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Western Australia, Perth Trip

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Western Australia, Perth Trip

We are beginning to look at travelling to WA Perth, and down to Margaret River. We thinking of mid Dec to Mid Jan to make the most of the xmas holidays. We live in the Uk and this would be a trip of a lifetime for us so I am planning to do lots of research! What would be the suggestions for accomodation for a month stay, and the best areas we should include in our trip. Also any tips for flights! Many thanks Chrissy.

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1. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Have a look at the WA tourism website:

westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/Welcome_to_Wes…

for ideas. A month is a longish time to spend in one place so you may want to travel around a bit, maybe 4-5 destinations.

Dec/Jan is peak holiday season so book as far ahead as you can to get what you want. It will be very hot and you will need lots of sunscreen, hats and as much UV protection as you can muster, especially if you burn easily.

Most restaurants will be closed or astoundingly expensive Christmas Day so plan accordingly.

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2. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Qatar are now flying to Perth so another airline to add to the list. On two recent trips to Europe I have flown Air Asia to and from Kl and then picked whatever flights are cheapest from there. Worth checking out major airlines soon as you may pick up a good deal.

Suggest you go through the posts on this forum and top questions on the right as many great suggestions already given.

With say 3 weeks to travel the South West and Great Southern you will be able to really explore the wonderful natural environment- beaches, forests plus the wineries if you are interested. One week is plenty in Perth.

A route to consider is MR across to Pemberton ( Nannup, Blackwood River too),Walpole, Denmark, Albany. You could add on Esperance- just depends if you want a longer driving trip.

Tell us your interests and budget so we can help with more details.

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3. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Use Dialaflight to book your trip, they are by far the cheapest I have come across but avoid Cathays Pacific they are old and uncomfortable. Singapore is a good airport and so is Hong Kong.

Camp sites are very 50's here they are not up to the european standard we are used to, not that they arent clean or anything but the cabins are not like you know or love in say France or Spain definately not Eurocamp or Haven..

Albany is a good deal cooler than Perth and it rains more but is very green, I prefer Busselton and Esperance is out of this world if you love ocean views and sandy beaches.

We have been here 2 and a bit years and my best advice is dont expect history or tourism as we know it in Britain or Europe. You have to love the Ocean or the Bush and Perth is not as big as say Bristol or Cardiff - also leave the Crown Casino alone brash and tacky and over-egged and tends to dominate everything that is Perth. the Swan river cruises are good and if you can afford it the helicopter rides around the city and beyond.

Biggest word of advice do not convert back to pounds you wont want to spend anything - price everything and then double it in Perth. McDonalds $10 each, Beer $17 for a six pack, restaurants in Perth range from very good to dire if you have kids Sizzlers is good value but expect to pay $100 for a family of four each time you eat out.

Head for Hillarys at least once with the kids, its safe to swim there with kiddies. Bring your suntan cream 50+ or total block you will need it and it gets very humid so anywhere you get ensure they have air conditioning. I havent been to Rotnest yet but Rockingham, Fremantle fantastic places to go.

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4. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Magor, I don't know where your McDonalds is but the ones I've been to are not $10 each. They even have really cheap burgers for a couple of dollars each.

Similarly there are plenty of good places you can have dinner for less than $25pp; case in point our party of four adults had a terrific and filling Korean meal in the city Sunday night for a total of $76. Pizza is also relatively cheap for a family, and lots of other places. Upmarket cafes/restaurants aren't cheap but they're not all Perth has to offer.

Edited: 6:46 am, January 23, 2013
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5. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Hi

We have travelled to Western Australia many times in Dec for at least a month at a time from the UK. You need to be travelling before 15th Dec and not return before 15th Jan as this is the peak time for flights and they can be more than a thousand pounds more expensive depending on who you travel with and where you stop over. Out of the airlines we have travelled with Emirates are by far the best and we have travelled with Singapore Airlines, Cathay, Malaysian, Thai, Quantas. We have travelled with Emirates three times and they are excellent. try and use your trip to have a stopover each way, you should be able to get a good deal if you book in good time and don't be afraid to book your flights yourself on line. Margaret River is lovely but will be very pricey at Christmas and remember you are visiting at peak summer holiday times for WA. Western Australia is also very expensive in general.Last year when we visited a main in a restaurant was between thirty pounds and thirty five without sides. There are some fantastic restaurants within wineries in the MR region which will blow you away. Have the greatest trip ever.

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6. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

The illustration is if you are going out with a family of 4 then base your average of $25.00 each. $76 is not much less and you get loose change back by the time you buy drinks, pay for parking etc., etc.,

Perth is expensive. if you are coming from Britain or Europe then it is a shock to the system compared to prices over there and you need to realise that your 1GBP does not buy here what it would in the UK and unless you are actually in the City itself you do not have a pub on every corner in every town to avail yourself of.

And who care what a McDonalds costs anyone with any sense would avoid them anyway. On average $10 is what you would go into any fast food with and not come out with much change if any. Personally I love Sizzlers but cannot eat the copious amounts other people do for the one off amount, I find them good value for families.

Avoid Restaurant C at all costs - view fabulous over the City, food terrible.

Everyone has their own opinion and fortunately in Australia you are still free to express it. Hope the family enjoys their trip.

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7. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

My cost was all inclusive, drinks, parking, everything.

And my point is that $25 pp is a good estimate for a more elaborate meal than a cheap and cheerful, but there are lots and lots of cheap and cheerfuls so frightening off visitors with your exaggerated tales is not fair or accurate. And your fast food estimate is also a bit OTT.

To be honest, we were rather horrified with prices in London. And at the time our exchange rate was not great.

Edited: 1:38 am, January 24, 2013
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8. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Here's a comparison on various prices between Truro (OP's home town) and Perth effective 15th Jan 2013:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&country2=Australia&city1=Truro&city2=Perth

dont know if its any help to OP but there ya go anyway...

[edit] non clickable link :( sorry...you'll have to cut and paste

Edited: 2:27 am, January 24, 2013
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9. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

Thank you for all of your advice. We have travelled lots, however this will really be a once in a lifetime for us so we want it to be memorable! I usuall book trips last minute and spur of the moment, however this will be a well thought out and planned holiday! I have heard of Margaret River and this area sounds lovely so I think we will begin our trip here, even though I expect it to be pricey. Thank you for all of the flight tips, I will look at flights before 15th December as suggested, this would work well with our plans. We are a family of four, and would probably enjoy 2 weeks in one area and 2 weeks in another area. Or perhaps we should think of a wonderful stopover for a week! We have been contemplating applying for Visas but felt we ought to see if Aus is for us first, with a long stay there. I have also contemplated doing a house exchange but not sure any one would want to swap with a fairly standard UK house!!

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10. Re: Western Australia, Perth Trip

You never know, hotel prices are so high that even an ordinary but free house looks like a good deal to me!