Blogs from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania - page 4


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
Shell and the road train
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

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 12th 2016

The next zoo that I visited is a much smaller place called the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre (formerly just the Armadale Reptile Centre) which is in the City of Armadale, south east of Perth. It is actually located very near to the next two places I will be writing about in this thread, the Cohunu Koala Park, and Wungong Dam (a birding site) and the three could very easily be done together if you wanted to (though I did them on three separate trips because they aren’t too far from where I stayed in Perth). The Reptile and Wildlife Centre is a very small place with mostly very cheaply built enclosures. As well as being a zoo open to visitors, it also functions as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for native wildlife. As far as ... read more

The next zoo that I visited was AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia which is located in Hillarys Boat Harbour in the town/suburb of Hillarys which is quite a way north of Perth. It's not a huge aquarium, but has a wide range of species and exhibits from across Western Australia. From the outside the aquarium was quite a large building located right on the coastline. Just inside the entrance to the aquarium is a row of five small tanks, each representing the one of the different geographical sections that the aquarium is divided into, with each representing a different part of the Western Australian coastline separated by latitude. These different sections are the Perth Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Great Southern Coast, Far North Coast, and Coral Coast. The aquarium also has two sections that are not ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 6th 2016

The next zoo that I visited after Caversham was two days later when I visited Perth Zoo. At Perth Zoo there were a couple of things that I particularly wanted to see that I knew were not guaranteed sightings because they were often hiding. These were species in the nocturnal house, the Dampier Peninsula Monitor, and the Numbats, and as a result I ended up doing the zoo in a bit of a weird order starting with the nocturnal house which is at the other side of the zoo. So I got to the zoo at about quarter to ten (the zoo opens at nine) because I wasn’t actually staying in the city itself but in the Perth Hills a little way away. I started by heading straight to the nocturnal house because I wanted to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 4th 2016

Caversham Wildlife Park is quite a large zoo located a bit of a way North-east of Perth but still within the Perth suburbs. The zoo almost exclusively holds Australian native animals, and has a rather impressive species list with not too far below 200 species. I was particularly impressed at the diversity of native bird species held. The zoo is located within Whiteman Park which is a large recreational park with lots of bushland and lots of wild Western Grey Kangaroos which can be seen easily on the drive up to the zoo. I believe there are lots of birding opportunities in the park as well, but I didn’t actually have time to spend birding because the zoo does take quite a few hours to see thoroughly and is a bit of a drive from Perth. ... read more

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