Self Drive Holiday Perth Blog : A Week Long Adventure

The Wacky Duo
Best. Holiday. Ever

The title would probably be reserved for places like skiing on the snowy Swiss Alps, relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches of Maldives, a culture filled trip to Europe, or anywhere with Disneyland for the kids. To associate it with Perth would be far fetch in most eyes, especially since Perth was named as one of the 10 worst cities on the planet!

Perth was NOT our original holiday destination.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it became our alternative to our original self-drive tour in New Zealand that we planned months ahead. For Perth, I had only 2 weeks to prepare for the trip. Given that it was winter and most of the amusement parks in Perth were closed during this period, our expectation was set at a very low bar.

It was anything but boring during this one-week self-drive and hastily plan vacation. In fact, we are calling it our best holiday ever. Perth is perfect for families with young kids. Self-drive is a painless experience and adds flexibility to our holiday agenda. Considering the short time spent in Perth, we had probably just scratched the surface.

Ride along with us as we take you on a week long adventure in Perth!

Warning: Super long post ahead! 

Day 1 : Checking in

We took the morning flight to Perth and reached Perth by 1 pm. Flight time to Perth is a mere 4.5 hours. A short flight, but it took us from Sunny Singapore to Cool Perth. Someone just turned on the air-condition for us 24/7.
Perth Airport
The adventure started when we collected our car keys from Hertz. Our choice of car was an SUV, the Nissan Qashqai. Given the travelling time spend on the room, we reckoned an SUV would be more comfortable for the rides.

The bill from Hertz is about $100 more than what was indicated on our online booking. We were told that these were additional fees not included in the package. Till date, we had yet to get a satisfactory reply to the additional cost. This was the first and probably our last time we book with Hertz.
Hertz Perth - Beware the hidden cost!
Nonetheless, it will not take a bill $100 to ruin a holiday. So off we go.

It was a short ride into the City as we checked into our home for the week. Quest on James Street. It was a 2 bedroom apartment that comes with free parking ( a must in Perth City as parking rates can be pretty expensive!

Since it was a weekday, most shops closed at 5-6pm. With limited places to go, we decided to venture out of the apartment and found a playground steps away from Quest.

It may be a short day, but it marked the relaxing spirit of the trip. It was a good break from the hustle and bustle of busy Singapore.

Day 2: Day trip to Swan Valley

Highlights: Breakfast at quirky Taylor art and coffee house, Caversham Wildlife Park, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Winery, Coles

Swan Valley was an easy 30 minutes drive to Perth City. Getting to your location is relatively easy. Either pop in the coordinates in your car GPS or your handphone GPS and you will be there in a jiffy. We used Google map and the car GPS and found no difference using either. If you want to save cost, we think you can ditch the car GPS and rely on the handphone. $100 may not go a long way, but it will pay for a meal for 4 in Perth.
Taylor's art and coffee house
Our day began with breakfast at Taylor's Art and Coffee House. It was quirky destination with one restaurant and a gallery in the same location.
Inside Taylor's Art and Coffee House
Let's start with breakfast.

Now, who could resist a full platter of eggs, mushrooms, beans, bacon and sausage?

It was a hearty ( but pricey) meal indeed.

As for the arts, you can view the impressive tree that was made up of waste from the sea.

There are plenty of artwork incorporated into the setting. You just need to look a little closer...

The space outside the restaurant is great for kids to roam about. There is even a sand pit for them to jump in and play.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Next up was a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park at Whiteman Park.

Seeing Koalas is a must thing to do in Australia and you could do it at Caversham.

The highlight of the park would probably the Kangaroo feeding sessions. There are plenty of Kangaroos in the park and they are accustomed to humans. Feeding them was an easy task with the feeds provided. Farm shows, which feature sheep shearing and dogs mustering sheep, are held at certain intervals.

There are other museums, playground and even a tram ride in Whiteman Park. You probably can spend a whole day at Whiteman. Since we have limited time, we decided to skip the rest of the attractions and continue to explore Margaret River.

After a 5 minutes drive, we reached The Margaret River Chocolate Company.

If you are a chocolate lover, this place would be heavenly,

Especially when you have 3 huge bowls of FREE chocolate for tastings.

There is a cafe there too and the white hot chocolate was simply divine.

For wine lovers, you will enjoy the wineries found in Swan Valley. Free tasting is available at most wineries too. There are plenty more things to do at Swan Valley such as Swan Valley Cuddly Farm, the Maze, reptile farm and more.

A repeated trip in the future is a must... at least for us.

Our last stop was at Coles. If you are living in an apartment, we recommend a trip to Coles to stock up on food and drinks. A trip to the restaurant can be an expensive affair. Our breakfast alone cost almost $90 for 4. A full 3 meals a day would easily set you back by $300 per day.

To mitigate the cost, we got a freshly cook chicken and pizzas for dinner back at the apartment. It cost us less than $30, but it tasted great!

