Monday, May 2, 2016

8D7N Perth self-drive trip with 2y5m toddler & 11m baby (16-23 Oct 14)

This is a long overdue travelogue for our 1st long overseas trip.
I have to document it now before I forget all the hassles that we went through. It would serve as a reference for our upcoming trip to Perth again in Sep 16. It will be right after my dear sister's wedding. Here we go!

1. Air ticket from Scoot @ SGD450 per adult for 4.5hr flight. No discount for toddler & $150 for baby. Total SGD1700.17

2. Apply Visa thru hardwarezone pal @ SGD14.02 in total ($7 per adult). To be printed & attached with passport
3. Book a car (Corolla Hatch) from Avis for our self-drive trip.  Estimated cost was AUD 481.82. Actual bill was  AZD548.41. After I queried on the discrepancies, Avis Singapore decided to refund the fuel charges of SGD 78.52. Happy experience!
4. Check the weather and ensure the kids are kept warm.
5. Pack milk powder in disposable one-time usage tube.
6. Book hotel with kitchen as we are going to travel with toddler and baby who can't eat solid food. I brought my mummy again. She is our life saver for this adventure.

Adventure started:
Day1: 16 Oct 14 THURS @17:15pm
Lodge: Mounty Holiday Apartments, 36 Mount Street, 6005 Perth @SGD184
Drove: 5.9km
What to do: Collect Car @ airport and groceries shopping for meals

Day 2: 17 Oct 14 FRI
Lodge: Orchard Glory Farm Resort @SGD276x2 nights
Drove: 170km
What to do:
1. Caversham Wildlife Parks @ AUD25 per pax

2. Headed to our next lodge to experience the farm stay. View from Chalet. 

Day 3: 18 Oct 14 SAT
Morning: The farm guide brought us to visit their farm animals and fruits tree. The owner welcomed us to pluck their fruits. My mum liked the "orange". There are mulberry too.

I love Alpaca! They are farm animal in UK too. The kids got to experience feeding chicken, horses, goats, alpaca and making her own bottle of wine.

There is a playground within the farm for kids to spend time in sand play.
Day 3: 19 Oct 14 SUN
Lodge: Cervantes Pinnacles Motel, Aragon Street, Family 4 (1 Queen 2 single bed) @SGD213
Drove: 170km (2h 17min)
What to do:   
1. The Pinnacle (AUD12)
2.  The turquoise beach!
3. Can give a miss... lobster.

Besides the playground, there were seagull everywhere. Kids love to chase them

Day 3: 20 Oct 14 MON - 23 Oct 14 THURS 

Lodge: City Stay Apartment Hotel, 875 Wellington St, 6005 Perth @SGD460 for 4D3N
Drove: 190km
What to do:   
1. Travel back to Perth city centre for the rest of our stay
2. Harbourtown for shopping. Disappointed. Singapore is still cheaper and wider varieties.
3. Fremantle for seafood and sightseeing

4. Penguin Island near Rockingham (Perth's marine playground) @ AUD 38.50 

5. Scarborough Beach & Cottesloe Beach

6. King's Park (last day) for lazing around. Kids loved to roll & roll on the grass.

It was a successful trip as we survived though I kept scolding the Terrible 2. We all returned in one piece. 

Total cost for 3 adults, 1 tot & 1 baby, excluding airfare: $3140 with breakdown below
  • Accommodation: S$1409
  • Food (approx S$150 per day) & admission: S$1245
  • Transport: S$486
Hence, per adult would be S$1497. Budget trip?!

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