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    BYO - Bring Your Own

    by leanne_pearc Written Apr 8, 2011

    Favorite thing: Most restaurants in Perth allow you to bring your own drinks at a corkage price (price per bottle). When a glass of wine in restaurants priced at almost 10.00 it makes sense to eat at a BYO and bring a bottle of wine instead.

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    Maps and Satellite Navigation

    by Aidy_p Updated Jul 17, 2010

    Favorite thing: Maps of Western Australia are provided free in the airports and other major hotels. However, if you want a hassle-free trip of getting to your location, rent a Satnav or a better alternative, buy one from your home country.

    It's cheaper to buy your own set (Rental is about AUD20/day) as you can still use it back in your own home country.

    Fondest memory: Lovely, lovely drive.

    My Trusty Ol Map and SatNav

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    The Black Swan, WA's Heraldic Animal

    by Kathrin_E Written May 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The black swan has been chosen as the heraldic symbol of Western Australia. It is depicted in the crest and on the flag of the state.

    Perth is full of black swans. Live ones can be observed on the banks of Swan River. As symbol and ornament, the birds can be found in many places. I spotted these lanterns around the train station.

    Lantern with black swans Black swan
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    Our itinanery in Perth

    by dachel Written Mar 14, 2009

    Favorite thing: Day 1 (Bus, Train) - Novotel
    arrived @ 6am plus, check in Novotel @ 8am.
    Full day in Perth Royal show

    Day 2 (Car) - Miss Maud
    Visit Fremantle

    Day 3 (Car) - Sunflower Farm
    Margaret River

    Day 4 (Car) - Sunflower Farm
    Margeret winery
    Farm activities
    Cave Road

    Day 5 (Car) - Tautom Farm

    Day 6 (Car) - Goodearth Hotel

    Day 7 (Bus) - Novotel
    Perth City

    Day 8
    Back to SG

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    Planning the trip

    by xiuling Written Jun 29, 2008

    Favorite thing: Went on a trip to Perth in June 2008 (winter) and drove down to Albany, then Denmark, Augusta, Margaret River and back to Perth city. Few things that future visitos should note when they plan their trip:

    1. Shops and attractions (eg. caves and wineries)open at about 10am and close early at about 5pm generally. The only late day is Friday, whereby shops closes at 9pm in Perth city.

    2. For some attractions, the place may close at 5pm but tour times can end as early as 3.30pm so be there early!

    3. Abide to the speed limit, esp. on busier highways as traffic police may be just behind you.

    4. Parking in the suburb areas (eg. Albany, Pemberton etc) are free but can be expensive in the City. Parking space is more difficult to get too. So walk or make use of the CAT system.

    5. Some supermarkets eg. coles & woolworths have alliance with petrol companies can producing the supermarket receipts can get you discounts to petrol (there will be a sign saying so)

    6. Petrol is the cheapest in Perth city and gets more expensive away from the city (Margaret River being the most expensive from my experience) So pump a full tank in Perth and you can refill before arriving at Margaret River.

    7. For cheap food, try TAKA japanese food at the junction of Barrack Street and Wellington Street. The famous Corica pastry shop for apple strudels closes at 12pm on Saturdays is closed the entire Sunday, so pick the right day to go! The portion at Cicerello's is huge so for ladies especially, share your meal. For grocery shopping, go to the large supermarkets and avoid convenience stores as price differences can be double!

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    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Useful Internet sites for Western Australia

    by albaaust Written Jun 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing:

    Click on the various places you are interested in and the site will provide you information on travel times, interesting things to see etc.

    This is a travel site that will give you an idea of prices etc. I haven’t booked through them but usually go direct to the airline (by internet)

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    Free!! Free!! Freebees!! Yea!!!

    by aussirose Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I found this site that has lots of freebees when you book through them. They also have lots of travel and accommodation specials. The freebees you get are a book of vouchers with great restaurant and attraction specials, free airport transfers, free Perth welcome tour, free National Parks Pass, free day tour guide and lots more. I would seriously give this site a view before booking your Western Oz holiday!!

    Perth holiday bargain
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    Black swans

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are lots of places around Perth to catch up with the black swans that gave the city's river its name, and that feature so prominently on the state's coat of arms and its flag. Whilst the river itself isn't a favoured haunt anymore - reclamation and riverside roadworks having removed much of the birds' preferred reedy bank habitat along the stretches close to the city in particular - there are still plenty of places to see these graceful creatures.

    Lake Monger in Wembley is always a good swan-spotting spot - especially in summer as the wetlands that pepper the whole of the coastal strip dry up in their regular seasonal pattern, forcing the birds to move to the more permanent lakes. The lake here is a favourite with tour groups and local alike for the opportunities it offers to get up close and personal with large - and very photogenic - groups of swans.

    Swans can be intimidating - even our black variety is a big bird. Small children (and nervous adults) might be happier having their photo taken with one of the bronze swans down by the ferry jetty near the Belltower.

    State symbol Down by Lake Monger

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    The Western Australia Visitor Centre

    by xuessium Written Jan 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is an one-stop shop for all your travel requirements and needs in Western Australia. They will help you with reservations and bookings (free service) and it is a great place for information and to get your questions answered.

    Fondest memory: The Western Australia Visitor Centre is situated at the corner of Forrest Place and Wellington Street, Perth and just opposite the Perth Train Station.

    Fax: 61-8-94810190

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    Wildflower time

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The south-west corner of Western Australia is one of the world's biological "hot-spots" - a place where thousands of plant species occur that are found nowhere else in the world. We're all incredibly aware and proud of our wonderful wildflowers and love to show them off to visitors. There's lots of bush around Perth so, especially if you're here in Spring, get out there and look for yourself. Lots of these flowers are quiet beauties that hide themselves away so you do need to get out of the car and walk into the bush .

