A tour of the 'Little Creatures' brewery for which I paid $12 and during which I learned absolutely nothing about the brewing process from the enthusiastic but unintelligible young guide. We did however get a large shot glass full of each of their ten beers and given that a pint costs $11 I suppose we got our money's worth. It would have been good to get some 'tasting notes' at least verbally but we were rushed through the entire process as if we were overtime on last orders. The brewery premises incorporate a pub/restaurant and it is a very popular venue for a drink with friends and reasonable food. Their Pale Ale is the best!
A visit to the Shipwreck Museum is free and very worthwhile. There is a lot of information about the multiple shipwrecks that have occurred off this coastline and many artifacts including a significant number from the ship 'Batavia' which sank in 1829. Some of it's recovered timbers have been preserved and fixed to a metal skeleton to recreate part of it's forward hull and there is a very good video that details the salvage operation.
A wander round the part of the Maritime Museum that I didn't have time for on my first visit. This is really worth the entrance price and has sections on the histories of fishing in the area, WWII, modern immigration and intricate models of every one of the winning Americas Cup yachts from the inception of the race. The actual yacht Australia II is one of the exhibits and there are several other original boats of merit. Outside the museum are the 'Walls of Welcome' which detail the name of every immigrant into the port, the ship they sailed in on and the date of their arrival.
My final visit of interest was to 'East West Design' in South Fremantle. It is a treasure trove of gardening items, soft furnishings and furniture, much of it made from re-cycled materials, and a fascinating experience.
So that was the end of my time in Western Australia and I was glad to get back to Cronulla for a few days with T+B and some decent sleep before embarking on the next part of my travel adventures. Three weeks back in New Zealand to extend the exploring I did last year and to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing again. Never say die!