Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Travelogue: Trip to Perth Part 1

The husband and the parents have never been to Australia. When we were living in the UK, to travel to Australia is a huge undertaking as it requires over 20 hours of flying time. That is just too painful to go through. Hence we never felt the need to explore that part of the world. I was lucky as in my younger days, I went to Perth & Fremantle on a school trip and again with a university mate to Gold Coast & Brisbane. So when I spotted some bargain air tickets on Jetstar, my travel planning gloves were put on and off we went to Perth.


One of the beaches we stopped along our way to the Pinnacles

Perth is extremely popular with Singaporeans as it's only a short 5 hours flight from here. For the husband, this is great as the weather in Perth is more to his liking. He functions well between a fine temperature range of 18C to 25C, anything above he melts and below he is freezing. When asked about this peculiar uselessness, he exclaimed that he is from the North??? North of what? He is from Northern France, so why such a narrow range of temperature tolerance? Never could understand that. 

Anyway, when we reached Perth, we rented a car to give us more freedom to explore Western Australia. I found a great car rental company whose rental rates include all excess damage waiver. Wherever and whenever I travel and have to rent a car, I always try to get the excess on a rental car down to zero. In australia, the normal practice is your rental car has an excess of over AUS$2000, which means even a tiny ding, the company will deduct the excess (Yes all $2000) from your credit card. This happened to us before when renting with National Car rental in the UK. We returned the car with no damages, to only find out after a week, that a charge of 500 pounds was deducted from our card. On clarification, the company told us that they found a ding at the rear bumper which we did not leave behind. Furthermore, it was the practice when returning the car at Luton Airport, you leave your car with a chap and he will move the car later. Which means, he may be the one responsible for getting their ding on your car. After much arguing to and fro, they finally settled with the payment for repairing the dent which came to around 90 pounds! Can you imagine charging you 500 pounds for a 90 pounds damage? No way! So now I always get zero excess insurance for my rentals. The company we used is called  Burswood Car Rental which made everything easy and straight forward. (Sorry for the rant!)

We rested for the night in a rental outside of Perth. The next morning we did the long drive up (245 km or 3 hours) to Nambung National Park where the Pinnacles are. The Pinnacles are limestone formations that come in various sizes and shapes. It is indeed a site to behold. Definitely highly recommended to do the trip up to see them.


 
Weather perfect for Pinnacles visiting
Breathtaking Pinnacles
 
At the park, we also spotted lots of pink coloured parrots, which turned out to be call Galah or rose-breasted cockatoos. There were so many of them. We saw one pair close by and we approached closer so that I could get a good picture of them. One of them, presumably the male was not happy about it and started squawking really loud. He also raised his head feathers and flapped his wings about, while his companion was looking on quietly. It was quite a sight and it was great to be so close to such beautiful creatures.

Pink Parrot?
Close up of the pair of Galah

The next day, I brought the family to the Caversham Wildlife park, really popular tourist destinations especially if you want to get close and personal with some of Australia's famous indigenous wildlife. They have a full programme ranging from: Meet the Koalas to Feed the Kangaroos to a Farm show, plenty to keep the family busy and happy. First we went to the Koala enclosure, then had a walk through an open kangaroo park. Then a funny thing happened, the kangaroos thought that we had food for them, so two of the kangaroos started 'fighting' in front of my parents for our attention. The way they fought was exactly like boxing. They used their 'arms' and thrusted at each other. It was hilarious.

Cute Koala
Kangaroos: there was an albino one, one even had a joey in her pouch
The boxing kangeroos!

Next, we went to the farm show, which was super entertaining. You get to see a sheep being sheared, try your hand at cracking a stock whip, milk a cow. The kids' favourite is feeding the lambs. The best of the best is you get to see sheep dogs mustering the sheep. Funnily, the hubby was roped in to try his hand at swing a billy, which is a technique Aussie sheep herders used to mix their tea. The billy is actually a container of water which you spin upside down without spilling by the principles of centripetal and centrifugal forces. If done properly, nothing is spill from the can!! The hubby did it well, and didn't get any liquid all over himself :) I wonder if that has ever happen before. You wouldn't want a soaking wet tourists!!

Sheep Shearing Demonstration
Feeding the lambs
After all that, there were still things to do in the wildlife park. We walked through the farmyard and met more animals from goats to chickens. There were so some birds of prety, joeys (baby kangaroos), more koalas, dingoes, newts, to some animals that I can't remember what they are.

Farmyard animals
There was even a bambi deer
Joey (baby kangaroo)
Super duper cute parrot
Clockwise: Newt, Kookabura, Fox & Dingo
More cuddly Koalas
The tasmanian devil
This is the end of part 1 of Perth Trip Travelogue. The next part will contain the whale watching trip we went on, which I spent most of it barfing away. Till the next time, G'day Mate!





6 comments:

  1. It sounds nice. Perth is one of the most famous tourism destinations to see in Australia. I like this place due to its amazing tourism sights. Liked your valuable article which you have shared here about Perth and beautiful experience with us. I am thankful for that. Pictures are so pretty…!

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  2. attractive, beautiful .. The pictures are great, and I love koalas, they are so cute .. why do not you take a picture with the Koala? it would look good

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