The girls and I knew that we wanted to visit a wildlife park while we were in Perth, and initially wanted to settle for Perth Zoo since it was much nearer to Shenton Park. However, after bumping into Aisyah's friend at Harbourtown the night before, she told us not to go there and to opt for Caversham instead. I have not been to Perth Zoo myself, so I am in no position to judge. The journey took almost two hours from our apartment to Whiteman Park and then another thirty minutes walk to the wildlife park itself but I swear to god, every minute spent was worth it.
Caversham Wildlife Park
B/99 Lord Street, Whiteman WA 6068, Australia
Open Everyday : 9:00am - 5:30pm (Except Christmas)
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How We Got There
We came from our apartment in Shenton Park and I did what I learnt from three years in Republic Polytechnic - Google. (Disclaimer: It is an inside joke for RP students. We don't actually google our life away..... not all the time at least.) So anyway, I used Google Maps for directions.
From Shenton Park, or wherever you are in Perth, take the train down to Bassendean Station that is on the purple Midland line. Take bus 955 or 956 from there, until you reach the town of Ellenbrook, and get off once you see Whiteman Park. Caversham is situated inside Whiteman Park - which in case you don't know is actually 4,000 hectare of bushland area. Yes. Bushland.
If you do not wish to go by public transport or if you are driving, click here for more directions.
Once you reach the entrance of Whiteman Park, you'll be greeted with an impromptu decision making. You can either request for a free shuttle bus to come and pick you up from the entrance or walk 2km til you reach the Caversham. It says 1.6km on the board because it is an additional 5 minutes walk from the village to the wildlife park itself.
We chose the latter.
We were thinking, "how hard could it be to just walk on a red pavement for two kilometers?". Little did we know that we were going to be walking into legit bushland areas with potential wild animals coming at you from nowhere. Although the bimbo in me kept wondering if I was leading the girls on the right track, it was a good walk, nonetheless, because it felt like we were the only ones there. It was only twelve noon, so we took our own sweet time covering the two kilometers.
I could not get enough of how amazingly bare the whole place was because we do not have this much land nor greenery left in Singapore. Every corner is covered with concrete and every last piece of empty land now has cranes or construction sites on them. The temperature there at that point of time was almost 14 degrees but walking along this huge plot of land with extremely vast skies was simply breath taking.
We finally found civilization. After the extremely long stretch of red pavement and beautiful view of the sky, we found ourselves stepping foot onto what they called "The Village". There was a tractor museum as well as a cars/machinery gallery right by the entrance but we didn't check them out because we were starving.
We made a pit stop at the Village Cafe to grab some warm drinks and light snacks, before continuing our journey to Caversham Wildlife Park. I will simply flood you with photos from the trip and probably leave some tips or information here and there, as we go along :)
We only spent AUD26 (SGD27.19) per person on the admission ticket, and that was it! Unlike how Singapore runs their zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park does not have any hidden or additional charges while you're in the park for all their animal encounters. Photo sessions, meet and greets, live shows and encounters were all free of charge. The only rule is that you have to use your own camera. How great is that!
The map of Caversham is pretty straight forward. Having worked in the tourism industry for a long time, all of us knew that the only way to avoid crowds was to go against the crowd flow! So instead of going through the park in a clockwise direction and in through the entrance, we went through the exit instead. Yes, we learn this in the tourist industry. You are welcome.
It was around 12.30pm and the Koala Meet & Greet was practically empty when we entered. We even got to have a fruitful chat with Amy, the zookeper, who worked and lived in Malaysia for awhile because her dad was out-stationed there. I was looking forward to take a picture while carrying this chubby furry dudes but seeing how it was winter when we visited, most of the animals were snoozing their day away.
Molly's Farm was a cute little barn with loads of animals you don't see in Singapore. I have no idea why Australian chickens are so furry but I am guessing they fluff themselves up to keep their bodies warm for the winter.
There was also a Farm Show that goes on every few hours. We were the first few ones in line (it was so underrated, there was barely a queue) and I'm glad we decided to catch the show because we were exposed to farm life- something you will never get to experience in Singapore. I even got to hug a little lamb and milk a cow!
Wombat & Friends was a show cum meet and greet that focuses mainly on wildlife that originated from Australia itself. It was pretty cool because I got to hold a disgusting snake. The only reason I decided to take a photo with it was to prove to Fizzy that I am not a scaredy cat. I did not regret it though- I always thought that snakes were slimy, but I finally learnt that they were really dry and scaly.
We saved the best for last but it turned out to be a little pointless for us because we dropped by their enclosure close to four in the afternoon and the zookeper told us that the kangaroos were all well fed from visitors throughout the day, so tea time is usually their sleeping (or more to lepak) time. Instead of feeding them some more, we spent the last hour at the park lazing around and taking photos with the roos and joeys. I loved the open space concept. The kangaroos were free to roam around, and so were the visitors- as long as we respect the environment of course.
Lastly, my favourite part of the whole place:
My favourite part of the whole wildlife park has got to be the farm yard. It is an extension just off the corner of Molly's Farm that isn't distinct on the map- you need to find the tiny little gate that leads to this whole picturesque wonder. I swear to you, it was simply breath taking. I will be back here someday and I promise, I will take future wedding photos here with the love of my life.
We decided not to walk the two kilometers out and opted to request for a ride on the free shuttle bus instead. All in all, it was a lovely day spent here at Whiteman and Caversham. I promise I will be back here with Fizzy (Insya'Allah) knowing how much he loves wildlife and nature. Til next time! x