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Australia travel advice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bulb66, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,894

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    Perth has a "local Flu"

    There is an extremely good chance you will get it.

    Just letting you know it aint all rosy.

    Have fun and stay away from Northbridge !!

    [Edit]

    No one mentioned Yanchep ?
    Scarborough was our fave beach. Be aware of City beach. From the shore the sea immediately gets quite deep. That's not the problem, it's the very strong side rip. What happens is you enter full of enthusiasm and strength and swim out where the sea then goes up onto a LARGE sandbar which is knee deep. You then wade out into the deeper stuff (you can see the colour change to a deeper blue) and doing yer surfin.

    When you've had enough and are genuinely knackered you then want to go back to shore..... But... You forget that deep bit with the VERY strong side rip next to the beach.


    ~ <-- Your towel on the beach..... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> where you make shore !! (other way round actually ie: Northerly current)

    Cottesloe is where the Bogans hang out.

    How do I know this stuff ?

    Clue.. (Early 70's)

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    And.. Funny School memory (Fourth post down)

    http://archive.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=1&c=1&t=103023&p=40

    Also worth going to the lookouts at Lesmurdie Falls.. And checking out the Girlies at Kalamunda Pool / Bibra Lakes.

    Drag Racing at Ravenswood
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  2. Evangelion

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 29, 2007

    Posts: 23,935

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

    LOL. The nearest capital city to Perth is Adelaide: 2,600km away. I've driven between them on my own (twice) and it's a great experience, but not for the fainthearted. I suggest you take a plane.

    :cool:
     
  3. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,894

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    I did Perth to Canberra in a VW Combi back in 82. I don't think your average pom actually comprehends the distance.

    Oh..It was bloody hot too. No air-con ..Well..The window was the air-con I suppose but that just let in hot air !!
     
  4. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Suffolk

    So do you think my budget of £2-3k is ok? That's not including flights they are already paid for already.

    Thanks
     
  5. Mr_T

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 7, 2006

    Posts: 728

    Location: Perth, Australia

    I think you'll struggle to be honest, especially if you want to include a trip to another city.

    If you were just hanging around Perth you would probably be ok, because I assume you won't need to pay for any accommodation whilst in Perth.

    From your list of things, I would say skip Perth Zoo, and go to Caversham wildlife park instead. Also the Aquarium is ok, but not a patch on the Blue Planet aquarium in Ellesmere Port (if you've ever been there). Get yourself a pair of slip on fins, snorkel & mask (from the UK) and snorkel your legs off.

    As said already, the biggest hit on your budget would be boozing with your friends - 7 quid a pint is normal here.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 155,224

    Your £2-3k will only work if you literally expect to spend 3 months sitting in Perth doing not much else. I can't understand why you'd want to do this. You've presumably spent a large amount of money on your flights, and you are now going to spend a total of 48 hours on planes flying to the other side of the world where you still stay for 3 months. Spending all of this in more or less a single city because you get free accomodation sounds like a massively missed opportunity.
     
  7. Mr_T

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 7, 2006

    Posts: 728

    Location: Perth, Australia

    Out of interest, have you spent more on your flights for 48 hours than your budget for 3 months?

    If that sounds like a loaded question, it's because it is ;-)
     
  8. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 155,224

    I would imagine his flights were circa £800 return.
     
  9. Mr_T

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 7, 2006

    Posts: 728

    Location: Perth, Australia

    Check the opening post - Business class
     
  10. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 155,224

    Business class?!

    Epic fail. Business Class if you are minted is all very well but it seems he will have spent an absolute fortune on his flights and as a result is now severely budget limited as to what he can actually do when he gets there.

    Seems like absolute madness. Spend so much money on flying to Australia that your budget wont allow you to actually SEE Australia properly when you get there :(
     
  11. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Suffolk

    OK, thanks for the info everyone.

    In answer to your question, the flights have been paid for by someone else. The reason behind the business class is because i'm 6ft 4in and of a large frame, it's for comfort and the experience.

    And my idea for this time away is not to be traveling about every other week, seeing essentially the same things in different cities. It's about seeing friends, enjoying the time about from personal issue here in the UK (I could have made this clearer in the OP, sorry) and to see and experience some of what Australia has to offer if that mean staying in Perth then so be it. I'm sorry if this seems like a waste of time to some people but some peoples idea of fun, enjoyment, relaxing is not the same as others.

    Thanks
     
  12. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 155,224

    Except that really isn't the case, IMHO. There is lots of variety.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  13. Mr_T

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 7, 2006

    Posts: 728

    Location: Perth, Australia

    Look, each to their own, if you need time away from the UK for personal reasons and your primary goal is as you say to chill with friends, then you're doing the right thing.

    For the record Business Class is awesome, which airline are you flying with?
     
  14. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Suffolk

    Qatar, was suppose to go on the 787 Dreamliner but it's been grounded :(
     
  15. JudgeC

    Hitman

    Joined: May 7, 2003

    Posts: 994

    Location: Leytonstone

    You seem to have grown 2" since you wrote your blog, at this rate you might need 1st class by March.

    I have been to Australia a couple of times backpacking (12 and 10 years ago) for a month at a time and the 1st time, there was $3 to the £.

    The thing is, it sounds like sitting around is cheap, but if you're not traveling about you will become bored and unless Aussie TV has improved immeasurably over the last 10 years, you would rather sit and poke cocktail sticks in your eyes than spend more than an hour or two watching that (Apologies to our Oz cousins for any offense).
    So you are left with going out, down the pub and at the reported and staggering cost of £7 a pint, that will eat your budget up quickly.

    Anyway, Perth is a lovely city and I am sure you will enjoy it, so good luck to you.

    PS - Another shout out for The Lucky Shag Bar, glad to hear it's still there.
     
  16. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Suffolk

    LOL, i missed the 4 out and didn't press the shift key. I am tall but also lost 8 stone over the last 18 months or so, so why now have a nice flight.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  17. Blackjack Davy

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 16, 2009

    Posts: 3,227

    Ok I'm officially jealous. I've only been on a long haul flight to the west coast of america and in economy class it was loooooong and uncomfortable. Business should be fine though I believe they let out of your seats to stretch your legs too there too. If you can make a stopover somewhere my advice is do so, it breaks up the journey. I know you want to make it there as quick as pos but you do arrive feeling better for a break. A bit like a long car journey, really.
     
  18. JudgeC

    Hitman

    Joined: May 7, 2003

    Posts: 994

    Location: Leytonstone

    I quite agree, Qatar have the best Economy class I have traveled on, so I can only imagine their Business Class is superb.
     
  19. funguST

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 18, 2008

    Posts: 947

    What about a greyhound bus pass? I have been looking at them, they seem to do most of the popular routes and there are plenty of options. Not sure if anyone here has used them before though.
     
  20. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Suffolk

    Getting out of the seat should be an issue plus the seat pitch on Qatar Business is something like 78" as they are lay flat seats :)

    I have a short (2hr) stop in Doha.

    The youtube reviews i've watched would agree with you.