Monday, December 3, 2012

Sketchpacking Western Australia 2012: Fremantle

After hours of driving from Busselton, we finally arrived back at Fremantle and checked in at the apartment we booked. It was such a welcome sight! It was a lovely place, and the view of the Swan River was simply fantastic. The sun was just beginning to set and we managed to get some beautiful shots. I decided to try painting one of those shots in my sketchbook.



Riverview Apartment
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Copyright © Favian Ee Sept 2012


View from the balcony. I just had to try painting this one!
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Day 8: Fremantle - Markets, Fish and Chips, Museums
After 3 nights sharing a bed in a tiny room, sleeping in a single bed in a room of my own was a welcome treat. And it was a very comfortable one too! If you visit Freo, I highly recommend Riverview Apartment. It might be a bit of a distance from town (30 min walk), but it is cosy, fully equipped and a generally lovely place.

The sketches of the Fremantle leg were done only after returning to Singapore. As you can see they became more illustrative and representative than the earlier ones which were done on-location. There is also a greater variation of style. My cartooning side is more evident, but there are also scenes drawn from photographs I took.



The famed Fremantle Markets
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Didgeridoo Breath
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Punk rock bagpiper
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World famous fish and chips by Cicerello's
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Cicerello's fish and chips
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After lunch, the guys decided to go cycling. We found out that a nearby brewery has free bike rentals, so we went in search of it. It's called Little Creatures, and it's a microbrewery along the harbour are near Cicerello's. The guys got their bikes and I went to see the museums.



Free bikes!
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Little Creatures brewery
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WA Maritime Museum Shipwreck Galleries.
I didn't draw this in my sketchbook.
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Shipwreck Galleries Batavia wreck exhibit
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The Round House, a gaol, as seen on my way to the WA Maritime Museum
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WA Maritime Museum (different from shipwreck galleries)
as seen from the ferry en route to Rottnest Island a few days earlier
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All photographs are Copyright © Favian Ee Sept 2012

Day 9: Fremantle and Last Day in WA

We decided to drive down to town today instead of walking half an hour there (and another half hour back!). Since we hadn't visited the Arts Centre (Yes!! Australia uses British spelling!), we decided to pop by there. We also needed to get my didgeridoo from Didgeridoo Breath and buy my boomerang.

Lunch was fish and chips again, but this time at Kaili's, another world-famous fish and chips place. I preferred it to Cicerello's, actually.

The last place we visited before returning to our apartment to pack and check out was the famous Fremantle Prison, but that was a very short visit because there wasn't any time left. We didn't take the prison tours. We just walked around the visitor centre very quickly.


Sam making breakfast! He doesn't cook, but this turned out quite successful

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No photography inside. The sketch of Sam watching the exhibit was drawn from memory.
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Our rental car. Photo taken during our drive down to Margaret River
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Didgeridoo Breath
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After checking out, we drove to Cottlesloe Beach for a bit before heading back to Fremantle for dinner at Hungry Jacks (Burger King). Our pick-up point for transport to the airport was at Esplanade Hotel, so we headed there, unloaded our stuff and waited at the outdoor dining area while Sam went to return the car. We sat right under the noses of a couple dining in the restaurant inside. I can imagine that didn't do much to add to the romance over dinner...


Esplanade Hotel, our pick-up point
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Hungry Jacks
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Waiting for the bus

Dead beat after a good but tiring holiday

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