Vibrant Fremantle combines the past and the modern, creating a rich cultural experience. You can explore the history of navigation, prisoners and colonialism in one of the best-preserved 19th-century harbor streetscapes in the world, while the bustling markets, lively bars and casual street cafes allow you to fully experience the 21st century and the locals Human life.
As the neighboring port city of Perth, Fremantle (affectionately known as Freo) is only 30 minutes by car or train from Perth. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Barrack Street and take a leisurely cruise along the Swan River.
If you are keen on cultural heritage, be sure to visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum, the World Heritage listed Fremantle prison and the oldest public building in Western Australia, the “round house”.
You can sip coffee on Cappuccino Street or sip a cool beer in a traditional bar while savoring the classic colonial architecture. If you go to Fremantle Markets (Fremantle Markets) to explore the risks, you can experience the exotic fragrance, color and sound of this bustling city for more than 100 years.
The rebuilt Fishing Boat Harbour on the Fremantle coast has been in operation since the early 20th century. It is the best place to taste fresh local seafood. Only today, you can accompany locally brewed beer or high-quality Western Australian wine to savor the food.
For shopaholics, the choices are rich and varied, from high street fashion to local designers, household goods to antiques and various galleries, including aboriginal art. After sunset, you will see street cafes, bars and clubs speeding up and creating a noisy night scene.
If you choose Fremantle as your base, you will find many budget backpacker accommodations, as well as boutique bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, holiday cottages, apartments and hotels to choose from.
Freo is a small town proud of its authenticity, ease of use and creativity. Arrange your itinerary with any famous cultural festival and experience the most beautiful Fremantle in the most beautiful season.
Following blog will be sharing about the attraction in freo 🙂
Welcome to Perth Western Australia! Rottnest Island is a must see for almost all free travellers. The transparent and clean water quality, abundant water activities, beautiful scenery, and the happiest in the world Baby kangaroos, such as the “quokka”, are all reasons that make this Australian island famous. Today I want to share my experience about the super star, ferry transportation to Rottnest Island and transportation on the island, itinerary arrangements, and travel notes to attractions, regardless of whether you plan to take a day trip, a two-day trip, or even many days trip. I do recommended for 2 days trip as the island is quite big so one day is not enough if you want to explore all distinct in the Island but it is your choice.
Although Rottnest Island is not very big and it has 63 beaches. It can be said that there are beautiful scenery everywhere around the island where is pretty good.
First of all, Rottnest Island is an island on the west coast of Australia which located just 18 kilometers from the West of Fremantle. Rottnest Island is a very popular holiday destination, with ferries between Perth and Rottnest Island. The resident population of Rottnest Island is only about 100 people, but about 500,000 tourists visit Rottnest Island every year. Because their ecology on the island has not been destroyed, short-tailed kangaroos have their own nests; occasional tourists also always feed them, and they never need to worry about clothing, food, housing, transportation and so on.
Around the dining area, northeast and southeast are places to stay. Although there are not many places to stay on Rottnest Island, there are many options for youth hostels, restaurants, camping, etc…
Quokka – Super Star
The first to discover Rottnest Island was the Dutch. When they landed, they found that the island was full of Quokka. They mistakenly recognized Quokka as a big rat (Rotte), so they called it Rotte nest (Dutch in squirrel nest), and then slowly evolved into Rottnest.
Quokka short-tailed dwarf kangaroo, the only kind of kangaroo in the genus Dwarf kangaroo, it is a small kangaroo that is about the size of a domestic cat. Short-tailed kangaroos, like other marsupial mammals, are herbivores and often move at night, with small families as the activity unit. A Quokka weighs about 2.5 to 5 kilograms, a fat and cheeky face, and a cute face that always looks like a smile, so it has the title “the happiest animal on earth”
Quokka only eats plants, do not feed Quokka, he will get sick! Once found it is a fine of $150! Quokkas can only digest plants, other types of food can result in illness. Anyone who deliberately interferes (including feeding) wildlife will be fined $150. Due to the very limited distribution of Quokka (mainly on Rottnest Island and a small island in Albany), it is included in the vulnerable species. In the mainland Australia, they are threatened by hunters such as foxes, so dense surface vegetation is needed for shelter. Large-scale felling of trees and agricultural development have led to a reduction in their habitat, which has led to a decline in the number of this species. In addition, Quokka usually gives birth to a baby, and successfully raises a baby kangaroo every year. The small number of litters in one litter, combined with the limited range of activity and the threat of hunters, make this little kangaroo very rare in mainland Australia.
