We spent our last day in Perth with a visit to Swan Valley. We started our day at the Kinky Lizard Espresso in East Perth where we picked up a a coffee and did a stroll along around Victoria Gardens and along the river lined with upper middle class housing.
Kinky Lizard Espresso
From there, it was a 50-minute drive to Bells Rapids Park. We visited after a weekend, and sad to say, the weekenders had left quite a bit of rubbish behind. Also, the weather was turning warm (spring to summer) and we kept being attacked by flies. I would imagine that if the weather was nicer, and there were no flies, it would have been a beautiful place for a hike.
Bells Rapids Park
Bells Rapids Park
Lunch was at the Broads Restaurant Upper Reach Winery which served up a delicious tapas style Mediterranean spread.
Upper Reach Winery
Upper Reach Winery
Lunch at Upper Reach Winery
After lunch, we headed off to the Margaret River Chocolate Company. LB1 was delighted with the free tastings of milk, white and dark chocolate. Next to the chocolate shop is the providore where you can also sample oils, jams and relishes to help you decide on what souvenirs to bring home.
Margaret River Chocolate Company
Margaret River Providore
Market River Providore
On the way back home, we stopped at the Woodbridge Riverside Park, another spacious suburban playground, followed by an ice-cream at Junction Ice-creamery.
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We did a day-trip to Mandurah, which was an hour’s drive south of Perth. Our main aim was to see the dolphins. We took the dolphin cruise which brought us along the waterways. It was pretty sad, because we saw a grand total of 2 dolphins on the entire cruise. What you will get to see are canals lined with rich people’s houses.
We had initially planned to a go a little further to Lake Clifton to see the thrombolites, but Daddy Bean was not feeling so well, so we headed home early. While Daddy rested at home, Mummy brought the LB1 and LB2 to the playground at John Oldham Park opposite our apartment. It really saved the day, for there we found a well-kept secret. Possibly the LONGEST SLIDE in Western Australia! And lots of birdlife in the evenings.
We took the scenic West Coast Drive up to Hillary’s Boat Harbor. Along the way, we stopped at Reabold Hill. It is an easy (stroller-friendly )10-minute walk from the car-park for sweeping views of the surrounding area.
After coming off the West Coast Highway, we turned onto the West Coast Scenic Drive. This brought us along the beautiful coastline until Hillary’s Beach. Hillary’s Beach is a perfect place for little ones to spend the day out. Soft clean sand, a safe lagoon area, a sheltered playground (for cover from the blazing sun) and a toilet nearby. Lots of dining options around as well.
Lunch at Hurricanes Grill at Hillary’s Boat Harbor
King’s Park and its adjacent Botanic Gardens are sprawling with lots of areas to explore. We spent the late afternoon at Synergy Parkland earlier in the trip. On Day 5 of our trip, we explored the Fraser Avenue end of the Park with breath-taking views of the city. We parked at the Forest carpark, which was a short walk to the Lottery Federation Walkway. The walkway is a 40 minute stroller-friendly walk that brings you through a 222 meter suspension bridge and parts of the Botanic Garden. We finished off our walk at the State War Memorial overlooking the Swan River. We moved on to the Lottery West Family Area (5 minute drive away) for a picnic lunch while the pre-schooler burnt off some energy. Lots of shaded tables, and different play areas for toddlers and older pre-schoolers.
State War Memorial at Kings Park
Lotterywest Family Area
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The Caversham Wildlife Park is one of the child-friendly highlights when visiting Western Australia. It is a 40 minute drive to the north east of Perth city. The kids will definitely love the park as there are many opportunities to come up close and personal with different types of Australian wildlife. Parents will be happy to know that there are no added cost for feeding, touching, or taking photos with the animals. A tip would be to check out the timings of the shows and plan your day around those timings. You should also plan to arrive early to beat the tourist buses.
We started our day at the Wombat and Friends meet and greet. The queue to take photos with the wombat was crazy long, so we gave that a miss. As you can only spend a limited time within the arena, I would suggest you do the same, and spend your time interacting with the other animals and their keepers.
Our next stop was to meet the Koalas. But we also found the queues for the photos too long as well (thanks to tour buses). A tip would be to go for the earliest or latest sessions of the day to avoid the crowds. The kangaroo enclosure had plenty of free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies, with free flow of animal feed. Do catch the Farm Show as well. But note that the whip cracking segment may scare babies and young children.
There is a small kiosk at the Park serving some snacks, but no restaurant or cafe. So it would be a good idea to pack a picnic lunch. Other then within the park, there is another picnic site at the Whiteman Park nearby, where there is also a playground.
On our way back home, we stopped by Corica Pastries in North Bridge to pick up a famous apple strudel. It comes in only one standard size (LARGE, which is good for about 6-8 people). That meant a lot of apple strudel for us over the next few days. We’ve heard many good things about Corica apple strudels with many tourists carting boxes of them back to Singapore. Honestly, our conclusion was that it tasted pretty much like Ritz Apple Strudel back home. It was nice, but definitely not stellar.
We were off on a day trip to Fremantle today. Daddy Bean was a history buff so we decided we should check out the Fremantle Prison. We did the Doing Time tour which was well-conducted by an experienced guide. Even the pre-schooler paid attention. A tip would be to bring toddlers and infants in a baby carrier as you will need to negotiate steps during the tour. There is a small cafe at the Prison if you need some coffee. Although you are better off visiting the cafes in the city itself.
After the prison tour, we headed to the Marine Terrace for lunch. Between the two iconic fish and chips restaurants, we settled on Cicerello’s. There are diverging opinions online on which is better. We can’t comment on Kaili’s as we didn’t try it, but we were reasonably happy with our experience at Cicerello’s. There was ample seating, brisk service, large servings of fresh and well-fried fish and chips. Little Creature’s Beer was just a short walk away, and serves up wood-fired pizza and beer, if you don’t feel like fish and chips. The area was a perfect spot for us to spend the afternoon as there was also a playground opposite Little Creatures where the LB1 burnt off some energy.
On the drive back home, we stopped by at Seafood Mayeree (488 Marmion St, Myaree WA 6154) where there was a good selection of fresh seafood. We picked up some fresh seafood to cook for dinner. On the way home was also The Good Grocer (36 Ardross Street Applecross WA 6153) where we picked up some supplies for a picnic lunch the next day.
We needed to run some errands in the CBD on Day 2. The apartment was an easy 15 minute walk from the CBD. We had breakfast at Small Print Baker which served up a nice coffee, and a selection of fresh bakes. It opens bright and early at 7AM. Those travelling with children may want to take note that there are no high chairs at this cafe. Also, it is located below street level and a little hard to find.
Other potential breakfast spots in the CBD which came highly recommended on Zomato (but we did not manage to try) are Velvet Espresso at 172 St George’s Terrace, and Café Brookfield Place at 125 St Georges Terrace.
Small Print Baker
A travel tip for families with children: Lego is priced significantly cheaper in Australia (compared to Singapore). Pick up some from Target in the city, and keep the kids entertained for the rest of the holiday.
It was back to the apartment for LB1 and LB2’s afternoon nap. In the late afternoon, we explored Synergy Parkland at King’s Park. The grounds are lovely, with two different playgrounds to cater to younger and older children. There’s a cafe there, or you could pack a picnic and enjoy.