Swan River North Fremantle

This is a walk along the north bank of the Swan River at East Fremantle from near the old traffic bridge and heading eastward.

I began at the old Fremantle traffic bridge. We're looking west, before heading east.

You can still see the remains of the 1866 'stick' bridge.

Looking in the other direction: the west end of 'Northshore'.

Northshore are zing droom nents.

And look like this.

And have moorings like this.

Continuing east, we see the newer Stirling Bridge, the Red Herring under it on the other side of the river, and the Captain Cook tour boat approaching.

I heard a CLUNK and looked out to see the motorboat with the big outboard motor at an angle of thirty degrees up over the moored yacht. The motorboat has gone back to check out the damage. I guess the skipper wasn't looking where he was going: three youngish guys, perhaps on their way back from Rotto.

I climbed all the steps up to the bridge roadway to bring you this photo.

Anyone wanna shoot a few baskets?

East of the dominating bridge is a pleasant little sandy beach. This is looking back westward.

And then looking upriver.

Just inshore from the river at this point is the North Fremantle cricket ground. The pavilion can be glimpsed from the beach.
Update: I've since discovered that the grandstand is registered with the Heritage Office.

Across the cricket green, in the background, Ben Elton's house, distinguishable by its controversial solar power panels. Ben and Sophie can watch the cricket from their upstairs side verandah.

The cricket ground is also used for fire brigade competitions. I assume this stand was for viewers to watch the finishes, but it's past its use-by date.

At the end of the sandy beach, past the cricket ground, we come to Pier 21, an 'apartment hotel'. This is the cute little path leading from one of the many jetties to the accommodation.

The jetty in question is somewhat less attractive than the path.

I should show you some of the Pier 21 units.

I'm guessing these swans and cygnets are hanging around in front of the units for a feed.

The path continues beyond Pier 21, and we come to private apartment blocks.

Then the Water Police.

Then a tiny 'beach' beyond, called Harvey Beach. There used to be a larger swimming area at the end of Harvest Road until the Water Police facility was built.

End of the path. Not long ago one could keep going and reach caves in the limestone cliffs. People have lived in them probably for thousands of years.

Back up Harvest Road a bit, it's possible (but difficult) to find a narrow, steep path that leads up to the top of the cliff.

The hill is called Cypress Hill, and these are the views you get from up there.

Including the roof of the Water Police station.

And the front entrance of Pier 21 (with the Red Herring in the distance).

On Cypress Hill: a house with a face!

Walking back now, that's Cantonment Hill over there, with the signal station on top - now out of service. That whole hill and area around was Defence Department land, worth squillions.

On the way to sea: a floating gin palace passing Sunny's.


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