How to get to Rottnest Island
There is 2 options for you to catch transportation to get to the island. They are ferry and private jet. I will definately recommended you to catch ferry instead of catching the jet. As a tourist and student, it is good to experience both such as catch the ferry to the Rottnest Island and then catch jet return back to Perth. Both are good to try but if you are local or residents, it is good to do Ferry as the jet is very costly.
By the way, It is mainly reached by ferry and there are currently three main shipping companies, each departing from different ports. Regarding to the three shipping companies, it is the cheapest to take the ferry departing from “Fremantle” by “Rottnest Express” and “SeaLink Rottnest Island” on weekdays. Round-trip tickets on the same day are slightly cheaper.
In addition, “Rottnest Express” has the largest number of sailings and it is the only shipping company that departs from “Perth City” and “Fremantle” but of course depart from Fremantle is closer to the island which will take 25 minutes to get there. If you catch the Rottnest Express from Perth City, it will take 90 minutes to reach your destination. If you want to depart from “Hillary” in the North District of WA, only “Rottnest Fast Ferries” have a ferry and this will take about 45 minutes to reach the island.
The “Fremantle” port is a little special which divided into “Northport” and “B Shed” ports, but almost all are mainly “B-Shed”, which can be reached by walk from the Fremantle Train Station while catching train from Perth Train Station.
Perth city – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Express) = $103
Fremantle – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Express) = $64
Fremantle – Rottnest Island (Sealink Rottnest Island) = $64
Hillary – Rottnest Island (Rottnest Fast Ferries) = $86.5
Please note that these fares is weekdays fare, weekend ticket would be different price but it is not a big different. Adult tickets fare listed above. Kids price are almost half price with adult fares. These are with return tickets. It is up to you whether you wanted to add-on for hire a bicycles or snorkel equipment rental. There is a package option which is cheaper than buy everything separately.
Catch a private jet from Rottnest airport to Perth will be take around 20 minutes to arrive Perth. Mainly reason of taking the jet from the Island to return back to Perth is just want to explore around the beautiful and nice view island from the sky. The jet only fly when there is minimum of 2 people per jet. It is very costly and not worth it but very good experience. It has been many years ago so I can’t remember how much i have been paid for this jet but i remember it is approximately $250 per person. However, there is a combo fare for both ferry and flight which mean one way ferry and one way flight for you to experience.
Public Transportation throughout the Island
There is a number of transportation you could have options to choose. As for the transportation on the island, Rottnest Island cannot drive, so it is not possible to “rent a car” and so on. There are three main modes of transportation on the island, namely “bicycle”, “bus” and “train”. But some people prefer to walk to explore the island to save some money. Yes, walk is good but walking is very tiring throughout the island as island is quite big and you won’t be able to manage to walk the whole island.
Bicycle – Most of the tourists prefer to use bicycles to move around the island or even around the island, which is why the three major shipping companies provide bicycle reservation services. There is also the only bicycle rental shop on the island, called “Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper”, which is just next to the port within the walking distance. But in my personal opinion, buses is better than bicycles. Why do i said that? It is reasonable as riding a bike is pretty slow so you won’t be able to see everything in the Island. Bus is worth than bike because bus ticket is $20 per person per day which you can have enough time to explore everything in the Island. But if bike, it is cost $30 per person daily fare basis. And bike only can explore some part of island.
Bus and Train
Island explorer bus is the best options because this will take you to all attractions in the Island but this will be your choices whether you want to get off or not. It is hop on and off basis. The bus is running every 5 minutes which is perfect. Rottnest Island has totally 19 explorer bus stop.
For the trains, i never try with train in the island but i will share some details of it. There are 64 locations on the scenic train, which will only reach the World War II memorial site in Oliver Hill. You can see the underground tunnels, gun wreckage, etc….but it may take a long time and the frequency of the trips may be difficult to arrange. It cost $11 per person for one way. If it is not at least on the island for 2 days, it is not recommended to experience.
Attractions in the Rottnest Island
There is 63 stunning beaches on the coast, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and shipwrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia’s best swimming spots, snorkeling trails and surfing spots. On the dry ground, you will encounter cute mini marsupials, world-famous short-tailed kangaroos (Quokka), and many unique animal and plant species that can only be seen in Western Australia.
