Hills Drive, Paris Dining, Sunset Farewell

This morning’s breakfast on the balcony was accompanied by a violin.  Someone staying or living in the apartment next door was sharing their talent with us.  The violin competed with noisy crows crowing in the gum trees that surround the apartment complex and it all made for a rather lovely start to our day.

The clouds in the sky today were spectacular.  The beautiful cirrus clouds meant that the beautiful blue sky was partially covered however the skyscape that the clouds made were worth it!

We enjoyed our now familiar morning brew at The Boatshed.  One of the servers we had serve us several times was working this morning – a lovely young girl that was always smiling and happy.  We said our goodbyes to her this morning because we are flying out for Sydney tomorrow.

Before leaving the Boatshed, we “told” surfer dude (our Nokia X6 phone GPS) to take us to Mundaring Weir in the Perth Hills.  The short trip up into the dry landscape was over before we could finish our brews (Perth is such an easy city to get around).

We arrived at the weir around late morning and parked the car in a very empty car parking area.  Mundaring Weir is one of Perth’s water catchment areas and it is also a lovely place to picnic and sightsee. The weir supplies water to surrounding “hill” towns and to the gold mining city of Kalgoorlie (about 6 hours driving east of Perth).

We spent quite a lot of time at the weir taking photos of the dam wall area and the surrounding bush. It was great to get back behind the lens and challenge ourselves.

After leaving the weir we continued driving through the hills to the town of Kalamunda.  This small hill’s town (a suburb of Perth) was our place of choice for lunch so after finding a shady parking spot we went in search of a place to eat.

We settled on a French pattiserie called Le Paris Brest and enjoyed a tasty quiche and ham/salad baguette. The staff at the restaurant were excellent and we enjoyed sitting outside in the lovely afternoon sun.

After lunch we drove to Lesmurdie Falls however, the falls were not running because the dry summer weather has resulted in very low rain fall here in Perth.  However we enjoyed taking some photos and video of the bush during the walk to the falls area.

After our afternoon walk through the falls national park we drove down to Midlands.  On the way we stopped alongside of some brightly decorated bus stops so that The Princess could photograph some of the unique designs.

Tonight was our last night in Perth so we planned to have a feed of fish and chips.  We thought we could find a shop near the apartment and take them back and eat them on the balcony.  However we couldn’t find a shop near where we are staying so drove half way to Fremantle before finding an excellent fish and chip shop.

The fish and chip shop was close to the Swan River so we found a beautiful spot beside the foreshore of the Swan river and witnessed the most incredible sunset whilst eating under the river gums.  The Princess took some spectacular photo’s of the sunset and I was able to capture some of it on the video camera too.

With bags to pack and our early morning departure to prepare for we headed back to the apartment and sorted ourselves out for the trip to Sydney.
The early morning start dictated an early bedtime tonight – 2200 (early for us at least).

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