Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Nothing says Australia more than Whiteman Park.

Explore the spacious parklands with the surrounding gumtrees and the native Australian plants, not to mention the loveable wildlife and you’ll know in an instant that this park represents Australia to perfection.

The kids will run and play, as the Parents sit back on the rug and relax within the nature around them. It’s happy times at Whiteman Park, the perfect place to take the family as you enjoy the great outdoors discovering the iconic park in Western Australia.

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Family fun is alive at Whiteman Park.

 

 

Where is Whiteman Park?

It will be hard to believe that Whiteman Park and its 4000 hectares of Australian bushland is only 15 minutes north of the Perth CBD, in the Caversham area. It’s next door to the famous Swan Valley wine region which is a treat in its own Right. Take the road down Reid Highway and follow the signs, you won’t miss it.

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An Heritage tram.

 

The Village of Whiteman Park

The Village is a popular hangout that features heritage wooden buildings. Take a walk down the main village area, with the trams tracks down the middle and gaze at the different souvenir store and take a peek at the Print Shop, Handcraft Centre and Lolly Shop for those who have a craving for the sweet tooth.

If you didn’t bring your own bike to ride around the park, there is always pedal play. Here you can hire the traditional two wheel bikes or enjoy family fun on the four seater pedal carts. It is full on adventure as you explore on wheels.

Get all the facts you need at the information centre, not only about Whiteman Park but also grab a brochure about various destinations within state of Western Australia. When done with the rest of the village, it’s time to rest the feet, stop in at the Village Café for a delicious cappuccino or a bite to eat.

The Village

The Lolly Shop in The Village.

 

The Village Whiteman Park

The Village

 

 

Take a picnic on Parklands

There is plenty of open parklands to lay out a rug, get out the picnic basket and munch on a few snacks with a cold beer in hand or a bottle wine bought at the nearby Swan Valley Region. Life could not be better as you sit back on a fold out chair and watch the little ones having a ball in the great outdoors. As every kid should be in their youth.

Whiteman Park

The open areas of Whiteman Park.

 

 

Explore on the open trails

Hiking through paths of this great park is the highlight of the day. It’s a leisurely stroll through easy going tracks that take you to all corners of Whiteman Pak. Discover different areas of the park as you pass the Mussel Pool, through the dog park, where the happy K9’s are in their own little doggy heaven, before wandering past the popular cricket pitch, where there is further open space to throw the ball around and roll out the rug.

Start at The Village and take your time exploring the different facets of Whiteman Park. Spot the various wildlife that are hidden amongst the bush and visit the Children’s Forest on your way around track, here the young ones can learn about the Australian Forest with their own kid friendly adventures.

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Take a hike in the Park.

 

The Heritage Museums

Heritage means a lot at Whiteman Park and it is on show wherever you gaze your eyes. From the Motor Museum and tractor Museum (separate locations) full of olden day vehicles and machinery that will get any rev head excited. Then take a ride on the Vintage Trains and Trams, where you can have a joy ride within the park at an affordable price.

Motor Museum

The Motor Museum.

 

 

Tractor Museum

Tractor Museum.

 

Caversham Wildlife Park

Located close to The Village, The Caversham Wildlife Park is a must visit for any visitor to the park, especially for those who are eager to get up-close and personal to some famous Australian animals. Feed the Kangaroos, watch the hilarious farm show and cuddle everyone’s favourite, the Koalas. It’s a few hours of education at the Wildlife Park, discovering a large range of Australian Wildlife and reptiles.

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The Kangaroos of Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman Park.

 

Lama at Caversham

What are you looking at? Says the Lama.

 

It is the park that keeps on giving and it is fair to say that a whole day may just not be enough. Not with The Wildlife Park, museums, The Village and stunning walking tracks that will leave you mesmerised as you have a fun adventure exploring Whiteman Park. Remember while attractions within the park may cost, but it is free to enter and explore.

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5 Family Fun Activities in the South West of Western Australia

5 Family Fun Activities in the South West of Western Australia

Family fun is assured whenever you’re in the South West corner of Western Australia. Whether it’s fun on the beach or exploring the tall forests of Caves road. You can’t go wrong with the gang when you take a South West road trip.

Of course, there is a lot more than 5 family fun things to do in the South West, I am only scratching at the surface. However, here is a brief guide to a range of must-do activities for the families in this amazing region.

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Family fun in the South West

 

  1. Margaret River Chocolate Factory:A Café, play area for the kids and a whole heap of chocolate. So much chocolate that you may need to look after your hips. Family fun is assured at this treat of a chocolate factory, with a large range of sweets and fudges to stuff your face with and a fabulous large outdoor area, so the family can relax. The factory may be a little on the expensive side, but the admission is free and you can also help yourself to the complimentary bowl of chocolate buttons. Yummy.

