Monday, November 4, 2013

Perth Trip: Places We Went To

We chose to go to Perth because it is a laid-back city. Initially we thought of Gold Coast or Hong Kong but leceh la bawak Afif. Dia bukan ingat pon and camne nak naik rollercoaster? Maka Perth je la lelepak relax. As we were there for a short vacay ( short 4 days!) we have to be really picky with where we go. We decided to go to must-go places with close proximity to the city. Here's the list:

- City Center
- Caversham Wildlife Park
- Margaret River Chocolate Factory
- King's Park and Botanical Garden
- Fremantle
- Harbour Town Factory Outlet


Perth City Center

Perth City is a small but very well planned city. i must say we did not explore much of the city; no museum nor gallery visits. We explored mainly around 1x0.5km of the city (mainly on Hay, Murray, Milligan and Wellington Streets) center but it seems enough to us.

Hay Street and Murray Street are bursting with life. Endless shops, restaurants and cafes are on these two streets. There's a portion of the streets are not accessible by cars and other vehicle - there are strictly for shoppers and people who just wanna have a nice walk. Street musician playing beautiful music, delicious smell of coffees and shoppers wandering with glee are the usual scene. i personally like to sit on one of the benches and watch people do their thing. Among shops on these streets are Target, David Jones department store, Bras & Things, Guardian pharmacy, Valley Girl, Apple store (which i went to every single day while we were there in hope to get the new iPhone 5S), and so much more.

Baru sampai. Sejuk!

 Behind us is the Wesley Church

 Beli stokin sebelom kaki melecet. Baahaha.


Street Doctor.
StreetDoctor adalah klinik bergerak dan rakyat bayar minimum amount of fee (ke free eh?). i think this is a good initiatve by the Australian government.

Perth at nigh from inside our car.


If you're looking for cars for rent, most of the companies can be found on Milligan Street. We rented from Hertz.

Caversham Wildlife Parks

What is a trip to Down Under without visiting the kangaroos and koalas? On the second day, we rented a car and headed northeast to Caversham Wildlife Park. The trip took about 40 minutes from city center (campur sesat dan berhenti tanya arah). If you are not familiar with Australia , we recommend you to bring/rent a GPS. We rented Hertz's Never Lost GPS but we still got lost as the exact Caversham Wildlife Park is not listed in the GPS. It turned out that we need to key in Whiteman Park as Caversham Wildlife Park is located in the Whiteman Park.

The vehicle entrance.

Jakun gila bila nampak road signs ni. 

Us.

Caversham Wildlife Park is like a mini zoo. They have many species of birds, koalas, wombats, kangaroo, and also farm animals like sheep, ponies, rabbits and even guinea pigs.We started off at the birds section. Some of the birds are in small cages, some in big cages where we are in the cage with them. Afif memang amazed and jakun gila tengok segala burung dan binatang. Ye lah selama ni binatang yang dia tengok pon kucing dan ayam kat umah nenek aku je. 

Afif takot-tapi-mahu-pegang tengok burung. Ada sekali ni dia dok nak pegang muka burung tu. Nasib baik aku sempat capai tangan dia. Kalo tak, dah kene patuk.

Koala. 
Koala di tempatkan di rumah khas. Masa kitorang sampai, ada 7 koalas, 6 tengah tido. Aku sebenarnya excited nak dukung. Sekali pegi, banyak koala tengah tido dan tak boleh dikacau. Taik dia bersepah dan busuk pulak tu. idok ler dukung. Maka idok ler bergambar sakan. Usap-usap gitu je ler.  

Feeding the kangaroo. Kat kangaroo sections, memang ada a few bucket filled with their food pallettes. Visitor can feed the kangaroos freely.

Afif begging the kangaroos to play.
Kangaroos roam freely and mingle with visitors. But there's a fenced section where the kangaroos rest and sleep and visitor cannot disturb them there.

A proud peacock showing off its beauty..

..and then chased by these kids!

Pony in the barn.

Guinea pigs! They remind me of my guinea pig, Danny. i had him for 6 years and then he died. Sobs.

Margaret River Chocolate Factory

Located 5 minutes away from Caversham Park, Margaret River Chocolate Factory produces yummy chocolate. My friends who studied in Perth recommended this place, the chocolate bar is cheap they say. Only one dollar they say. i went there with the plan to buy as much chocolate bars as possible as souvenir. Tapi hampa. Chocolate bar adalah $4 se-bar. Yang lelain takyah cakap lah. Chocolate pastille yang lazat around $5 sebungkus. Maka beli sikit gourmet chocolate untuk makan sendiri. Idok ler jadi souvenir. We bought macadamia, almond and cashew cluster coated with dark chocolate sedap gilaaaa! As i'm typing this i wonder "why the hell didn't i buy extra?"


 Free chocolate pastilles!

King's Park and Botanical Garden

All the people i talked to about Perth say that King's Park is a beautiful place, a must go place. i so wanted to spend time there picnicking. After our Caversham trip, late lunch, and grocery shopping, we went to King's Park. It was beautiful with ample of parking space.At one area, a beautiful view of Perth City and at the other area, the view of the Swan River. Sadly it was getting dark, and mosquitoes were feasting on us. We only spent around 30 minutes there.

Sunset

Perth City

 Father & Son
 Taking a stroll

Pose lompat adalah wajib. 
Kali ini macam kangaroo dengan anak skali lompat.

 Dia nak merasa jugak berjalan atas rumput. Kalo tak basah dan sejuk, memang aku ajar dia bergolek situ.

