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Mar 27, 2014 - Fremantle

We returned to Fremantle. On the way we stopped for lunch at New Norcia, Australia's only complete monastic town. Every church, school, and lunch bar is owned by monks. Designed in the style of a Spanish Benedictine village, New Norcia's grandiose buildings stand in stark contrast to the surrounding bushland. In the evening we had dinner at the Yacht Club.

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Mar 23, 2014 - Fremantle

Sunday, Mar. 23 We had breakfast at a small cafe near where Jesse and Jessie were staying in Fremantle and we got to meet their new son and hold him. We walked around Kings Park . The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland. With panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range, it is home to over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River....

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Mar 20, 2014 - Fremantle

We woke very early and attended the South Perth-Burswood Rotary meeting with Steve. It was at the Burswood Casino which we got to walk through. We had a wonderful breakfast and heard about the water projects being constructed. Then we packed up and Kathy picked us up to stay with her and Kevin in Femantle. We are so lucky. Kevin and Kathy were able to get us a flat right beside them, looking out over the Swan River. We are definitely spoiled! Fremantle is a city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Journey to Fremantle, WA, Australia

We said a leisurely goodbye to our hostess at the Riverview B&B. Mary develop a "passion" for the passionfruit grown right in the orchard/garden and Liz gave her several for the journey north. Just a few kilometers up the road we stopped to take pictures of Beckett's Winery. (My brother's name is Beckett.) We headed for the coast, and stopped for a walk on Yallingup Beach. Further north we stopped for lunch at Bunkers Beach Cafe near Eagle Bay on Cape Naturaliste - very good food and great setting on the beach. Continuing toward Perth, we...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Freo party time

Tonight we took Paul and Helen and the kids out to dinner at Fremantle. We ended up at an Italian restaurant eating huge plates of food and afterwards walking along the street browsing the second hand book shop and any other shop that was open and finally ending up at the time zone where the kids had a whale of a time, racing cars and shooting antelope. Lots of fun. There was some weird street entertainment, it's hard to believe these people are not on drugs (or maybe they are!). Finally we headed back to their home for our last night...

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Jan 12, 2014 - Free Church

We saw Michael and Margie and they lent us a car to go to church. We went to Phil and Lisa's church called Free church at Fremantle, and met a lot of friendly people who welcomed us there. Phil has done an amazing job with the church there and designed it in a warehouse. There was a lovely presence of The Lord there as Lisa led worship. Their church is looking to amalgamate with another local church. Another friend came and also Paul and Helen and the kids. There was no offering taken and we shared lunch with the congregation. Roast...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Go the Dockers!

(Ben) Since last Saturday when the Fremantle Dockers won their way into their first ever AFL grand final, I'd been pretty excited about being in Freo on grand final day. As we had no previous allegiance to either the Dockers or the Hawks, and given our geographical location, we firmly adopted the Dockers as our team for the occasion, hoping to see them win their maiden premiership. We caught the free bus into town in the morning, killing an hour or so checking out some of the historical Freo markets. All the while the purple frenzy was...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Dolphin days

(Ben) Prior to leaving Brisbane, and while we've been travelling, Sal has been keeping her eye on the online voucher sites for all the capital cities, hoping to find deals to help us explore and enjoy them better. For Perth she managed to find a couple to do with dolphins and we booked these in for our first two days here. Yesterday we went on a one hour scenic cruise through some of the canals and waterways in Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth. The cruise also advertises dolphin viewing as part of the experience though of course they...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Perth!

(Ben) Well, today is three months to the day since we left Brisbane and we pulled into Perth this afternoon. We actually drove through the city and on to Fremantle since that's where we've booked ourselves into a caravan park for a week. After a few days of cloud and wind and rain, today was a beautiful day - sunny, cloudless and cool: a perfect spring day. We made the most of it with a few stops along the way from Cervantes. First was a ten minute stop at a roadside lookout, with views across the scrub, wildflowers and dunes to the ocean....

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Apr 12, 2013 - Conference worthwhile, now heading north

Had a really good time at the conference, new ideas, connections and challenges. Col dealt with the challenge of sorting out our gas fridge yet again (third time lucky!) so hopefully we shall be able to camp away from powered sites and still keep our goodies cool! Great having an ensuite site at the caravan park while I was trying to look a little more corporate rather than being in travelling gear mode.

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Apr 5, 2013 - Fremantle - Friday 5/4/2013

What a great sleep,we're up and at it early to finish cleaning ,sorting the van and organise the draws in the car,what a lot of room,it's wonderful. Time to take a drive to Coogee beach for lunch,we found Brunchetta a restaurant over looking the ocean,they gave us a table for two on the balcony.I ordered Bruschetta for entree(which was huge) and a salad for mains while Mal had oil and Dukkha for entree and pizza for mains. After lunch we went for a walk along the beach also stopped to watch the local kids from the school having their...

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Mar 1, 2013 - Fremantle

So hot and sunny early this morning! We took our breakfast down to the beach and ate there - it was a great start to the day! Then we headed in to check out the historic Fremantle prison. Clint had booked a tunnel tour for us to explore. I didn't realize this was a 2.5 hr venture that included climbing down a 20 metre ladder in gumboots, hardhat, and white jumpsuit. But it was all very interesting! In the mid 1800s, the towns along the western Australian coasts were dying off and didn't have enough manpower to help build roads and...

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