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Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Ngilgi Cave, Western Australia

October 2016

Ngilgi Cave, previously known as Yallingup Cave, is located in the Geographe Bay just off Caves Road, in the southwest of Western Australia. It is an underground cave with a depth of 42m at the deepest and is reputedly 500,000 years old. Discovered in 1899, Ngilgi Cave is home to stunning stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.

Semi-guided tour of the cave is available which gives you basic knowledge and cave history from the guide before you start. Thereafter, you are at your own time to explore the cave. Chances of getting lost is slim to none if you follow the wooden boardwalk and railed passage which does a loop inside the cave.

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Vegetation from the car park to the cave ticket office.

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Route from Busselton Jetty to Ngilgi Cave.

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Rules to observe.

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The ticket office.

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Participants meeting point before taken by the cave guide to cave entrance.

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Clearing to the cave entrance amidst trees and shrubs.

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Guide taking participants down the stairs into the cave. T-shirt & track shoes will suffice.

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Plaque in remembrance of Edward Dawson who discovered the cave.

Extensive boardwalk and a number of stairs lead you through the cave chambers. Along the passage, bench are available for you to rest if you require. The whole passage in the cave are dry and makes walking and climbing safe. It took us about an hour to see the two chambers in the cave. At some point of the passage, it does get narrow and at other point you do need to bend over to avoid the overhanging formation but we never felt claustrophobic. Initially we though the cave will be cold but as we went deeper, its gets warmer. Wearing T-shirt would suffice.

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Down the stairs into the cave.

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The smaller chamber to the left of the entrance. A 10 minutes walk-around is all that is required here.

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Stalactites of the smaller chamber.

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Close-up of the stalactite.

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Taking the passage to the right of the entrance will lead you to the main chamber.

When you go deeper into the main chamber, there’s a station where another guide (waiting all day) will show you different crystal formation and detailing it’s creation. They are passionate about the cave and their work and the knowledge they impart makes things interesting.

The lighting system in the cave are good. Throughout the cave, spotlight highlight the amazing formations. The lighting is bright enough for you to take great pictures without the need to use flash but you do need steady hands. Coloured lights at a couple of spots gives a magical atmosphere to your exploration. All pictures below are taken on auto setting with available lighting. No tripod or selfie stick allowed in the cave.

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More stalactite on the way to the main chamber.

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Colorful lighting at a couple of spots.

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The passage getting deeper and more beautiful.

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Starting to see stalagmite.

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Another section of the main chamber.

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Beautiful overhanging crystal formation.

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Formation above the boardwalk.

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Close-up of the crystal formation.

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Boardwalk in the main chamber.

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Like a film set in Indiana Jones.

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One of those steep but manageable stairs in the main chamber.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Busselton Jetty, Western Australia

October 2016

Our road trip to attractions outside Perth begins with taking delivery of our rented car at our hotel right at 8.00 a.m. on the dot as arranged. I’ve opted for a smaller car, a Toyota Yaris as I’m accustomed to driving that size of car, instead of a Camry (although at the same rate ). Our road trip took 3 days that covers Augusta, Albany, Wave Rock in addition to a day trip from Perth to the Pinnacles.

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The Toyota Yaris we rented for a total of 7 days.

First attraction is Busselton Jetty about 223km south of Perth. The drive was smooth and we reached the jetty within 2½ hours. Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere stretching more than 1.8km over Geographe Bay. Due to shallow waters of the bay which restricted ship movement, the jetty was built so timber could be transported to the ships.

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Busselton Jetty, clouds and blue sky.

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Route map from Perth to Busselton Jetty.

Construction on the jetty commenced in 1853 and the first section was opened in 1865. It has been extended numerous times ultimately reaching a length of 1841 m. The last commercial vessel called at the jetty in 1971 and it was closed the following year. The jetty had survived cyclone, weathering, several fires to become one of the recognisable landmarks in Western Australia.

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Solidly standing since 1853.

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The entire Busselton Jetty not fitting into a single frame. Any further, it’ll reach international waters.

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The Goose Bar + Kitchen fronting the jetty.

Today, the Jetty has an interpretive centre, a museum and a rail line along the length of the jetty for train ride. At the end of the jetty, there is an underwater observatory. Descending 8 metres beneath the surface, visitors can view corals and fish life through the viewing windows, at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber which can accommodate 40 visitors.

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Entry fees prominently displayed.

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Entry point, interpretive centre and museum. $3 entry if you just want to stroll on the jetty.

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The train that will take you to the end of the jetty to the underwater observatory.

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The train leaving the interpretive centre.

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Wife taking a stroll along the jetty.

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View of the interpretive centre and museum from the jetty.

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This is the point at the jetty where you can take a cruise for whale watching. Different rate apply.

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Sort of an artistic wind vane.

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Waiting for a bite.

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Measure your catch here.