Afif <3 daddy="" p="">

Fremantle

We went to Fremantle on our third day. When you go to Perth, Fremantle is a must-go place. Historically, Fremantle is the original place where the Dutch set up a new port and town. The old buildings in Fremantle are well preserved.

Diorang kata kalo nak cari souvenir, pegi la E Shed market kat Fremantle. Memang murah. E Shed market ni macam konsep Pasar Filipin kat KK tu ha. Gedung besar, dalam dia banyak stall. Cari stall peniaga Indonesian. Murah. Kami laki bini beli sweater $7 each. Patung koala a set of 12 berharga $2. Tshirt around $7 gak tak salah aku dan banyak lagi. Kat town, sweater aku tu berharga $20. Muahaha..

Jangan lupa makan kat Cicerello's. It is famous with the fish and chips. Ramai gilaaa orang.  Bagi aku, so-so je la fish and chips dia. Try Black Pepper Squid dia. Perghhh da bomb!

 
We went to Fremantle by train from Perth. It's the most covenient way as the train station is near our hotel.

 Afif's first train ride. Look how excited he was!

 Lame lagi ke nak sampai, Ma?

 The Western Australia Museum

One of the stores in E Shed Market.

Hubs took a photo of me taking a photo. Heh.

Pemandangan luar E Shed Market

Fremantle Ferris Wheel

At Cicerello's. Gamba makanan takde sebab kebulur terus licinkan pinggan.

Harbour Town Factory Outlet

Harbourtown is 10 minutes bus-ride away from our hotel. We chose to go on Friday as it is open until 9pm. On other days, it is open until 5pm. More info here.

Among shops that are available are FCUK, Cotton On, Valley Girl, Chica Bootie, Converse, Timberland, Adidas, Nike, Bras & Things, Oroton, Quiksilver, RipCurl, Roxy, Pumpkin Patch, and many more. As shopping is not our main agenda in Perth, we're looking for really cheap things here. Maka tak jugak la banyak membeli.

To be honest;
 - Converse is worth buying as the stuff are cheap. Ada harga $30, $50.. i likes this one pink leopard print        sneakers tp xde low cut plak. Hubs punya pulak takda size. Maka tak beli. Sneakers untuk budak ada          banyak choice compared to kat KL tapi Afif baru dpt hadiah Converse (lagi) maka tak beli jugak.
 - Pumpkin Patch mahal okeh. Jeans untuk Afif yang on sale $20 which is RM60. Kat KL jeans pumpkin        patch aku bleh dpt RM40. Baik beli kat KL, unless if you find something below $10.
 - Valley Girl ada baju yang murah, ada yang mahal. Biggest catch is $7 blouse. Heehoo!
 - Cotton On banyak murah. Aku beli hi-cut sneakers $10 and shawl $5. Muehehe.


 The entrance of Perth Harbourtown FO

  

 "Woahh.. A hot girl!"

 "Maa stop embarrassing me, she's running away!"


Tips & Other Stuff

Transportation 
i'd recommend you to take public transportation as much as you can because they are so convenient. Train stations are all over the place. The trains are clean and spacious, the stations are clean, with easy-to-follow guides and instruction. The bus services are also excellent. The coverage is wide in the city and also out of city center. The best part is in-the-city trips are free of charge! The buses also have ramps for people with strollers and wheelchair. Even travelling with Afif, we have no problems at all taking the bus.

Car rental is also easy in Perth. But book your car online at least a day ahead. We also rented baby car seat for Afif as it is compulsary here. We rented the car for a day for our Caversham and out of town trip. Total fee is around $130 including car seat, GPS and insurance (these three are optional). Bear in mind that parking charges in Perth City is expensive.

Halal Food
There are many halal restaurants in Perth. You can click here and here for a list. We frequented the Central Cafe as it is nearest to our hotel. Our favorite is Charcoal Chicken but it's a bit out of town. Oh God the lamb ribs is yummy i still think about it when i'm hungry.

Bear in mind that foods in Perth are not cheap. Most meals costed us $12-$15 per person. Memula terkejut jugak. Orang kata gi negara orang, jangan convert harga makan tapi dulu kat UK makanan dapat je around GBP5 and mostly under GBP10. Maknanya cost of living in Perth tinggi sikit, even for the local.

Places That We Missed
Pergi pon 4 hari je kan, so tak sempat la explore banyak. Tapi aku terkilan sebab tak spend more time kat King's Park and Mill's Point. Walaupon hanyalah park, tapi sangat cantik with breathtaking view. Cuaca plak sedap sejuk. Memang elok sangat picnic macam dlm citer omputih kat TV. If you're lucky you could even see dolphins at sunset swimming in the swan River.

We spend only a few hours in Fremantle, tak sempat lepak minom kopi kat Cappucino Strip. A stretch of street with many, many choices of cafe. A must-go for coffee lover like me. Nyesal tak gi.

Cottesloe Beach pon tak sempat gi. Orang kata cantik. Haih laa..

So that's what i can recall on top of my head about out Perth trip. i miss Perth! If you wanna go, my advice is take more than 4 days, please! Take time to go for a picnic at King's Park. Take time sip hot coffee at the cafes. Because i didn't have the chance to do that.

That's another continent off my bucket list! Tinggal lagi benua Afrika dan Amerika tak pegi-pegi. Dengarnya AirAsia bukak route cape Town next year. Moh kita? *wink*


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