Blogs from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 16th 2023

We flew to Perth on Virgin on Monday, 15th. I had booked this over a year ago and we were certainly looking forward to travelling again. The flight was smooth except as usual, they had run out of the toasted sandwiches we wanted for lunch. After arriving in Perth, we got a taxi into the Parmelia Hilton, arriving about 4pm. After checking in we went to the bar for some food and a drink or two. We had two small but delicious tacos and a glass or two of wine. We then walked up to the main street and found a bottle shop to get a couple of bottles for our room.We then rested for a while to watch the news and then went down to the dining room for dinner.This restaurant is called Samuel's so ... read more
The Homestead
Path to the Swan River
Bush tucker for tasting

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 2nd 2023

I'm going to try to avoid to be late by weeks/months on the coming few blogs...more discoveries to come in 2023...but first, here is my third visit to Perth area. No diving on this trip, it's all about golf golf and drink few solid wines! I'm down under for a full 8 days. My lovely wife being very busy in the office, she is down for five days for the long 1st May weekend. Bali to Perth is only 3 hours and half away. We have the choice between Jetstar, Batik or Air Asia once it comes to direct connections. They are all low-cost airlines. Jetstar has a solid bad reputation the last few months, so that's a no no. I'm actually more than happy with Batik planes and 20kgs allowance...but the schedule is not great. ... read more
WA oysters time...the Sauvignon Blanc is from NZ!
Local mussels and Belgian beer...
Say hi....

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City September 1st 2022

1Sep2022 (Thurs) - Sunny We only had half a day before we need to catch our flight back to Singapore. After checking out, we pushed A on the stroller to our breakfast place (Croff Bakehouse). We wanted to take the free bus, but can't find the bus stop, so in the end we walked the entire journey. It was actually very nice to walk in that weather. We ordered a few croissants and a cake. The croissants were not bad, but the cake was just average. We then went to KMart to do our one and only shopping for the trip. The place was pretty huge, but I didnt get anything for myself as it was really difficult to shop around with A. But I did bought some kids clothes for A and my friend's daughter. ... read more
Goodbye Perth, till next time!

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City August 31st 2022

Day 6: 31Aug2023 (Wed) - Sunny I can't remember what we had for breakfast.. I only remembered the dishwasher was leaking as we washed our plates in it the night before. Anyway, after we checked out, we were off to Geographe Marina for the main activity of the day, which was whale watching! I was actually very excited as I have not seen whale before. The tour that we booked was All Seas Charter. We were slightly late when we reached so we were quite embarrassed as the rest of people were waiting for us to set off.. The boat was slightly old and not as big as I expected, but the crew were pretty friendly. There were 2 levels on the boat, but it was too difficult to bring A up to level 2 as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Como July 29th 2022

I loved: - Steve Woods friendship and hospitality, Coolgardie - Royal Flying Doctor Nullarbor Highway airstrips - the Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight - Head of Bight - Windmills, Penong - Fowlers Bay and the sand dunes - Meeting up with John and Pauline Gummery - Bunyeroo Valley Geological Trail, Flinders Ranges - Acacia Ridge hike to the summit, Arkaroola, Gamon Ranges - Farina Bakehouse - Oodnadatta Track - William Creek Pub - Painted Desert - The Breakaways, Coober Pedy - Coward Springs on Oodnadatta Track - Marree Pub dinners number 29 twice! - Helpful mechanical advice from Sam Belotti - convoying with David Date and Kerry Date, Birdsville Track - free camping at Tippipilia Creek with David and Kerry - Koonchera Dune on Birdsville Track - Birdsville Track - Diamantina River - Big Red ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth September 27th 2019

We left early today to make a round trip of the suburbs of Perth. Our first port of call was the amaizing strawberry farm where you can try before you buy. Then onwards, anti-clockwise into the Perth Hills, to the east of Perth where we visited Arthur Hutson and his two sons in Lesmurdie. Arthur is an old friend (101 years old) of Winks and Sue's parents from Rhodesia days. He may be the oldest living Rhodesian! Chris made us a lovely tea and we added some of our Mum's Rock buns, which she always used to make for the tennis parties we had at Marlow' - our family home. The conversations were all based on our shared history of Rhodesia. We hurried on northwards to Tony's breakers yard, where Terry was able to purchase a ... read more
Tea and sandwiches with Arthur and his two sons Robert and Chris
Outside Arthur's home in Lesmurdie
Tony's Breakers yard

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City September 19th 2019

Today we were up early and drove to the station in Mandurah where we caught the train into the centre of Perth. For much of the way the train runs in the centre of the motorway, between the lanes. Perth is a lovely clean modern city with sympathetic blending of the old and new architecture. After coffee and doughnuts we walked around to the Art Gallery where we spent some time before making our way to the Apple Shop where Winks got her phone sorted out. From there we took a free bus to the Kings Park Botanic Gardens where we had lunch. We then had a very pleasant walk around the gardens before catching the bus and train back to Mandurah. A very interesting and successful day in Perth.... read more
Yagan Square
Winks at Yagan Square playground
Old and new in central Perth

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth Airport September 15th 2019

We landed in Perth after a16 hour flight on the Quantas Dreamliner! Terry and Sue were there to meet us at the domestic terminal. Jane and Steve were also there but went to the international terminal and had to come over to the domestic terminal. We had introductions and chatted over cups of coffee. We will meet up with Jane & Steve next week when we travel north to Kalbarri. It was great to be back in Mandurah in th warm sunshine.... read more
Sue, Winks and Jane

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth September 14th 2019

Practically Perfect Perth – Western Australia, August 2019 Perth is one of the most isolated major cities on the planet, while also being located in the world’s most populous time zone. The nearest city is Adelaide some 1,327 miles away - only Honolulu, 2,395 miles from San Francisco, is more isolated.The Greater Perth region boasts a population of just over 2 million – 40% of whom are England-born, and considering the city is named after Perth in Scotland, only 9% claim Scottish ancestry. It’s modest claim to fame being the birthplace of Heath Ledger, and where Hugh Jackman studied at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. A little bit of history: The first inhabitants of Australia arrived from the north approximately 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Western Australia was occupied ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 23rd 2019

We had a leisurely breakfast this morning followed by a final walk around Perth. Then went on a fast boat around the Swan river saw expensive real estate, pelicans and dolphins. It was good that we did this today and not when we originally thought we were going to do it - today the water was smooth a sun shiining for most of the trip - important whe you are traveling at 30 + knots. It was a great thing to do though. We then headed to pick up our bags and head to the airport. A great holiday!!!!... read more

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