Saturday, July 30, 2016

Perth 9 Days - Day 7 & 8 - Pinnacles, Lancelin sandboarding, Kings Park, Ciao Italia, Crawley boat shed

So, after the exciting skydiving, we headed back to Perth City.
But before that, since it was along the way, we went to Pinnacles and Lancelin for sandboarding.
Pinnacles was amazing! Seems unbelievable that Australia actually has a huge plot of land covered with sand. It felt like I was in South Africa desert!
The place is so big that you will not be photobombed. haha..
However, do note that when driving, it is a one-way drive, so please stop at strategic places where other cars can still go through. Also, since its one way, the only way is forward so if you wanna go back, please make one loop.
Everywhere is like photo worthy!

After that, we made our way to Lancelin for sandboarding.
To get there, it is slightly tricky. When you exit highway, it will show Lancelin Road. keep going straight, the roadsign will change to other road name. Your landmark should be Gull Petroleum on the right. Its a rundown petrol kiosk. Keep going to T-junction, turn right at Gingin Road.
You will find a "Have a Chat" store where you can rent the boards.
You must rent before driving in.
We rented 2 boards to take turn. You cannot keep going cause it's really tiring to walk up the soft sand.
BEWARE: Drive in at your own danger. Because of the soft sand, if you are driving a normal car, it may get stuck (60% chance). Your tire must be those big kind then can withstand it.
Ours was a normal car, we were so close to getting stuck. A tow car cost $200.
One of our friend who went there got stuck, so be careful. You can park and walk in (quite far) which is safer.

It's so tough to get up that I went 3 rounds I got tired.
Check out this video showing how tough it is to climb up the sand.
This shows GGH and I going down together. The speed too fast until the sand fly onto our face. lol.
After the final excitement, we went to Perth City King's Park for picnic.
This is what locals do! So nice to have picnic at that kind of weather, so cooling aircon weather, and the grass is soooo clean.
Packed some snacks and drinks from supermarket before heading there. Thankfully the weather was good when we were going. It started raining after we packed. :)

Now, for the best dinner I have eaten in Perth:
Ciao Italia!!!
Address: 273 Mill Point Road, South Perth, Cnr Douglas Ave.
Tuesday to Satuday 5pm to 10pm
Be there early to avoid the crowd.
Everything was sooooo good. Cannot pick a favourite.

Our last day, we went café hopping and did some outlet shopping and ... casino for the guys.
haha.. We actually booked a more atas place at Perth, Crowe Perth right at the doorstep of the casino.
My first time playing and definitely not my kind of place. SO complicated.
Finally done with my Perth trip.
I miss this already. It was an amazing trip with my buddies. I felt we really made a good group, from travelling, managing road trip journeys to entertaining each other. To more road trips in future! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Perth 9 Days - Day 7 - Jurien Bay Skydiving

Decided to do this YOLO in Perth with the boy.
Took him awhile to be convinced..
It is expensive but once in a lifetime right?!
Per person cost $400 for 14,000 ft I think. And videos additional cost of $120.
I chose here because I saw the reviews that this skydive jurien bay is quite good and of course SAFE.  
It's a short walk from the place we stayed, and we took the morning slot so that the video is clear, skies are clear, and perfect weather!
If unfortunately the weather is unable to dive, it will be postponed, so we decided to take the morning, just in case.
I've got nothing to say, but just relishing the moments while I upload these photos. Enjoy. :)

This indeed is a memorable experience. My videos looked better, but the boy face was like cui because I think he has lesser fats or no collagen? so his skin was "flying".. lol..
To not disgrace him, I did a combined version.
Here's the edited video version for both of us:
Shall update the afternoon happening in a separate post! :D


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Perth 9 Days - Day 6 - Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park is very huge. We didn't do long walking trails due to time constraint, and also it's not for the faint hearted. Every trail has information on the difficult level and what tools are required, like walking stick etc.
We saw a few elder people starting to walk off the trail, I salute them. It's amazing how angmohs at age of 50 can still do such a trail whereas Asians are generally seem to be weaker at the age of 50...
Okay, I digress. Anyway, Kabarri is all photo worthy - here you go.

The whole Kabarri National Park. You can do the trail down, and come back up.

See what I  mean by photo worthy? Everywhere also pretty and blue skies.

