Spa's in resorts and hotels are big tourist traps. Spa's may be advertised as heated however they are only thermal heated which in other words is the same temperature as the pool. So make sure you check. I won't say the resort that claimed to have a 'heated' spa.
Also some hotels claim to have a double spa but really it turns out to be a bath with a spa system. There is a big difference between the two.
Unique Suggestions: Enquire before you book.
Payments prior to booking
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.
Don't just doze in the passengers seat...
While travelling along the West Coast you will find wonderful Bays and inlets... be sure to have your camera ready, you never know what lies beyond the bend!
Unique Suggestions: Capture beautiful scenes like this one to take home. Or if you find yourself at Meelup Bay... a quiet secluded beach with pure white sand ... you can stay there all day soaking up the sun. Drop in a line and relax while doing some fishing or just lay back and thank God you're alive!
Fun Alternatives: An alternative to the above mentioned tourist trap would be working out how many days holiday you have left so you really chill out in these awesome surroundings.
Watch out for the cheap car...
Watch out for the cheap car rental ads. They are advertised everywhere and you can't miss them when you arrive atthe airport. However, those cheap places charge you for picking up the car at the airport. This charge can be mor ethan the daily rate! It may be cheaper to go with one of the big companies that has a place at the airport.
Money changers. They're not...
Money changers. They're not very easy to find in perth. The bank I went to will NOT exchange 100.00 US Dollar bills unless you have an account with them. You also will NOT get the rate advertised on business TV such as CNBC. Thomas Cook will exchange money for you with no problems but the rate is rather low. Oh, don't forget that they charge you a fee (5.00 to 7.00)for every exchange!
It is very hard to buy...
It is very hard to buy Australian Made souvenirs that are at a reasonable price. Perth is full of souvenir shops but I would say that less than 3/4's of their stock is actually made in Australia. So remember to check the labels if you are after a genuine Aussie made product.
Forget the Bell Tower
At the Barrack Square there is this Bell Tower. It looks quite nice but nothing special. Avoid to get in. It´s a waste of time (and money).
Esperance is one of my...
Esperance is one of my favourite beaches in Western Australia, the water is so clear, the drive towards the beach is stunning.
BURSWOOD CASINO is a good...
BURSWOOD CASINO is a good place for gambling, but becareful...don't stay there too long, even if you are winning..., you can even lose at the end. Don't want to go home with empty pocket do you???
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