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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Family Holiday in Perth: Busselton Jetty

Ironically, our first lunch in Perth was Chinese food. Haha! Had really yummy fried noodles at Busselton. Food is generally very expensive in Perth - Every meal generally costs about $15 per person. If you opt for more atas food, it easily goes beyond $25.

We were freezing cold, so the hot noodles was our lifesaver!

After lunch, we walked to the place I've seen so much in photos, and really looking forward to seeing with my own eyes - Busselton Jetty.

The Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, and standing from one end, I could not really see the other end of it. Actually seeing it felt rather surreal. :)

The beating of the waves was loud & strong. I stood in awe of God's amazing creation.

The touristy thing to do at the Busselton Jetty was to take the train ride down the jetty and visit the Underwater Observatory. It was expensive at AUD75 per family, but we did it anyway. Tourist dollars are easy to earn! But the kids were really looking forward to it, oh well.

A train tracks run the entire length of the jetty, and while waiting for our train, the kids were goofing around, as usual! The wind was so strong, but even though we were very cold, it felt so refreshing!

There's the train - It went super slowly along the jetty, and you can take tons of photos of the jetty and the sea while on it.

This girl had this look of glee on her because a weird pose idea struck her....

And she promptly carried it out. =P

And of course the copy cat sister did it too, much their own amusement. =P

The train ride was uneventful, but I guess cold winds blowing into our faces was entertaining enough. We wanted to savour the cold weather in Perth to the fullest!

After 15 minutes, we arrived at the other end of the jetty where the Underwater Observatory stood. Described as Australia's greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty is home to an awesome forest of brightly coloured corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. After 10 years of planning and construction, the underwater observation chamber opened, allowing visitors to get up close to these unique creatures - without dipping a toe into the water.

Sitting 8 metres below sea level, the observatory consists of a chamber with eleven windows at various levels to give a perfect view of the marine life and soft corals.

Even though the Observatory was not big, I was really amazed at how vibrant the reef looked beneath the jetty! Who would have thought???

These fishes moved everywhere in a group... so adorable!

The kids were amazed at the coral reef, and I thought this was a nice peek into what it's like under the sea. :) We also saw lots of transparent jelly fish - Very amazing!

I love Busselton Jetty - It's really beautiful! :)

- To be continued -

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