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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth March 12th 2018

Truth be told, I had put a deposit down on the Indian Pacific before I purchased my flights to and from Australia. Friends had taken the trip years ago, mentioned it to me, and after looking into it online I was sold. As it happens so often, a specific event determines the trip and everything else is built around it. Once again, this was the right way to do it. I loved this trip. The idea of a 4-day, 3-night train that crosses an entire continent was appealing. Doing it alone and meeting people on the train can be dicey with personality and chattiness, but each person I have met has been interesting. True, I found a group that I really enjoyed, and will write more about them later, but for now suffice it to say ... read more
Brenno
Chicken and Arugula Salad
Sunset

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth March 7th 2018

And go I did. Traveling from SJ through SF, LA, Sydney to my final destination of Perth took me on a journey of 33 hours from door to door. I had arrived as far West as I could go. Heck, if I went any further West, I would have been East. Or is that just my jet lagged mind thinking it is clever when it should really simply sit there and look pretty? Either way, I am in the sunny land of Australia where I was welcomed with the hottest day in 2 years. So much for the email I received happily telling me that the summer had been mild. All 3 flights were nice. The longest leg, from LA to SYD had a passenger load that was very small, so I was able to move ... read more
Posing for The Carmera
Cindy feeding the birds popcorn
Who could resist a pic of this little guy?

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth February 20th 2018

Is this really it? Can we really be at the last stop on our Great Antipodean Adventure? The last 3 days before we return to good old Blighty? Well, the great Frank Sinatra once said, 'And now, the end is near', but not only is our trip coming to an end, so is this blog and 'my friends, I'lle say it clear'.....this is the final episode......a sadness to some perhaps, but a relief to many, I'm absolutely sure! But, before I end, we have three final days in Perth to enjoy and as I am writing this on our flights home via Singapore, I'd better get on with it, so I can grab some shut-eye! Our flight back from Learmonth, was a 90 minute jaunt, in a Fokker 100 which had barely 30 passengers on board ... read more
Karrakatta 2
Rottnest 1
Rottnest 2

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth February 11th 2018

'Go West, Young Man', as the saying goes and today, we were off to our furthest westerly point on our sojourn in the general direction of home! Today, we fly to Perth and our fifth and final State of Western Australia. We are actually doing Perth in two bites, totalling 5 days, but with a further 5 days in the middle, in upstate Western Australia. So, this episode concentrates on 'bite' number one, our first two days in Perth. Our flight to Perth was scheduled to leave Alice Springs at 11.20 am, but as we needed to return our rental car by 9.00 am, we left our hotel around 8.30, dropped our keys in the Avis 'box', grabbed some brekkie and waited for the check in desk to open at 9.30. Sue was using her crutches ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Victoria Park January 13th 2018

Arriving in Perth after a long haul flight is always a relief to see that by now familiar outline of the high rise city centre. In the past twenty years several new editions to the skyline have been made but they do nothing to entice me as I prefer to stay at a safe distance finding my first port of call with a friend in the suburbs of Victoria Park. The bus drops me off just east of the Swan River but rather than wait for a connection I amble the couple of miles in the scorching heat like those mad dogs and English men who revel to feel the sun on one back once again. Arriving hot at the house I find the key in the usual place, a convenient pot in the back yard ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth December 3rd 2017

These two days we travel from Perth back to Ottawa. Instead of paying the additional daily rate for another 2 or 3 hours of using our car on Saturday, we decided to turn our car in at 6 pm even though it meant hanging around the airport until flight time at about midnight. Marion did not believe in spending precious holiday time to organize her bags if she were going to spend that much time at the airport. So she did that at the airport. Good thing we were able to find a quiet spot at Terminal 3 which was under construction. Otherwise, airports just aren’t set up for this kind of operation! Our flight from Perth to Melbourne left about midnight and was only 3 1/2 hours, but because of the 3-hour time difference we ... read more
Melbourne - Air Canada launch
Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth December 2nd 2017

We get up early, since we want to have the breakfast special and go for our last walk on the beach before returning to Fremantle to shop. Marion really wanted to get back to True Blue, a place with original Aboriginee art that is well priced. It is now located in the Fremantle Market and is smaller than before. But the same owner Brian is still there and we had a chat with him. We also met several Aboriginees doing art work and playing the didgeridoo. Got some more hints to practice at home. For those of you who have seen Crocodile Dundee, you might remember the “bush telephone” that made this erie noise when he spun it around at the end of a string. It’s called a bull roarer and we picked one up for ... read more
True Blue
True Blue
True Blue owner Brian with Marion

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 28th 2017

We needed a slow day today, so we stick around Perth and explore. First up is King’s Park and Botanical Gardens. For those of you who have seen it, you’ll know when we say this is one incredible place. Overlooking downtown Perth, which looks larger than we expected, and the mouth of the Swan River as it flows into the Indian Ocean, we can imagine what the early explorers saw in this place. Paradise. Give us our Canadian health care and pensions, and we’d retire in this area tomorrow, well maybe a bit closer to the Cottesloe beach! Since Perth is going into summer soon, the most spectacular blossoms have already passed with its varied flora going into summer survival mode, yet we see many beautiful flowers. Marion visited April here in 2012 and has seen ... read more
King’s Park
Boab tree
Perth skyline

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 26th 2017

The day trip to the Pinnacles Desert from Perth was a long one, but very much worth it. As we drive on the Pinnacle Desert trail and began to see the vast expanse if these mysterious mounds, it was one of these WOW! moments. As Marion observed, this looked like another planet. Imagine a very sandy, hot desert, the kind you see in movies, then superimpose a very large number of pillar-like objects rising above it. How could anything be created this way? Opinions still seem to differ, with two theories on how this came to be. Both involve limestone, water, trees, sand and wind. One is that the columns are essentially petrified tree trunks, remnants of a forest of about 500,000 years ago, after it got buried under drifting dunes. The other is a complex ... read more
Pinnacles
Pinnacles
Cervantes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 25th 2017

Darwin has been a nice surprise. It’s a very modern city of about 150,000 people. Of course, it’s modern because it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942 and then destroyed again by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. It's spreading because of other factors, such as the oil and gas industry and the influx of foreign workers and immigrants. Still, it has a frontier feel. Many younger people, many adventurous and outgoing, working in the oil and gas field. People make a good salary, but also pay more for things, that’s why it looks expensive to us, although that may be a false appearance since there’s no additional tax on top of the price, nor tipping. That’s almost a 30% savings righty there on meals. The cost of vehicles, from what we’ve seen on advertising, is maybe ... read more
Palm City Resort
Palm City Resort




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