It is understandable of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19. You can still start planning for your future travel plan. Are you intend to visit Australia in the future? Or are you from somewhere in Australia would love to visit Perth? I am sharing one of the best attractions and the beautiful garden that you will love it which is name called Araluen Botanic Garden 🙂
First of all, Araluen Botanic Garden can be a Garden or Park. Some people love to call Park and some call garden. It is not a big different.
Overview of Araluen
Araluen Botanic Garden is located in the Roleystone Western Australia. Araluen Botanic Garden is a unique attraction hidden in the lush valley of the Darling Range. The botanical garden has wild and cultivated beauty, and you can come here for leisure activities throughout the year. Regardless of the season, you can see the babbling stream and green scenery in the Araluen Park. You can have a barbecue picnic here or choose multiple trails to enjoy the fun of hiking.
There are exotic and native species in the paradise-like gardens, all of which are grown and cultivated in the historical park with rich and fertile soil and high rainfall. Magnificent and culturally significant terrace gardens, wood and stone structures, water features and ancient trees shape this park. Tulips and other beautiful flowers are in full bloom during the hot spring season, which is the best place for photography, bird watching and family gatherings.
There is an event in the park sometimes includes summer concerts, children’s activities during school holidays as well as the Art in the Park on the last Sunday of every month. Araluen Garden has a glorious history. Founded by Young Australia League in 1929, it was originally used as a holiday park, and until today it still exudes the charm and atmosphere of the old era.
Facilities in the park include a log cabin tea room and a gift shop. In winter, a warm fire will be lit indoors.
One thing i love about Araluen Botanic Garden is the beautiful lake. While i was walking around the lakeside, i could feel relax with this lovely weather as i love cold weather very much.
According to my personal experience in Araluen Botanic Garden, i have learnt a lot of the different type of flowers, the histories of the exotic garden, the local cultures and so on. The other beautiful things shown me was the small waterfall.
What’s flowering at Araluen?
Before you decided to plan for a visit, you need to know that Araluen Botanic Garden has different type of flowers on every season. Not every flower you can see on every season. You could even visit Araluen Botanic Garden on every season to encounter and discover these beautiful flowers.
The top rose garden contains the greatest variety. The Rose Garden has examples of Tea roses, many of which flower all year, Gallica roses of French origin, Damasks, Albas and modern shrub roses.
There is an admission fee for this visit and it is just cost AUD$10 per person only which is worth enough. This Araluen Botanic Garden is bigger than Kings Park Botanic Garden. You could see so much garden and park here than Kings park, especially is the colorful flowers part where amazed me 😂😁😆
Are you planning to travel to Western Australia soon and in the future? Would you love to meet the animals that you never heard or seen before? Are you a farm lover? Have you heard of Caversham Wildlife Park? It is one of the top tourist attractions in Western Australia.
Today, i am telling you the best wildlife encounter in Western Australia is name called Caversham Wildlife Park. This will be included things to do in the park, what to see, what they have, history and others. Beforehand, i do highly recommended to visit before 3pm so that you will be able to manage your time to meet all of the Australia’s unique native animals. It will take at least 3 hours to explore and discover everything in the Caversham Wildlife Park.
Basic introduction of the attraction
Caversham Wildlife Park is home to about 200 species, and it is more than 2000 head of animals, birds and reptiles. This impressive collection makes the Park be the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. The park is the premiere development of its kind in Western Australia, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Visitors receive personalized service by wildlife professionals who are dedicated to exceptional service, ensuring their visitors receive the best opportunities for animal interaction, information and photographs.
Meet the Koalas
Caversham Wildlife Park showcases many of Australia’s unique native animals, including koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats. They are providing visitors with the opportunity for a close-up encounter with some Australian icons! Hand-feed their kangaroos, have a photo taken with the koalas, catch a keeper talk and interact in one of two great hands-on shows. These are included in your admission fee.
Before you touch the koalas, you must use the hand sanitizer provided in the Park to clean your hand before touch koalas.