Of course, it is necessary to introduce the attractions on the island. Most people will play around the island so i am sharing all part of the Island. Basically the Rottnest Island is divided into 5 districts, namely East, South, West, North, and Central with different gameplay and features, so that everyone can quickly understand the attractions in each area. Let’s go for Awesome adventures 🤔
EAST Districts – “Thomson Bay” on the east side of Rottnest Island is the port and the most lively area on the island. Visitor services centers, various restaurants, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels are all concentrated here, making it the most convenient for dining and shopping.
In Thomson Bay, you can find more family fun, such as golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options.
The land and sea travel itinerary will provide an unforgettable experience, from the contact experience of wild animals such as short-tailed kangaroos, seals, osprey and whales, to historical and cultural tours, vividly reproduce the colorful ocean of Rottnest Criminals, colonies and World War II heritage.
SOUTH Districts – The southern area of Rottnest Island is mainly a place for beaches, snorkeling, and diving. It is a place where you can enjoy the beauty and water. It is a dive site recommended by many Australians. It’s a Little Salmon Bay. It’s okay to spend an afternoon here leisurely!
Henrietta Rocks is a very beautiful attraction in the island and it is very interesting due to the Shark Wreck that is visible and very close to shore. There were a few snorkellers there checking it out on the day where I visited, and if I have been better planned, I would have walked out to see it as well. It’s very close to shore which is pretty convenient.
In general, parker point is located between South and East of the Rottnest Island. It is one of the best Attractions in the Island. The most popular activities in the Parker Point are included Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Swimming.
In fact, there are some attractions on the south side of Rottnest Island, such as Green Island, Oliver Hill, and Wadjemup Lighthouse. The route is a little simpler than the north side, but If you want to go to Oliver Hill or Wadjemup Lighthouse, there are many uphills. These two are Rottnest, The highest point of the island, Oliver Hill is the highest point on the island.
The well-positioned Oliver Hill was a defensive place during World War II. There is an oversized battery (Oliver Hill Battery, 9.2-inch cannon) defending the coast of Perth. If you ride a bicycle, you can only park in the parking lot below and walk for about 15 minutes. Anyway, you don’t want to ride up. It’s really steep, lazy people can actually take a small train (Captain Hussey train), the scenery is not bad! As for the Wadjemup Lighthouse, many people really feel that they don’t need to go there. Many of them just ride there and ride back. I don’t know what are people doing.
After leaving Oliver Hill, I wanted to go to Little Salmon Bay, but time may not be enough. Fortunately, I returned to the ferry at about 16:00 and successfully ended the day trip to Rottnest Island.
Continue to move down and pass the Salmon Bay, Green Island, Mary Cove and other places. I can only say that the scenery on Rottnest Island is too satisfying!
WEST Districts – Compared with other areas in the West of Rottnest Island, there are fewer places suitable for snorkeling and water playing. The biggest feature at West Districts is whale watching, dolphin watching, and the terrain is slightly different. Rocky terrain that you can see are totally different scenery.
The total length of the island is about 22 kilometers, which sounds good, but it still takes a lot of time and energy to come to the Western District. There are many ups and downs along the way, but it is worthwhile to see these beautiful scenery! Every year from the end of August to November, it is the time for 35,000 whales to move from the Antarctic Circle to Rottnest Island. At this time, it is very easy to see whales appearing in addition to the West End. There are many bays that are also very beautiful and there are many small ferries. This kind of life is really comfortable and enjoyable.
NORTH Districts – Rottnest Island’s northern and southern areas are very similar in the gameplay. They mainly experience snorkeling, diving, fishing and other water itineraries. There are their lovers on both sides. In short, if you want to relax on the beach and enjoy the island. The clean water quality of South and North are very highly recommended places! The most popular in the Island is the Lighthouse. There are 2 lighthouses in the Rottnest Island. One is located in the Southern of Island and another one is located at the North sides. The North District Bathurst Lighthouse and the surrounding seascapes are the best and this island is really beautiful! How to move along the northern coastline, you can pass through Longreach Bay, George Bay, Little Armstrong Bay and other attractions, almost all are safe waters where you can play water. Whichever you like, you are ready to go to the water anytime!
When i visit rottnest, i was very hurry to catch the bus to explore around the island so I do highly recommended you to have your lunch before you go for the explorer bus. Otherwise will be like me very hungry at the end 😂
CENTRAL Districts – The main area of Rottnest Island is the three main attractions, namely World War II Memorial (Sightseeing Train Terminal), Pink Lake and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Among them, the lighthouse is the least recommended spot on the island. In addition to all the way uphill, the scenery is also more ordinary, if time is not enough, you can give up first.