Day 3 : Exploring Fremantle

Highlights: The Blue Boat House, Fremantle Market, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Seafood, King's Park

On route to Fremantle, we made a stop at The Blue Boat House (Crawley Edge Boatshed). If you are driving, park at Perth Dinghy Sailing club and take a 5 minutes stroll.

This is probably the most photographed spot in Perth. The iconic Blue Boat House would be a good spot to take OOTD ( Outfit of the day)

After a 15-minute photo session, we headed off to Fremantle Market.
Fremantle market
On the way to Fremantle market, we spotted several buildings that would not seem out of place in London. The early colonial buildings are still standing tall and proud, giving Fremantle an old school European charm.

For someone who admires old historical buildings more than modern skyscrapers, Fremantle was a perfect getaway for a day trip.

Fremantle market itself is a charming place that has a combination of shops selling (mostly) Aussie made stuff, eateries and a fresh market. If you spot something you like from there, our advice is to get it as you would probably not find one anywhere as.
Fremantle Prison
Drivers take note, car parks can be found in the multi- storey carpark adjacent to Fremantle markets or around the compound of Fremantle Prison.

Fremantle Prison is an easy 5 minutes walk from Fremantle Market. This was the largest intact convict Prison in Australia. It had seen the last of the convicts in 1991. Today it is Western Australia only World Heritage Site.

There are different tours conducted around Fremantle Prison. From the relatively tame Doing time tour to eerie Torchlight tour on selected evening, there is bound to be a tour to suit different groups.

We took the relatively docile Doing Time tour. It did felt a little spooky in parts, especially when we visited the death row section. Kids should be fine during the day but the creepy night tour is not recommended for their age.

Read our review here.

At least the boys got to view what life is like in a real prison. This would probably discourage them from chasing a life of crime when they grow up. Seeing the 2 by 1 meters room without TV or iPad in sight is a great deterrent. After one visit, The Wacky Duo agreed unanimously that they would walk the righteous path in the future.

I would bring them here again if they started to turn to the dark side.

If you have time, you could also head to one of the museums found around the vicinity. We had to skip that for this trip due to limited time.

In a nutshell, we needed more time for this trip. The next time we come, it will be for a minimum of 2 weeks.

We did make a pit stop at the famed Kailis Waterfront Fremantle for a taste of their renowned fish and chips. There are other Seafood restaurants around, but Kailis would be one of the most popular ones in Fremantle.

We took the seafood platter and it is big enough to fill the 4 of us.

Fremantle is a good 45 minutes away from Perth City. By the time we head back, we probably have less than 30 minutes of daylight left. That did not stop us from driving to King's Park to have a bird's eye view of the city of Perth.

King's Park is a charming place to have a picnic and watch the world goes by.

If time permits, do visit the synergy parkland that has dinosaur themed play equipment or the Lotterywest family area for kids under 6.

Sadly, we did not have the luxury of time (again). That did not stop the boys from enjoying the beautiful lawn in the park.

Day 4: Pinnacle Day tour with Exploretours Perth

Highlights: Get close to Koalas at Yancep National Park, visit a lobster factory, savour yummy lobsters, explore the Pinnacles and slide down Lancelin Sand dunes

Ok, I cheated.

It was supposed to be a self-drive tour, but I decided to give myself a break and checked the family into a day trip with Explore Tours Perth

Truth be told, we could probably do this portion on our own. What stopped me was that I thought I need to drive through miles of desert road to reach Pinnacles.

Hey, it's the family first trip to Perth, so it was forgivable that I had such notions in my head.

It was an easy trip with the first stop at Yanchep National Park to see Koalas and Kangeroos. It was our second encounter with them during this trip and it was not our last either!

There was something new for the trip and that was a visit to the Lobster Shack. The Lobster Shack is open to the public, so you can also make it on your own if you self-drive.

The self-tour around the Lobster factory was alright. You walk around a big room and see Lobsters in different sections.

That was about it.

The highlight of the trip is not the tour but the Lobster's itself. The lobsters are available at different grades. The grades determine the size of the lobsters. We had the Grade A Lobsters. Grade A does not mean the lobsters are the most expensive. On the contrary, the grade means that is the smallest lobsters on the menu. It may be the smallest, but it was the freshest lobsters I had ever tasted!

Yummy!
Lobster meal at Lobster shack
After lunch, we headed down to the Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles is interesting with plenty of limestone rocks that is found around a desert patch. The initial fear of driving on the desert itself is a complete farce. The roads leading to the dessert is (ahem) paved. You get to drive around the desert but it was an easy ride with a path that guided you in a loop. You would find it almost impossible to get lost.

Fine.. next time I will drive.

Before the sun sets, we drove to Lancelin Sand Dunes for the last activity of the day.... sliding down the sand dunes. It may look daunting at first sight, but it was a tonne of fun.

