There are a couple of Art Trails around Mandurah, we did one on a nice fine day, having a good walk around the foreshore while we did.
Heather was pretty as a picture so we framed her.
Sorry, it’s crooked!
There was a large flock of well-fed Cormorants chilling on the breakwater, these ones good examples. It has been estimated that Cormorants catch and eat > 4 tonnes of fish from the waters around Mandurah a year.
We found a canal system called the Venetian Canal, with high rise apartment blocks around them.
There are quite a lot of the artworks located in this precinct, this one representing a beached boat.
Across a pedestrian bridge to the Dolphin Cove area near a large marina, we found more boats, this one being tossed around in a storm.
Later we did a ferry ride around the waters of Mandurah, in much calmer waters.
On Stingray Point is a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig tree near the Sebel Hotel.
It was planted in 1930 by the owner of an earlier hotel, the Peninsula Hotel and has become an icon of Mandurah.
Residents lobbied Council in 2012 because excessive nesting by Cormorants was causing damage to the tree and a health risk to people near the tree. In 2016 other residents lobbied the Council to stop knocking bird nests out of the tree.
The tree and its environs look pretty healthy now, so do the Cormorants. We did go past it on our earlier walk and it is quite sound.
Near the mouth of the river we saw some dolphins swimming around, probably eating more fish. They were difficult to photograph, this was about the best we could get.
The cruise took us through some more of the canal system, past some large houses.
They are all quite new, the canals were built in the 1990s and most of the houses have been built this century. Some of them are quite large but they are all very close together.
We made it back out of the canals to the river, a nice day for a cruise.
We did another Art Trail walk around the town where we saw The Drover’s Dog, representing all the dogs that have had to wait outside the pub for their masters.
This collection used boats to represent the containers of the trials and troubles of our lives. You can just see the Sebel and the fig tree in the background.
The Fisherman represents the fishermen of Mandurah and its old fish canning factory, now gone.
This piece represents the passing of an Aboriginal Message Stick from an Aborigine to a Settler.
We’ve had some good walks around Mandurah, it is a nice comfortable place and we’ve had perfect weather for our stay here.
Another day we went north towards Perth to Rockingham and were again pleasantly surprised. The town beach and foreshore have been well developed with a park with good facilities (Tables, shade, BBQs etc.) between the town and the beach.
We took a walk out on the pier, much shorter than Busselton, but the bottom of the ocean shelves away to deep water much quicker and it doesn’t need to be so long.
Just north of Rockingham is a lot of Perth’s industry that requires shipping. There is a grain terminal, 2 oil refineries and an aluminium smelter in this next photo.
We know that there would be strict pollution controls but the condition of the beach and the water is pristine.
There is also a large naval base on Garden Island about a mile offshore and connected by a causeway.
We took a walk out along Cape Peron which has some excellent views of the surrounding area. This looking south, one of these islands is Penguin Island which has a colony of Penguins nesting.
You can wade out to the island, not advised as with the changing tides you could be swimming for your life a bit later. Or you can catch a ferry or glass-bottomed boat to walk to the island and take in the acquatic life as well as the penguins.
More rugged coast around the Cape, more Cormorants too.
Is this another Natural Bridge? Albeit much smaller than the one in Albany.
We have enjoyed our time in the west but it is drawing to an end and we will be heading home on the weekend. Look out for our next travels.