Here we go Pink Lake 😍
Pink Lake is also called a Salt Lake. You should try to touch the pink lake water. When i was touching the pink lake water, the water is very sticky with weird smell and it’s kinda weird but i find that was very interesting.
Skydive at the Island – Leap from Height
Are you a skydive lover? Play skydiving on the turquoise beach of Rottnest Island and get a panoramic view of the magnificent coast of Western Australia. While enjoying the exciting thrill of blood, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the stunning scenery on the island from an unparalleled perspective. After landing on the ground, you can even savor a free drink to celebrate your accomplishment in a lifetime. Skydive Geronimo’s team of skydiving instructors is professionally trained and experienced. After ensuring you feel comfortable and safe, you will be challenged to the unique island skydiving experience throughout Western Australia. Skydiving is very costly but it is worth to try once in awhile. Their cost is depend on how many ft you choose for skydive.
The end of my story
My story is just all about an introduction to the Quokkas, transportation, accommodation, attractions, and itineraries of Rottnest Island. I believe that everyone can understand this island better and it will be more helpful for the itinerary. “Segway” and other projects can also create their own classic gameplay! Stay tune on my next blog. Please follow me by click the follow button on this site. Thanks 😊
Have you ever heard of Mandurah Dolphin cruises? Are you a dolphin lover? Do you love cruising? If yes, this will be the right spot for you. I am going to tell you about the top tourists attraction in Mandurah. Please feel free to follow me!
General introduction of Mandurah Dolphin cruises
Mandurah Cruises has been operating for 10 years.
Mandurah Dolphin cruises is not about Dolphin only. It is also about to explore the Mandurah’s beautiful waterways, watch dolphins play or catch amazing seafood which is your thrilling adventure awaits!
There are so many things to do in Mandurah, but a trip to the coastal city isn’t complete without a cruise. You can experience the best of Western Australia’s natural environment on a 1 hour, half-day or full-day marine adventure on board the dolphin cruises. If you are looking to witness the cheeky and playful dolphins that the region is famous for, you cannot just go past one of their dolphin tours. My knowledgeable and professional guides will make your dolphin experience unforgettable. They do have the package tours for fishing, crabbing or crayfishing adventure which is very worth to do it and best experience in the region of Mandurah. Sometimes they have some function going on at the Mandurah Foreshore such as Mandurah Festival Day, markets day, Christmas lights cruise etc…..by that moment, they will offer very special prices of cruising which would be much cheaper than usual fare. But before visiting there, please make sure they are still running the dolphin cruises as usual because sometimes when there is a festival going on, the cruises will be not operate on that day so it is best to check online or call them before hand. For a magical festivals experience, book early for the most famous Christmas Lights Cruise if you are going before Christmas. Every year, thousands head go to Mandurah to witness the spectacular canal lights’ display. It is an event not to be missed!
There are 4 cruises available in Mandurah. They are Dolphin Scenic cruises, dolphin adventure cruises, seafood adventure cruises as well as the Christmas lights cruises.
Dolphin Scenic Cruise
Mandurah’s famous canals are the perfect backdrop for dolphin spotting, bird watching and learning more about their unique and precious marine environment.
This is relaxing dolphin cruise through the calm waterways of the Mandurah Estuary which includes seeing Western Australia largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins; exploring the region vast wetlands and their abundant birdlife, exploring the beautiful property around the river, viewing the heritage protected pioneer and cultural sites, live commentary from some of the Mandurah most experienced dolphin cruise guides and many more. While exploring, they will give you 10% off in their souvenir shop. Please note that this tour is not guarantees that you can see dolphin. This is depending on the weather and your luck. However, if you didn’t see any dolphin while cruising, they will give you 20% off for your next cruise booking.
This cruise tour would be cost approximately AUD$32 per adult and concession fare is cost AUD$25 per person. Children age between 5 and 12 years old is cost $18 per child. But if there is a festival going on, cost will be different. It is pretty good and worth to go for it. You should try it for once in a life time at least.
Dolphin Adventure Cruise
Before they welcome you onboard, they will let you read the cruising policies. When they about to reach the ocean side, they will ask you to remove your hat stuff before the boat start to increasing the speed. I love the high speed part. You will love it just i do.
Go on a wildlife adventure on their breathtaking Mandurah dolphin tour! Dolphin Adventure Cruise is a 1400hp safari vessel, the spirit of adventure is my home for this amazing 1.5 hour Mandurah dolphin tour with Dolphin Island Adventure. Mandurah is my other home to the largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins in Western Australia, so it is guarantee that you’ll see the best world-famous friends or you can cruise again for free. On this adventurous Mandurah dolphin tour you will see the amazing dolphins up close as they show off their cheeky nature, playing and diving through the water around you.