    Some good places to head for are:
    Kings Park , with its beautiful views of the city, botanic gardens and hundreds of acres of natural bushland, is Perth's favourite park of all. The annual Wildflower Festival held here in late September showcases wildflowers from all over the state.
    Bold Park, in City Beach, is another huge area of natural bush where you will see lots of wildflowers as well as getting terric views over the city and across to Rottnest.
    Wireless Hill Parkin Ardross is awash with kangaroo paws and other flowers in Spring. This is a really good place to come to see delicate spider and donkey orchids.
    John Forrest National Park - 26 km east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway - with lovely flowers and the Jane Brook running through the park over the huge granite boulders that are such a feature of the Darling Scarp landscape.

    You don't need to go to a defined park however, there are pockets of bushland all over Perth and each one of them will have something to offer. The roadsides, freeway and railway embankments often have spectacular plantings of native plants also, some managed and some quite natural.

    Click on the thumbnails for more varieties.

    King's Park Wildflower Festival Spider, donkey and cowslip orchids Albany, saw-tooth and firewood banksias Symbol of Australia - the golden wattles Coming in all sizes and colours
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    Perth Beaches

    by bryINpoland Updated Jul 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One thing that Perth doesnt have a shortage of is beaches. The coast it dotted with them from north to south, and pretty much all of them are great.

    Here's a short list of some of my favorite beaches.

    Scarborough Beach- Great beach for surfing, and swimming. Surf boards and body boards may be rented at Observation city, right on the beach. Great atmosphere during the day, and at night...

    City Beach- Beautiful beach located just south of Scarborough. Voted best beach in Perth in 1999. Crystal clear water, and great shore breaks...

    Swanbourne Beach- An alternative beach, more famous for its nude beach section. Located just North of Cottesloe...

    Cottesloe Beach- Popular beach, with some good surfing, nice water, and another great atmosphere beach during day or night. Beach is lite up at night, and always busy from the near by club The Cott...

    Leighton Beach- Perfect Beach for the family. Calm waters, and an animal friendly beach as well. Long beautiful coastline...

    Coogee Beach- Located about 20 minutes south of Fremantle. No big crowds, brand new jetty, and nice calm water. Another family beach...

    Perth Beach Map
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    Perth Zoo... Out With The Old, In With The New

    by bryINpoland Updated Jul 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Like most Zoos, the Perth Zoo in its early days main purpose was to entertain the public. Animals at the Zoo lived in unexceptible conditions to modern day standards. They were kept in cages barely big enough to walk around in, with concrete floors and very lttle sun light.

    The main goal of the Zoo, was to make sure that the average Zoo goer was able to see the animal close up and personal.

    Over time the Perth Zoo has updated its facilities, and have turned things around 180 degrees. It is now the animals that come first, and the Zoo's goal to educate the public in preserving mother nature.

    As a reminder of the past, the Perth Zoo has left some of their old cages up, so we could be reminded in which direction we are headed...

    The old Perth Zoo cages
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    • Zoo
    • Historical Travel

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    State Flag of Western Australia

    by xuessium Written Jun 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Western Australian state flag was created as a colonial flag - a British Blue Ensign with the badge of the colony added to the blue field. In Australia, Western Australia's badge [a black swan ona yellow background] was the only design intended to clearly symbolise the colony. WA was originally called the Swan River Settlement and the black seal found upon the river had become recognised as representing the Colony.

    Ralph Kelly

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    Drive-in Bottle Shop

    by bryINpoland Written Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: America rules when it comes to the Drive-thru's. I mean we got fast food, banks, pharmacys, post offices, and even wedding chapels. But leave it to the Australians to have a Drive-Thru Liquor shop.

    One of my new Australian friends, Jesse put it best today when i took the picture. "well you dont expect us to get out of the car when we are drunk to buy our Alcohol, do you?"

    Simply pull up to the front. Tell the clerk what u need, and bang! Off you go with your Liquor. Easier then Mcdonalds.

    Supersize that Jack Daniels please
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    • Road Trip
    • Beer Tasting

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    Perth Weather - the reality!!

    by astro_kerryn Written Feb 20, 2005

    Favorite thing: DIARY OF A PERTH SUMMER (BY A POM)

    August 31st: Just got transferred into our new home in Perth! This is a city that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on the veranda. beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it.

    September 13th: Really heating up. Got to 35 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this.

    September 30th: Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants. Lots of palms and rocks. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

    October 10th: The temperature hasn't been below 30 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer that I expected.

    October 15th: Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

    October 20th: I missed Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car for lunch, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $3,000 leather upholstery. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Whiskettes and cat ***. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

    Fondest memory: October 25th: The wind sucks. It feels like a giant bloody blow dryer!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the blink and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needed to order parts.

    October 30th: Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. Bloody $450,000 house and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

    November 4th: It's 35 degrees. Finally got the ol' air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 25, but this
    bloody humidity makes the house feel like it's about 30. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid place.

    November 8th: If another wise arse cracks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going to strangle him. Bloody heat. By the time I get to work the car's radiator was boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

    November 9th: Tried to do stuff after work. Wore shorts,and sat on the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my arse was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my arse. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried arse, and
    baked cat.

    November 10th: The weather report might as well be a bloody recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this damn place? Water rationing will be next, so my $2,000 worth of palms just might dry up and blow into the bloody pool. Even the palms can't live in this heat.

    November 14th: Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature 38 today. Now
    the air-conditioner's gone in my car. The repairman came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to spend the $2,500 house payment to bail my arse out of jail for assaulting the repairman. Bloody Perth. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?

    December 1st: WHAT?? This is the first day of Summer?? You are f*cking kidding me!!

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