Out at the water
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I head out from Perth central station to go to Fremantle. It used to be an independent harbor separate from Perth - but today it is effectively just another suburb in the sprawling area called Perth. It is dead easy to get to - just jump on the train towards Fremantle and go to the end of the line. Even I can’t miss this.
I get out of the train and walk towards the city centre. The place is nice and laidback and compared to Perth everything just seems to run in a lower gear. The central city got a lot of semi-old buildings - let’s face it Australia got no really old buildings.
I head to one of the main attractions - at least according to all guidebooks - the Fremantle Market. It’s open on Sundays so I go in - and it is a small market under roof. I am not much of a market person in the first place and this market here doesn’t really impress me all that much. Compared to the markets you can find around the Middle East and Latin-American this one is quite tame.
So I head out and wonder the old city and get down towards the seafront where I find a museum - the shipwreck gallery. I go in and walk around seeing the story of the old Dutch ships which went ashore during their voyages towards Batavia - what is modern day Jakarta in Indonesia. The Dutch actually did quite a lot of the exploration of the coast of Western Australia because the ship route towards their colony in the Dutch East Indies went close by the area. They got a couple of old ship wrecks on display - hence the name the Shipwreck Gallery.
After my visit I continue my walk along the shore of the area and I get to a round house. This round house is not really round but got 10-12 sides - but it is called the round house. This little house is the oldest building in all of Western Australia still standing today. In front of the house is a cannon which used to be fired every day at 13.00 so the ships could set their clocks before heading out to sea.
I finally make it to another museum - the Maritime Museum. This one is in a much bigger building than the Shipwreck Gallery - but I don’t find it quite as interesting. It got a lot of ships on display including the first Australian winner of the Americas Cup. There are also some displays about the whaling industry around Western Australia which was big business until it got banned some years ago.
I wanted to see the sun set in the Indian Ocean but I soon realize I have gotten myself in a wrong spot. I can’t really see the ocean from where I am. It is blocked by the harbor - instead I have to settle for a sunset over the harbor which isn’t really what I was looking for.