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2 weeks in Perth

Community Highlights Family Travel 2 weeks in Perth

We have had a very busy past two weeks doing lots of things in Perth. The kids have been getting on extremely well, great to see they love their cousins. Here's a list of the things we have been up to since setting up camp in Karrinyup...

Perth has a reputation for being a very hot city in summer and the next few days were no exception. On Saturday 13th Dec the thermometer got up to 42 degrees. Thankfully our family photos were on at 9am, and after meeting the photographer for the shoot in a tree plantation area, we were all done by mid-morning. From there Tim, Geoff, Jim and the kids went back to the pool for a swim. Michelle had previously won tickets to see the WA Ballet perform Peter Pan and took Sandra along to the event later that afternoon.

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Saturday 14th Dec produced another stinking hot day. Jim and Sandra looked after the 4 grandchildren whilst Tim & Keri-Anne went out for dinner, and Michelle & Geoff enjoyed a night out at a friend's party.

On Sunday 15th Dec we went to the local park in Clarkson for the Somerly Carols hosted by the Whitford Church. This was quite a big production for a free event. The crowd was kept entertained by lots of talented singers, plus fireworks to finish off the night.

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On Monday 16th Dec we headed to the Ocean Keys shopping centre in Clarkson for Santa photos. Nick and Josh came to stay over at the caravan. Lots of games were played, riding bikes and scooters, and a swim in the pool, the boys had fun on their night away from home.

Tuesday 17th Dec, Keri-Anne had her friend Sam visit who had moved to Perth only a few weeks ago. Tim & Jim did a few jobs at Michelle & Geoff's place while they were out at work, frequently stopping to watch the TV to see the Aussie cricketers win back the Ashes in the test match at the WACA. Woohoo!

On Wednesday 18th Dec, Tim, Keri-Anne, Jim, Sandra and all 4 kids went to Perth City to SciTech. This is an interactive science museum, just like Questacon in Canberra, but on a smaller scale. There were many fun activities here for the kids to try out, whilst learning about how things work.

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The next day, Thursday 19th Dec, Tim, Keri-Anne, & the 4 kids headed back to Perth City to visit Kings Park. We enjoyed a picnic lunch near the war memorial. The lawns were immaculate and a credit to the groundskeepers who carry out the landscaping work. Kings Park is a must to visit if you are in Perth. There is an excellent elevated view of the city and the Swan River from the war memorial. From here we drove around to the DNA tower in Kings Park and the kids had a race to see who could reach the top first. All were so puffed they slowed to a walk before getting to the top.

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On Friday 20th Dec, Michelle, Sandra and Keri-Anne went shopping at Lakeside Joondalup to finalise all the Christmas Shopping, while Tim & Jim took the kids to Arena swimming centre at Joondalup. Arena is much like the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in terms of things to do, but without all the crowds. There is an Olympic size pool for lap training and races with stadium seating on one side of the complex. On the other side is a fun pool with fountains, a whirlpool, and a big tube slide. All the kids (both big and small) had loads of fun. Oh, and the hot chips here are delicious!

Saturday 21st Dec brought the weekend and no more work days for the Hendrys! We all went to Hillary's Boat Harbour for breakfast at the Beach Shack. From here the men and the kids went to the Great Escape while the ladies went shopping at the markets, both within the Hillary's Boat Harbour precinct. At the Great Escape there are trampolines, a 6D movie theatre (don't ask me what the 6D is, the wait to get in was far too long), rides for the kids, and 4 cool water slides. On one of the slides you rode on a rubber tube and it was in complete darkness. Stephanie thought that one was a bit too scary.
Hillary's Boat Harbour itself is an awesome place to visit. Lots of shops to browse in at Sorrento Quay, plenty of places to have a meal or a drink. There is also a small beach that allows you to swim in the harbour itself. For the more capable swimmer, there is also some pontoons in the middle of the harbour to jump off or even ride the slippery dip into the water.

Sunday 22nd Dec was the day we visited Adventure World. This place is like a cross between Dreamworld and Wet'N'Wild. There are a number of dry rides to go on (like roller coasters and spinning rides), as well as heaps of wet rides (slides, pools, and water playgrounds). Definitely a place to take your swimmers to and to spend a full day at.

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On Monday 23rd Dec, Tim, Keri-Anne and the girls caught up with Tim's friend Lee for lunch at Hillary's.

Tuesday 24th Dec was a much needed rest day after all the things we had done, before we all spent Christmas Day together for the first time in years at Michelle & Geoff's house. For Sandra this has been the highlight of the holiday seeing the smiles of delight on her 4 grandchildren's faces.

Well, if you feel exhausted just from reading this I don't blame you. We certainly have packed a lot of things in a short time, so much for sitting back and relaxing, lol! Looking forward to a week in Bunbury and to explore the Margaret River region!

This featured blog entry was written by tikadolla from the blog A Trip Out West.
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By tikadolla

Posted Fri, Dec 27, 2013 | Australia | Comments