Winter in Perth 2014 (Day 11 and 12)

Day 11

So, today we are driving back to Perth to spend the last 3 nights of our trip... And we decide to visit a few places on our way back....

First stop: Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. We checked online and found that this is their opening hours...

The Centre is open daily (except 25th December) as follows:October to May: 8.00am – 4.00pmJune to September: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Feeling hopeful (cause we haven't manage to go on a few other attractions due to the bad weather), we drove to Bunbury which is an hour drive away. 

When we reached it is almost noon time and we were disappointed that no dolphin tour today due to the bad weather...We can still visit the discovery centre if we wanted to... there are some fishes in the tank and some video on the dolphin but we weren't really interested so decided to give it a miss. 

To avoid disappointment do give the centre a call before going down...Some additional information on the address, admission fees etc can be found here.

So we ended up feeding the kids some porridge that i prepare in the morning as their lunch... we did that in the car, with a view of the ocean... really love eating/picnic in Australia.. everywhere is just so scenic...

After lunch, we got out of our car and the kids get to stretch a bit at the beach before continue with our journey back to Perth.
Playing with sand
The journey back to Perth will be another 2 hours and both of us are hungry...so give a quick check online and went to a nearby town in Mandurah for a quick bite. Ended up in McD...kids are quite happy with the playground... but it was a little chilly at the playground. Kiddos played for a while then join daddy and mummy for fries.
McD for lunch near Mandurah Forum Shopping
Fast food and fries... kids' favourite
Afterwards mummy decided to go shopping at Mandurah Forum Shopping Mall since by the time we get back to Perth, most shops will be closed anyway... didn't want today to be totally wasted since we didn't manage to see dolphin earlier.. at least some shopping therapy might help.

There are quite a few shops in Mandurah Forum Shopping Mall.... they have Big W, Coles, Pumpkin Patch outlet etc... 

Shop for a bit and we drove about 2 hours back to Perth. Collect the key to our apartment which we booked online with stayz.com. Has been using stayz for quite a lot of our Australia accommodation and we love it... the service charge is much better than AirBNB.

This time round, we stayed in an apartment (parking included.. phew... parking in Perth is really pricey).... 

The apartment comes with 2 rooms, a kitchen, living room, toilet, shower and washing machine facilities. Located pretty centre in Perth, i think it is quite a good deal.
Back to perth.. rented a service apartment this time
With kitchen
Kitchen
Living Room
Master bedroom where 4 of us squeeze together
Toilet and shower
Equip with washing and drying machine

We settled down and the kids had some porridge for dinner. For the two of us, we also just had instant noodle for a quick dinner.. too tired to go out already...

Tomorrow it is the highlight of the trip...kids are going to go crazy running around and feeding the kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park...

Day 12

Finally, we are back to the sunny and warm Perth...and today is going to be the highlight of our trip. We will be visiting the Caversham Wildlife Park and I have read many fabulous review about this place. I think the kids will be super-duper happy today.... will be able to see and touch so many animals...

Situated inside Whiteman Park (which itself is a nice park to walk around, but we didn't have the time to do so), Caversham Wildlife Park is a great place to get close to animals... lots of kangaroos roaming around and food are available for visitor to help feed the kangaroos. There are a lot of kangaroos around so everyone get their chance to feed... but some kangaroos are so full that they are not so keen to eat, so just need to keep trying and hopefully you will find the hungry ones....

Parking is free which is great cause we definitely will need to spend a good few hours here. Admission fees for adult is $25 and kids less than 3 years old enter for free, i think it is quite reasonable entrance fees considering the park is quite a reasonable size and there is a lot of activities going on throughout the day. I like the fact that they have a few time slot for each activities so whether you come visit in the morning or afternoon, will be able to see most of the activities that are lined up for you!

For the show times and feeding time plus additional information of the opening hours etc.. can check out their website!

We queue for about half an hour or so before manage to enter the park...

First stop will be kangaroo feeding... the kids can't wait to feed!
Kangaroo

Happy! Strolling and looking for kangaroos to feed...





