CAT Bus Adventures in Perth With Kids

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Public transport can be a real novelty for kids, who spend much of their time travelling in Mum or Dad’s car. Young children will delight in a train ride or trip on a bus. The Perth CAT busses are a quick and easy way of getting around the city, when little legs get weary or just to see a bit more of what the CBD and Northbridge have to offer.

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Jump on and off the free CAT (Central Area Transit) busses at their dedicated stops all around Perth. Kids can answer their own “When will the bus be here?” question by pressing the big button and having the voice tell them how many minutes away the next CAT is. The busses are also pram friendly and have priority seating.

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There are four coloured CAT BUS routes, zig zagging around the city from West Perth to East Perth and Northbridge. Grab a map from the bus ports, train stations or tourism information stand in Forrest Place and get exploring the attractions, parks and eateries of the city of Perth!

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Here’s my guide to the best bus stops to hop on and off with your family in Perth.

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STOP 1 – Elizabeth Quay Bus Station

If you’re planning a day exploring the city by CAT bus, you may even arrive here by bus or train. The Elizabeth Quay Bus Station is just over the road from the Quay itself. The brilliant Elizabeth Quay is a great place for a ride on the Venetian Carousel, game of mini golf, a scoop of delish Gusto Gelato or casual bite to eat at V Burger.

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STOP 2 – Barrack Square

There’s loads to do at Barrack Square! This stop is also the best for the south side of Elizabeth Quay. Opposite the CAT Stop is the famous Perth Bell Tower, cafes and ferry stops for exploring the Swan River. Stroll over the Elizabeth Quay bridge and check out the excellent playground! Continue reading

A Baby Shower with High Tea in a Box

IMG_4904If you’re hosting a high tea in Perth at your home (or at work for that matter) High Tea In A Box is a wonderful concept and a real lifesaver too!

IMG_4880I hosted my Sister In Law, Kristie’s Baby Shower on a sunny Autumn afternoon. Chef, Little Chef and I are absolutely giddy with excitement about having a new baby niece or nephew. Just a few more days until we find out 🙂

Kristie is another Chef’s Wife in our family. She is married to Chef’s little brother “The Pastry Chef” who himself has made high teas at the Ritz in London, desserts for Marco Pierre White, as well as lots of sweet goodies around Perth. He was a bit too busy at work to bake for us, though he did manage to knock up some delicious mini eclairs! Whoops, I’m getting distracted by food… back to the high tea set up…

IMG_4865Anyone who hosts an event at their home knows what a mammoth job it can be. As well as organising all the details for the event itself, you also want your house to be clean and tidy for all the guests. Not having to set up the table was such a time saver for me and Mary Jane from High Tea in A Box did an absolutely beautiful job. I simply left her the clean tables under my pergola and she set to work prettying them up!IMG_4876

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