Swan Bell Tower, Swan River and Kings Park

Swan River | Perth

My second day in Perth started late as I slept in, dashing plans to head to the beach in the morning. David and Estelle cooked lunch and we ate, after which they headed to classes at UWA while I left to explore the city. I took a bus and dropped at the Esplanade Busport to check out Swan River and the Swan Bell Tower. Update: The ferris wheel next to the Swan Bell Tower has since been taken down due to a development of the Perth Esplanade riverfront.

Swan Bell Tower and Wheel of Perth

After David and Estelle were done with school, we met up in the city to catch Fast & Furious at the cinema. Dinner was at this Malaysian eatery in Chinatown and we had delicious zi char dishes — butter chicken and this toufu dish that David recommended. Another recommendation of his was overpriced bubble tea, mine came up to almost $4!

The next day, I walked along Eric Street to the stretch of beach known as Cottesloe Beach. The weather was ideal and approaching the beach was an experience in itself as the blue horizon came into view. The beach is really something Aussies have every right to boast about. It brought a rush of excitement to me; we never have such blue waters in Singapore, sadly!

Cottesloe Beach | Perth

After reading for a bit and soaking up some rays, I met up with David and Estelle for lunch at Nando’s. And after lunch, we headed to Kings Park, which was nice and relaxing.

Kings Park gazebo | Perth

Swan and Canning Rivers meet

Life imitates art at Kings Park | Perth

The sun was setting and after some funny moments like the one above, we headed home so I could pack for my flight to London. I was craving fish and chips and we tried to get some at Fremantle but it was closed for the day so dinner was at Little Creatures again. We had mussels, frites and pizza, which I washed down with apple cider.

My round-the-world ticket started and would end in Perth. It had been a relaxing start to my seven months-long trip and I was glad to have my cousin, David, host me, albeit for a quick few days in Perth. After dinner, he dropped me off at the airport and I was on my way to London to start the European leg of my trip.

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