16 Jan 2001
| A Quokka|
| Rottnest Island|
I was in Perth for a few days in March 1997. Given the time it
takes to get there from Newcastle (8 hours with connections), it
is almost another country.
This photo was taken on Rottnest Island, which is just off the
west coast of Australia, near Perth. This is a popular
destination for tourists, because of the beautiful scenery and
A unique feature of Rottnest island is the quokka. This
marsupial gave the island the name, and it is its only habitat.
Visitors are not supposed to feed them, but they seem to wander
around boldly and find plenty of scraps to eat.
| Sunset from Fremantle|
A unique feature of Perth for me was that the sun sets over the
water. I took this picture from a beach in Fremantle and it's
not apparent that this was right in front of McDonalds. I was
quite lucky to get the bird in the picture like that, and
despite trying, I have not been able to achieve anything similar
| Cottesloe Beach|
This is a lazy and atmospheric scene from the late afternoon at
Cottesloe beach. The city itself is somewhat inland, so the
coastal suburbs still manage to have something of a village feel
| Perth Skyline|
This is a view of the Perth skyline from Kings Park at dusk. In
some ways Perth feels to be an isolated city, most likely
because it really is a very long way from any other major
population centres. The trip was not particularly successful
from a business point of view, but in a sense it was a coming of
age for me in independent travel.