Meet the Wombat and Friends Show
Watch the Meet the Wombat & Friends Show, it is an interactive show on daily basis, where keepers bring out their favourite friends for you to see, touch and learn about. You will meet a hairy nosed wombat and may be just say hello to one of the many friendly birds or take a photo with a reptile!
Be sure to catch the daily Farm Show to get a glimpse of farm life, with whip-cracking, sheep-shearing, billy-swinging and more! Visit Molly’s Farm for an interactive farmyard experience too such as feed the buffalo, llamas, deer and more.
During the Farm Show, they will show you how did they shearing the sheep skin, how lanolin oil was made, how to feed the baby sheep milk, how to make milk from the cow and many other relevant to the Farm. You will find interesting in the farm show just like me.
Feeding the Kangaroos
While i was feeding the kangaroos, i find that it was very fun but sometimes when i was feeding them, they fall asleep and sometimes when I fed them, they were eating and sleeping at the same time. I was thinking that how did they manage to eat and sleep at the same time. Let say if human beings, whenever people seen food is around, people would feel excitement of seeing the food is there and they will get some food to eat so people won’t feel tired and sleepy.
Kangaroos have 2 type of color. They are white and brown color kangaroos. While feeding the Kangaroos around, you will find some interesting things around such as kangaroos pregnant, having babies, feeding babies, cuddling each other, cuddling their kids while sleeping and other.
What I love the most in the Wildlife Park?
Apart from feeding the kangaroos, i love koalas as well. It is reasonable that Koalas are too chubby and I am in love their cute look 😂
How much is the cost of entry?
It will be cost AUD$30 per adult and AUD$23 per students. Students entry ticket is called concessions ticket. You will need to show your student ID upon your visit.
The cost is not that expensive, it is a reasonable price and it is worth to go for explore and discover the wildlife encounter.
Have you ever heard the most popular attractions in Western Australia? It is called Busselton and Margaret River. Are you going to plan for a day trip in the future? Are you a wine lover? Are you a chocolate lover? If so, this blog will be for you then. I share about my fun time down there with you. Also, i will talk about the best destination between busselton and margaret river. I will also telling you where to get for a lunch break while visiting.
While heading down to Margaret river, the tour operator will definitely drop by Busselton as well which is included in your fare. Busselton Jetty is the only popular attractions in Busselton. It takes about 2 hour and 18 minutes without break to get to the Busselton from Perth City by car or group tours.
Welcome to the TravelQueen travel blog about Busselton Jetty 🙂
About the Jetty
At 1841 metres, the Busselton Jetty offers an unprescedented opportunity to walk almost two kilometers out into Geographe Bay. The Busselton Jetty also has an underwater observatory which was built to take you beneath the waves of Geographe Bay.
The Jetty is 1.8 kilometers long which is quite a distance to stretch out into the blue waters of Geographe Bay. But you could choose to take train all the way to the end or you can walk if you want to. For me, i was decided to experience both so i did catch the train down and walk when i return to the main entrance.
If you catch the train, you will experience a fun way of making the journey. Children and adults love the sight of the small red train, perfectly sized to take passengers back and forth the length of the pier. A memorable 1.7km trainride with an unbelievable view of Geographe Bay. This is a popular activity for summer season so book your tickets beforehand. The Jetty train ticket is cost $14 per person with return ticket. There is family ticket cost $38 which is worth than single ticket as well as kid ticket cost $8.50 per child.
By the way, there is a cost for entry the Jetty. It is cost $4 per person and it is a day pass. Children under 16 years old are free of charge.
The Jetty is open from 8:30am to 6pm, and walking the Jetty takes approximately 25 minutes, each way. You can purchase tickets at the Interpretive Centre window at the start of the Jetty. It is a lovely walk out into Geographe Bay along the Jetty. Local fishermen and women are fishing the jetty all throughout the day, and the fresh ocean air makes the walk all the more enjoyable.
If you are walking down to the end, you will see this beautiful bay and lot of people are fishing around the bay and some people love to swim in the bay which is very interesting.