    When in Margaret River stay at the gorgeous Margarets Beach Resort.

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    Gimme chocolate.

    Lots of chocolate.

     

  2. Xscape to the Cape:The kids will love place with a number of fun activities to occupy the whole day while the parents sit back and relax with Ice cream. The attraction are plenty at Xscape with bouncy trampolines, mazes, mini golf, indoor playground and electrifying waterslides a few of the fun stuff on available. Xscape to the Cape is in the Dunsborough area of the South West and is a buzz for the whole family, where boredom doesn’t exist.
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    Fun on the water slides

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    Bouncing fun for kids.

     

  3. Camping the South West:The mighty South West Bush, flowing rivers and Giant Ocean are some of the amazing spots you will be able to pitch a tent in the South West. You can choose the cheaper government owned locations, or seek a little comfort and power in the many holiday Parks in the region. Either way, you can’t go wrong camping with the family in the South West with a whole heap of family fun to be had.
    I Highly Recommend Honeymoon Pool in the Wellington National Park for that secluded Australian bush feel with sounds of the river nearby.

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    Perfect fire at Honeymoon Pool.

    Camping amongst the Roos in the South West.

     

  4. Dolphin Discovery Centre:Learn, explore, feed the sea creatures and even take a little cruise where you have the opportunity to swim with one of Australia’s favourite sea animals, the dolphins. Located in the Bunbury area, The Dolphin Discovery Centre is a popular and affordable choice for families whenever taking a trip down south. It may only take a couple hours of your time, unless you participate in a tour, but it will be an education for the whole clan as the caring volunteers do their best to teach and entertain.
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    A volunteer on the lookout for dolphins.

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  1. Busselton Jetty:A jetty with the lot. Go fishing off the side of the pier, or take a stroll down the 1.8km Busselton Jetty where you will find the fascinating underwater conservatory at the very end. If walking the distance of the jetty is not your thing, then take the train ride instead. The jetty looks after everyone’s fitness levels.
    Once you done at the jetty, stop in for some lunch or coffee at the Café’s nearby and admire the gorgeous Indian Ocean Views and depending on the time an amazing sunset.

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    Busselton Jetty.

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    Train over the jetty

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7 Stops in 7 Towns Along the South West

7 Stops in 7 Towns Along the South West

It’s a road trip that must be on your agenda whenever you visit the state of Western Australia.The South West, it is as captivating as it is beautiful.

The drive will hold your attention as you change from different scenery. There are no boring bits, as you pass by the beaches, through the lush vineyards, into the shadows of the tall trees, before losing yourself amongst the epic coastal views.

You start in Perth. Take the path down the Forrest Highway, before reaching the residential areas of Bunbury and Busselton. From there you hit the vibrant tourism towns in Dunsborough and Margaret River, which is a real hit, especially in the summer months. The road trip in the South West ends in the pretty little town of Augusta.

It’s the South West and it is 7 stops in 7 towns.

The beautiful South West, this picture was taken in Augusta.

 

Bunbury

Bunbury is the largest region in Western Australia outside the Perth/Peel region and it is the perfect spot to kick off a South West road trip. Bunbury is more a residential area, although it doesn’t let the tourist down with popular spots, such as the scenic Back-beach, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Koombana Bay to name a few.

Where you must stop for a visit: The Bunbury Waterfront is perfect for a pleasant lunch or perhaps just a morning coffee by inlet. Sit down at the Dome café or try some local beer at the Mash Brew house with the fabulous views in the background. A dolphin may even pop its head in if you are lucky.

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Bunbury, South West

Resting and admiring the Bay. Bunbury, Western Australia.

The Bunbury Waterfront.

Busselton

Busselton packs a punch with its bustling town centre and stunning foreshore. Great for walks along the sands of the calm beach and seaside dining, Busselton is a priority whenever in the South West.

Where you must stop for a visit: Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 1.8km in length. It is great stroll or a peaceful train ride over the Indian Ocean as you make your way to the end of the Jetty. Awaiting is the Underwater Conservatory where you receive a detailed history lesson of the jetty and see some amazing coral and sea creatures.

Find hotels in Busselton on TripAdvisor.

 

Busselton Jetty

Busselton, South West

Busselton Jetty is popular attraction in the South West.

 

Dunsborough

Dunsborough is small and boutique with a vibrant town centre and placid beaches a short walk away. For a crazy family fun activity, stop in at the Xscape fun park and let the kids run wild while the parents eat ice-cream.

