Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 4:Experience Real Australia! Paradise Country - Aussie Farm Tours.

Attractions :
AUSSIE HOMESTEAD Enter Paradise Country through a traditional Aussie Homestead where you will find the friendly guest service staff to help you with all of your questions. The souvenie shop is full of well priced traditional Australian gift items.

STOCK HORSE ARENA Experience the action of the outback as our skilled horsemen perform ship cracking and riding demonstrations.
KANGAROO & KOALA ENCLOSURE Feed the friendly kangaroos and stroll through the enclosure to see Koalas and Emus. Visit Koala Village and Photo Centre - Have you photo taken snuggling up with Australia's most loved native animal.

ANIMAL NURSERY Visit our cute baby animals such as piglets, lmabs and calves at the Animal Nursery.
The big & Woolly ships
BILLY TEA & DAMPER Relax around the campfire and enjoy traditional Australian Billy Tea and damper made by local stockman.

HORSE STABLES Take a closer look at behind the scenes preparations required to groom and feed the Paradise Country horses.

SHOW PADDOCKS Watch as our stockmen and their dogs round up a flock of sheep. It's here you'll be shown how to throw a boomerang and see how to crack a stockman's whip.
OUTBACK RESTAURANT Sample a feast of country tucker that will make your mouth water! The Outback Restaurant offers a delicious BBQ lunch, great Aussie music and the chance to join in the fun of Bush Dancing.

SHEEP SHEARING SHED Join in the fun as you watch the skills of the master shearers in the Sheep Shearing show and Ram Parade.

On the next day of the trip & we had to wake up very early at 8am as we need to get ready for our day tour to Paradise Country Farm. The tour bus will come around 9.10am so we quickly got ready, have our breakfast at the hotel's cafe & waited for the same Con-X-Ion bus at the hotel entrance to arrive.We arrived at Paradise Country Farm around 10am and we didn't know what this place is all about. What I could guess it's just a normal farm but boy, I was wrong. We went to this small booth after the tour bus sent us. We exchanged our travel voucher for the tickets & boarded this tram which sent us to the main location of Paradise Country Farm. We took the area map & immediately made to this Koala photo taking area whereby we have to pay AUD$15 for 1 pose with the koala.
We really need to planned our time wisely sine we have limited time only to cover as much area as we can. There were a few live shows that was scheduled for the guess. So, we need to choose which show to watch and which are not.

After taking picture with the Koala, luckily we meet up with one of the cowboy there and having a chit chat and he did explain to us about the Paradise Country as a whole. Since we said , that we only have a limited times there, which was until 1pm.. so that he suggest us to watch this live show of the damper and billy tea by the campfire, the horse riding as well as the sheep shearing show.

After all those shows, he did suggest us to see and experience the traditional Australian Bush culture. It's was just like u come to "perkampungan orang asli mereka" and u got the opportunity to know and learn their traditional 'fair-dinkum' Aussie homestead atmosphere. .
After the Billy tea and campfire show, there was this superb horse riding show whereby he & 2 other cowboy & cowgirl had to round up some cattle plus beat the clock. That was real nice especially there's this segment during the closing moments when one of the cowboy rode his horse, went past the crowd & I was lucky enough to clapped his hand..KAPOW.After the love shows, we took photos with the horses & went to the whip snapping & boomerang show. That was quite nice too. Each boomerang thrown & if the cowboy didn't catch successfully, we were told to boo them. I love booing people. Haha.
We both sempat lari masuk dalam tmpt kanggaroo and koala to meet them in person and cuddling with them. Actually, i was very excited to meet them but when they are really in front of my eyes, i feel like to run off and cabut. Hahaha.. Yes, i am scared of animals. They lives dalam satu kandang yg besar... and tak kunci...and of course la ada pagar kan. So, all guest are freely to come in at anytime they want. Inside there, you will see many of the kanggaroo yg sedang lepak2 and having their good time. They are friendly.. they not bite people of course. Maybe sebab di Malaysia xde kangaroo and koala ni.. jadi mula2 mmg rasa takut. After a few min.. u will be okey. Just set in mind..they are friendly.. Even when we took their picture, some of them will pose to the camera. Ahaks.. Dah puas jumpa kanggaroo and koala, kami jumpa burung unta dan juga kambing2 australia yg cumil2 ni. Kandang2 mereka ni semua nya bersebelahan j.

And there was another live show which was the sheep shearing before we take our lunch..
What amazes me in this show was that there's this "celebrity" sheeps which make their way to the stage and they'll go to their names from the crowd's seat. The sheep shearer demonstated sheep shearing methods and also there's a nice segment whereby, the shearer called for volunteers. With these volunteers, he gave them characters and with the sheep wools that he had trimmed from a helpless sheep, he decorated on them.

It was already like noon time & the live shows were over. It's meal time! We had this bbq fish lunch & that was sumptuous. We had a quick lunch sebab masih nak jalan2 di sekitar Paradise Country ni sebelum balik. Jadi sempat la kami pegi melawat nursery farm..where those babies animals ada kat dlm tu. Mana2 haiwan yg sakit pon akan dijaga oleh unit care dlm tu. Comel jugak bila tgk ada baby lamb yg kakinye berbalut sbb patah kaki.. and the staff there sangat2 penyayang. macam anak kambing tu, dia cium2 mcm cium baby j. And even they ask me to kiss it. Oh oww....!! u must be kidding! ( And yes, i did kiss the baby lamb.. ;P tp suprise jugak sebab dia wangi..
the baby lamb
Bau baby lamb tu just mcm bau sabun susu kambing.. Betul ni.. x tipu! ) lepas melawat nursery tu..sambil berjalan balik..kami ambil kesempatan lihat2 sekitar kawasan.

At about 1pm, the coach arrives and we're off to Harbour Town shopping area. Knowing little of this place on our arrival, we had like 2-3hours to spare.

Basically, Harbour Town proclaims to sell brand items directs outlet shopping center in Australia.
While walking past the shops, I did see the items & price isn't too "money-friendly" but I still got some branded top and office suit which i think worth the money to buy even after converted to RM. When entering the perfume shops.. u will be surprise as the price is quit cheap. I did bought Playboy perfume for ayah, 100ml for AU$35 and my Britney Hidden Fantacy 100ml EDP for AU$39. Office jacket suit and pant Paul Jean was at AU$40 after discount. I just love it the design and the price of course and i really need it for my interview.. Hehe..
We went back to our hotels around 5pm. After taking a short rest, we proceeded to explore Surfer's Paradise. We walked past the shops there and shops there were still opened.

We continued walking around and also went to Surfer's Paradise beach which was nice. The beach looks clean and the waves were quite large. I forgot to note, the weather in Austratlia is quite cold so I always wear a jacket.
Tomorrow we'll be spending the day free and easy. ;D

Last but not least... My DD who had broken $$$ that day.. huhu..

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