Monday, September 8, 2014

Play: Exploring Western Australia in Winter (Day 8)

Wake-y wake-y!!! Time to check out from Novotel Perth and drive down to Busselton :)

After a quick breakfast at the hotel and shower, we checked out. Wanted to check out Subiaco Farmers Market before leaving Perth. It is a weekly market (Saturday 8am-12pm) which sells fresh organic and farm produce. Located at Subiaco Primary School, there was already a fair amount of people there when we reach at about 11am. Great variety of fresh vegetables and salmon available for sale. We manage to purchase some fresh vegetables, e.g.: beets leaves plus beetroot, pumpkin etc. Do note that the vegetable here are fresh and i believe there are really organic cause they get spoil really fast, so do eat them within 1-2 days if possible.

We also got some snacks to eat, German Sausage and some juices, they are really nice!

More information on Subiaco Farmers Market and its address: http://subifarmersmarket.com.au

Girl girl with a huge artichoke
There is also a big field to chill... Love the laid back feeling!

Enjoying our German Sausage
We had a quick dim sum lunch at Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant cause it was full inside and got people queueing outside too. Reasonable dim sum but nothing to shout about. Girl girl ate too much i think and vomited so we quickly finish up and left. Luckily, she was fine afterwards.
Some of the dim sum we ordered, the soft shell crab is nice. The rest is normal
Custard bao... not so nice...
Time to hit the road to Busselton where we will be staying for 3 nights. Took slightly more than 3 hours to reach Busselton as we stopped along the way when we see something interesting :)

Sleeping prince with his leg high up...
One of our more interesting stop... Old Coast Road Brewery(http://www.ocrb.com.au). It is a nice and tranquil place that we stumble upon on our way to Busselton. Vast field with some sheep grazing grass, a restaurant whereby you can grab some bites or just had some of their homemade cider, a small playground for the kids to run around and nice scenery to enjoy while munching/drinking away.
Old Coast Brewary
One can have meal or drinks and enjoy the view
We just had lunch not long ago so we just takeaway a pear cider to drink along the way. Actually mummy is the one who wanted to eat ice cream but i let girl girl choose the flavour. She picked passion fruit sorbet and the ice cream is yummy and refreshing! As girl girl is not feeling too well today, she just ate a few mouthful and pass the ice cream to me, saying that she shouldn't eat too much cause she is coughing. I was stunned, what an understanding girl...definitely deserve an ice cream treat when she gets well :)

Posing with her passion fruit ice cream
Back with our purchase
Boy is sleeping, so only girl girl and me went and buy ice cream and drinks :)

Do note that for takeaway alcohol, the restaurant is not allowed to open for their customer. They will only open the cap for u if u drink on-site, it is their law. So, must bring a bottle opener :)

Great view, great drinks!
Love the car, red with the scenic background!
Reached Busselton close to 4pm. Check in to our rented house is uneventful, the owner gave great instructions and we manage to get into the house quickly and unload our stuff. 

It was a nice house with 2 bedrooms, enough space for 6 adults. The owner also provide us with complimentary baby cot for our little boy. Living room is spacious, with a second small living room area with additional TV, DVD player, some toys for the kids and even telescope if you want to observe the stars. Kitchen is well equipped with all essentials needed for cooking, e.g.: stove, oven, pot and pans etc. It also comes with a parking garage and it is advisable to use it, cause the weather at Busselton does change quite drastically and with the rain and wind, car might be scratch with rocks, tree branches etc. 

Sorry but i think i didn't manage to capture pictures in the house but it was very well maintain and looks exactly as advertised-http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/wa/south-west/busselton/132152

Everyone is quite tired after a long journey, so we just went to a nearby takeaway/mini restaurant to have some Thai Food. Sizzling Thai mainly does takeaway but also have a few tables inside for customer to have their meal there. We opted to just eat there, no need to clean up afterwards. :)

few tables in the restaurant
Cashier to order
Interior
We had fried rice, Pad Thai and stir fry pork. Food is normal, portion are generous, more Asian and the kids enjoyed it very much :)

Fried Rice
Pad Thai
Stir fry pork with vegetables
After dinner and clean up, the kids are enjoying the "new toys" provided by the owner....This area is the second living room, my favourite spot in the house. The heater are so powerful and make this place warm.. very nice to stay here and rest, watch tv especially during winter time :)

Enjoying toys at this cosy area
Tomorrow we will explore Busselton and its nearby attractions :)

Day 9: http://eatplaycook22.blogspot.sg/2014/09/play-exploring-western-australia-in_17.html