23 October 2011

Perth - Matilda Bay, Happy Anniversary

Finally the reason for our trip to Perth, Western Australia. The wedding of Kevin and Erika in October 2010. Gosh! Where did the year go? It's already a year, at least, since the wedding to this posting.

Kevin, Erika, Happy Anniversary!

It was a warm sunny October day and what a beautiful day it was for a wedding. The wedding was held at a church in Subiaco, an inner western suburb of Perth.

The wedding reception however, was held at the Matilda Bay Reserve, located south of Perth and practically next to the University of Western Australia. With the stunning backdrop of the Swan River and views over the city of Perth, Matilda Bay is popular as a place for social functions and weddings.

The Matilda Bay Reserve is a thin strip of land covering 20.6 hectares, situated between Hackett Drive and the Swan River in Crawley. It’s about a five minute drive from the city. The reserve encompasses Pelican Point which is an important breeding sanctuary for international migratory birds, but we did not see any at the time.

Matilda Bay is a recreational parkland. You can see lots people in their sail boats or speed boats and children leaping into the water from one of the nearby jetties. Fishing is also a popular activity.

For us, just sitting at the edge of the river with a glass of wine, catching up with (old) friends and watching the sail boats move effortlessly up and down the river, feels just right.

The reserve's area is popular with a variety of visitors including students from The University of Western Australia, walkers, cyclists, swimmers, rowers and picnickers. There are free electric barbecues dotted around the reserve and are cleaned daily.

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