Where you must stop for a visit: Dunsborough Town Centre is a fantastic shopping hub. Full of retail outlets, Cafés and excellent restaurants, it gives the town centre its lively vibe.

Find Hotels in Dunsborough on TripAdvisor.

Dunsborough.

Dunsborough.

 

Yallingup

Yallingup is a stone throw from Dunsborough and is more of a younger sibling to its larger neighbour. Come and enjoy a takeout coffee while looking at the views of Yallingup and Smiths beach. Have a dip in the ocean too.

Where you must stop for a visit: The Ngilgi Cave is between Dunsborough and Yallingup and is one of the four major caves in the South West region. Go deep inside and see the wonders of Ngilgi and the crystals below. Visiting a cave is a must see on a South West road trip. Whichever one you choose is up to you.

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Ngilgi Gace, South West

Ngilgi Cave.

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Smiths Beach in Yallingup

 

Margaret River:

Known for its wineries, surfing and the Chocolate Factory. Margaret River is popular amongst tourist. No matter the season, there is a good reason that this town is one of Western Australia’s top tourist spots. Come and see why for yourself, because you will read plenty about it.

Where you must stop for a visit: Prevelly Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Not only does it have some of the state’s best surfing spots, it has one heck of a coastal view as far as the eye can see. Another great reason to visit Margaret River.

Find hotels in Margaret River on TripAdvisor.

 

Margaret River, South West

Prevelly Beach at Margaret River.

 

Hamelin Bay:

Hamelin Bay is not a town. It’s a caravan park and it makes for a popular spot to camp over a weekend or school holidays. It’s still worth the detour off Caves road for the beautiful bay and the Rays.

Where you must stop for a visit: The stingrays at Hamelin Bay is the highlight in this stunning area. The Rays are often around and they get so close that you can touch them. Watch out as they swim between your legs.

Hamelin Bay.

The Stingrays at Hamelin Bay.

 

Augusta

The most South Western town in the State. You have finally reached the last leg after about 300km of driving when you arrive in the boutique town of Augusta. Explore the town with all the time you have left, because you will always find a spot that is ideal for that perfect photo.

Where you must stop for a visit:  The Leeuwin Lighthouse is on the most south Western area of Western Australia. It is situated on the corner of the coast where the Southern and the Indian Ocean meet. Climb high to the top of the Lighthouse and be prepared to be knocked out by gorgeous views. If that is not enough, enjoy a coffee afterwards at the Leeuwin Café.

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The Leeuwin Lighthouse

Augusta, South West

Picturesque views in Augusta.

It is 7 stops in 7 towns. All you must do upon reaching Augusta, is do the return leg. Never threat, because you could never get bored in the beautiful South West region as you explore the towns all over again and learn new destinations.

Busselton Jetty – Proud History and Popular Tourist Hotspot

Busselton Jetty – Proud History and Popular Tourist Hotspot

For the town of Busselton, nothing is more precious than their very own Busselton Jetty. It’s one hundred and fifty years of history and to the locals, it’s the eye of the town. Without them, it’s just not the same.

Once this famous jetty was threatened to be torn down, as it lost its original purpose as a docking area. For the waters were too shallow for the large modernised ships.

Now the friendly people of Busselton did not like the prospect of their jetty being torn down, “not one bit.” After a strong protest, the jetty survived and it became heritage listed.

Thankfully the locals had their say, because what stands now is another magnificent tourist destination that gathers thousands of visitors every year.

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty.

 

Where is it

The Busselton Jetty is situated in the large country town of Busselton, approximately two-hour drive south from the city of Perth. Once you reach this vibrant tourist town, drive through the town centre until you reach the Indian Ocean and the Jetty. You won’t miss it.

that gathers thousands of visitors every year.

The Jetty from the distance.

The cost

If you are only after a stroll on the jetty, or a little fishing or swimming, the admission price is $3 for an adult ticket. To visit the underwater conservative at the end of the 1.8km jetty, the cost is $33 for an adult ticket.

The Busselton Jetty is non-for profit organisation, any profit made goes straight to maintaining the Jetty.

Busselton Jetty

The end of the Jetty and the entrance to the underwater Observatory.

A little bit of history

Construction of the jetty began in 1853 and the first section opened twelve years later in 1865, with the Jetty being around 200 metres long. Over the years, the Jetty kept getting extended until the 1960’s when it reached its 1841 metres in length.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article. The Jetty became close to be demolished once ships couldn’t dock there anymore due to the waters being no more than 8-metres in depth. Far too shallow for the giant ships of today. History shows it was a smart call to preserve Jetty.

