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Driving in Perth

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Driving in Perth

I'll be visiting Perth this coming November with my family. We have 4 adults and 3 kids and are deciding whether to find an apartment near to the Hays Street Mall and Northbridge, or to hire a car.

1) Is parking near Hays Street Mall and Northbridge difficult and expensive ?

2) Any inexpensive hotel/apartment in that area to recommend? (preferably with kitchenette to prepare meals for the kids)

3) We are thinking of going on an one day "Fremantle, wildlife park and cruise" tour. However, joining a tour group may be a bit too expensive for 7 of us. Will it be easier and cheaper for us to rent a car and "DIY"?

Thanks !!

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1. Re: Driving in Perth

parking near hay street and in northbridge can be expensive during the day and night. hopefuly the accomodation you stay at will have a carkpark in it.

it is very easy to walk around the perth city and northbridge as there are lots of things to and see. The is also a free bus service that runs around that area called CAT busses.

Also there is the trains which cover a great length of the perth suburbs. You can very easily catch one from Perth to Fremantle and it will take around 20 mins.

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2. Re: Driving in Perth

You will need a large apartment for 7 people, so try the Medina in Barrack Street or the Convention Centre and also Saville Suites.

I'd also try Observation Rise - the apartments there have tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and is located right on Scarborough Beach, one of our best. They also have parking there, which is secured and undercover.

There is also transport from the beach on bus #400 which will take you to Glendalough Station for a train into the city.

Go to www.captaincookcruises.com.au for a cruise down the river from the Barrack Street Jetty to Fremantle. From the boat you will see our beautiful city and suburbs with huge homes built which can be seen only from the river. At Fremantle you will get off the boat at the E Shed markets. Good for shopping. From there, walk into the Fremantle shopping precinct and to the South Terrace cafe strip, where the Fremantlte markets are (only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)... and then also walk down to the fishing boat harbour for some delicious seafood at the restaurants on the water.

Catch #481 bus from Scarborough to Hillarys Boat Harbour for a day out shopping, eating at the cafes or the children will enjoy the protected beach there.

Another day out to is to Whiteman Park. www.whitemanpark.com.au

Before you go, buy some sausages, rolls and salads and cook yourself an Aussie barbecue at the park.

If you rent a car, you'll need a van, and I'd go for a reputable company like Avis. They have cheaper rates on their website (from experience a few weeks ago). Pick up can be at Perth Airport.

Also go to www.westernaustralia.com for lots of information before you leave home. Have a wonderful holiday.

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On driving in Perth, understand that it is a law that children must be restrained in cars. What is age limit a child have to be restrained on car safety seat? We'll be hiring a car during our travel in Perth with 3 children, ages: 8, 7 and 3 (a must). Kind advice, please.


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everybody older than 12 months must wear a seatbelt. All rules here:


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Actually, with the exception of travelling in a taxi, even children under the age of twelve months must be in a suitable child restraint- safety capsule, child seat or the like.

It is also best to keep small children in the back seat (in the event of a crash they can be injured by the airbags in the front seat), and your three year old should be in a properly installed child safety seat to be safest. I believe the better car rental firms can organise this for you.

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Thanks, Numbat, I know everybody seatbelt is a must when traveling in a car. This is the rules there and and also in our country. What I meant is that till what age a child must restraint on a booster seat or harness?

Anyway, got these info from car rental website!


Child Restraint Information

All children should be seated in a suitable restraint when travelling in a car for their own safety. Adult seatbelts do not offer sufficient protection for babies and children and an appropriate child restraint must be used until your child reaches approximate 26kg in weight (generally at about 7 years of age).

Child Restraint Categories:

Child restraints have been categorised into 3 different weight groups:

> birth to 9kg birth - 6 months (approx) baby restraint or 'capsule'

> 8 - 18kg 6 months - 4 years (approx) child restraint

> 14 - 26kg 2 - 7 years (approx) booster seat and/or harness



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