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About ½ way distance, covered sitting bench for you to rest. Didn’t make it to the end of the jetty so, don’t know how the train  turned around.

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Everything you need for your day out. Hats, sunscreen, goggles, snorkels, sunglasses at the Interpretive Centre.

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Souvenirs are also available at the Interpretive Centre.

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More souvenirs.

Fremantle Western Australia

Fremantle, Western Australia

October 2016

Our 3rd day itinerary is a trip to Fremantle by train. We caught the train on platform 7 at Perth train station and the journey is just a tad over an hour with 15 stops along the way. Arriving Fremantle train station, our first business of the day is to head over to E-Shed market just across the station. This is a favorite place for Malaysian to buy souvenirs as the price is much, much cheaper compared to Perth. The same sweater costing $19-29 in Perth is only $9.90 here.

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Perth train station.

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The Fremantle Line on platform 7 will take you to Fremantle.

If two adults are taking the train, purchase a ‘Family Rider‘ ticket for $12.40. It entitles you to a group of up to seven people unlimited travel on the day of purchase, provided no more than two of them normally pay full fare. You save $6 if you would have bought the normal 2 zones ticket ($4.60 X 2pax X rtd) plus the ability to go to other places within the day.

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The ‘Family Rider’ ticket.

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Train at Perth station.

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Useful Transperth rail route. Credit : Transperth.

The E-Shed market is only opened Friday to Sunday. You walk a couple of minutes from Fremantle railway station across to E-Shed. The two favorite outlets are Megabes owned by a Singaporean and Aussin owned by an Indonesian. Get your souvenirs here or you’ll regret having to pay at a much higher price back in Perth.

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Fremantle Railway Station.

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E-Shed Markets as seen from the car park as you walk from the train station.

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Fremantle train station seen from E-Shed. A couple of minutes walk away.

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Aussin, one of the favorite souvenir store at E-Shed. They occupy 4 lots.

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Megabes, another favorite store.

From E-Shed, we walked over to B-Shed & A-Shed where nearby is the Western Australian Maritime museum. What is of interest to me is the display of a decommissioned Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens. The museum provides tour inside the submarine but unfortunately were fully booked for the next few hours and we haven’t had time to wait. However, you can get a glimpse of the submarine from outside the museum compound.

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B-Shed is a ferry terminal.

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Across B-Shed is a  container terminal.

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A sailing ship docked at B-Shed.

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Statue of migrants arriving in Fremantle outside the Maritime Museum.

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The decommissioned Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens outside the Maritime Museum.

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Quite a big submarine. There are tours taking you inside it.

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Whats probably is a submarine torpedo silo.

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Came a little too early. No way I’m taking a tour during lunch time!

From the maritime museum, we walked over to J-Shed and onwards to Bathers Beach. The wind was strong, water chilly … definitely not a time for a swim. From across the bay, you can see the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

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Bathers Beach, Fremantle.

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The other end of the tunnel will take you to Fremantle town.

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Royal Perth Yacht Club across Bathers Bay, Fremantle.

A few minutes walk from the beach, we arrive at Mews Road where two famous seafood restaurants, Cicerello’s and Kailis’ are located. A favorite among Malaysian is Kailis’ and that’s where we headed for lunch. To our surprise, there were so many Malaysian, it feels like just having a meal back home.

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Ciserello’s, one of the two favorite seafood outlets in Fremantle.

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Kailis’ won our heart for seafood.

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Kailis’ seafood menu …. well part of it.

We ordered fish & chips and 1kg of chilli mussels. We tought we made a mistake ordering too much mussels but in the end everything was finished by two of us. The chilli mussels, to Malaysian standard, isn’t hot. The fish & chips were as good as those we’ve had in Britain.

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Fish & Chips and Chili mussels for us. Delicious.

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You can eat inside or outside at Kailis’.

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Outdoor area of Kailis’.

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Fishing boats docked near Kailis’.

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Seagulls watching your meal. Don’t feed them. It’ will be a nuisance later.

After lunch, we took the free Blue CAT (Central Area Transit) bus at Fishing Boat Harbour (stop 10450) nearby the Western Australian Museum a few minutes walk from Kailis’ and headed to Fremantle Markets. You would want to get off at Fremantle Markets (stop 16980). The Fremantle Markets are housed in a Victorian era building. With over 150 stalls, it offers products of all kinds including handicrafts, health and beauty, jewellery, fashion and accessories, specialty foods, fish, vegetables and much more.

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Useful Fremantle CAT  bus route. Click to enlarge.

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Fremantle Markets.

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You’ll get off the CAT bus slightly further up from this point.

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Various stalls inside the market.

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Another section of the market.

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Fresh fruits are also sold.

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And so are vegetables.

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A Malaysian cafe in the Market. Easy to remember, stall No. 1. The Blue CAT bus stops right in-front.