We have had a lovely week in Perth and celebrated Matthew's 8th birthday whilst staying with Rich's sister Jill, her husband Mark and daughters Mandy, Debbie (who left for Canada at the beginning of our stay) and Susan. It was lovely to spend a week here resting and gearing up for the rest of our journey. We had a lovely lunch at a great smorgasbord restaurant called "Jettys" and then went to the aquarium called AQWA which is almost as extensive as the Sydney aquarium. We also visited Freemantle and had a lovely time touring some of the maritime museum, including a fascinating tour of the HMAS Ovens which is an oberon class submarine and in service until 1998. It was left as it was whilst in service and was a fascinating insight into life as a submariner.
For Matthew's birthday we went to see Santa Clause 3 the Escape Clause, which was most enjoyable and had a lovely party dinner with the family. We did however go to the doctor in the middle of the day and the whole family got jabs for our Macau trip - perhaps not quite so good for your birthday!
We also went whale watching from Perth - something that Cath had always wanted to do and whilst we did see whales - they weren't really doing anything dramatic and weren't that close. Just a few tails in the air and the day was fairly calm and yet despite a sea sickness tablet, both Matthew and Claire were ill, but fortunately recovered fairly quickly. Bird feeding at Neil Hawkins Park was quite a highlight with local parrots called 28s, corellas and galahs landing on arms, heads and shoulders for a feed. We also feed ducks, swans and tried not to feed pidgeons and seagulls. Kangaroos jumped right past us, but did not wait around to be fed.
We had a fabulous time in Perth and move next further south and base ourselves at Busselton to see Margaret River, Albany and the Denmark area.