Friday, 24 March 2017

Visiting the wildlife park again

My sister in law's only request of her visit to Australia was that she wanted to see kangaroos and koalas!!
Easy wish to fulfill with a visit to Caversham wildlife Park. I had just been there in January when I took the family that visited at Christmas time, but it's always exciting to visit this wonderful park and it's well cared for animals.

Caversham Wildlife Park
Feeding the pelican, sheering sheep, feeding baby sheep, rainbow lorikeet and touching the wombat

top: Koala fun, kangaroos resting in the shade
bottom: At the koala enclosure, bird eating, betong sleeping

Swan Valley

When we left the park I drove to the Swan Valley area nearby.
The Swan Valley is the closest wine region to Perth (just 30min away) and also home to breweries, fine restaurants, gourmet products like chocolates and nougat, sweet and savoury sauces, olive oils and vinegars and organic products.

We first visited "Providore" where we tasted and then bought chutneys, then tasted chocolates and bought ice-cream at the Chocolate factory just across. 
A few kilometres down the road we stopped at the "Cheese Barrel" for some cheese tasting.
Sadly most of the places were closing for the day and we didn't get a chance to go to a winery at all.
But we had a fun day and were ready for our 40 minute drive home.

Chocolate factory, The Providore, The Cheese Barrel, cheese fun board, rows of vines, wines for tasting at the Cheese barrel

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday with the Monday Mural.
                                                                                                                         28 Feb 2017

Links to other posts about Caversham wildlife park and the Swan Valley:

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Visiting Parks around Perth with the family

Back to the city this time by car, and on this day we started by stopping at the Crawley boatshed on the Swan river, on Mounts Bay Road before making our way to the wonderful Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.

The Boatshed, also known as the Blue Boat house, is a huge hit with photographers specially at sunset. The nearby Eliza statue in the Swan River is also another fun addition to this route and she gets frequently dressed up to suit various occasions and celebrations.
The last time I photographed Eliza she was wearing the Portuguese colours in celebration of Portugal's win at the European Soccer Championships in July 2016.

The Crawley Boatshed

The Boat shed, my sister in law and brother in law and me in front of the boatshed,  Eliza statue in the Swan River and a pelican

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

I've often mentioned Kings Park in my posts, and luckily our visiting family loved it too and thought it was an amazing park! 
It's one of the largest inner city parks in the world, with 400 hectares, two thirds of it being protected bushland that provides a haven for native plants, animals and micro organisms.

Kings Park - views in Kings Park and view of the city from Kings Park. Notice the Kookaburra (bird) on bottom right photo

Another view of Perth and other views of the park - the glass bridge, the Firemen memorial, DNA tower and park foliage and flowers
Other views of the city from Kings Park and views in Kings Park

Queens Park

From Kings Park to Queens Park in the east end of Perth - a much smaller park with a nice lake with water lilies, black swans and ducks, a rose garden, and a bench used by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the romantic film "Notting Hill". At one of the entries there is a statue of Peter Pan.

Peter Pan statue, the bench from Notting Hill, lake with black swans, roses

You can read the story of the bench here:

Victoria Gardens & East Perth

Just north of Queens Gardens are the Victoria Gardens, another popular family park with picnic tables, benches and barbecues next to the beautiful suburb of East Perth.
Formally an industrial area, in the early 1990's the East Perth area was developed and is now a modern and pretty residential suburb with lots of apartment buildings.

Here you can find lots of coffee shops and restaurants around Claisebrook Cove, and we ended our day with a refreshment in one of the Cafe's, under the canopy of a umbrella with water jets to cool us down on that hot and humid day.
Claise Brook is a small water stream that runs into the Swan river.

Victoria Gardens and the suburb of East Perth on Claisebrook cove

I hope you enjoyed visiting some of the beautiful Perth parks. Which was your favourite?

Some of my other posts about the statue of Eliza:

Some of my other posts about Kings Park:

                                                                                                                                        27 Feb 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday Mural - University fun

I spotted these funny murals at the Student Centre building at Curtin University on a recent visit there.
I don't remember seeing them last April when a lot of murals were being painted at the University by some famous artists for Public 2016, but these were also painted in 2016.
Thanks to Grace, she's solved the puzzle of who painted them -  a Perth cartoon artist by the name of Nathan Richards!
For other murals from around the world please check this link.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Visiting The city and Fremantle with the family

The visit to Elizabeth Quay in the city was quite a success, with my family loving the wide spaces, the children's park, the art and the eateries.
We rode the train into the city and walked around the quay, had an ice-cream, as the day was hot and humid. Later on we went to Forrest place a few blocks up, to eat at the Friday food markets. We waited for my husband to join us from work, ordered and then sat down with our food.
Later in the evening we got into my husband's car and drove to Northbridge, the suburb just north of the city centre known for it's night life and also the centre of the Chinese quarter.

Just before returning home we drove by South Perth shorefront to have a look at the Perth's night skyline and were surprised with a 15 minutes fireworks show!

Elizabeth Quay - my sister in law and I (in green top), Perth city views, art, modern bridge, gondola and  the brick Florence Hummerston house that was dismantled and relocated to this area.
Top: Northbridge Chinese Quarter, larger photos are the Friday food markets, and small photos at bottom are Northbridge.
City skyline and fireworks show seen from South Perth's foreshore

Two days later we took our visitors to Fremantle for the day. Fremantle is our harbour city, located about 23km from the city centre.
The Fremantle market on Market Street was the first stop - the markets are open from Friday to Sunday, and here you can find anything from art, crafts, Australian souvenirs, organic products, fruit and vegetables and a lot of eateries. It's always a busy and interesting place with lots to see!

Walking towards the harbour I showed them Kakulas's sister, a very interesting old fashioned shop where you can buy your flours, beans, etc by weight. Plus they also sell a huge variety of foreign products - sausages, cheeses, olive oil, etc. So if you need anything remotely exotic for your cooking I'm sure you can find it here!

Top: Fremantle market building, fruit & vegetable stalls, healthy drinks for sale.
Bottom: Kakulas's Sisters old fashioned shop

At Bather's Beach the annual Bather's Beach Sculptures were on show (25 Feb to 12 March) with around 80 sculptures scattered through the beach.

Bather's Beach Sculptures in Fremantle
Around the corner, at the Cargo and ships harbour we came across 2 war ships, one from Spain and one from Adelaide (South Australia) that were going to go to the high seas for "war games" and we chatted with a couple of the Spanish sailors (we spoke to them in Portuguese as their English wasn't too good) and to a female Australian sailor who said she loved what she did.
It was then time for a drink and snacks at one of the Fishing harbour restaurants and a visit to the Little Creatures Brewery.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Elizabeth Quay and Fremantle. 
Have a great weekend :)

Top: Restaurants at the Fishing harbour , Fisherman statue, my husband and brother in law hug a statue, the war ships.

Bottom: Maritime Museum, statue of The immigrant children, Little Creatures Brewery.

24 & 26 February 2017