You will learn everything you need to know about the Mandurah’s dolphins and the region with live commentary from their experienced and knowledgeable tour guides.
This bumpy boat is very costly but it is worth to go for a try once in awhile. To experience this, it cost $59 per adult as well as $25 per child age between 3-12 years old.
Seafood adventure cruise
I have never try this cruise tour and i would try in the future but all i know about their seafood adventure cruises is to catch and eat amazing seafood on their exhilarating seafood and fishing charters.
Mandurah is the seafood capital of Western Australia and Mandurah Cruises’ experienced guides know exactly where to find the finest delicacies of the region. You will enjoy one of their seafood and fishing charters to become part of the action.
By joining this tour group, you will catch your own world-famous Blue Swimmer Crab, pull up a crayfish and cast out for a Dhufish, Snapper, Samson or Baldchin Groper which is pretty cool. This tour is all about crab tours.
A seafood and fishing charter tour with Mandurah Cruises is adventurous, tasty and a unique experience to remember!
Do you love park? Are you interesting with garden? I am going to introduce you about the destination of the Kings Park. Kings park is based in Perth Australia where you can view the beautiful city of Perth and it is one of the best tourist attractions in Western Australia. It is the largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and it offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation as well as the public education.
Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.
It is a place where you will enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers which is shown the picture above, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. Bushland walk trails, immaculate gardens and parklands and a variety of children’s discovery play areas can all be found in Kings Park. The Visitor Information Centre, free daily guided walks, Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop, cafes and public transport are easily accessible.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden celebrates the unique and diverse plant life of Western Australia and it is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation. The original vision for Perth Park, later Kings Park, was of a European style garden with lawns, shady trees and flower beds. Recognition of the climatic differences and the low nutrient soil changed this vision.
In October 1965, the 17 hectare Western Australian Botanic Garden was opened; an everchanging, living research centre that focuses on the conservation of Western Australia’s flora and displays some of the State’s most diverse and spectacular plant groups.
When you visit the kings park, there is a very beautiful Botanic Garden in the kings Park. If you are interested in learning the local aboriginal plants then you should walking around the botanic garden.
While walking around the botanic garden, you will see quite lot of this garden sign to tell you more details about the name of the garden such as the picture shown on the left side which is name garden called Dwellingup mallee. You will see the tallest tree which is called Boab tree as well. It is very interesting.
When I visited the botanic garden in the park, I find the boab tree is very interesting. One of the tour guide from the park, share us about the Boab tree. The story of the Giant Boab is called ‘Gija Jumulu’ captured world-wide media coverage during July 2008 as it journeyed over 3,200 kilometres, from Warmun in WA’s Kimberley region, to Kings Park in Perth.
Never before had a mature tree of this nature been transported across such a distance on the land. The iconic tree is estimated to be 750 years old, weighs 36 tonnes and stretches 14 metres high and eight metres wide (branch span). It is trunk measures 2.5 metres in diameter.
Glass bridge 😀
Take a walk in the treetops on the Glass Bridge which they name called Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth City.
An impressive feat of engineering and architecture, the Glass Bridge is strong sculptural quality bonds with its landscape, with the rusted steel and powerful forms of the colossal pylons having an affinity with the large tree trunks surrounding them.
As the land beneath the walkway starts to drop away into a valley and my journey leads me higher, I get a new perspective which enriches my appreciation of nature’s beauty.
From a bird’s eye view, I find myself marvelling a new at zamia cycads and balgas or grass trees, it is because I suddenly see the perfect pattern of their radial symmetry. Up in the forest canopy, I was at the one with the blossoms of marri, karri, tingle and jarrah, the intricate little cones of sheoak and dozens of native birds.
Just north of the Two Rivers Lookout near the Forrest roundabout, the Glass Bridge begins at ground level but I am soon swept aloft as I approach the apex – a spectacular arched bridge with a maximum height of 16 metres and glass walls which allow uninterrupted views to the forest floor. At the highest point, do take a moment to absorb the panorama of the Swan and Canning Rivers.
I still remember that i did jumping on the bridge and my friend was screaming because the bridge is very shaky as i was jumping. It is very good experience with walking on the bridge. The bridge is a walkway to get to the DNA towers.
The whole walkway is about 620 metres long, with the aerial section being 222 metres including the 52 metre bridge. It is accessible by wheelchair, although people with manual mobility devices may need assistance on the arch.
