Yesterday I finally got to see my first koala! I was meant to go whale watching but it was too windy and that got canceled so myself, Andrew and Terri (two other backpackers I met from Facebook) organized to go to Caversham for the day. The temperature was quickly rising and it was due to be about 30 degrees so I slapped on the factor 50 suncream on before leaving. I got the train to Currambine Train Station at 11 am and met Terri for the first time. Andrew arrived shortly after and we made the 30 minute south-east to Whiteman Park in Whiteman.
It was $26 entry and the park opens from 9.00am-5.30pm (last entry at 4.30pm). There are a large variety of animals native to Australia at the park including kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and more. The kangaroo enclosure was particularly good because you were able to walk amongst a lot of very tame kangaroos. They seemed particularly stuffed though and didn’t want to eat any more free food that was available for people to feed to them. They looked like me after I’ve had Christmas dinner! There were in particular a large amount of bird species throughout the park.. They run events during the day like ‘Meet the Koalas’ and ‘Meet the wombats’ which are very entertaining and give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals. I handled a snake and had a picture with a very cozy wombat.
Lunch in the cafe was moderately priced at $7.00 for a sandwich, $2.00 for a bottle of water (500ml) and $2.00 for a packet of crisps. The staff were very friendly and on several occasions whilst we were walking around they would approach us and ask us how we were. I would say you need around 2-3 hours to walk this park fully so if you’re planning on visiting then it may be best to go before or around midday. It can get hot walking around but there is shade in amongst the foliage when you walk around and also various shelters.
It was a really enjoyable day so thanks to Andrew and Terri for the company. I’d recommend taking a car to get to it as it’s a bit of a trek on a bus. I believe you can get a 955 bus from Armadale Station to Caversham but it takes around 2 hours.