The Gap, Torndirrup National Park, WA
'There's nothing like the extraordinary Giant Tingle Tree at the Valley of the Giants, it's simply amazing!'
Chai and his wife Lydia, both Malaysian research engineers, were inspired by nature's grandeur at the Valley of the Giants near Walpole. It became a common theme on their holiday, which started in Perth and continued as a road trip through Western Australia's picturesque south-west. Accompanied by Lydia's sisters and parents, the couple met wildlife, walked through towering karri forests, indulged in regional food and wine and generally “broke free” from their daily working routines.
It was a trip that Chai had planned six months in advance, around a friend's wedding in Perth. After the wedding, the family soaked up lots of Perth sights. They wandered Kings Park and Burswood Park and visited the Bell Tower on the Swan River. In seaside Fremantle they enjoyed “the best fish and chips” and spotted a sea lion swimming past a jetty. At Caversham Wildlife Park, there was “a memorable meeting with a koala and kangaroo” and a family photo with a wombat. Chai and his family also visited Swan Valley wineries, where they tasted grapes fresh from the vine.