So it's been about two weeks since I arrived here in Freo, and I can't say it's been easy trying to adapt to the Australian way of life, but it's been fun trying. Since my last post Morgan and I have met a ton of new mates (yes, I just used the word mate), learned how to cook on our own, use public transportation, started to pick up on the Australian lingo and of course started classes.
After a successful but long first week of classes it was finally the weekend and time for an exciting trip! First on our list of trips this weekend was a hiking trail called the Bibbulmun Track in Kalamunda. After getting lost on two bus rides and a long train ride, we finally arrived at our destination, from here we hiked about a 3 mile trail through a desert like terrain (apparently this is called the Australian Bush). I don't think we could of picked a hotter day to hike, it was about 100 degrees fahrenheit, or 38 degrees celsius, but never the less the hike was amazing with many lookout points, beautiful landscapes and was well worth the long travel day.
The next destination on the weekend trip list was Penguin Island! Morgan and I decided to adventure up to Penguin Island in Rockingham, Australia. Once we boarded the ferry to go over to the island we were surrounded by dolphins. Being the tourists we are, and not use to seeing dolphins up close and personal, we took out our cameras and took as many pictures and videos as possible. We were like kids in a candy shop, couldn't be happier! Once we got to the island we were greeted with white sand and crystal, clear water. Along with the amazing views and the warm water, there were also sea lions, penguins, and dolphins swimming around and lounging on the island. Needless to say Morgan and I will be going back.
Another part of our adventure this weekend was going to the Caversham Wildlife Park in Perth. It was here that Morgan and I could fulfill our goals of finally seeing a kangaroo and a koala. Who doesn't come to Australia and want to see either of those animals? I know it was the first thing on my bucket list! Once in the park there was a whole section just full of kangaroos waiting to be fed, petted and played with. Again Morgan and I regressed back to our younger selves and pretty much ran to them, full of excitement. After successfully taking a few selfies with the kangaroos and playing with them for a while, we started to explore the rest of the park. A few of the other features in the park were koalas, wallabies, wombats, dingos, a tasmanian devil, crocodiles, scary reptiles and a ton of very colorful birds.
All in all, I think this weekend was very successful and I cannot wait to see what more adventures lay ahead!