Ziyarah Tours made a visit to a very unique and interesting attraction here in Perth, the Penguin Island. Who knew there could be penguins living and breeding in Australia’s temperate climate! Located off the shores of Rockingham, the trip took the Ziyarah Tours family about an hour drive to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Once there, it’s an easy 5-minute ferry ride to the Penguin Island destination. Tickets were purchased at the kiosk on the main land and we are ready to board the ferry. Before you depart it might be a great idea to grab some snacks for the trip, as there are no shops on Penguin Island itself. We were prepared for this and brought along a picnic basket.
Apart from the major attraction of feeding the penguins you can engage in other activities such as snorkelling, diving, canoeing on the Island. The ferry ride gave us a glimpse of what Penguin Island and its surrounding has to offer with crystal clear blue waters and the occasional dolphin swimming around us. The highlight for Ziyarah Tours trip was watching the penguins. The penguin feeding times are at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. We booked a 10:30am slot to get the experience of the “feeding penguins” show hosted by penguin keeper Jane.
These cute little creatures were all rescued from life threatening events. The show gave us a fun way to learn and understand penguins and its history on this island. After the penguin show, we explored the amazing and beautiful vistas Penguin Island has to offer. With natural rock formations encircling the Island and bounded by the magnificent ocean views you only needed to be here to understand the kaleidoscope of colours. Breathtaking views adds to the relaxing experience. There is nothing that does not please the eye on Penguin Island providing us with scenic and photo perfect opportunities. Finally the Ziyarah Tours family took the chance to unwind on a grassed section for a short picnic and enjoy home made sandwiches before heading back to the ferry in the afternoon.
What better way to spend Australia Day than taking a day tripwith your family for a relaxing public holiday. With our packed lunches and a full tank to go, the Ziyarah tours family headed out north to coastal Jurien Bay. The trip from Perth takes a leisurely 2 hour drive and also passes by other popular tourist locations such as Cervantes and Pinnacles. Jurien Bay is famous for its tranquil coral coast and is known for its fishing spots and great beaches.
We stopped a couple of times along the stretch of the coast to explore and enjoy the view of the sea. There are many perfect beachside spots to choose and unwind showing why this place is a popular holiday destination. After trekking through sandy roads, we finally arrived at one of the shores of Jurien Bay that we’d taken fancy and settled there.
The beautiful scenery of the blue skies, white sand and clear ocean made for a very peaceful and calm view. We parked right on the sandy beach and set up our tent for shade. As the weather was hot since January is in the peak of summer, jumping into the cold sea was very refreshing and fun. The beach spot we chose was quite secluded therefore it felt like we were swimming at our own private beach! Once we had a good swim, the Ziyarah tours family unpacked our Nasi Lemak lunches before going to perform our afternoon prayers afterwards. On the way back home we swung by a couple more beach and jetty outlooks to take pictures with the sunset. We ended the day trip with a chanceful encounter of a wild Kangaroo, which wrapped up our journey quite excitingly!
We also made a stopover to explore the nearby Mulka’s Cave. The name derives from the cave’s history of an Aboriginal legend. The cave is quite fascinating to explore, as within the walls there are handprints and drawings carved into the rocks believe to be made by Aboriginal ancestors. As you step inside the entrance of the cave you’ll see rocks piled up on top of each other allowing you to easily climb up the cave and exit towards the other side. The cave has a cooler temperature and it was nice being inside during the warm summer. It also has low light but your eyes will adjust to it quickly after awhile. Once we climbed up and exited from the top of the cave, we explored the peak of the hilltop. From the hilltop Ziyarah tours were able to experience a breathtaking view of Western Australia’s southern wheat belt. We also encountered a few small natural creatures such as a really shy bobtail lizard while we were up there.
Within a short walking distance from Wave Rock, we arrived at the Hippos Yawn. This place has earned its name from having huge rocks that coincidentally look like a hippopotamus yawning. The unusual shaped rock definitely makes an interesting view for your photos. If you walk deep inside into the huge rock, it will look like you’re actually standing inside of a hippopotamus’ mouth. The Ziyarah tours family enjoyed taking turns posing differently while we were here.
Over a beautiful summer weekend, the Ziyarah tours family headed down south for a road trip. Wave Rock, one of Australia’s natural rock monuments, is where we set base camp overnight at a campsite ground directly next to it. The journey to get here is about a four hours drive from Perth. Wave rock is an amazing sight to see in real life as the granite rock is shaped like a curved ocean wave. The cliff is 15 metres high and 110 meters long and is caused by weathering and water erosion for over 2700 million years. This landscape is especially magnificent for photo backdrops. Ziyarah tours had fun exploring the iconic monument attraction, walking from one end of the rock to the other end, challenging ourselves to see who could run up the cliff the farthest without falling and also taking in the grand view that Wave Rock offers. Above the cliff itself is a broad hilltop whereby you can explore more rocky nature landscape as well as the Wave Rock dam. The view from the top of the Wave Rock cliff is a significant one to experience especially during sunrise or sunset.