The most exciting thing about going to the Perth Zoo when I was little was the ferry trip across the river. Of course this was a while ago, so everything seemed bigger and I'm pretty sure a paddle steam boat was involved in order to get to the South side. As I said...a while ago.
Even more appealing is that it's dirt cheap. This is a great excursion and will only cost a few bucks to board a boat, go across to the city or the south foreshore, play in the park, have an ice cream etc, all without burning a hole in your pocket. In our family we refer to these days as - "A happy husband outing". Roll on up, everyone's a winner.
Unfortunately by the time we got to the other side, it was beer o'clock. Oh dear. We peeked into the The Lucky Shag Bar but two and a half seconds of viewing the sea of golden gorgeous beauties with their youthful ombre hair and tanned limbs was enough for me to three point turn our sad little domesticated split end selves swiftly away.
We ended up ordering some beers, a milkshake and chips at the Bell Cafe. They didn't seem to have a problem with the kids, even when our friends met up with us.The view was great and so was the beverage, which was all we were there for really!
It's good to remember that it is public transport and a couple of the dodgy cliches rang true (few back seat bogans and a tiny bit of graffiti). However it was clean enough and we didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Even though it was busy there was plenty of seats and space and not too over crowded. Everyone was enjoying the ride, especially the many kids aboard and on the way back the boat was practically empty.
I must admit we briefly panicked about the pram situation (it's not like they can slap it on some hooks on the back end!) but surprisingly there is not only plenty of room for prams but a large area in the middle of the boat designated for them. Which was good because there were a lot of prams this day.
It's a really lovely and simple day out. On our way back to the car we walked along the shore and my son was amazed by the very unamazing jelly fish. At first he looked from afar. Then closer. Closer. And poke. Now he's a true Sandgroper!
I am glad you enjoyed your ferry trip. Last week I took my mum aged 82 and my sister on a ferry trip to Fremantle and it was terrible. The captain/commentator named Bill was rude, suggestive, sexist and generally pathetic!!! We were also not interested in how much people paid for their houses or hearing his version of Waltzing Matilda so were very disappointed. We managed to get one of the few outside seats on the way back where he couldn't be heard!! I will try the Swan River north next time with a different company.