A great stroll

It’s the largest timber Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching out over the Indian Ocean for exactly 1841 metres. It’s a great stroll on the pier, especially on a summers day. Catch a turtle swimming below or schools of fish heading off in a hurry in the same direction. There is certainly action happening in the ocean below.

 

Busselton Jetty

The end of the Jetty after 1841 metres. Is your home on here?

Or catch a train

I get it, a 1.8km walk or 3.6 return leg is not for everyone. Problem solved, catch the Busso Jetty Train all the way to the end of the Jetty to the underwater conservative.

Busselton Jetty

The train to the end of the Ocean.

 

Underwater Observatory

Go three levels below and check out the amazing coral below the surface, watching the sea creatures swim on by. You never know which friend of the sea will come and say hello, a school of whiting, colourful reef fish or perhaps even a turtle or two. On any given day, it can be a lucky dip.

The Underwater Observatory is a forty to fifty-minute guided tour, where not only you learn about the coral and creatures of the ocean. You also receive a great history lesson of the iconic Busselton Jetty. The guide is very informative and well spoken.

Busselton Jetty

The underwater observatory.

Diving or snorkelling

Go diving under water, snorkel or go on an adventurous underwater walk with the team of the Dive Busselton Jetty. Click the link to their website for prices.

Busselton Jetty Events

For obvious reasons the Busselton Jetty host a lot of water events, especially during the summer months. The big names include the Busselton Ironman (a gruelling event), The Jetty swim and the Busselton Jetty Paddle.

Most of these events create a carnival atmosphere in the town, so even if you can’t or don’t want to compete. Come and check out the festivities, eat good food and listen to live music. Life is a party at the Jetty.

Busselton Jetty

Cafe’s surround the Jetty.

Yallingup and Dunsborough – Picture Perfect Neighbours

Yallingup and Dunsborough – Picture Perfect Neighbours

It’s two gorgeous coastal towns within a stone throw from each. Ten kilometres to be exact. To choose one over another is near on impossible. It’s like asking a kid if they would prefer candy or chocolate. The deliberation could take a while, Dunsborough or Yallingup?

Why not choose both? That’s exactly what you would do if spending a day trip or a few days in the stunning South West capes of Western Australia. Amongst other things as well. They are two towns, both with picturesque views, wineries, caves and surf, but still they are quite different.

 

Yallingup

Stunning Yallingup

Dunsborough and the bay

Yallingup

A small and boutique town, containing a few antique shops, resorts, cafes and a caravan park. A great place to be one with nature and listen to the sounds of the ocean. While tourist visit regularly to have a dip in the beach or a bite to eat, you still can’t help but feel at piece in Yallingup.

Quiet and boutique in Yallingup.



Dunsborough
The larger of the two towns and little livelier in the town of Dunsborough. Great shopping will found here, especially for the women with arrange of top line but expensive clothing. There are plenty of restaurants, galleries, massage parlours and surf brand shops to be found in this town and it even has a delicious bakery to snack on a pie for lunch.

As for great beaches and amazing views, of course there is that too. In my opinion it is not as stunning as the Yallingup coast but still great nonetheless. It also has a great bay for the whole family and kids to have a swim.

 

Dunsborough town centre.

What to do

Yallingup and Dunsborough have an array of activities to do and see. From great wineries to sightseeing the South West Coast, here is a list of things to do in the region.

–          Visit a winery: A South West visit is not complete without a winery or two.

–          Fishing: Plenty of great spots to be found.

–          Surf or swim: Plenty of spots to be found for either but please respect the Aussie beaches.

–          Shopping: A little retail therapy will keep the wife happy.

–          Golf: While the wife shops why not have a round at the stunning Dunsborough Lakes course.

–          Xscape at the Cape: The kids will have a ball at this water amusement park. It’s a beauty.

–          Stay for the weekend: Resorts, hotels and holiday homes are a plenty in the region.

–          Hiking: The famous Cape to Cape trail goes through the area. Great views too.

–          Coffee please: Cafés and taverns are a plenty in both towns. Stop by for a coffee and some lunch.

Take a hike in the South West.

Conclusion

I love the South West Region. It is spectacular, peaceful and vibrant all in one. Dunsborough and Yallingup are no exception to the cause. Come and visit these two great neighbours and be ready fall in love with the state of Western Australia, if you haven’t already.

Yalling up and Dunsborough

Yallingup and Dunsborough, A great day out in the South West.

It’s Denmark – But Not as you Know It

It’s Denmark – But Not as you Know It

We are not talking about the Denmark that everyone knows and love in Scandinavia. No, this is a much different, a little more laidback and relatively unknown little town along the Southern coast of Western Australia. It’s Denmark, but not as you know it.

