You know you are in Australia when you can get up close and personal to these iconic animals. We’ve spent a busy day on board a big blue Adams Coach, doing a full day trip. First stop was to the Caversham Wildlife Park where the tour guide took us around to check out the animals. The morning was a bit drizzly so we were pleased we had taken our rain jackets. Some of the kangaroos had Joey's in the pouches so we could see legs or heads sticking out as Mum hopped around.
Next stop was the wombat enclosure where one of the keepers was sitting with a male wombat on his lap, and we were invited up to have our photo taken. The wombat was perfectly content and didn’t move at all, as one after another, the bus passengers filed up for their photo opportunity.
Time with the wombat
Then it was on to the koala enclosure, where, sure enough, a young koala was waiting with the keeper. As we were allowed to gently touch these animals, we had to use hand sanitiser as we entered each enclosure, to protect the animals.
With a young koala
Our whizz bang tour concluded, we boarded the bus again and went on our way. Our lunch stop was at the Lobster Shack, on the coast at Cervantes, where we had a tour through the processing factory, then on to the dining area for lunch. The price for our coach tour included fish and chips for lunch, with the option to upgrade to a lobster meal for an extra cost. And why not, I thought, it isn’t often that I get an opportunity like this! Robin was happy with his fish and chips, as long as I gave him a little taste of my lobster. The rock lobsters are fished off the coast, and we would call them crayfish back home in NZ.
Next was a visit to the amazing Pinnacles at Nambung National Park. It seems that the experts cannot agree how these formations came to be, and there are several theories trotted out. Whatever the real answer is, the Pinnacles were certainly amazing to see, stretching out into the desert as far as the eye could see. We read: “Rising mysteriously from the sand dunes are thousands of limestone pillars up to 4m tall, a landscape in eerie contrast to the surrounding heath. Some are jagged, sharp edged columns rising to a point, others resemble tombstones”.
Just some of the Pinnacles
Our last stop was to the gorgeous snow white sand dunes at Lancelin. We changed vehicles to a 4WD bus and were invited to have a go at sand boarding down the dunes. Not for me, at my age, with middle aged bones I’d be worried about falling off and breaking a hip! But some of the younger people had a go, and seemed to enjoy themselves. It was fun enough just to stand by and watch then as they trudged up to the top of the dunes, and whizzed down on there dune boards.
It was a long day, with the trip covering 500kms, but fun, and I’m sure that most of us nodded off in the coach on the return journey. Certainly the easiest way to see these amazing sights, it was a most enjoyable day.