After you walk till the end of the road, you will see the underwater observatory. Regarding to the photos shown above, it is the sign telling you that you are out of the sea which is pretty cool and you have been walk for 1841km. It is kinda a sea direction of telling you which way to go if you are heading to other side of the city.
It is very freezing down there so please ensure you bring your jacket.
Underwater Observation is a very good experience too. It shows you what is under the sea as well as to explain the different type of the fish. This observatory only accommodate maximum 44 people per tour. Underwater tour is cost $34 per adult and $99 per family pass. If there is an extra children, it would be cost $20 per child. However, it is free ticket for 2 years old and below child.
Underwater Observatory tour starts with a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Jetty with 360-degree views across the Indian Ocean. One of the friendly tour guides will greet you at the end of the Jetty to guide you through the Underwater Observatory. As you descend 8-metres below the ocean’s surface you will be lead through the natural wonders that lie beneath the Jetty where its piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
Discover more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through eleven viewing windows at various levels within the 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.
Let’s talk about Margaret River 🙂
Where to get some lunch break?
Most of the people will having fish and chips for their lunch down in Margaret river. The best place for lunch in Margeret river region areas is Margaret river restaurants. The following picture which i took at the riverside, it is called Margaret River. Opposite of this river is a restaurant where tourist always having their lunch. I had a wonderful lunch which is bacon with pancake and chicken wings. Their most popular dishes are in the picture shown above as well as the beef burger with chips.
Margaret river is one of the regional state in Western Australia. It is located at the south west of Western Australia. It takes about half an hour drive from Busselton to Margaret river. The most popular destination in Margaret river are the winery, the lighthouse and the chocolate factory.
Margaret River’s coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog.
The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In an earlier days, the area was better known for hardwood timber and agriculture production.
Are you a wine lover? Robert Oatley Winery store is located at the Wilyabrup Margaret river in Western Australia and it is the very best place in the heart of Margaret river as well as they provide their very best quality of Winery in Australia. They do running through their wine production where they give everyone to have a taste of their winery product before making decision to buy them.
According to the picture shown above, it is the Robert Oatley Tasting Story. These are the 5 wine they offer for a tasting. I have tried them and i do love the red wine and the dessert wine. They are winemakers which is pretty good and i love them so much. Most of the tourist buy for red wine and dessert wine.
Chocolate Factory in Margaret River
One of the destination in Margaret River which you shouldn’t miss it is called Margaret River Chocolate Factory. It is about 5 to 10 minutes drive to get there from the winery stores. One thing i love about chocolate factory is FREE CHOCOLATE and it is affordable chocolates. You will experience with different type of chocolate by tasting the free chocolate before you make your decision to buy them.
Margaret river chocolate factory is opening from 9am to 5pm daily. Their chocolate pretty much as same as the chocolate factory in the Swan Valley Perth.
Whenever i go to the chocolate factory, my first priority is always to taste the free chocolate. After that, i would buy the mint choc ice-cream. Mint choc ice-cream is one of my favourite ice-cream and it is very tasty.
How to get there?
Do you ever thinking of how to get to the Busselton and MARGERET river? Well, this is depend on whether you are tourists or students or locals. This is also depend on whether yohh drive or not and whether you are willing to drive all the way down. Some people may feel tired to drive that long. Most of the people hire a car to drive there as the petrol is much cheaper than with the group tours. In my personal experience, if you are a tourist, it is good to go with the tour operator as they will share the history of the tourism marketplace, the history of the destination, they will taking you to the very best place for a view that you never expected or heard of it. If you are thinking to go with the tour operator, I would recommended you to book with Adam tour company. Adam is a tourism company which is very affordable and they are very friendly and experience in local tourism.
If you are based in Perth Australia such as exchange students, international students and local people, you could catch the south west coach line buses down to Busselton or Margaret River. On the another option, you could catch the Transwa train line to get to the destination. Train is much cheaper that buses and it is quicker to reach your destination. Buses is very costly but it is worth it as you could see the beautiful way while you are traveling down.
Ultimately, I do highly recommended you to visit all of the best destination shared above. You will enjoy it just like I do. You should try one day 😉 #Vacation #Dream
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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!!