Whenever someone mentioned Australia, the immediate thought is koala, that is how most would relate the country.
Just like Malaysia, I guess it would be tiger or Orang Utan.
So heard and read so much about koala, it is always great to see the real koala, in person.
So we did.
The last time when Retna and I were in Melbourne, we saw wild koalas on the trees while on the Great Ocean Road. But since they are wild, so no taming process done.
Thanks to Jansen for the recommendations, we drove to Caversham Wildlife Park, which is a privately owned park by David, Pat and their children.
The drive was about 30mins from Perth CBD, and the journey to the place was kind of enjoyable, as we could see how the Australian housing projects are like now, with many new developments coming up. Passing by schools, which look so much different from the schools in Malaysia.
The admission ticket is AUS27 and AUS12 for children.
If you are planning to drive here, park the car at the open parking, which is free, then walk about 200m to the entrance of the wildlife park.
Avoid coming to the park after 12noon, as most parts of the park is not covered with trees and shades, so could be really hot. We went at the time when Perth was under the heat wave attacks, temperature exceeding 42 degrees.
So, you would be ushered into the various wildlife after the entrance, but most of them seems rather not well maintained.
Later in the park featuring kangaroos, it was more fun for the children, as they could feed them, up close with them.
The kangaroo park is large, so be prepared to walk a bit. Also watch out for the poo on the grass and pavement.
There is a farm show at the Molly’s Farm, which should not be missed, just be prepared for the hot weather, the venue does not have air-condition, neither fans. It is part of the plan I guess for the audience to experience the real wild life as the demonstrators will showcase how dogs will manage the sheep, sheep shearing, cow milking process etc. It was an hour performance, good to have the kids to join. They sure to love it. Also, if the crowd is smaller then you got to milk the cow individually. Just watch out for the cow peeing session, which could be eye opening.
We then walked out to the Wombat and Friends session, where we met wombat, python, owls, parrots etc. It was a session to take pictures as well as to learn from the Caversham team.
After the exhausting session, we took a short break at the cafe with some cold beverage, before proceed to meet the koalas. Some walking is required.
I noticed the park also provide personal tour, with a fee. Noticed some Malaysian visitors had that.
The meeting koala session was informative, the team explained to us about the eating and sleeping habit koala. The koala actually sleeps day time and awake for 4 hours to look for food. So we were there about 4pm, I guess the koala was put on shift to meet the human visitors.
With the many questions the children asked, Caversham team informed that the kids were the most well informed crowd for months.
That, is a compliment.