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    Getting to Rottnest on the Ferry

    by pinkbear Written Jul 15, 2003

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    If you're in Perth and planning a trip to Rottnest Island (as you should) be sure to take the ferry from Fremantle as opposed to the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth as it costs significantly less (it is also a much shorter boat trip). If you're staying in the City, catch the train to Fremantle and get to the Fremantle ferry terminal from there. I think you end up saving about $20-$30 that way.

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    Rottnest Island - No return after 2PM

    by cybergenic Written Apr 25, 2006

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    If you plan on taking a daytrip to Rottnest Island from Perth City then make sure you leave early.
    The 2PM ferry from Perth is one way only. You can only take this ferry if you plan to stay on Rottnest Island for the night.

    Unique Suggestions: Take an early ferry first thing in the morning at 8.45am from Perth

    Rottnest Ferry
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    Perth Tram Tours -- hold on for your life!!

    by wandernaut Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    A wooden replica tram on wheels -- what a novel concept! Tickets are $24 per adult for a hop on and hop off tour around Perth, starting at Kings Park and ending at Burswood Casino (and back again). It takes at least an hour or hour and a half to do the loop, depending on traffic. Price includes commentary, no meals. The tram rattles -- beware of sitting on the wooden benches at the back of the tram unless you want to inhale the fumes and get tossed around as the driver whips around a tight turn. Personally, I find it better to keep my $24 and meander around this compact city on foot and take advantage of the free CAT buses that can take you all over Perth city and Northbridge.

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    Bell Tower

    by Applelyn Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    IHMO, please dont go into the bell tower. There is really nothing much to see. Even the locals were protesting that it was a waste of money to built it when it had just been completed.

    Unique Suggestions: If you must see it, just go and take photos from the outside. Or take more photos from all angles at every step if you must go in...or have a mini picnic at the top :P

    Fun Alternatives: For the view, you can go to Kings Park.

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    Souvenir Shopping at London Court

    by leanne_pearc Written Jan 15, 2007

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    The Souvenir shops in London Court are very pricey.

    Fun Alternatives: Whereas my suggestion is to go to the shops on Barrack Street, see my shopping tips for names. They have the same items at half the price! Only a 5-10 min walk from London Court.

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    Easter Break Down South

    by leanne_pearc Written May 19, 2006

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    Over the Easter families in W.A head down to Mandurah or further down south to Dunsborough, Yallingup, Busselton, Smiths Beach etc. On the night before the break is about to start people drive down and the road is packed.

    Accomadation is often booked out months before and no booking before you go down during this period is risky!

    Prices are also high.

    Back in Perth it is normally quiet.

    Unique Suggestions: Book ahead on the internet - make sure your booking is confirmed.
    If you are heading down south most shops are closed on some days so prepare ahead with food and alcohol.

    Fun Alternatives: Its still an enjoyable experience. We went down in Easter this year and will book again for next year!

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    Accomadation prices

    by leanne_pearc Written Jun 6, 2003

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    There are always specials, discounted rates available. Quite often international tourists are quoted the rack rate(highest price).

    Always enquire, check out websites.

    Perth offers winter discounts and quite often you are looking up to 40% off price.

    There is a peak season, off peak, low season, winter season. The prices vary.

    Even if you are visiting at the end of summer there is discount.

    There are also packages.

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    Wave Rock

    by fizzer67 Written Apr 18, 2006

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    It's a long way to drive for a photo, but it's quite stunning all the same!

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure it's on your way from Esperance back to Perth. It's a great half way stop.

    Fun Alternatives: Stop at Bruce Rock Roadhouse for a quick lunch!

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    Swan Tower - Nice tower, but it's full of bells

    by cybergenic Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Barrack Street, Perth, 6000
    Quoted as being Perths new tourist landmark makes the Swan Tower sound fascinating.
    Sure it looks cool, but really....paying $6.00 to enter a glass tower where they keep the bells from the nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons?"
    Not my idea of fun. I would rather buy a cold beer and watch the sunset.

    Unique Suggestions: Go to the top to check out the view of the Swan River and Perth city skyline.

    Fun Alternatives: Walk around outside, take a photo, be happy.
    Free entry 1st Tuesday of every month

    Swan Tower
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  • the bell tower

    by soulchic Written Jan 22, 2004

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    the bell tower is just plain stupid. the bells dont ring all the time (only a couple times a month) and even the though the cost is only $5 forget it you walk all the way up and there is nothing up there! it looks alright on the outside but inside its nothing.

    Fun Alternatives: instead go to the city ones you cant go inside it but they sound pretty good and they ring on the hour

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    Go to the Pinnacles and go to...

    by Goulu Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to the Pinnacles and go to Monkey Mia ! But take your time : spend one week on such a trip, not 2 days with a organized tour where you will spend 12 hours on the bus, and 1 hour in the pinnacles and 2 in Monkey Mia. Respect the magic, take your time, stay 2 days in Monkey Mia you will remember those days all your life!

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    Wave Rock: Although it's...

    by SanderH Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Wave Rock: Although it's really cool to see a big rock in the shape of a wave i'm not sure if it's worth an almost 400 KM busride (one way). If you happen to be around there you defenately should take a look, but we had a guided tour of just half an hour.
    To make the long trip justable they also brought us to Hippo's Yawn, a big stone that looks like a yawning hippo, and Mulka's cave, a small cave with a few aboriginal paintings which are hard to see in the dark. I found out what i've been staring at when i was back home and looked at the pictures taken with a flash light. For more pictures see my wave rock travelogue

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  • Lindt Chocolate Shop

    by gerberra Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    We bought lots of chocolate from the shop which is located within Perth City.

    Oly to find out later that things here are a tad more expensive than other shops inside Perth City. And nearly double the price!

    Fun Alternatives: Buy from the groceries shops in Perth City. They usually carry chocolates in a section inside the shop too. And the prices are much more reasonable.

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    Choose the Right ATM

    by cjg1 Written Apr 1, 2012

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    Choosing the wrong ATM can prove costly to your wallet. Certain ATM's have large fees and varying exchange rates. Check out your options before you chose. We have found some of the better ATM's are ANZ.

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    Payments prior to booking

    by leanne_pearc Updated May 30, 2003

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    It happens everywhere, but sometimes we get caught up in the whole excitement it is so easy not to check. I live in Perth and it even happened to me. When staying in hotels/appartments always remember to receive a reciept for all the money you have paid. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE FOR YOUR BOND DEPOSIT. I had booked into a 5 star hotel, paid, left a bond, i received a recipt when i paid prior but realised it only recognised the deposit paid but not the bond paid, but at the time did not think anything of it. However when i booked in they said that i had not paid for bond and with no reciept it was my word agaisnt theres. They said they would check overnight, which left myself rather up set and even questioning did i really pay it after an unsettling night, Fortunely they did take my word. i don't know why this happened because i always check my reciepts, i guess i thought it was a five star top of the range hotel, they would look after me and there would be no problems. Think Again.

    Unique Suggestions: Number one lesson i have learnt. Always check you have got a receipt for all monies paid.

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