Perth area – part 4 – Mandurah

I had read about a scenic drive starting in Armadale. I thought it would be a nice area to explore the slopes of the range. Once again we were in need of a map. The Armadale Visitors Centre however is only opening at 11:00 am on a Saturday. We were there much earlier. We went for a short walk through a park. Only a couple of bird photos to show from the walk – obviously not that interesting.

Mandurah is an area that brings back memories. I used to go kayaking in the Peel Inlet. I was reluctant to return to the area, not looking forward to see the changes that happened over the last few years, well I guess we are talking more than 20 years. Lesley was keen to check it out, so instead of doing the scenic drive from Armadale we proceeded to Mandurah. I was pleasantly surprised. The very heart of Mandurah still exists – even the old bridge is still in use.

and the new developments were done quite tastefully. The birds of course are unchanged as well.

The old Mandurah needed to grow, needed to accommodate more inhabitants. The solution was more dense development,

We enjoyed our walk around Mandurah, Lesley even said, “I could live here” – not sure where we would park the Kedron.

Good to see that the old Moreton Bay Fig Tree was still standing.

And the shag did ‘t care on what post it was attempting to dry it’s wings.

From Mandurah we headed north along the coast road. We stopped in Safety Bay. This is a pleasant seaside suburb that probably hasn’t changed much over the years. We lunched at the Boat Ramp Café – Seafood feast for two. It sounds fancier than it was.

Very nice area with the islands offshore,.

Even Rockingham ended up a nice area – all I knew about it was Oil Refinery – but the actual seaside town had quite some atmosphere.

It was quite a different day to what I had planned, but all the same it was an interesting day that I really enjoyed.,

This being the last part of the Perth area post, I probably should talk a bit about our campsite. It was good to be at the Keswick Convention Centre. Lots of space, not a cramped camping site. We did enjoy the kangaroos visiting.

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These two had a bit of a fight,

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All that in the middle of suburbia.

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1 Response to Perth area – part 4 – Mandurah

  1. wandwill says:

    enjoy your blog, wander if mine will ever be like this, Sandra

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