2012 - Backpacking to Perth day 9

Backpacking to Perth
Cape to Cape of Margaret River Valley
07 Sept to 18 Sept 2012

Day 09 Sat. (15.09.2012) - Kings Park and Taste Bud Tours

We had a heavy morning breakfast and then drove along the Swan River towards Kings Park. This large city park consists mostly of native bush and is an escape from the city with popular picnic areas and bike paths. There are good views of the city centre from the higher points in the park.

We then walked along the main streets in Perth: Murray St, and Hay St. We walked through the London Court by the north entry and end up at Wellington St.

At 1:15pm pickup from the Wellington Tourist Coach Stand for the Taste Bud Tours, a 4.5-hour half day tour in a spacious air-conditioned coach along the famous Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail. Sample local wines, sweet and savory foods, beers, ciders and coffees. Currently ranked #1 Tour in Perth on Trip advisor. The Deal: $249 for a half-day ‘Speed Grazing’ experience for 6 in the Swan Valley ($710 value). Taste Bud Tours offers a unique “speed grazing” experience to show you all the Swan Valley’s highlights in only half a day – it’s fast, fun and filling. Voted Best New Business in the 2011 Small Business Awards.

The Highlights are visiting:

  1. Yahava Koffee Works
  2. Cape Lavender
  3. Mago Coffee
  4. Margaret River Chocolate Co.
  5. Jarrah Ridge Wines
  6. The House of Honey
  7. Mondo Nougat Factory
  8. Roadside Farmstall
  9. Ironbark Brewery
There are two surprises on this tour:

1st surprise: Pauline met her Sitiawan ACS school colleague son – Mr. Chandra Bose and family.
2nd surprise: I met my former Public Bank colleague – Ms. Koay Seok Khim.

Finished the tour at 6.30pm we took the train from Perth Underground Stn. to Bull Creek where Dave waited to drive us back to Seah’s Haven. Again and again we had fantastic dinner and this time is the grill-out pork using the Weber charcoal grill at the backyard.

Sleeping: Seah’s Haven
Temperature: Sunny 24°C/12°C


a nice view of city from South Perth

at the Bell Tower (L-R) Betty, Catherine, Pauline and Monica

Rotary Club of Perth - make a wish

Catherine at the Swan River boat jetty in front of the Bell Tower

the park is 400.6 hectares located adjacent to the Swan River, 1.5 km from the Central Business District of Perth.

It’s spring time and there appears to an overload of stunning flowers at Kings Park, Perth









It is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks, cultural and ceremonial events.

(L-R) Uncle Rudy, Pauline, Monica, Catherine, Ching, Betty, Dave
The State War Memorial was erected in 1929. The Honour Avenues and special memorials throughout the Park are dedicated to those who died during service to Australia.




Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooks the Swan River and the Perth skykline

Catherine and Ching

Catherine and Ching

Betty and Kee Moon

Betty and Kee Moon

Pauline and Allan (Uncle Rudy)

Pauline and Allan (Uncle Rudy)


saw this bird at Kings Park bushland

this is the Australian Cedar three (Toona ciliata) the most valuable timber tree

the Canning Bridge joining south Perth to north Perth

The story of the Giant Boab 'Gija Jumulu' captured world-wide media coverage during July 2008 as it journeyed over 3200 kilometres, from Warmun in WA's Kimberley region, to Kings Park in Perth. Never before had a mature tree of this nature been transported across such a distance on land. The iconic tree, estimated to be 750 years old, weighs 36 tonnes and stretches 14 metres high and eight metres wide (branch span). Its trunk measures 2.5 metres in diameter.


You can take a walk in the treetops on the innovative Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth City.

Pioneer Women's Memorial Water Fountain






We then walked along the main streets in Perth: Murray St, and Hay St.


road side artist at work

We walked through the London Court by the north entry and end up at Wellington St.





