Favorite thing: Just a couple of maps to show where this place is. And no, I didn't take these pics myself :), these maps are the only time I don't use my own pictures, as I have used a screen capture with online maps to get the right maps the right size.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1 (Bus, Train) - Novotel
arrived @ 6am plus, check in Novotel @ 8am.
Full day in Perth Royal show
Day 2 (Car) - Miss Maud
Day 3 (Car) - Sunflower Farm
Day 4 (Car) - Sunflower Farm
Day 5 (Car) - Tautom Farm
Day 6 (Car) - Goodearth Hotel
Day 7 (Bus) - Novotel
Back to SG
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!
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)
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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 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.
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.
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