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Monday, September 10, 2012

Australia Holiday - Day 4

On the morning of Day 4, we checked out of our small room in Criterion Hotel.

Teeny room
Elyssa was practically at the door in this photo, so can imagine how small the room was! But what I liked about the hotel was was its central location @ Hay Street. And I liked having a supermarket just next door that had opening hours of 7am to 11pm. We made it a point to drop in every night to see what was on reduced price. Ha ha...the simple pleasures of seeing our favourite coffee milk or ham or yoghurt at almost half the price!  ;-)

Hotel looks nicer from outside

First stop was to picked up our rented car. It was too early for the free bus service (sleepy, sleepy city on a Sunday!) so we ended up walking 20 minutes there.  If I have to walk the streets of KL for 20 minutes, I'm pretty sure I will complain!  But with the nice weather and proper walkways to push Elyssa's stroller, it was a pleasant morning walk.  Coincidentally, there was some sort of run that morning, so there were plenty of people on the main street heading towards run area.

Going for a Run
Should have taken a photo of ourselves too. We were dressed for winter (hey, it was rather cooold!) and these people were in shorts!!

Picked up our Hyundai Sonata (photo taken the next day)
AUD280 for 6 days from Europcar. We toyed with the idea of renting a GPS (AUD10 per day), then ended up getting a Garmin GPS at Harvey Norman for AUD 149 instead.  At least can bring back to M'sia.

We detoured back to the hotel to pick up our luggage, went to Harvey Norman to buy the GPS and then we were off to Margaret River!!! the blue skies! It was an easy drive and NO TOLL to pay :)

We stopped by at Mandurah town for lunch.

Cicerello's - supposed to be No. 1 Fish n Chips in Western Australia

Portion was huge!
Around AUD 13. Luckily we ordered only 1 set

Ok lar.... nothing to shout about actually. Mr Tomato Sauce hubby wasn't keen on just vinegar on the chips. ;0

Elyssa enjoying her Playground Time 
She had one almost everyday of our entire trip. Playgrounds in Aussie are nice - plenty of equipment, spacious, well maintained and clean.


Pelican and sea gulls by the waterfront

Kids playing frisbee
Aaaaahhhhh................ what a life!

We continued our journey after that. 

Random photo of scenery on the way

Unfortunately, it started to rain later :(   It was wet and gloomy when we were at the Busselton Jetty.  So we skipped the train ride.

Did some grocery shopping at Coles then we checked into the lovely Noble Grape B&B in Margaret River.

Booked via Agoda. AUD149 per night

Loved the room!
King Sized Bed + Single bed.

Comfy Armchairs n Flat Screen TV
Even DVDs were provided.

Mini Pantry Area + Toilet

Our Dinner in the Room
Pasta in Carbonara Sauce, Minestrone Soup, Canned Irish Beef Stew, Toasted Bread and Cheese Nachos with Bacon Dip. For dessert, we had fresh strawberries, cashew and macademia nuts.  Yumz!

Watched tv and then Zzzzzzzz.....

--End of Day 4--


Unknown said...

Relaxing trip right? Nice place meet nice people and nice food.

Adrine said...

Angeline - Yes, I like slow paced trips! I tend to do a lot of planning (and also panic a little) before the trip, but during the trip it's like chillll..... :)

MeRy said...

Nice pics...

Mummy Gwen said...

I enjoy reading yr Aussie trip. Such wonderful times you had. Can't wait for my baby to grow older so I can go traveling again. :)

Unknown said...

Your GPS got inbuilt map of Australia since bought there, right... you have to get malaysia map downloaded back home here.

Wow, those photos showing the clear blue skies... so lovely!

And I whole heartedly agree with you that walking in a cold country is so pleasant, whilst even an evening walk in Malaysia can leave us feeling sticky and yucky.

Did elyssa bug you to go back Australia?

ChloeRuoyi said...

We nearly booked Criterion too... it's cheaper than Mountway (which is only a motel). If only they had parking facilities...

Talking about ketchup with fish and chips, we had quite a funny experience. The worker at the fish n chips shop wanted to charge us A$0.50 for a dollop of ketchup. Not willing to pay for that, the hubs walked to an IGA Express just next door and bought a bottle and it was only like A$1+. Very stingy, hor? :p

ChloeRuoyi said...

Aiyah, bad weather in the Busselton Jetty... what a waste! This place is soooooooo beautiful on a hot and sunny day!