Cannot really remember if this is Z bend or The gorge, but I think it's the latter.
This Nature's window, is very famous in Kalbarri. It is a naturally formed rock that looks like a window that oversees the Kalbarri. It's super solid.  
The reason why I wanted to come Kalbarri, the Nature's Window.


As you will notice, the lighting is very bright. It was around 9am I think... but the sun is like 12pm sun. Super strong UV. It is very easy to get heat stroke here if you don't drink up. it's worse than Singapore weather.
Doing some stunts....
Such beautiful flowers seen while on the roads off Kalbarri!


This day is short as we had to drive back to Jurien Bay which is 4hours away. We spent whole morning at Kalbarri and headed to lunch at the main area, before driving all the way to Jurien Bay before the sunset.
At Jurien Bay, the places to stay were limited and there's no hotel...
So we managed to book chalet.
We stay at Casuarina Crescent, Ocean Beach Chalet 18.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting anything nice since it was a chalet... but I was surprised!
The chalet is like a terrace house!
It has a proper porch, a car porch, a bbq area by the side!
Wood elements - So homely feel! Big living room.
Kitchen area  
It has 2 rooms, 1 double bed, 1 twin bed, sleeps 4.

I was impress for the price I paid for, it's pretty worth it. Singapore chalet cost a lot more than this, and Singapore chalet are much smaller in size.....
Alright. Next day.... SKYDIVE!!!!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Perth 9 Days - Day 5 - Mullewa, Red Bluff, Kalbarri Tudor Park

Seriously, this took way longer than I thought. April already still trying to finish up my trip last year. WTH. But i'm determined to finish it so that I can read these myself when I feel like it.
Day 5 we travelled to the other end of Perth. We had to reach Kalbarri before sun set, and that's 9 hrs from Perth city.
So, off we went along Mingenew where it's popular for flower blooming during the right season. Unfortunately I totally got it wrong, the government website says Sept/Oct have, but when we arrived and asked, it was gone! Bloomed and gone!
No wonder it was a dead town. Had difficulty finding a proper food place too!
Although we were slightly bumped, but we didn't let it damper our mood... We kinda had crazy fun along the road to Kalbarri.

The remains of some flowers blooming.

While driving along the highway, we saw patches of flowers still blooming and withering, so we bravely parked by the side and took pictures. Not one time, but many times at different spots!
The thing is - Driving on the highway is different from Singapore. The speed is 150-180km/h.
We had a pretty sturdy car, so for that speed is alright for us.
Now, to brake and take pictures... IS DANGEROUS.
You need to check the back and all clear, and make sure your car is on the side, such ulu highway is only one lane! haha..
But thankfully, we made it one piece back. haha.
Love the pictures, natural lights.
Focus on... the SKY!!!! beautiful isn't it?!
This shot. Taken like dunno how many times, and on a highway! We had to spot cars from afar to make sure we had time to run while the car is coming at 180km/h.
This is what I really call experience of a road trip!
After a long drive, we made it on time to Kalbarri.
Kalbarri is popular for its National Park, and nature wonders.
We arrived at the coastal cliffs for sunset, namely Red Bluff and Eagle Gorge.

The many flies... they don't sting, they just like to say onto the clothes, and only both of the guys! haha..

 Advertisement for Uniqlo jacket. haha.
In Kalbarri, finding accommodation was tough. We managed to book a chalet but villa style. hehe.
We booked Kalbarri Tudor Park 2BDRM Villa. Can sleep 6 like this.
It's really quite spacious and clean, costing AUD$160 which I think it's worth it.
Best still, the hot water in the toilet was HEAVEN.

A little about Kalbarri, it's a small town, where a 5min drive from the Tudor Park you will reach the town - and has that one row of dining place. So, food is limited, and slightly expensive.
Better off drinking beer. But, I felt comfortable where people mind their own businesses, lots of old uncles with big bellies drinking beer but sober.
In the chalet, it's nothing like Singapore chalet. In the evening, it's not noisy, and it is in cluster of the segment of stay. Example, those staying in cabin (cheapest) are clustered together, villas are together. Then those caravan parking are in the center, which is awesome.
I went walking around in the morning, trying to get a feel of what caravan life is - I am definitely gonna try it one day.
This is still one of my bucket list. So cosy and lovely.
Kalbarri is a big natural park - do come here if your travel permits. :)
Alright, coming soon, Kalbarri National Park!