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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
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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 couchsurfing.com 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
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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
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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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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City September 11th 2016

Australia is one of my greatest memory. I went there also for my studies when I did my bachelor in trade in 2012 I had four months as an intern to do in a company. I did mine in a structure called Stirlings Australia in Perth which was selling stainless steel mainly in southern Asian countries. Even though I was not very familiar with steel that was a great experience. I went there from April to July and I remember it very well it was very hot ! The flight to reach Western Australia was quite an adventure itself. That was more than 20 hours flight with a stop in Dubai airport for approximately 6 hours. This was the first time I had a stop in Dubai as I flew with Emirates but I remember my ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth Hills August 20th 2016

Well, it had to happen one day and let's face it, it's been a long time coming and I know for some of our regular readers we have been very remiss in publishing blogs, which is not for the want of doing it, we just have not had the time and life got busy, work got in the way and our social life is pretty hectic nowadays. Today is a big day for Andy and I, huge as a Matter of fact and for the past 6 weeks we have been living with anticipation and what felt like constant paper work and phone calls. So, the waiting is over and as I type this in 22 minutes time we pick up the keys to our new house. Yes, "our new house" which of course will be ... read more
A piece of Australia to call home!
A piece of Australia to call home!
A piece of Australia to call home!

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 30th 2016

Geo: -31.9554, 115.859After a leisurely breakfast we set off for the the journey to the airport but as we joined the main road we could see a road train pulling into to a parking area, Shell couldn't miss the opportunity so we pulled in as well, after a brief chat with the driver and a look around his cab we were off again and enjoyed a straight forward run into Perth for our flight to Melbourne.We dropped the car off at the airport and during their inspection they discovered a chip in the windscreen which was of course going to be subject to an additional charge (although it's covered on my hire agreement I just need to submit their invoice to get it repaid) I was annoyed but not really surprised in view of the amount ... read more
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Shell and the road train

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 23rd 2016

Geo: -31.9554, 115.859We arrived in Perth at 05:30 after a a journey of 4125 mls and a change of plane in Singapore. Sophie had gone to a lot of trouble to make a copy of her passport for her favourite cuddly toy (Lola) which she took with her, as we approached the customs desk she presented Lola's passport and the young girl at the desk was taken back by the effort Sophie had put into making the passport and duly stamped the passport for her; Sophie was over the moon. Having cleared customs we decide to have breakfast at the airport, after which we went to the car hire desk to pick up our car which was stated to be a Nissan X-Trail or similar, 9 months before making the booking I rang the company in ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 16th 2016

After several zoos visited over the last two weeks, I then had a half day trip to an area near Perth called Wungong Gorge/Reservoir/Dam (and also Bungendore Park) in the Araluen-Wungong Important Bird Area. This won’t be a particularly long post, as it was only a short trip, but I thought there was enough to make it worth posting. I had read about the area on the internet and in the Finding Australian Birds book, and it seemed to have quite a few bird species that I was interested in seeing and seemed to be one of the better places near Perth for South Western Australian endemic birds. Coincidentally, it is also quite near both the Cohunu Koala Park and the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre. I wanted to head out early to get there not ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 13th 2016

Just down the road from the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre is another small zoo, the Cohunu Koala Park. This is a very strange zoo and different to all of the other zoos that I have written about in this thread in that I thought it was terrible and it's really not worth visiting unless you want to see its weirdness in person or have a spare $15 dollars that you need to get rid of. The zoo has quite a large car park and from the car park you go through a gate in a fence which I assume is to keep the free-roaming animals from going onto the road. From here there is then quite a large area of empty land with nothing in it – not even plants – except the track for ... read more




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