Things of Interest to Do
Friday 27th March 2020
Those arriving earlier in the week before the Rally commences may like to visit some places of interest not far from the Joondalup Resort or a may be little further afield to Fremantle or Rottnest Island.
The following is provided to assist you in making the most of your time prior to the commencement of Rally activities.
Sorrento Quay Hillarys Boat Harbour
58 Southside Drive, Hillarys WA Open 6.00 am – 11.00 pm
A great place to visit to have a walk around the boardwalk and check out the shops and the marina sights. Enjoy a coffee or food and drinks from the many choices available. The ‘Local Shack’ café is a good hint, it also has cheap pints. The Breakwater Pub on the end of the jetty is another option and it provides great views of the marina.
The Aquarium of WA is also located here, this unique under water world uses innovative underwater tunnels and walkways to get you up-close and personal with turtles, fish sharks and rays swimming overhead. Other attractions include playful seals and reefs of coral, jellyfish and graceful sea dragons. See http://hillarysboatharbour.com.au/
Motor Museum of WA – Whiteman Park
99 Lord Street ( Entry also from Beechboro Rd N) Whteman Open 10 am – 4.00 pm 28 min by car, 27km.
Joondalup Lakeside Shopping centre
3.5 km, 6 minutes
The second largest shopping centre in Perth is only a few minutes from the Joondalup resort.
Turn left onto Hodges drive and travel east, cross over the Freeway then turn left onto Joondalup drive, after about 1 km the Joondalup Lakeside shopping centre will be on your right.
From here the fast electric train service can be taken from the train station at the shopping centre to the city which takes about 30 minutes. See https://www.lakesidejoondalup.com.au/
Coastal Drive to Fremantle
Take a leisurely drive from the Joondalup Resort down the west coast to Fremantle. See https://www.visitfremantle.com.au/
Turn right onto Hodges Drive and travel down to the coast only a few minutes away then follow the coast down 39km to Fremantle which take about 52 minutes depending on the traffic. (The road leaves the coast at a couple of locations and as you come into Fremantle).
The drive takes you through the beach side suburbs including Mullaloo, Marmion, Scarborough, City Beach, Swanbourne (home of the SAS Regiment) and Cottesloe. See https://www.army.gov.au/our-people/units/special-operations-command/special-air-service-regiment
It is worth turning right and traveling across to the beach at Cottesloe where there are some nice places on the beach for a coffee. See https://www.australia.com/en/places/perth-and-surrounds/guide-to-cottesloe-beach.html
Fish and Chips on the wharf at the Kailis Fishing Company restaurant is just one of the many options for lunch. See https://www.kailis.com/fremantle/
Western Australian Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive Fremantle.
Perched on the Indian Ocean’s shore, the WA Maritime Museum is a symbol of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
The Museum is home to the winning America’s Cup Yacht, Australia 11 and an Oberon class submarine – HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessel from WA’s maritime History. See http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/maritime/
The Fremantle Round House
15 Captains Ln, Fremantle, Open 10.30 am– 3.00 pm
The oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a goal in 1831 when the Swan River Colony was first settled. It is the oldest building still standing in WA.
The Round House served as a police lock-up until 1900 when it became home to the colony’s chief constable and his family. See http://fremantleroundhouse.com.au/
WA Shipwrecks Museum
45 Cliff Street, Fremantle. Open hours 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised at the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
The museum is housed in the 1850s - era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds .of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers of the Bativa (wrecked in 1629), the Valmingh Dish and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuydorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draek. See http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/shipwrecks/
Rosco McGlashan’s car - Aussie Invader 5R
A possible visit to view the car in which Rosco McGlashan will attempt the World Land Speed Record. (Please Note: This visit is yet to be confirmed at this time)
Rosco McGlashan OAM, currently holds the Australian Land Speed record at 500 mph which was set on the 27th March 1994 on the dry salt flats of Lake Gairdner, South Australia 440km northwest of Adelaide. Rosco is also an Australian drag racing record holder and lives in Perth a short distance away from the Joondalup Resort.
The car in which the world record attempt will be made is called Aussie Invader 5R. The car is rocket powered and is designed for speed greater than 1000 miles per hour (1600 km/h). It is 16m in length and 3 metres high at the tail fin.
The car is now a reality, running a single bi-propellant rocket motor, producing 62,000 lbs of thrust (about 200,000 horsepower.) It will travel a mile in about 3.5 seconds!
Three teams in the world are preparing challenges for the world land speed record, the USA/Canada team with ‘North American Eagle’, the current record holders from the UK with a new car called ‘Bloodhound SSC’ and Aussie Invader 5R. The Aussie Invader is the most powerful of the three challengers
If the JCCWA can organise an opportunity to visit Rosco’s facility on Friday 27th March 2020 and have a look at Aussie Invader 5R then don’t miss the opportunity. This could very well be history in the making!
We will update the National Rally web site when we find out if a visit can be arranged and provide the details of the time and transport arrangements. See http://aussieinvader.com/
Photos below are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.
Visit to Rottnest Island
Take the ‘Same- Day Round Trip Ferry Transfers’ from the Hillarys Marina which is located 14 minutes’ drive from the Joondalup Resort. Free parking is available at the Hillarys Marina.
Two ferry departure time are available 7:30 am or 10 am. A complementary coach transfer service may be available from the Joondalup Resort, you need to check this at the time of booking. You need to arrive at the meeting point 30 to 45 minutes before boarding to collect your tickets and if ordered your bike.
It is recommended that you either drive yourself or take an Uber taxi to the Hillarys Marina as time could be tight getting back to the Resort from the Hillarys Marina in the afternoon.
Spend the day enjoying some of the islands beautiful 63 beaches and 20 bays. Rent a bike or snorkelling equipment or join a guided tour to learn about the islands decades of history and involvement in WW11. Alternatively just take the bus around the Island and lunch at the village. Be sure to see a smiling Quokka or even snap a selfie!
Leave Rottnest Island on the 4.30 pm ferry returning to Hillarys boat Harbour at 5:15 pm. This will give you enough time to shower and change and join the ‘Poolside Welcome’ event on Friday Evening.
You will be able to pick up your Rally Pack at the Poolside Welcome Event if you have not already done so.
The Ferry is around $70 per person but prices may be subject to change by the time of the Rally in March 2020. In addition the Rottnest Island entrance fee is about $19 per seniors’ ticket. The Island fee is due to be paid on arrival. See https://www.rottnestisland.com/
Kings Park – the jewel in the city’s crown
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the largest inner city parks in the world with a total area of over 400 hectares and it is visited by over 6 million people each year. It showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and is a popular place for picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.
The State War Memorial Cenotaph and the Honour Avenue are located in the Park and their stunning location overlooks the Swan River and the City.
There is much to see and do in the Park, the views over the city and river are magnificent, learn about the diversity of WA’s flora, see the mighty boab tree, a 750 year old specimen from the Kimberley region of WA and over 70 bird species and enjoy walking on the elevated walkway along the edge of the park overlooking the river. See https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park
Photos above are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.