Friday, March 2, 2012

Roadtrip to Coral Coast, Western Australia Part 6 Geraldton and Jurien Bay

We had to return the motorhome in 3 days time so we could only manage a day trip to Geraldton while on route to Jurien Bay. Geraldton has tonnes to offer - the beach, the museums, shopping, eating...but we decided to focus only on two. We headed for a live lobster tour at Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd. They run a morning tour every Monday to Friday at 930am and we were glad that we made it. We paid AUD$25 or 2 adults (AUD$10 each) and 1 child (AUD$5). It was free for the younger one. We were brought around the lobster factory. Grading and shipping of lobsters were explained and it sure was fascinating to know that lobsters hibernate in cold water and wake up when put in room temperature water. A good way to avoid motion-sickness during the transportation. The crowd was also given a chance to feel the lobsters. The children on the tour had a great time.

A family shot. Not everyone looked at the camera
but that was still a 50% success rate. Good enough, especially with kids.

We got a chance to feel the water in which the lobsters sleep and wake up in.

Kids loved the lobster. Can't say that about the lobster though.

The lobster pot was so heavy that no one on the tour could lift it.
Really admire those fishermen.

Gotta wear hair-net for the second part of the tour. The girls were very amused by them.

Next, we headed to the Western Australia Museum Geraldton where the town's rich maritime history was showcased. We figured it was the best place to soak up the history of the place before coming back again for more. The great thing about the museum was that they have a kids' corner within the building. There were a lot of activities to keep the girls occupied while we were there. Daddy took a tour around the place first while I stayed with the girls. We made puzzles, played with toy dinosaurs, studied fossils in short, the kids were busy. This allowed Daddy and I to tour the museum in peace. It wasn't a big place but with its substantial display, we spent more than 3 hours there.

Lots to play with...

Made a dinosaur mask

Concentrated play

Beautiful view of the Marina

The coolest museum staff I have ever met - their skeleton staff.
Love how they took the term literally.
The skeleton staff was so cool that he even wore slippers to work!

By the time we reached Jurien Bay, it was almost evening. We stayed at Jurien Bay Tourist Park ( which is located just beside the beach. Daddy took the girls to the beach while I got dinner ready. The tourist park has a huge jumping pillow and A, after being introduced to the trampoline at Carnarvon, had absolutely no qualms about doing more stunts on the huge pillow. K was too scared to even get near it. I wouldn't blame her. It was really huge, at least from her perspective.

Sisters forever

A on jumping pillow

We had to head back to Perth the next day so we spent the whole night playing silly games in the motorhome. Now that we were nearer the city, the temperature was getting lower. Just nice to stay in the warm motorhome and enjoy one another's company.

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