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    Carpark theft

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    I wish I didn't feel the need to say this about my home town, but a very recent experience has brought it right home, and I would hate a visitor to have their holiday spoilt in this way. Theft from cars is unfortunately a reality and there are always opportunists around.

    Be very careful about where you park and what you leave in your car at popular tourist spots.
    Try to park as close as you can to the most active points of the carpark - near a walkway, a cafe, etc, where there is more likelihood that your car will be seen by people coming and going, even if this means you have to walk a little further
    Don't leave anything on show and make sure anything you have locked in the boot is in there before you arrive - don't let yourself be seen transferring stuff over.
    If your car has an open back - a station wagon, 4x4, etc - make sure your things are well hidden and/or covered - again, before you arrive rather than as you are leaving the car.

    This are all obvious precautions but it's so easy to be too busy enjoying yourself to remember - DON'T!!! Forgetting them could ruin your holiday.

    We were robbed at the carpark by the Penguin Island ferry point, a popular place for thieves the police told us - the ferry comes and goes on the hour, giving them a nicely regular turnover of cars being left in an otherwise quiet spot.

    Look and lock before you leave

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    Perth Railway Station

    by PhilTF Updated Sep 28, 2005

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    Felt so safe wandering round the beautiful city of Perth, no problems with the exception of the railway station late at night.
    Like all railway stations in the world it does seem to attract the undesirables, when asked for money or cigarette's a simple and firm "No" was enough to deter.

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    Do not feed the hungry Quokka

    by Tripack Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    On Rottnest Island, you will met some stunning locals, for instance the Quokka (a mix between rat and wallaby).

    They seem to be greedy, hopefully not for beer but for chocolate ice cream.
    PLEASE DO NOT FEED THEM, it is very bad for their natural diet. (may be applicable for the hungry Tripack too;-)

    I just add the official warning from my friendly aussie rangers:

    It is important for visitors to refrain from feeding quokkas and other fauna on Rottnest Island. Quokkas may become very ill as a result of eating unsuitable food such as bread, chips, chocolate ice cream and meat. Rottnest Island Rangers may issue infringements to people who feed quokkas.

    Tripack under Quokka attack!!!
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    Rent a car: cover all risks!

    by Tripack Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    When renting your car for a little trip outside Perth, don't forget to include all risks in your insurance coverage.

    Myself I've hesitate to take all coverage to save up some dollars, but at the end I took all. Hopefully because after 20km heading to the North, a small stone crash into the windshied. No worries I though just a small impact... three day after I could admire a crack of 1 meters from the bottom to the top of the front window...

    Be sure to be properly insured against all roads or damage risks.

    Do not drive the night too or be ready to crash into kangoroos.

    Drive safely.

    Prepare your Credit cra$h Card!
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    Australia's Back Roads

    by bryINpoland Written Apr 22, 2005

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    One of the things I love about Australia, is the thousands of unsealed (unpaved) roads. Dirt roads that run hundreds of miles to some of Australia most remote areas. Most of these roads are accessible to all cars, and some are only accessible by 4WD.

    Since living here, for only about 2 months. I have already seen two reports on the news of people whos car has broken down on one of these roads, and them wondering off to their deaths, searching for help.

    Because some of these roads are so remote, it can be days til another car may pass. Here are some tips, of how you can prevent getting into trouble if this happens.

    Tips:
    *Always have atleast 1 gallon of fresh drinking water in your Boot (trunk)
    *Always have a couple days rations of canned food in your boot.
    *Always have a spare blanket
    *Never wonder away from your car, looking for help. Thats a big NO!
    *Always have a basic first aid kit.
    *Always have a tube of sun tan lotion.

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    Pick Up Your Pooh!

    by bryINpoland Written Mar 7, 2005

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    I have seen signs before at parks, informing you to pick up after your dog when he decides to take a dump, but i have never seen a sign that actually shows a graphic picture of it.

    I guess they really have a problem with it in Australia, even slapping you with a $100 fine if u fail to oblige. They even take the time to supply u with plastic bags to clean up the deed.

    I just love the picture...

    Thats awesome
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    Snakes

    by OrmondeW Written Feb 8, 2005

    WA is home to a number of very venomous snakes. However, they tend to keep out of your way and its only rarely people get bitten. Having said that my wife was bitten by a snake some years ago and spent a very painful 24 hours in Fremantle Hospital. If you are walking in areas where they are likely to be i.e. bushland or wetland areas, then try to keep to tracks and definately wear sturdy boots which cover your ankles and jeans or similar long trousers which cover your legs. I'm told - but I wouldn't want to put it to the test - that the fangs of local serpents are unable to pierce jeans. If you do get bitten - immobilise the bitten limb (moving it pumps the venom around) and seek medical treatment.