Artworks within the walkway include designs by the Nyoongar, the local Indigenous people. After spanning Mount Eliza Scarp the walkway descends to an amphitheatre where traditional performances are held during the Kings Park Festival. This performance area is named called Beedawong – the Nyoongar word for a celebration or meeting place.
While walking pass through the glass bridge, you will walk pass this lane. It is a very beautiful plant surround there and you will see the water garden when you walk upto the DNA Towers.
The DNA Tower is reffered from the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-helix molecule, which is found in all cells and control the development of life.
It is the highest viewing point in Kings Park with spectacular views throughout the climb. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Indian Ocean. DNA Towers is for you to have a view this beautiful City of Perth from the top. You could see the both rivers which is Swan and Canning rivers from the top. It is quite tiring to walk up but it is worth to do it because it is very beautiful view from the top of this towers.
The paving and wall surrounding the DNA Tower was constructed using stones from 11 towns and 80 shires within the Western Australia. The original design included a shallow reflecting pond at the base of the tower. It was replaced with Karratha stone paving in 2001 to enhance visitor safety.
The DNA Tower is located at the Forrest Drive end of the Broadwalk Vista. It is an easy 1.5 km walk from May Drive Parkland and the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Apart from these things to do, what else is there to explore and discover in Kings Park? Most of the tourist visiting kings park for the DNA Towers, viewing the beautiful of the city, glass bridge, the botanic garden, Art Gallery as well as learning the local aboriginal cultures. Local people usually going to the Kings Park for BBQ with their family and friends, especially on the weekend. Kings park is also able to host for the couple to have a wedding activities such as wedding dinner. It is a very good background for the couples to have some nice photoshoot in the Kings Park.
Ultimately, Kings Park is very good for the education as well. Some school and the university always taking their student for a field trip to Kings Park to discover before giving them some activities to do which is pretty fun.
I do highly recommeded to go for a view if you are travelling to the Kings Park. It is one of the top destination in Perth Australia.
Stay tune on my next blog 🙂
If you have any concern and question, please don’t feel hesitate to contact me. I will help by giving you some travel advice. Make sure you are not traveling now due to the COVID-19 but for you to visit after this virus ended.
Lancelin is one of the top tourist attractions in Perth Australia which is worth to go for a visit. Lancelin is a small fishing and tourist town 127 km north of Perth, Western Australia. It is within the Shire of Gingin at the end of Wanneroo Road, and a few kilometres from the start of the Indian Ocean Drive. The best to go in Lancelin would be visit the Sand boarding, Lobster Shack as well as the Pinnacle.
Lancelin has become one of Australia’s premier sandboarding destinations. Featuring pure white sand dunes, over three stories high, with free entry, the Lancelin sand dunes are must on your Western Australian adventure. To hire for the Sandboard, it is cost $12.50 per person.
How do you get to Lancelin sand dunes?
The Lancelin Dunes are only 1.5 hours north of Perth and are an easy day trip. Renting a car and self-driving is definitely an option; park at the entrance to the dunes and walk or take your 4 wheel drive all the way to the main sandboarding hill. However, there is an another option which is book for a day tours just for approximately $169.
Some people asked me that is Sand Boarding dangerous? Well, if you’re going to go for sand boarding in Perth, you need to ensure that you have travel insurance. While we made it home safely from the road sand dunes Perth. It can be very dangerous, with accidents happening quite often. But Perth Australia should be fine, however, travel insurance still be a must to have just incase there is anything happen.
When would be the best season to go for sand boarding
In my personal experience, the best season to go for Sand Boarding would be Autumn and Winter which is between March and August. My first photos shown above is what will happened if you go during Spring and Summer season. The sand will flew into your mouth and eyes which is not comfortable at all so I don’t recommended to visit during the spring and summer season.
Nambung National Park (Pinnacles)
Nambung National Park is a national park in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 200 km northwest of Perth, Australia and 17 km south of the small coastal town of Cervantes. The park contains the Pinnacles Desert which is an area with thousands of limestone formations called pinnacles.
Walk on the moonscape of the Pinnacles, feast on fresh lobster and surf giant sand dunes. Take a day trip from Perth to the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Following the Indian Ocean Drive, stop to meet friendly kangaroos, try sand-boarding and taste Cervantes’ famous seafood delicacy.
If you’re travelling between July and October, you will see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers.
Rising mysteriously from the dune sands are thousands of limestone pillars, up to four metres tall, a landscape in eerie contrast to the surrounding heath.
