time too chill out and enjoy
when you get to perth the first thing you have to do is remove all stresses from the mind and relax. in general the peopl in perth are absolute cruisers, friendly as hell and out for a good time. people work to live in perth not the other way round and the weekend lasts about the whole week. weather you want to laze on the beach, sip a cappuccino,walk through a forrest or party non stop its all on offer. or do it all on the same day its up to you! i couldnt say what my fondest memories are, there are just too many, but everyday im away part of me longs to be back in that place where the sun is almost always shining the people are friendly and the beach beckons.
visit the Perth Zoo.
Do not visit the zoo during lunchtime, as the animals(as claimed by the zookeeper) were having their afternoon siesta, that explained why all the cages were empty! By 2pm, the cages were still empty, I supposed they must have overslept!!
UK travellers to Australia - Money tips
Citibank bank accounts.
** DISCLAIMER **
I am not in anyway affiliated with Citibank and all the companies that they own. I am merely touting this as a great way to cheaply and conveniently access money.
As far as I am aware, Citibank would be the bank of choice for those who travel extensively, and are based in the UK.
For me, opening a Citibank account was and still is working out for me. I've moved from the UK to Australia to the US since I did this.
Citibank allows account holders to maintain the following accounts
Pound sterling current account
US dollar current account
Euro current account
... and the following CURRENCY SAVINGS ACCOUNT
New Zealand Dollar
Hong Kong Dollar
This makes access to currency without expensive transaction fees, so easy!
Because Citibank actually allows you to transfer money between accounts yourself
(so you can determine the rate at which you need to transfer) and then, withdrawing money from the currency account is free - provided you do so using Citibank ATMs. ATM cards have the standard Maestro/Cirrus and/or Visa signs, so you can actually access your money anywhere (for a small fee). Here's an example.
1. You are a UK resident and you open a Pound Sterling account.
2. After online access to your account has been establised, you can proceeed to open the other accounts (of your choosing) online.
3. You are travelling to Australia and require $A but don't want to carry a whole stash, nor pay the transaction fees over and over again. From experiece, I clocked up a fair amount doing this until I opened this account.
4. You transfer Pounds to the Australian dollar account - this can be performed online at the prevailing rate.
5. While in Australia, you withdraw money (as needed) from your Australian Dollar account without paying the currency and other transactional fees each time.
Remember you can top up your Aussie dollar account by logging in and performing the transfer, or at the ATM. I believe that in Australia, Citibank Financial Centres have computers onsite for you to do so if needed.
So, in essence:
1. You transfer a large (enough) amount to the currency account of choice. This is the only time that you will bear the currency exchange fees.
2. You draw from that currency account while in that country as many times as you want without incurring additional fees.
.... thus saving you valuable money.
This can be applied to all country-currencies that Citibank offers.
HOW TO DO THIS
Citibank accounts are opened online. You may go to http://www.citibank.co.uk for more details.
Again, this is Jewel Cave - named for it's sparkly, almost jewel encrusted, interior. This formation in particular reminded me of rainforest trees. Photos of course can not capture the beauty of this place!
The Black Swan
The emblem of Perth is the Swan or maybe more specifically the black swan which was first recorded in 1697by a Dutch navigator. The Aboriginies have a folk lore which tells how the family ancestors of a section of the Bibulman tribe of Western Australia were in fact black swans who at one point had been changed into men.
The Black Swan has been officially the bird emblem of Western Australia since 1973.