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    Personal feeling

    by jolou Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    This is just a personal opinion, but i felt less safe in Perth than I had done in other parts of Australia. This could have been due to staying with relatives and hearing a lot more stories than you usually do, or maybe there is a higher crime rate.

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    Bushfires

    by keeweechic Written Jan 23, 2005

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    Bushfires are common in Australia. Known also in other countries as wildfires and brushfires or forest fires, they are particularly severs as eucalyptus tree leaves contain large amounts of oil which act a lot like any other oil and burn very fast.

    The Perth area is no different to other major city metro areas. In January 2005, deliberate bushfires were lit in the hills of Perth. The smoke drifted across the city on and off for many days.

    When camping, make sure you extinguish your fires completely. Be careful of cigarette butts. If you see smoke in the close proximity, head for the nearest open space.

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    Beach Safety

    by keeweechic Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Many of the beaches in the metro area are patrolled by local surf life saving clubs October through to April. Most of these are trained volunteers. Be careful to read the beach signs and only swim between the yellow and red marked flags. At times there can be dangerous surf conditions at Trigg and Scarborough beaches.

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  • It's Hot Out There!

    by Anarae Written Jan 1, 2005

    The Australian bush and outback is quite beautiful and hiking/bushwalking is often popular. Don't underestimate how harsh the conditions are out there, however. We get reports of several tourists a year dying, or being rescued, when they do not take adequate precautions. Don't go on long treks alone; ALWAYS let someone know your plans; take adequate water, sunscreen, hat; and do some research, particularly in the Kimberly. Ask a local what the walk is like and get a good map.

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  • Take Customs Seriously

    by Anarae Updated Jan 1, 2005

    Perth's customs policies are very strict. Not many people realise this, but the rules apply to coming in from interstate as well as overseas. This is because there are several pests etc over East that are unwanted in WA, such as coddling moth. When you arrive in Perth airport, there will be several signs on your way out asking you to dispose of any fruit/vegies/etc in the bins provided it - do it! It's not worth risking a couple of hundred dollars in a fine. Try to avoid bringing anything that may breach customs full stop, but if you do have a concern, get it checked. It doesn't take all that long as Perth airport doesn't have much traffic. There are sniffer dogs all the time and you don't want the embarrassment, trust me!

    Customs Officer and Sniffer Dog
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  • Common Sense and No Worries!

    by Anarae Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    There seems to be some concern about safety in Perth. Perth is a safe city, you've just got to use the same common sense you would anywhere else. With the exception of late shopping on Fridays, the actual city pretty much closes down at night. There's not many people there so it's a bit dark and daunting, but there's no real reason to go anyway.

    Northbridge: has it's seedy side. Stick to main streets, don't wander around alone and be careful of drink spiking. It's a problem, but don't let it put you off. Just keep an eye on your drink and avoid sleazy men. I've never had a problem with persistent threatening men in Northbridge.

    Unfortunately, the train station can be a bit intimidating at night. Stick to well lit areas (don't go over the bridges) and if you're approached for stuff a simple "sorry mate" and you won't be hasseled. The police keep an eye on the area so stick near where they are. The local train stops at night are a bit different, however, particularly the Armadale line. Don't travel alone and avoid eye contact/getting too close to anyone who looks a bit shady.

    Cottesloe: I've never seen even a drunken brawl here, regular common sense and you should be fine. I'd advise a taxi as it's a pretty long, dark walk to the train station

    Hillarys: the marina is small and well lit so stick to it and you should be fine. There's often brawls (especially Wednesdays) but these are just drunk-blokes-shoving-each-other. Keep away from the aggressive drunks (they're easy to spot!) and no problems.

    Scarborough: hangout for kids and drags on the weekend, but they won't cause any real trouble.

    Fremantle: gets a bit empty and seedy once the cafes shut, but there's always people around Metropolis on the weekend. Don't wander alone and don't linger at the train station.

    The Zanzibar, Fremantle (Now Harbourside)
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    Slip! Slop! Slap!

    by Xemx Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Perhaps this tip should be a Packing List Tip, but a lot of visitors to Perth don't realize how dangerous the sun can be here. Therefore, do as the Australians say: SLIP on a long-sleeved shirt, SLOP on some sunscreen, an SLAP on a hat!

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    White Tailed Spiders

    by paul_cosky Updated Jun 22, 2004

    Please advise visitors to perth about the white tailed spider,
    IF it bits you IT causes an abses and the flesh around the bit rots away and it can be faital if not seen to straight away,
    our dog merlin was bitten about four weeks before xmas 2003,
    and he died a week before xmas 2003,

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