Perth 2009 ANZAC Day March

Here are photos from Perth’s ANZAC Day Parade yesterday, 25 April 2009. These shots were taken from the St Georges Terrace and William Street intersection in the CBD where I watched the march with Bjoern and Ola.




Bagpipe, brass and drum bands were in full throttle with Waltzing Matilda being by far the most popular tune




Some of the elderly veterans were driven around in vehicles 




Dad’s 7 RAR Battalion who fought in Vietnam. This year Dad marched in Adelaide where he had a reunion with old army mates.




The Sikh Community’s section was colourful




The Turkish also had a section. As well as fighting against the ANZACs in Gallipoli, the Turkish also fought on the same side as the Australians in Korea.


Later in the day, I caught up with several of Dad’s close friends and their associates at Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, including Bluey, Johnno, Drabs, Fritch, Batesy. Monty and Van.

Volunteer Day

Today, several work colleagues and I had fun painting and tidying a house in Perth’s northern suburbs for Joondalup Youth Support Services (JYSS). The house, as part of JYSS’s Supported Accommodation, shelters young people with instable backgrounds whilst they learn life skills. Previous clients had left the place in a terrible state and it needed care and attention.


Turner & Townsend employees have one day per year they can dedicate to volunteering and Dave did a great job organising today’s work.

Eilish And Breandan

As a tribute to our times together in the last 5 days and because I took several memorable photos of Eilish and Breandan yesterday in Mandurah, I have dedicated a blog post to them.




Waving to a passing boat in the Mandurah Marina




Breandan enjoying the cruise




Eilish relaxing on the boat




Breandan leaning over the side of the cruise boat in Peel Inlet




Eilish tries to avoid the camera while Breandan in his new skull gloves plays his new harmonica (both Mandurah purchases)




If looks could kill I would not have survived the Mandurah-Perth train trip




At Cafe 130 in Leederville Eilish saved her hot chocolate until Ola and Bjoern arrived whilst Breandan gulped his down – one of their many dichotomies.

Mandurah Train Ride And Boat Cruise

Shannon wanted to go on a decent train ride before she left Perth. Prior to today the most we had travelled on a train was from Fremantle to Perth. Today we caught the train from Leederville to Mandurah, 70 km south of Perth and the terminus of Transperth’s southern (Mandurah) railway line. As today fell during WA school holidays we could buy a family ticket for unlimited travel public transport after 9 am for only $8.40 – bargain!


The rail line to Mandurah was opened in December 2007 and this has helped fuel the city’s growth. Mandurah is now both Western Australia’s second largest city and regional Australia’s fastest growing city.


Upon arriving to Mandurah Train Station, Shannon, Eilish, Breandan and myself caught a free shuttle bus to the city’s foreshore. This bus runs either every 10 or 20 minutes depending on the day and facilitates the city’s vibrant tourist trade.


After a picnic lunch on the foreshore we went shopping before catching the 2 pm Bouvard boat cruise to the Mandurah Marina, Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and canal areas.




3 heritage-listed historic buildings contrast with Mandurah’s modern mansions, villas and seaside apartment blocks




On the boat cruise we saw several dolphins along with multiple osprey, shags, swans and pelicans. Unfortunately, the dolphin calf above is dead but its mother still tried to keep it afloat in the hope it would live.




One of the many mansions and accompanying yachts surrounding Mandurah’s artificial canal district. This one has a private 30 seat movie theatre. This area is so attractive to wealthy Perthites that vacant blocks of land alone sell for between $1.5 and $2.5 million.




With the boat captain after the cruise ended




A White Vienna Coffee, Mocha and 2 Babycinos at D’Lights Cafe near the market complex




Waiting for the train to Leederville in Perth Underground Train Station after a long day, including a short walk across Perth’s CBD. In Leederville we drank more coffee and ate cake with Bjoern and Ola before returning home and packing.


I’m about to take Shannon, Breandan and Eilish to Perth Airport for their overnight return flight to Adelaide. We have had a fabulous time together in Perth and I’m extremely glad to have taken the opportunity to give them a holiday in Perth.

Scitech, City West, Perth

Today, Shannon, Eilish, Breandan and myself went to Scitech, an interactive science and technology centre aimed at school-aged children. This is the perfect place for hyperactive 8 and 10 year olds as they can run from exhibit to exhibit once their 7.23 second attention spans end. Later, after lunch, we visited Dave and Theresa in Yokine for spiders and Rummiking (very similar to the Turkish Okey game).




Scitech’s Going Places-the Technology of Transport is currently exhibiting. Breandan flew the above plane simulator without crashing.




Family heat sensor photo




A robot drew these pictures of us. Which drawing is of who?

Perth-Fremantle Cruise, Fremantle Markets, Little Creatures Brewery Pub

Yesterday morning we caught the train from Leederville, via Perth Underground to the Esplanade station. This was the kids’ first ever ‘underground’ train ride. At Pier 3, Barrack Square we met Bjoern and Ola for a coffee before the Captain Cook Cruises Perth to Fremantle Swan River cruise.




Breandan in front of the Kings Park Escarpment destroyed by a deliberately lit bushfire




A mansion of epic proportions overlooking the Swan River




A nice yacht in front of moorings and riverside apartments




Shannon, Breandan, Eilish, Bjoern and Ola approaching Fremantle on the boat cruise




Buskers entertaining the crowd near the Fremantle Markets- juggling fire sticks while another person is standing on your head also juggling fire sticks is very impressive




The chocolate flowed at Fremantle Chocolate Factory




At Little Creatures Brewery Eilish is entertaining herself playing Snake on my mobile phone whilst Breandan is giving Ola a massage




The Fremantle Prison was about to close by the time we got there although we still had time for a very quick look

A Day At AQWA – The Aquarium Of Western Australia, Hillarys Boat Harbour


Today was another fun and busy day with Shannon and the kids. In the morning we walked to Lake Monger and then back home via the Leederville train station footbridge.


At 11 am Bjoern and Ola met us before we drove in convoy north along the coast to Hillarys Boat Harbour. Our main destination was AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia. There we saw sharks, fish, rays, seahorses, lobster and many other sea creatures. On the way home we drove via some of Perth’s most expensive addresses in Mosman Park.




Posing behind a speed camera sign on the way from Lake Monger to Leederville




Jellyfish in an aquarium at the aquarium




Some pufferfish are dangerous – they can kill you with their stare ๐Ÿ˜‰




Ola, Breandan, Bjoern, Eilish and Shannon all trying to touch the sea creatures in the outdoor touch pool




Posing in Ola and Bjoern’s Mini Cooper S Cabrio