The location stunning to say the least, even if it is a hassle to get there. Set along the beautiful Southern Ocean Coast line, Denmark is known for its gorgeous coastal views, bubbly township and epic nature walks.

Lights Road Beach Lookout.

Getting there

Getting to Denmark is a required effort. A good five plus hours from Perth. The drive down south requires your full concentration as the roads are quite bendy and can be slim in width. You will have a few, ‘oh shit,’ moments when trucks are coming in the opposite direction.

Don’t let fear hold you back. The roads are generally safe, well as safe as you let it be. So, stick to speed limit, be patient and enjoy the drive to Denmark as you pass some beautiful country towns on the way down.

Where to Stay

There are no shortages of accommodation in Denmark and plenty to suit all budgets. Hotels, motels, holiday homes and caravan parks are the main choice of stay and can be found with the old google search or through hotel.com.

Chalets at Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday park.

In my few days in Denmark, I roughed it out, in-style with a tent at the Big 4 Denmark Beachside Holiday Park. An ideal holiday Park with lots of kid friendly activities such as mini-golf and basketball courts. As for accommodation, it has the lot, Luxury Chalets for those who need the added comfort, caravan sites and power or non-powered camping sites.

Camping amongst the Roos

Family Fun

There is no shortage of family fun activities near Denmark. Let’s take a look at what will keep the kids and big kids occupied during your stay.

  • Soccer Golf: Just as frustrating as regular golf. Soccer golf will keep you intrigued for a couple of hours of fun as you try to reach some challenging holes while getting through some tough obstacles. After the 14-holes have been played refresh yourself at the toffee shop at the same location. Enjoy a cider, ice-cream and of course locally made toffee.

    A bit of Soccer golf fun just out of Denmark.

  • Dinosaur World: Kids will love Dinosaur World as they check out some great dinosaurs including the only T- Rex model in Australia. There is also a great range of reptiles and birds that will fly up to your shoulder and say hello.
  • Demark Animal Farm: A great place for the kids. Get up close and personal with Australia’s favourite animals and even give the Koalas a feed at feeding time.
  • Denmark Thrills Adventure Park: Thrills Adventure tested my fear of heights, climbing tall trees with a harness strapped tightly to me, feeling anxious the higher I got, before reaching the top and standing on a lone branch, with my arms raised out to get the effect of flying, well kind of anyway.
    The cost to get into Thrill is only $10 and it gets you entry for the whole day even if you decide to leave and come back later. Do the tree climb, glide along with the flying fox or bounce around big bouncing balls while knocking each other out. With plenty of activities to do for the whole family, you can also bring some meat and put it on the barbecues provided.

That’s me somewhere up there at Thrill Adventure Park.

 

Chill at the Boutique Town Centre

Walking through the lovely Denmark Town Centre was at times a mini festival atmosphere. Being there on the eve of Christmas, carollers and street performers were doing a wonderful job of giving the locals and tourist that festive spirit.

A little Denmark entertainment on the streets.

Café’s, antique stores and restaurants make up the most of the town centre amongst other specialty stores. Chill and sit back with a beer in hand and take in the small town feel, do nothing else but relaxing.

Just chillin’ in town.

 

Berridge Park

Buy a cappuccino from a local café at the town centre and take the short walk to the gorgeous Berridge Park. Relax on the grass, while the kids play on the playground, and take in the magnificent view and sounds of the Denmark River.

Denmark River at Berridge Park.

Boston Brewery

The perfect place to come for lunch for couples, friends, or families. Sit inside the dining area or outdoors amongst the vineyards. Boston Brewery at Willoughby Park has a bit for everyone. Great food, great beer, cellar-door for the wine lovers and a large playground for the kids. Try the steak and Marron and their wood-fired pizza’s, they were delicious and worth every dollar spent. The Beer was good too, naturally.

Great day for it at Boston Brewery.

Steak and Marron? Yes please!!!

Epic Coastal Views

Denmark has some of the most beautiful coastline in the state, with the Southern Ocean never looking so good. Bring you camera and get ready to get your finger clicking. You will find the best views driving along Ocean Beach Road with plenty of looks-out towers over the Southern Ocean and Harding River.

A brilliant lookout towards the Southern Ocean and Harding River.

Then head towards William Bay National Park and you will find stunner at every location. A favourite of mine is off Lights Road which is conveniently named Lights Road Beach. Get up onto the rocks, which is reasonable safe but always tread cautiously. Then be prepared to be surrounded by beauty that makes Denmark a booming tourist hotspot.

It’s Denmark, but not as you know it. Happy Travels.

Is this enough reason to visit Denmark? At Lights Road Beach.