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    Rottnest bikes

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You will have to wear a helmet these days (this is an old photo) but bikes are still the number 1 means of transport around Rottnest. Bring your own or hire one when you get there and then you have the means to explore the whole island and meet some of the locals along the way.
    Helmets and locks are included in the price of hire and there is a bike for everyone from kids who need trainer wheels up. There are trailers for babies and seats for toddlers - everyone rides on Rottnest!

    Make a new friend

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    The tortoise

    by iandsmith Written Dec 27, 2008

    Many, actually, the majority of people travel W.A. either towing a caravan or in a campervan/motorhome. I did the latter.
    When you're in the north of the state there are a number of places where you can camp for free and bush toilets may be provided. I spent a couple nights at certain places and Mary Ponds and the Murchison River are two that I remember as being worthwhile but I'm sure there are many others that fit the bill.
    To find out where they are there is a volume available from newsagents and bookstores called, appropriately, Free Camps.
    Some are just places to pull off the side of the road but others are quite pretty. Be warned though, wherever you fancy going swimming, there may be estuarine crocodiles. Check before getting wet.

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    Easyrider Tours from Perth to Broome

    by bijo69 Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    Taking the Easyrider Bus is a great alternative if you don't have your own vehicle and want to go up to Broome and beyond. You buy a pass which is valid for 6 months and you can jump off and on as often as you want during that time. The pass includes transportation and all Nationalpark fees, but you can choose where to stay and where to eat.
    Buses were quite crappy and some broke down in the middle of nowhere, but the drivers were great and knowledgeable. You'll certainly have a lot of fun!

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    Driving across the Nullibor

    by Purpleshade Updated Apr 8, 2008

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    To drive from Western Australia to the Eastern States, you have to cross the Nullibor desert.
    Most choose to fly, as it then takes only a few hours.

    I haven't done this journey by car myself, but have many friends who have.
    Some have driven straight through, stopping only briefly for petrol, changing drivers and sleeping in the car.
    Some have camped out, and some stayed at roadhouses(motels).
    Most estimate a day and half traveling time from Perth to Adelaide.

    A large car is almost essential for such a journey, though a 4WD is not necessary, the suspension in an ordinary car will be more comfortable for such a long journey.

    Don't forget to take plenty of water and some food to avoid high prices for snacks along the way.

    This link shows route planners and gives detailed maps, written directions, distances and estimated travel times. I have used it a lot, usually finding that the times seem to be for ideal conditions and it usually takes quite a bit longer.

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    Perth International Airport (PER)

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 28, 2007

    Perth, Western Australia is unique for many different reasons, but in particular, this city's airport is truly the most isolated international city on Earth. It is very difficult to reach Perth by Air, although it is constantly being made easier through multiple international carriers creating flights here.

    Western Australia's airports are actually equal flying time to Singapore as Sydney. Each being a 5 hour flight from this isolated city!

    Perth however is a major launching pad for alot of Southern Hemisphere Australian travel, housing the international legs of Air New Zealand, Air Mauritius and South African Airways. Perth also serves Asia with Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Royal Brunei, Garuda, Singapore, Thai, Tiger Airways and of course Qantas.

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  • Petrol Prices in Margaret River

    by Tirrip Updated Jun 19, 2007

    If you're travelling by car in the Margaret River region make sure you top up with fuel in Busselton or Dunsbourough. Petrol prices in Margaret River can be at least 10 cents per litre higher than in surrounding towns.

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    by nora_south_africa Written Oct 27, 2006

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    For cycle enthusiasts detailed cycle maps can be obtained from most metropolitan bicycle retailers. Maps for:

    Ride around the rivers
    Ride along the Sunset coast
    Touring Perth and Kings Park by bicycle
    can be obtained from:

    Cycle Instead
    Ground floor
    441 Murray St, Perth
    Telephone (08) 9320 9301

    lots of opportunity to cycle around Perth, the city is very cycle "friendly"

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    Now open that door!

    by appleseed81 Written Oct 8, 2006

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    I think the Perth subway are clean and pretty well organised...

    The only thing was the doors of the subway needs to be opened manually by pushing a inconspicuous button...

    I missed the stop when I tried to alight at a station where only I'm the only passenger alighting.. you should see how I panicked when the door didn't open by itself...

    So if you happen to use the trains in Perth, remember to push the button...

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    Big, big, big

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 12, 2006

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    Western Australia is a big, big place and getting around this part of down under is no mean feat. Choose your destinations carefully and allow plenty of time to get there.

    It takes more than a full day to drive from the coast to the nearest state of South Australia and even then your still only on the Nullabor Plain with another full day's drive to reach Adelaide.

    To drive from Perth to the Kimberley region is a good three day drive so you need a reliable vehicle, plenty of fuel, water and patience.

    Alternately, you can fly. This is a matter of only a few hours wherever your destination but you do miss the beauty of being close to mother earth with all her sights, sounds and smells.

    But even from 30,000 feet in the air you can still get some appreciation of the vastness of this enormous state. From the endless dunes of the Great Sandy Desert to the wide expanse of empty salt lakes that fill once in a while after rare torrential downpours.

    Salt lakes Salt lakes Ancient ranges Ancient crater Coast near WA/NT border
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    Trans WA

    by bijo69 Written Jun 18, 2006

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    Trans WA is the company which covers the Southern Part of WA if you don't have your own mean of transport.
    I used their buses twice, once from Kalgoorlie to Esperance than from Esperance to Perth. Although the buses aren't the newest, the journeys were quite comfortable with frequent stops to stretch your legs.
    TransWA also has train services from Perth to Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and to the Avon Valley.

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    Rent/buy a campervan!

    by bijo69 Written Jun 16, 2006

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    On my first trip to WA the friend I travelled with bought a campervan. This was definitely the best way to travel around, as many places are difficult to reach by public transport.
    There lots of caravan parks around and they are usually of hight standard. Nearly every roadhouse also has a few sites where you can rest for the night.
    If you're staying long enough it's probably worth buying one and re-selling it afterwards. That might turn out cheaper than renting one.

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    Free bus

    by Schnecki Written May 27, 2006

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    Perth has a fare free buses that operate within a central city zone.They are called CATS(Central Area Transport Service), and there are blue red and yellow cat, all three with different route and timetable.These buses are great way to get around the city, they run about every 5 to 10 minutes.Timetables can be found at

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    car is good

    by nipper1 Written Mar 11, 2006

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    to expirience W.A. to the fullest, car or camper is the way to go. but there are some rules everybody need to follow and taking the conditions into account. a sealed road can suddenly become a real trap, specially when coming from the sealed road onto the unsealed stuff. be careful, it can become a slippery journey
    enlage the pic and you see what I mean

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    Connecting the city to the country

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 22, 2005

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    As well as operating train services to the major rural centres of Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Northam, Transwa, the country transport service in Western Australia operates a comprehensive network of bus routes serving country towns north to Kalbarri and throughout the southern half of the state, as far east as Esperance and down to Albany and Augusta.

    Pre-booking is essential
    Buses leave Perth from the East Perth Bus Station, West Parade, East Perth.

    I told you we should have booked!

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    by keeweechic Written Apr 29, 2005

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    York is around 97 km east of Perth in the Avon Valley and takes about 1 1/2 hours to drive from Perth.

    Take the Great Eastern Highway through Midland until you reach the Great Southern Hwy. This will lead you into York.

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