Hello Perth! It is always good to self drive in Australia as car hire is affordable. The last thing you want to try is taking their taxi. In fact, we rarely come across any Singaporean visitors not self driving when visiting Australia.
We fondly remembered the sumptuous dim sum breakfast we had the day before and on our final day, we drove out to Northbridge again to try a new Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant but not before we had a mini-tour of Chinatown in our car.
We patronized New Moon Restaurant which served steamed dishes from the steamed trolleys.
Although the outlet had space constraint it was made up by the quality of their dishes.
Authentic and traditional dim sum dishes are the highlights of New Moon. The staff were responsive and would initiate to approach diners to try out different varieties of dim sum dishes.
Some of the yummy dishes.
The sight of BBQ pork buns made us hungry..
We will visit New Moon when we return to Perth again.
Address: 63 – 65 James Street, Northbridge
How about more fruits picking? We didn’t get enough of fruits picking in The Fruit Corner at Pickering Brook and ventured back the same place to explore another orchard by the name of The Core Cider House (which was about 1-2km apart).
The moment we stepped out of our vehicle, the sight of big apple trees greeted us. They were just right in front of our car where we could reach them easily 🙂
It was a weekend and many locals gathered here for picnic and let their kids played. There is also a restaurant located upstairs which has a full view of the orchards.
How good is this to laze in their beautiful setting and enjoy the spacious grounds where kids can play and run about safely. What a feel of countryside that is just half an hour drive from the city.
Our experience at The Core Cider House was much better than The Fruit Corner. We heard that there is an admission fee to enter the orchards but we weren’t sure about that. At least we weren’t charged during our visit. We would only need to pay for the fruits we picked. We reached there just in time before the owner closed the orchards. The friendly staff there shared with us about their knowledge of fruits and the apple picking process. Remember to BYO bags!
Looked at all these red galaxy apples on the ground!
Rows after rows of red juicy galaxy apple trees in blossom.
The kids could reach for the apples and picked them easily. There is nothing like picking fresh fruits straight from the trees – a simple and educational experience for the kids to remember!
Green apple trees.
This was the best fruit picking experience we had so far.
The Core Cider House has a apple shed markets that were open at weekends from 10am – 4pm selling fresh fruit, mixed fruit hampers, Core jam and chutney, freshly squeezed orange and apple juice as well as ice cream.
Address: 35 Merrivale Road Pickering Brook, Western Australia, Australia
Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm
Fremantle was next on our travel bucket. The Fremantle Markets only operates from Friday to Sunday. Finding a parking lot was difficult and we eventually found a spot at the highest level of a multi-storey carpark. Be prepared to spend at least half a day when visiting Fremantle and much walking is expected.
We felt nostalgia and visited the Lolly Shop. Everything was still the same!
We made a beeline for the ever popular Fremantle Bakehouse and tried the all day breakfast.
An all day breakfast, famous fluffy pancakes, homemade chunky steak pies and sausages rolls, range of sandwiches filled with local fresh product and tempting rolls are just a few items on offer.
Next we visited the Fremantle Markets, a busy indoor market dating to 1897 with stalls selling food, local produce, clothes & handicrafts.
Crowds thronged the Fremantle Markets on a busy weekend.
The shop owner did not mind that we did not buy anything and happily dished out different variety of juices for us to sample.
There was an inexplicable joy in us just browsing the market and seeing the fresh fruits and vegetables.
Address: Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street Fremantle, Western Australia 6959
We bought a huge bag of bread for $2 from the Fremantle Markets and headed to the park to feed the sea gulls.
Big and Small M had a ball of time playing in the park and mingling with the locals.
The Tourist Wheel has been in Fremantle since April 2013 and provides unprecedented views of Fremantle town and harbors.
We visited Little Creatures Brewery which was opposite the park. Little Creatures is an Australian brewing company based in Fremantle, Western Australia, originally established in 2000 by the original brewers of the Matilda Bay Brewing Company.
Next to Little Creatures Brewery is the Fishing Boat Harbour where we visited Cicerello’s to try its fish and chips.
We had so much leftover bread which the kids used it to feed the sea gulls.
We like the concept of alfresco seating overlooking the scenic Fishing Boat Harbour.
Ordered some simple dishes to try.
Why spend $1 to buy fish food packed in a small container when you can buy a big bag of bread for $2?
The kids continued feeding the sea gulls and fishes after the meal.
Address: 44 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
Opening Hours: 9am to 8:30pm
The sky was beginning to turn dark and we visited a neighbourhood playground.
Before visiting Kings Park and Botanic Garden to enjoy scenic view of Perth City at night.
Address: Perth WA 6005, Australia
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