Food for kangaroo or "roo" as he called them

Making new friends already?
Spend quite long feeding the kangaroos... the kids and mummy had endless love for the kangaroos, we just feed and feed... but daddy got bored, so he just walk around and help us take photos...

After the kangaroos, we decided to go see the koalas before the morning visiting time of the koala sanctuary end at 1pm...
Cant remember what we are looking at already
Cute little birdie we spot on our way to see the koala
Visitors are advised not to touch the eucalyptus leaves that the koalas eat. Apparently, the leaves that we (human) touched before, the koalas won't eat them according to the park keepers, so we can only observe the koalas.. not allowed to touch any koalas.. there is only one koala that they allow us to take photo and stroke....

We were just observing the koalas and then suddenly one of them start climbing down the trees and came towards the visitors.... the park keeper got anxious and ask us to move aside so that the koala (Karen is its name) can move around freely. Karen has claws too and we were advise to hold our kids so that they don't get too close to Karen...

To be honest, I think it is quite fun.... we get to see Karen move about quite a lot.... cause koalas usually just sleep and wrap around the trees, don't have much chance to see their movement so I was quite excited..

The park keeper had to call another "koala expert" to help carry Karen back cause he is not too familiar with handling the koalas... so the "help" came by a little while later and carry Karen back to her tree...

It is then photoshoot time with koalas and this particular one, we can touch them gently.
Koala
Koala
We were hungry as it is almost 1pm already... so we settled down at the park cafe and bought some microwaved food.. there is not much choice really and all the food is finishing fast. we bought a curry chicken rice and a pasta ... kids had porridge which i cook in the morning. They also share a bit of what we ate...
Microwaved lunch at the park.. surprisingly good!
After lunch, we explore the park for a bit before the farm show at 3pm. The kids get a chance to milk the cow at the end of the show.

Two cuties holding hand queuing up for the experience...
Waiting in Q to milk the cow
When it is almost their turn, suddenly the cow pee... OMG.. luckily they didn't get wet.... got a huge shock though.. after peeing the cow poo-ed ... seems like a routine to poo after pee cause the park keeper get ready with a shovel already to collect the poo.
Peeing!!! OMG!
Finally, time to milk the cow... Jaclyn so happy milking but Justin decided to give up and not milking... He said that he is scared....
Milking the cow
Justin is tired already cause it is nap time and he has been running around for almost half a day... boy boy nap in daddy's arm while Jaclyn and me went for Wombat and Friends show at 3.45pm...
My cute kangaroo
We get to touch wombat and get a picture with him...It is really huge and heavy. It's skin a bit prickly too!
Wombat photo time
Afterwards, Justin woke up and the two of them went crazy touching the lamb and the sheep...
Visiting the lamb
lambie...




Also visit a mini farm... with chicken and rabbits...
Chicken...
Only kids are allowed to go in... but all rabbit ran away seeing them invade their space
Lastly, we went for cowboy show...daddy even get a chance to swing a tin of water around and making sure the water doesn't spill and kudos to daddy because "he did it!!!!". A cowboy in the family!

It was almost 5pm when we left the park and we were famished. The kids get to nap a bit in the car while we drove back to the city which is about half an hour away. 

Since they are still sleeping when we reached Ciao Italia (yes!!! my favourite tiramisu is here... and we are gonna get a second serving!!!!) , so we decided to takeaway our dinner. I went down and queue before the restaurant is open.....

Read about our previous dining experience at Ciao Italia here.
Ciao Italia
And I see my tiramisu nicely placed in the fridge.... yum! Saliva dripping!!! Am missing the tiramisu right now while writing this post....

But the good news is hubby is missing Perth as well (He loves the cooling weather in June when it is scorching hot in Singapore), so we might be taking another trip down to Perth again this June!!! So gonna keep a lookout for cheap air tickets!!! Tiramisu, here I come again!!! Till we meet again... (Finger crossed!)
My favourite tiramisu... missing them right now!
My super favourite! 
Ordered pizza and pasta to share today.. and its yum!!!

Takeaway prices also cheaper than dining in... yay!
Takeaway pizza this time
Pizza
Had some fettuccine as well.. this is good!

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