At 1:15pm pickup from the Wellington Tourist Coach Stand for the Taste Bud Tours, a 4.5-hour half day tour in a spacious air-conditioned coach along the famous Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail


Yahava Koffee Works :  Started with a visit to exciting Yahava Koffee Works to sample coffees from around the world, as well as refreshing Iced Coffee and Chai Latte.  Witness roasting, blending and grinding of fresh coffee beans.  Sample chocolate coated coffee beans and koffee toffee.

Loris Gundry is the tour operator of Taste Bud Tours




1st surprise: Pauline met her Sitiawan ACS school colleague son – Mr. Chandra Bose and family.

Cape Lavender  :  Visited Cape Lavender to sample unique lavender infused scones, jam, cream and refreshing tea. Taste the range of lavender oils, jams, and honey, as well as unique lavender wines.  Browse the sensuous gift shop.



Mago Coffee  :  At adjoining Mago Coffee take the opportunity to sample freshly roasted cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts and almonds as well as awarded West Australian Grindon extra virgin olive oils accompanied by Dukkah (Hazelnut, Pistachio & Spicy).  Explore the largest range of flavoured coffees in the region – Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Sambucca and Frangelico to name a few.



Margaret River Chocolate Co.  :  Our tour continues with an assault on the Margaret River Chocolate Company for generous chocolate tasting

(L-R) Betty, Elissa, Aaron, Canada and Darlington

2nd surprise: I met my former Public Bank colleague – Ms. Koay Seok Khim.
Ms. Koay Seok Khim at Margaret River Chocolate Co.
Margaret River Chocolate Co.
Jarrah Ridge Wines  :  Our tour visits multi award winning Jarrah Ridge Winery – sample Swan Valley’s finest wines, West Australian cheese, dried fruits, fruit paste and local marinated olives. Wine styles include Viognier, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Marginata Chenin Blanc, Marginata Classic White, Milly Milly Shiraz, Marginata Classic Red, Marginata Rose and Zinfandel.

Jarrah Ridge Wines



Jarrah Ridge Wines


The House of Honey  :  The House of Honey   proudly specializes in pure, unpasteurised and unadulterated varietal honeys.  Rupert the beekeeper who started keeping bees at the age of 8 only harvests honey when the bees have capped the cells allowing the honey to fully ripen and mature into an exceptional taste.  All honeys have intense flavours and the highest nutritional value using traditional and sustainable farming methods.  All honeys are for tasting including unheated liquid honey, sparkling honey water and honey boiled sweets. On display is a live observation hive where you can see bees at work.



Mondo Nougat Factory  :  Visit Swan Valley’s famous Mondo Nougat & Chocolate Factory for sampling. Check out the Viewing Window into the production of this authentic Italian style delight. Also available an extensive range of honey roasted, hot & spicy and natural Macadamia and Cashew nuts.


Mr. Chandra Boss and family



Roadside Farm stall  :  Roadside Stall Visit – as seasonal produce becomes available our tour will visit selected roadside stalls to sample fresh produce direct from the growers.



Ironbark Brewery  :  Our tour concludes with an icy cold beer, alcoholic or non-alcoholic ginger beer or cider at multi internationally award winning Ironbark Brewery (boasting the largest range of beers in the Valley – 45 at the last count!!). Ironbark Brewery also provides an opportunity for guests to take home one of their popular six-packs. Our “speed grazing” has slowed to a leisurely “kick back” and an opportunity to try one of Ironbark Brewery’s famous “Wood Fired Pizzas” before heading homeward. On weekends guests will also enjoy live music.





Uncle Rudy and his City-A-One Gang

Mr. Chandra Boss and family - Finished the tour at 6.30pm we took the Perth City underground train to Bull Creek where Dave waited to drive us back to Seah’s Haven for a special dinner.

Again and again we had fantastic dinner and this time is the grill-out pork using the Weber charcoal grill at the backyard.

Daved used a Weber digital thermometer - simply insert the probe into the pork, select the setting and the thermometer beeps on the remote when it is done.

the sumptuous grill-out pork using the Weber charcoal grill and thermometer with remote



Dave used an electric knife to slice up the pork


what a sexy drink - it's not 'xxx'' but 'xxxx' beer





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