Winter in Perth 2014 (Day 13 and 14-FINAL)

Day 13

Today we will be driving 50 mins to the south of Perth to Rockingham. This is where we will be going on a Dolphin Sighting Tour (Three Islands Wildlife Cruise). 

Our initial plan is to go to Penguin Island but alas, it is closed from early June after the Western Australia Public Holiday to 14th September for the winter mating season. So we have to settle for the Three Island Wildlife Cruise which we gets to see dolphins, seals and some birds.

More information on Penguin Island Tour;

We reached at about 11.30am, so we booked for the 12.15pm cruise. Grab a quick bite nearby and some photo time while waiting for the boat to arrive.

On board the cruise....everyone is excited for our first encounter with the dolphins!

Great weather today!

Waiting patiently!
Still no dolphins.. started to play..Notice that hubby and me will each hold on to one kid... Just to make sure they don't do any unexpected stunt and fall into the sea!
And here comes the first dolphin!!! WOW!!!
Another one...
We manage to see quite a few dolphins during the tour.. some alone and some in pairs... The kids are excited and will shout dolphin each time they saw them... if they see two dolphins, will shout "dolphin, dolphin", so cute!!!

Moved from the open sea to an island where we get to see some pelicans and seals.

More Pelicans and some seals
The tour took about an hour or so.. and we are back on the mainland... The kids spotted a playground and ran towards it!

While the kids were playing, I grab a muffin from the cafe to share with everyone. They played for a while and we then drove back to Perth.

Kids nap on the way back and we went to King's Park again.. this time we went to the huge grass area for the kids to roam and used up their unlimited energy!

Running around and playing with leaves and grass and twigs!
Searching for "treasures"
Picking up twigs!
Drove around city area and saw "Wagamama". Brings back memory as hubby and I had their noodles before while studying in Nottingham, UK so decided to have it for dinner today!

Cute baby chair which can just attached to the table. Save space, but initially was a bit scared that it won't hold the weight. But seems quite sturdy!
Amazon-Portable Hooked High Chair for those interested!

First time using chopstick.. she is proud of herself!
Our noodles
Our noodles

Food here are ok... nothing fantastic. Most importantly is the great memories of dining at their restaurant outlet while studying :) 

Tomorrow will be our last day in Perth before flying back home!

Day 14 (Last day in Perth)

Today will be our last day in Perth and we will be taking 5.10pm flight back to Singapore. Well, of course we would make use of our last few hours in Perth to visit few more places. 

We have more or less packed our luggage the night before so in the morning, we squeeze the rest of our stuff in and we are off to few more adventure.

We didn't have time to explore Swan Valley yet so we took the chance to visit the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. There are some chocolates for sale, and some for sampling. Also, a cafe if you want to sit down and have something to eat. Behind the glass, one could see the staff making chocolates. However, we were quite disappointed that there is no tour for the chocolate factory.

Sampling free chocolate
The free chocolate sampling has no limits, as long as you scoop them onto your hand and no takeaway.. so you can eat as much as you like. Of course the kids went crazy with the sampling :)
Many people queuing of the samples... there is white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
Next up, we went to Cuddly Animal Farm to finish up our fresh vegetables that we bought during the trip. We still have some pumpkin and carrots left..

Feeding the goats
Kids happily feeding
Mummy join in the feeding fun...
Finally, finished up all the food for the animal and it is time for the kid's meal...I cooked porridge for them in the morning and kept warm inside a thermos...
Lunch time...
Love using thermos because it keeps the food warm and it is easy to scoop out and feed...
Feeding straight from the Thermos...
After the kids finished up their lunch.. Jaclyn went for a pony ride @ AUD$5. One could just went to ticket counter and buy a card coupon and pass to the pony ride staff. Then it entitles to one time pony ride.. see how happy our girl is...

Justin didnt want to ride as he is scared so we didnt force him... we just stand aside and watched his elder sister riding pony.
Pony rides..
There are still a bit of time before our flight so hubby and me had lunch at Chesters of Heafod Glen. The kids already had their meal so they just munch a bit of our food.

The restaurant is quite kids friendly and both kiddos got a colouring pack and somethings to work on while waiting for the food.

Colouring time
Nice fireplace

Food has arrived and we did rush them a bit as we have a flight to catch. I had braised duck and it comes with fried tofu at the side.. pretty fusion I must say.. not the best duck I tasted though...
Duck and tofu
Hubby's dish is mediocre too....
Mini steak
We were quite disappointed as the review for this place is actually quite good. Anyway we are pretty late for check in so we quickly depart, drove to the airport, return our car and we are on our way home.

Overall, we had a good trip... love the weather, the koalas, the kangaroo, the dolphins and the tiramisu... Perth, we will be back! Till then...adios!

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  1. Found yr blog while researching perth for our coming fmly trip in winter. Tx for the detailed writeup..very useful!

    1. I am glad to be of help. I guess you are back from Perth by now. I do hope that u had a good time :)

  2. Nope we are going in winter..June 2016!

  3. In that case, I wish you and your family a great time ahead :) As the matter of fact, I actually went to Perth again in June 2015 as we had a really great time in 2014. I revisited the restaurant that serves the yummy tiramisu and had a good time staying one of the farm/orange, grapefruit orchard few hours away from Perth city. If you are bringing young kids, the farm/orchard stay will be wonderful. If you do need more information on that, do let me know. I will try my best to post my trip diary on my 2015 trip soon :) Cheers!

  4. Thank you! Would love to read abt yr 2015 trip and any dining recommendations would be great.


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