Blogs from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


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

"Travelling is not something you're good at. It's something you do. Like breathing" - Gayle Foreman Travel to foreign countries involves a bit of a hard slog and for South Africans, probably a bit more of a challenging process than most. In the case of travel to Australia there are a number of hoops one has to navigate and jump through before you finally arrive there. It starts with the visa application. Sort of easy enough as it can be done online and after filling in endless pages of questions probably designed to reassure the Aussie Immigration blokes that you aren’t a convicted murderer or worse, you get to the really exciting part where you need to upload documents. Here they want hard copy, documented proof that you have some cash, you won’t be a burden ... read more
Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park
Cabaret Cave

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth April 2nd 2019

Day 24 (25/3/2019) Huge winds from the East pounded us overnight, wanting to pick us up & carry us away. Just as well I had everything battened down & anchored. The winds exceeded what we were reported to expect & were quite severe. Did a bit of fishing, but winds still heavy & water still quite dirty which is hardly ideal conditions. Saw a school of large Tailor going up & down the breakwater, but they were far from interested in any lure put in front of them. Day 25 (26/3/2019) Up early to try fishing in the morning instead of the evening. Water still dirty & the winds growing stronger again did not make fishing easy. Same school of Tailor swimming up & down the breakwater, but again refusing to take anything thrown at them. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth January 23rd 2019

Back to Perth to meet up with Steph and Martin but first a pic of us with Rob and Jacquie which I should have posted last time. Driving up from Margaret River we managed to find time to drop into another art gallery (funny that) and a winery (firetail) where we bought a bottle of their medal winning Cabernet - very nice it was too. Then we stopped at Busselton with it’s 1.3km long pier. And that’s where I had a new experience. On the way out of the town I was pulled over along with a line of cars and was breathalysed - needless to say I passed. Next stop Hilary’s where we were to meet Steph. Strangely enough it was where we walked with Rob and Jacquie when we first got to Perth. Wandering ... read more
trees ( in case you were wondering).
Busselton Pier.
used for the first time since travelling

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth January 8th 2019

Earth has made another complete rotation of the sun, its 2019th since a bearded dude was born in the Middle East according to Christian tradition, or its 4,543 billionth, give or take a few (million) rotations, since it was formed, according to all-knowing Google. To celebrate this non-event, and the birth of the bearded dude, I went to Perth. I could have stayed in Indonesia, but my best friend lives in Perth and my other best friend was also coming over. All the way from Holland. Quite a trip. For me it was almost equally as long. Internal flights in Indonesia from remote corners of the country take a long, long time, with plenty of stops along the way. From Merauke to Denpasar took me a full 12 hours, the flight to Perth on the other ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth December 29th 2018

We had a relatively short trip, only 55 miles and about an hour in length from Mandurah to our next, and final, stop in Australia. We were heading back to Perth, where we had landed over a month ago to start our wonderful trip around the state of Western Australia. We would return our car on arrival, having completed the loop. The car needed to be returned with the full tank of petrol it had when we picked it up. We decided to fill it up in Mandurah, then just top up when we got to Perth. After all the easy driving, usually on the one and only road available, we thought finding our accommodation and then the car hire offices in a major city centre was likely to be a bit of a challenge. In ... read more
All Suites, Perth
Toyota Corolla, 1EYT 223
Perth Concert Hall

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 26th 2018

It was another rainy day in Taipei, which seemed fitting on the day we were leaving. We left the apartment about 11.30 am and Steve found the way to the airport rail shuttle service with no problem. All that time we spent in the basement market area finally paid off! The only problem was we weren't sure if we needed to go to Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 so we opted for Terminal 1 which happened to be right. Good-o. We were still too early to check in our luggage, but that eventually opened at 1 pm. They had a really neat system where you had to wait and watch your suitcase go through a further X-ray screening system behind the check-in counter before leaving the area. We were now travelling on a flight which was ... read more
Air Asia X wingtip
Approaching Australia
Welcome to Perth

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 25th 2018

Our arrival in Perth was via the Indian-Pacific railway. We soon transferred to our apartment in the Fraser Suites on Adelaide Terrace, a lovely huge 2 bedroomed, 2 kitchen, 2 bathroom suite of rooms with lounge and balcony overlooking the Swan River. Although it was sunny it was quite windy and sadly too cold to sit out on the balcony. Helen had arrived the previous night so we went down to the bar and met some friends of ours from Sutton for a drink- small world! They had had a late lunch so didn't want to go out to eat so we wandered down the road and came across an unassuming looking Indian restaurant called Aachi. It had several Indian customers ,always a good sign so we tried it. It turned out to be one of ... read more
In front of a Boab tree
With lovely Louise
A typical street in the CBD

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » South Perth October 5th 2018

These last couple of weeks I have been so busy actually travelling that there hasn’t been time to write a blog . I had visited Perth on my last trip to Australia and it was good to be back. With a 5 minute walk to the beautiful southern foreshore of the Swan River and a 30 minute walk to the ferry across to Elizabeth Quay, a bus stop and train nearby I was happy to use the excellent public transport system. Every I time I asked the bus driver about a ticket he gave me a concession ticket even though I don’t have a WA card and so for $1.40 I could have a bus and train ride to Mandurah 40 minutes away. Bargain ! Travelling for me is not just new places but seeing old ... read more
Revisiting the Kangroos
Old buildings tucked in between skyscrapers

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth October 4th 2018

London, Hong Kong and South West Australia 10 September - 3 October 2018 4 October Hyden, Western Australia After a very good flight to Hong Kong during which we had plenty of free seats around us which made the journey more relaxing we took the airport express train and a bus to reach Nathan Road. This is a busy area near the Tsim Sha Tsui underground station, full of shops and restaurants on the ground floor of big 'mansions' or apartment blocks built around a courtyard. We could have booked an international style hotel of which there are many in the area where they have been built to replace some of the apartment blocks but in an effort to save money and gain insight into how ordinary people live in Hong Kong we checked in to ... read more
Hand imprints of famous people
London Guest House
'Mansion' buildings

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth August 23rd 2018

R: This is my third time in Perth, and Cate's 4th. The aim here was to catch up with as many people as possible in a short time. On Wednesday morning, we went out with Cate's cousins, who were kindly hosting us, to pretty Lake Leschenaultia, outside of Perth. It was a lovely, but cold morning, and the lake was full of school orienteering groups eagerly trying to win some sort of competition. We stopped for a flask of coffee and some biscuits and were quickly joined by two cheeky 28s - a type of parrot - who wanted biscuits or silverware. They were very tame and even hopped over our cousins arm to get the crumbs! In the afternoon, we met up with other members of the family, including a new arrival - baby Daisy, ... read more
A 28
Kings Park
Glass vs. Red Brick

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