Long overdue post on our family trip to Perth. When you travel with 2 toddlers, you can plan 10 things to do in a day, but you probably manage to cover 2 to 3 out of 10. The time taken to get ready differs everyday depending on the mood of your child. So, here’s our family trip of 4 adults and 2 toddlers to Perth. We spent 10 days from 1 Dec to 9 Dec (summer time) at 3 different location. We would love to go back to Perth again some day. I am sure writing this post now will bring back lots of fond memories.
Before the trip
Just some tips for those who have not traveled to Australia before:
- Air tickets – I am sure you know the importance of getting cheap flights
- Visa – we applied on our own through this website which cost us RM25 only per person. Processing done within few days. Just go to: Australia Visa
- Accommodation – check out the places that you would like to visit and book your hotels/ apartments. Make sure they are child-friendly.
- Rent a car – if you are a Malaysian with the new driving license, you can drive in Australia. It is easy to rent-a-car online before your trip. We rented ours from EuroCar but there are so many you can choose from. Make sure you request for baby car seat if you have toddlers below 6 years old.
- Bring medication – there are lots of pharmacies in Perth many Australian-brand products are cheap there such as lotions, body wash, shampoo, etc. However, when it comes to medicine, it is really expensive! So, do bring your own medication – charcoal pill, paracetamol, vitamin c, anti-histamine, whatever you think you may need
First stop in Perth: Bel Air Apartment in Mosman Park
At about AUD 125 per night, we book 3 nights here: Bel Air Mosman Park
It was a nice place but there were 2 things that was not what we expected:
- the 2nd room was a double-decker bed so for 4 adults and 2 toddlers, may not be so convenient
- there is only 1 bathroom and the door to the bathroom was see-through! we improvised and attached the shower curtain to the door during our stay there
Everything else was good. The location is near the airport, the moment we arrive there is a nice playground for the kids and there is a Coles nearby. We bought groceries, mineral water and food from Coles. So for the first day you arrive, you may want to find a place near the city so you can rest once you arrive. Some photos of the place as below which I took from the website.
If you can find another accommodation around the same price, go for it. My rating for this place is 7/10
Day 2: Caversham Wildlife Park and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
After a good night rest, our first stop is the Caversham Wildlife Park. It is convenient to drive around Perth with google maps or waze.
Admission fee: AUD 29 for adult and FREE for kids below 3 years old
The first thing we look for when we arrived was food!
We were super excited to go to the Wildlife park and the weather that day was good – sunny weather. However, it would have been perfect if there were more breeze. The heat was killing us – hot and sweaty!
There is a schedule on each of the activities – meet the wombats, meet the koalas, farm show, feed the kangaroos and penguin feeding. You would need to follow the schedule accordingly so you won’t miss out on any of the activities.
There is also an opportunity to milk the cow! Baby A was still too young to know how to enjoy it. Personally, it was a good experience but there was one part during the show when they were showing “how to use the whip” which was quite loud. Some babies got shocked and cried during the performance.
Next up, was meeting with the Wombat – up close and personal. I think the parents enjoyed it more than the kids..
Meeting the wombat was the only place that has air condition, so we stayed there for a bit before we went to meet with the Koala Bear.
Last but not least, we went to the kangaroo enclosure, it is very spacious and the kangaroos roam around freely. However, I do think that these are the mini or smaller version of those actual size kangaroos.
We spent almost 3 hours in Caversham Wildlife Park. When we left, we were all sticky, exhausted, tired and hungry! We decided to go to the Fremantle Fishing Harbour for dinner. Everyone (except the driver) totally KO-ed in the car.
When we arrived at Fremantle, it started to feel bit more chilly. The weather is usually cooler towards the evening.
When we were walking back to our car, crossing the railway track. This caught my attention:That was the end of Day 2 for us.
What we missed out was going to the fremantle market. We arrived pretty late so all the shops were closed already. If you have the time, you can make a stop at the fremantle market. As I mentioned, our itinerary is planned on-the-go and very much depend on the kids. It is always great to have holiday that you are not stressed-up to follow a specific itinerary or time.