Friday, September 14, 2012

My Bubble: A Walk In King's Park

It threatened to be a rainy day that morning but we still had to proceed with our plan to visit the iconic landmark in Perth ... King's Park.

As we were due to check-in at our hotel in Fremantle, we realized we won't be able to spend a full day roaming the park.  While we had intended to rent a bicycle to go around the over 4 sq km park and botanical garden, thankfully we had heeded the advice from my FB friend, Moy Tai to walk instead.  Actually, we hardly saw anyone riding bikes at the park.  Most people were strolling and some simply sat and relaxed on the vast landscaped grounds.

We took the free city bus shuttle service which is a free hop-on-hop-off public transport within the city centre limits.  We were supposed to get off at Mounts Bay Road but we missed it the first time and ended back at their busport (bus depot).  Instead of getting off, we continued on its full route to take in some sights of Perth and got off at the second last stop of their route which is right on the edge of King's Park.  Prompted by the Blue CAT bus driver, we found our way up Jacob's Ladder ... all 242 steps upwards to the entrance of King's Park.  There were a lot of people running up and down the stairs, burning calories and building endurance.

It was an awesome sight when we reach Fraser Avenue, a street neatly lined by gum trees with individually dedicated plaques to fallen Western Australian service men and women.  Green and clean lawns flanked both sides of the street.  It was a beautiful park and since it is almost the beginning of spring, there were many types of wild flowers blooming while others were just beginning to sprout their shoot or buds and pods.  The park located at the edge of Perth CBD allow an amazing almost 360-deg panoramic view of the city and Swan River.  The place is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city to relax or to jog.  Eventhough it rained, it wasn't that cold and by noon, it was pretty sunny. I simply loved the cool breeze because I could walk for hours without breaking a sweat ... just have to worry about sunburn though which I got during the Perth City to Surf run the day before.

We did not cover the entire park but just a few of the popular touristy spots like the State War Memorial, Honour Avenue, Bali Memorial, DNA Tower and part of the botanical garden such as the Gija Jumulu Boab Tree, Pioneer Women's Memorial Fountain and the Lotterywest Federation Walkway that eventually led us to the Glass Bridge.  I believe it would take at least 2 days to leisurely cover the entire park but too bad we did not have the time to spare since we were already booked to stay in Fremantle for the next 2 nights.

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