Blogs from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania - page 3


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

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

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth September 10th 2017

Arriving in Perth was anti climatic. I did not know what to expect. Leaving the airport, of course, was a deal and a half. This was because of construction like in Montreal. Not nearly the pot holes or the inconvenience, but still unexpected delays.Trusty GPS, and the day was merry as usual. The next morning we set out on our traverse to the Pinnacles. See Below: Published description: A set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles. Firstly the huge sand dunes stabilised. The rains which fell on the dunes leached down through the sand carrying the calcium. This resulted in the lower levels of the dune solidifying into a soft limestone. As this stabilisation occurred a layer of soil formed on top of the dune which allowed plants to grow and further cemented the limestone below. ... read more
Pillars of the Gods

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth January 20th 2017

While I'm writing this, it's 11:11. Usually at 11:11, I make a wish but if I'm totally honest, I wouldn't know what to wish for at this exact moment. I'm feeling completely relaxed and happy. I'm currently sitting in the garden of the first place I'm staying at. I slept here for two nights, and tonight I'll be going somewhere else. I found this place via and I had no idea what to expect, but it's good. Drew, Dan and Nikki are great people. We had a really nice and long conversation on my first night here, even though I had planned to have an early night since I hadn't slept for over 45 hours (I didn't sleep on either of my flights at all, which sucked). Yesterday, we went to the bank so I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 15th 2016

Sometimes you need a holiday from a holiday, and sometimes you are forced to take a holiday from a holiday. I had to take a break from my travels. My visa required it. I had gone for a free visa on arrival when I touched down in Indonesia. It is only valid for 30 days and can’t be extended. I knew this when I got it. I could have opted for a more lenient option, it would have cost me a few bucks, but the bonus would have been that I could have extended the visa. However, I had other plans. It occurred to me that I hadn’t seen my best friend for a very long time. He lives in Perth you see, which is rather far from Holland. It also occurred to me that Perth ... read more
Mundaring Weir
Mundaring Weir

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth October 5th 2016

I forgot to say yesterday, but where the bloody hell are all of the red cars in Perth? As we were coming in we played a bit of car cricket and Nathan got 157!!! I promptly scored around one and then decided that we will have no more car cricket this trip! We are very lucky to stay with Anthony and Siska Pia's sis), not only do they have the good oil on the best spots to look at, but they are great peeps and we are having a ball! Friday night was spent at Little Creatures for great beer and dinner, finished off with a few more beers and a movie. We felt like royalty – clean clothes, more than one other human per 100m2, etc. Actually Freo seems pretty damn cool. Might put it ... read more

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