It must be a long weekend as there are a lot of people around today. The Moore&Moore cafe was doing a roaring trade this morning, and hundreds of small boats were leaving the river to get out onto the Indian Ocean. There were people fishing all along the river shore in Fremantle and East Freo and Victoria Quay was packed with people visiting the E Shed markets and passengers from yet another cruise liner, that arrived this morning. While all that was going on, a navy ship was turned around so it could leave Fremantle port.
Now hoping this will be a really busy day for our traders and that being open on the long weekend pays off for them.
A morning or evening walk along the Swan River in Fremantle is a very pleasant experience. There are often dolphins in the water, and the sight of yummy mummies pushing prams while jogging, is pretty cute. A coffee or cold drink at the Left Bank to finish the walk is also very pleasant.
Here a photo I took from the foreshore of Fremantle Ports.
When I noticed it was getting hazy over Fremantle, and the light all soft late yesterday, I could not stay at home and went for a drive and walk along the river. It was heart warming how many people wanted to engage and made remarks about the stunning big sun. Here a couple of photos I took near the Bicton Bath.
With the Fremantle to Perth train line shut till Thursday I went and tried out the free ferry service from the B Shed to Barrack Street. I took the 10.15 one with only about 40 passengers. The man counting us said the first 3 ferries had carried 5, 7, 58 passengers only, but when we arrived in Perth around 200 people queued to get on, so it could well become very popular to have a look at what our patch of the world looks like from the river.
The Captain Cook crew who run the ferry even allowed passengers to have a look at the wheel house, which is of course great for kids, so take advantage of it.
On my way back I hopped on the fantastic modern Mandurah line train at the Esplanade, hopped off at Canning Bridge and took the bus back to Freo from there. Public transport in Perth is very good and clean. I had a fun morning that cost me nothing.
I love storms, bad weather, lightning and thunder, so I could not resist having a drive around this afternoon and take photos. At Fremantle‘s Leighton Beach, walking against the wind, I thought my eyeballs would blow out so strong was the storm. The Swan River looked like an ocean with waves crashing ashore at Bicton, Applecross and Point Walter.
A significant North Fremantle property is up for sale. The former Matilda Bay Brewery site on Stirling Highway is expected to be rezoned to residential which could see up to 800 apartments being built there. It has great ocean views and is 2.9 hectares large which makes it one of the biggest development sites in the western suburbs. With beach and river access within walking distance and the proximity to Fremantle central and the North Fremantle railway station, residential units would be very popular.
One part of the building is heritage listed so that could become a feature of any new development of the area. Of course one would hope that affordable housing would be incorporated into such massive development.
It’s not Greece, only East Fremantle. I noticed these colourful boats on the banks of the Swan River this morning and thought they were worth taking a photo of.
Pretty wild water under the Fremantle Traffic Bridge made the Swan River look like the Avon Descent.
The Avon Descent by the way is in a fortnight, so hopefully we’ll get some more rain between now and then.
Perth Now reports that the Red Herring restaurant on the Swan River is East Fremantle is for sale, as the business has not been doing very well lately.
The restaurant is in a prime location built over the water and has been a great venue for delicious food in a stunning setting, and for weddings, functions and parties.
According to Perth Now the selling agent has approached some of the big players in the culinary industry over East.
It seems a tantalising opportunity to get a 39 year lease over 2500sqm of riverbed location, so the right person will grab it with both hands. Maybe a new venture for Perth’s Albassio Lapegna?