Some are jagged, sharp-edged columns, rising to a point; others resemble tombstones. What exactly are the pinnacles? What natural processes have created these odd and spectacular structures?
In places, the pinnacles reach up to 3.5m tall. Some are jagged, sharp-edged columns, rising to a point, while others resemble tombstones. Please treat the pinnacles with respect and never climb on these fragile structures.
Features that provide clues to the origin of the Pinnacles can be seen by the astute observer. For example, many pinnacles display cross-bedding structures, where the angle of deposition of the sand changes very abruptly. This indicates that the dunes from which the limestone bed was formed was originally laid down by the wind.
Some pinnacles have a mushroom-like shape, due to remnants of a calcrete capping. The mushroom shape has formed because the capping is harder than the limestone below it and therefore weathers at a slower rate.
So how did these strange pinnacles form? The coast of Western Australia, from Shark Bay nearly to Albany, has a near continuous belt of Tamala Limestone (probably more accurately called) aerolian calcarenite – ie. wind blown calcium carbonate – which has been produced by the combination of wind, rain and the cementing agent of calcium. A set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles.
Firstly the huge sand dunes stabilised. The rains which fell on the dunes leached down through the sand carrying the calcium. This resulted in the lower levels of the dune solidifying into a soft limestone. As this stabilisation occurred a layer of soil formed on top of the dune which allowed plants to grow and further cemented the limestone below. Gradually the lowest layer of soil, which lay between the surface and the limestone, formed into a hard cap which resulted in the old dunes having three levels – a soil and plant level near the surface, a hard cap below the surface, and a thick layer of soft limestone at the bottom of the dune. Inevitably the roots from the plants on the top level found cracks and broke up the hard cap and the layer of soft limestone. The result was that under a surface covered with plants and soil the pinnacles developed. No one knows for sure how long ago this process occurred. It may have started as long ago as 500 000 years but equally it may only be a few thousand years old and it may still be continuing today. The Western Australian Museum has opted for some time in the last 80 000 years. Anyway the advent of drier weather in the region resulted in the top layer of plants and soil being removed and gradually the pinnacles were exposed so that today they stand like strange sentinels on a plain of wind blown sand.
How much for the entrance ticket?
$13 entry per vehicle. Contact Pinnacles Discovery Centre (08) 96527 913 for more information when needed. Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm and well worth a visit and yes, you will discover what is in many of the national parks in our area.
Days tour is kinda tiring but it is worth and there have so much fun. Not sure where to have lunch while visiting down Lancelin? Do you love to eat Lobster? Lobster shack had a very good taste Lobster and it is popular Lobster in Western Australia which will be good experience for travellers.
When it comes to experiencing a different way of life, Lobster Shack is here to show it to you in all its natural wonder. All our lives, we have been focused on providing the complete lobster and fishing experience with our tranquil fishing trips, our stunning meals and our sightseeing tours. Located on the lovely beach front of Cervantes, a mere two hours drive up the north coast from Perth and just 17km from the famous Pinnacles National Park, our family owned service will provide you with something that will stay in the memory and last a lifetime.
Such is our commitment to their fishing tours in Perth and their lobster-infused food creations, they were awarded the Bronze medal in the Tourist Attraction and Food Excellence in Food Tourism Award in 2013. Their continual passion and dedication to our services is why you can experience the complete lobster experience – from both their deep sea fishing charters and their cooking pots!
Delicious Meals Right From the Ocean.
From 11am to 3pm, every day of the week, lobster shack is open. Right from the boat of our fishing trips, they provide you with a host of delicious and tasty lobster meals. Made on the spot, they will give your tastebuds a fresh flavour, right from the heart of the sea. It is an outwardly and wholesome encounter.
Ultimately, I do recommended that after Lancelin trip, you can head down to Lobster Shack for lunch then go for the tour. After touring around the Lobster Shack, you then only should head to Pinnacles National Parks to explore. You may wondering how far is Lancelin sand boarding to the Lobster Shack. Well, it is 82.5km which is just take for 51 minutes drive.
Dolphin discovery centre is located in Koombana Bay Bunbury WA and it is a top tourist attractions in Bunbury Western Australia. This attraction is for tourist to have premier wild dolphin experience. They have a good facilities such as cafe and restaurant. Their food are yummy and I do recommended for a taste. They do have 4 tours market. These tours are interaction zone, interpretive centre, Dolphin Eco Cruises and swim with the dolphins.
