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Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

October 2016

Caversham Wildlife Park is a 30 minutes drive from Perth. Our main intention of visiting is to see kangaroos and koalas. The entrance fee of $28, is the highest of any attractions we’ve been to in Western Australia. The park is independently owned, operated and managed without government assistance.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Entrance to The Caversham Wildlife Park in the background.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Admission prices as at October 2016.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Entrance to the Park. Snack shop to the left.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

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Inside, maps of the park is well-marked showing the areas of diverse range of wildlife and show times. The walk through the kangaroo enclosure was fantastic, lots of tame kangaroos. You can touch and pat them safely. By early afternoon when we were there, the kangaroos seems to be overfed as offering of food pallets doesn’t excite them anymore. They were just lazing around and enjoying the warmth on the grass and sandy grounds amidst their own droppings which we found difficult to avoid. The kangaroos looks tired and not active but makes photographing easier.

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Don’t get lost, get your direction right.

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Enjoying the early afternoon warmth.

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Three’s a company.

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Good afternoon mate. Welcome to my den.

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By early afternoon, the kangaroos are so full they are just looking at the food pallet.

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The kangaroos aren’t bothered by visitors.

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As the sign says.

We then head over to Molly’s farm to watch the farm show. Here you’ll see trained dogs rounding up the sheep, whip cracking, sheep shearing, kids feeding the little lamb and visitors having a chance to milk a cow. Nothing extraordinary. From here, we moved on to the Koala’s enclosures and we got to see Koalas up close. As it wasn’t time for the Koala show, we just took photographs from behind the enclosures.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Trained dogs rounding up the sheep.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Demonstration of whip cracking.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Kids feeding little lambs.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

A pair of Koalas playing around.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Heres looking at you.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Comfortably balanced on a tree trunk.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Baby koala wanting to play.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Getting a check up by park warden.

The other animals in the farm.

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Everything about the park is basic. The kangaroos and koalas are obviously the star attraction for foreign tourist, but the rest of the park is dull. The other attractions are what can be seen in other zoos. For the admission price, we’ve been to better zoos elsewhere. We left after watching the farm show and stopping by some animals on the way out. If not for the farm show, we would have left within 45 minutes.

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Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

October 2016

Araluen Botanical Park is located approximately 30 km south of Perth. The Botanical Park covers an area of about 59 hectares. There is a small entry fee into the Park of $6 which is reasonable but wouldn’t want to recommend anyone to travel out of their way to visit it in mid October. During this time, there are limited mixtures of plant varieties to see.

The park is tidy, quite and relaxing with fresh air. However, we have to lower our expectation as the name of Botanic Park does not represent large varieties of plants found but rather limited. We did the train trip ($5) around the park which is a quick 15 minutes route and that was enough for us.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Entrance into the Park proper via a bridge over a stream.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

What used to be a swimming pool previously.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Poppies (?) sparingly scattered in the Park.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Not sure what this is.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

Chalet Healy Café in the park.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

A stream winding through the Park.

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And small waterfall too.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

The ducks observing the sign … after a swim.

Araluen Botanic Park, Perth

The train ride around the Park.

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$5 for a 15 minutes route.

We were late (mid October) to see the tulips. All were gone except for a few patches here and there. It might have been worth a visit during the tulip season as visitors who were at the Botanic Park the previous week says the tulips were fantastic. It would be better for the Park to inform the best dates to see the tulips on their website like that of Keukenhof. However, even if we did get to see, we suppose the area is of no comparison to Kuekenhof or even Gulhane Park. So on our visit, only a handful of flower varieties are there to see and the limited roses had wilted too. A visit to Kings Park would offer a larger varieties of wild flowers to see.

— Flowers in the park —

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With regards to the photos of the tulips below, please observe that the subject photographed were tightly cropped into the frame. That gives an impression there were lots of tulips while in actuality the tulips were only patches here and there and the whole Park was actually bare after the harvest of the wilted tulips.

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Purple and white tulips near the gift shop.

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This is about the largest patch of tulips in mid October.

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Patch of white tulips.

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Close-up of the white tulips.

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Beautiful blue sky with little clouds when we visited.

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Pink tulips in another patch in the Park.

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Observe the background and you’ll see the Park is bare.

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Rarely seen dark purple tulips … in Araleun or elsewhere.

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Is it dark purple or is it black?

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Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Sunset Coast Self Drive, Perth

October 2016

Having nothing on our itinerary today, aka ‘Free & Easy’ we decided to drive along Perth’s coastal roads from City Beach right up to Boston Mindarie Quay a distance of about 46 km from our hotel. As one can only expect sunset on the coastal side of Perth, thus this post is titled ‘Sunset Coast Self Drive’ whilst the drive was actually in the morning. So no sunset pictures.

Our first stop is at City Beach for the view of the beach and then onto the West Coast Highway pass Scarborough to Hillarys Boat Harbour with a stop at Sorrento Quay boardwalk, a small mall. At the harbour, plenty of private yacht and pleasure boats are docked and within a short walking distance, is Hillarys Harbour Resort. You can also catch a ferry to Rottnest Island here.

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First stop, City Beach. Blue sky, sunny day but the wind was strong and chilly.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

The wind was so strong that the leaves are blurred.

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Stop at North Beach. Residential houses in the background.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Platform protruding over the rocky beach for fishing. A slightly calmer North Beach.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Vessels docked at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

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Taps for you to wash your catch of the day.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Sorentto Quays Boardwalk. Mall for you to shop.

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The other side of the mall, eateries aplenty.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

More vessels docked at the quay.

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Resort fronting the quay.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

No space to dock in the waters, bring it overland.

We then proceeded to drive to Boston Mindarie Quays which in our opinion is an up-scale residential area. Like Sorentto Quay, yacht and boats are docked here. What makes this area exclusive are houses built right to the edge of the waters where one can dock their boat right in-front (back?) of their residence. The area is still under development as near completed houses are still under construction.

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Dock your vessel right up to your residence.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Closer view of the residence bordering the waters.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Jetty at Boston Mindarie Quay.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Residence on land close to the waters.

Sunset Coast Self Drive Perth

Residences awaiting full completion.

Leaving Boston Mindarie Quays in the late afternoon, we decided to head for Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Mall for lunch. It is a big mall and we spent a while window shopping. For Muslim visitors, there are two halal outlets at the food court (ground floor) for your convenience.

(TQ Stuart for pointing the discrepancy between Boston & Mindarie. Google map indicated us so. Our e-mail to you bounced )

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Concourse of Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Mall.

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Another section of the mall.

Lakeside Joondalup, Perth

Halal outlets, Kebabbque & Mayamasala side-by-side on the ground floor food court.

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