer variety of goods available! Spices, grains, fresh produces and don't get me started on the flowers. Different species available and all in bright colors! 
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Started our drive to Rockingham after breakfast. It's hard to believe but this was my first time visiting Rockingham. Have heard so much about the beauty of this place and I told myself that I definitely have to set foot there this trip and boy, was I glad that I made that decision. 

Bright blue skies, ocean breeze and fir trees lining the roads and along the beach made me feel so relax. A feeling which I rarely get back home. As I'm typing this entry and looking at the photos, it suddenly hit me in the face, I miss Perth. A lot. 
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Proceeded with our drive to Mandurah an hour later. Compared to Rockingham, Mandurah is more vibrant. While Rockingham would be more suitable for nature lovers, the streets of Mandurah are lined with quality restaurants, shopping malls and retail outlets. Despite these, it's still pretty much a relaxed coastal lifestyle. 

Because of it's rich arts and festivals culture, there are plenty of Spring and Summer celebrations. It was Spring when I was there and several exhibitions were going on. Unfortunately we were pressed for time so we didn't get to view all the exhibitions. Still I had a good time albeit the short stay at Mandurah. 
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After picking up Teryn from school, we then proceeded to our last stop for the day, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. A trip to Perth will never be complete without visiting Kings Park. It's actually the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia with over 6 million visitors each year!

From admiring the panoramic view of Perth City and the Swan River, taking a nature walk on the Bushland Nature Trail, discovering wildflowers at the State Botantic Garden, picnic with your family and friends, indulging in some retail therapy at the Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop or Aboriginal Art Gallery, or climbing the DNA Tower to enjoy the spectacular views about Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island; there's something for everyone. 

Apart from that, there are plenty of exciting events around the year; a music festival was going on when we were there and it was packed! This is why I love being in Perth; a slower pace in lifestyle yet there's a never ending list of activities to engage in. There's also the vibrant and rich arts culture; music, art galleries, exhibitions; which are what I'm interested in. 

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And that sums up the third day of the trip. Will be back soon with more posts on the trip. Till the next, stay gold!

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