Firstly, interaction zone with so many dolphins living along the coast, Bunbury and Koombana Bay offer the perfect opportunity for dolphins and humans to meet and interact. The Interaction Zone has been designated as a special dolphin protection area for this very purpose. Under strict license conditions set out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (BDCA), the Centre has been able to offer a unique interactive experience on the beach right in front of the Centre since 1989. Dolphin Volunteers have been trained to ensure the interaction guidelines are followed and they will always be present on the beach to answer your questions and manage the interaction should dolphins visit the Zone. Naturally, being a wild animal there is no set time, however, the most common visit times are in the mornings of the warmer months between 8 am – 12 noon! Therefore, there is no ticket or booking requires!
Secondly, interpretive centre is the aquarium where will give the tourists to experience the local marine environment. Also, there is a feeding program. All age groups are welcome to participate with interpretive centre. However, there is $18 per person for the admission fees. There is an option of package with the dolphin eco cruises. Please take note that 3 years old and below are free of charge.
Thirdly, the Dolphin Discovery Centre’s Dolphin Eco Cruise is for 90 minutes within Koombana Bay. Centre’s vessel provides an excellent viewing platform designed to get you as close as possible to the dolphins – without getting your feet wet! The team will introduce you to their local Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact in their natural environment. Many of the Dolphins seen on the cruise call Koombana Bay their home. They can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping and feeding during the cruise. The informative commentary from the skipper will keep you updated throughout. This tour is running daily for 12pm noon scheduled! The cost fees will be $54 per person. I do highly recommended for you as a tourist to go for a tour and experience Dolphin eco cruises. $54 fares included for you to learn more about the Dolphin genders, surfing, food they eat etc…..The best day to go will be between October and May. Please try to avoid cold or raining season due to the horrible weather.
Lastly, I do highly recommended for swim with the dolphins for an intimate swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment. This tour is the most popular and exhilarating experience. Visitors are given the opportunity to swim with the wild Bottlenose Dolphins in their own environment. Accompanied by my experienced guide and trained volunteers you will venture into the open waters of Koombana Bay. Depending on dolphin sightings you will be guided into the water where the dolphins may elect to initiate interaction with the swimmers. As they are wild dolphins, interaction cannot be guaranteed. This tour is only available between November – April. Always running at 8am sharps. Regarding to the prices, swimmers will be cost $165 per person, Observers cost $85 per person.
History of Dolphin Discovery Centre
During the mid 1960s, local resident Mrs Evelyn Smith began feeding the dolphins from a small jetty near her home on the Leschenault Inlet (directly south of the Discovery Centre). However, it wasn’t until 1989 that a dolphin specialist was hired by the newly established Bunbury Dolphin Trust to continue this tradition and begin feeding and studying the local dolphins of Koombana Bay.
From this work came the establishment of the Interaction Zone in 1990 and the Dolphin Discovery Centre in 1994 to allow tourists and members of the community to interact, understand and enjoy the group of five to six dolphins that regularly visit this Zone. We don’t clearly understand why the dolphins continue to visit the Zone today, however, research suggests that the small amount of food they receive as a reward for their visit is not the only attraction. There are many dolphins that visit the Zone regularly that do not receive any fish and many of them stay for extended periods of time for interaction with the human visitors. Sick and injured dolphins also treat the beach as a haven, with some repeatedly visiting during periods of illness or injury. A weekly dolphin visitation chart is maintained on site as a guide for people who visit the Centre. The Dolphin Discovery Centre will continue to grow and increase its resources to further make its mark on the tourism industry and to continue to care and conserve the Koombana Bay dolphins.
How to get to the Dolphin Discovery Centre?
Well, this is depend on where are you coming down from. If you are coming down from Perth airport, you will need to book for the South West Coachlines buses from airport to the Bunbury Bus Station. It will takes for about 3 hours to get to Bunbury. If you are coming down from Perth City, there is two public transportation go to Bunbury. They are Australind train line and the South West Coachline buses. The pickup point for the buses will be at Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. It will takes for 4 hours to get there from Perth. After you arrive the Bunbury Bus Station, it will take you for a walk to Dolphin Discovery Centre for about 15 to 20 minutes walk. Buses is strongly recommended as the distance to the DDC is pretty closely. For the train line, it will takes for 2 hours to get to Bunbury which is very good and fast but there is a distance to the centre so you will need to take the bus to get to the centre from Bunbury train station if you catch train line down. Train line is much cheaper than buses. This will be up to your preference. Go for a visit and Enjoy yourself!!