and meeting the family
Today was a day for cruising around in the hire car, with the aircon on full blast as it was 42C outside, with even the Western Australian's thinking it was a little hot for their liking.
Once we hired the car, we headed up to Hillary's Boat Harbour to the North of Scarborough Beach for breakfast. This is a giant boating marina with lots of cafes and shops and a lovely beach. The acquarium of Western Australia is here as well with lots of weird sealife, such as the deadly blue ringed octopus and lots of sharks.
After that we headed to Caversham Wildlife Park inland from Perth as Angela has had a desire since we planned this trip to cuddle a Koala. The temperature in land was a scorching 45C with no sea breeze to make it even slightly cooler. We saw lots of bizarre Australian wildlife Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Wallabies and ugly flying foxes - we even fed and stroked a Kangaroo, and eventually cuddled a Koala.
We even saw a koala get lively and agressive and then piddle on the floor - a rare occurance as they normally sleep for 20 hours a day, and don't drink any water - they get all their water from the (pretty dry) eucalyptus leaves they eat.
We then headed into the centre of Perth, driving through Chinatown and the CBD (Central Business District) to get to a beautiful park right in the centre called Kings Park. We had a wander around the park with its fabulous views over the centre of Perth City and down the Swan river, before perfoming some retail therapy in the gift shop.
It was then a drive back to the hotel up the Sunset Coast Highway, with the beach always to the side, to get ready for dinner.
We then headed to Angela's relatives who live out here in Perth for dinner, which was a traditional Aussie Barbie with lots of stubby beers and tasty food. Ian was forced into a pair of shorts and a T-Shirt for the occasion by the Aussies. We had a good laugh. The food was delicious, thanks Tammie for arranging this, it was lovely to see you all again.