Since it was Winter, the day ended pretty quickly. By the time we made our way back to Perth, it was already pitch dark. If you are driving, do take note of the time as the stretch of road leading to Perth has NO street lights for most parts.

Want to see more of the Pinnacles tour?

Read our review here.


Day 5: Perth City

Highlights:Mends Street Breakfast, The Bell Tower, Scitech, Myers , Timezone

The day started a little gloomy with rain. Thankfully, the rain did not last long and we managed to head across Swan River for breakfast.

The next time we plan another Perth holiday, this is probably where we would love to stay. It felt a lot more relaxed compared to living in the city itself.

Breakfast was at one of the restaurants along Mends Street. After a few days, we realised it will be a futile effort to search for Bee Hoon. So we had to make do with the standard eggs and bacon menu.

Next up was a trip to The Bell Tower. We had wanted to ring the Bell, but unfortunately, we were there on a wrong day and bell ringing session was not opened to the public. Check The Bell Tower schedule first before a visit if you plan to ring the bells.

Not wanting to lock ourselves up in the Bell Tower, we decided to head to another location.

The rain came again and we headed towards Scitech Perth. Actually I gave the boys a choice. Immerse themselves in culture with a visit to Perth Museum or explore interactive exhibits at Scitech, Perth equivalent of the Science Center.

It was an easy decision for the boys. We ended up in Scitech for the rest of the day. It was not a bad choice as hours were spent exploring Scietech.

The day ended with a quick shopping trip at Myers. With kids around, we master the art of grab, pay and run. The shopping experience took less than an hour and we headed back to James Street. The plan was to have a quick dinner before our road trip to Margaret's River the next day.


The boys decided otherwise when they spotted a Timezone outlet along the same street. Guess this was their day as we ended in the amusement center before heading back to our apartment.

Day 6 : Road Trip Margaret's River Day 1

Highlights :Adventurescape , Busselton Jetty, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

We probably saved the best part of the trip for the last. At first, I was contemplating a day trip to Margaret's River and back to Perth. Thankfully senses got to me at the last moment and we decided to make it a 2 days trip instead of one. On hindsight, we should probably double the time spent here, as they are plenty of things to do for the kids

As the ride towards Margaret's River was a good 3 hours from Perth City, we decided to make several pit stops before we reach the hotel. First stop is Adventurescape, a brand new playground about an hour drive from Perth. This is a good stop for kids to stretch their legs and get themselves so tired that they will fall asleep for the next leg.


After all there is only so much ' Are we there yet?' that I can take while driving.
Busselton Jetty
After another hour plus. We reached Busselton Jetty

There is a Jetty there with a train ride to the end of the pier that brings you to an underwater observatory at the end of it. The underwater observatory was closed when we were there.

Busselton Jetty is a place where budding photographer likes to hone their skills. So naturally, the little one decided that HE would be the photographer for the following shot.

Not too shabby, I reckon

(Disclaimer: Edited in Lightroom)


After a quick lunch, it was off to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, a mere 20 minutes drive away.


We booked the above and below pass so we can tour the lighthouse

The pass includes entry to the nearby Ngilgi Caves, an easy 15 minutes drive away. If you have not been into a limestone cave, we guaranteed that you would be wow. Ngilgi Caves is the first cave that was opened to tourist since 1900!
Ngilgi Caves
Since then, other caves were discovered in Margaret's River. There are over 150 caves in the region and the famous ones are Ngilgi Caves, Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave and Jewel Cave.


After a long day of adventure, we finally made our way to Margaret's River town.

Our home for the night was the beautiful and modern Margaret River Forest located at the edge of town. It was a 2 story inter-terrace. We wished we had stayed there much longer.

Day 7 : Margaret's River Day Trip 2

Highlights:
Whale Watch , Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Our last day at Margaret's River starts with a bang. We headed towards Augusta and took a whale tour with Whale watch Western Australia. Prior to this, we had been to another whale watching tour back in Gold Coast. It was a great experience then but it pales in comparison to what we witnessed on this tour.

Within minutes of departing from the pier, we were greeted with pods of whales from all directions. There were pods of 2 or 3 whale swimming next to us while at a distance away, we caught a glimpse of a whale breaching. All in all, we spotted over 20 whales.

To cap off the experience, one particular whale decided to entertain us with it's breaching. He did it over 8 times within 50 meters from our boat. This was exactly how he looked like below.
We were awestruck.

Best whale watch till date.

Whale Watch at Augusta is only for selected time of the year. We were there in June to catch the whales. See the highlights of our whale watch here.

After the exhilarating experience , we took a 5 minutes drive to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

Initially, I had planned for a lighthouse tour. However given the long trip back to Perth, the plans were shelved. We already made up our minds to be back in Margaret's River in the near future. There are a whole lot of things such as farm stays and caves that we had yet explored.


Locals will tell you that if you head to Margaret's River, you should not miss the wineries. We spotted over a dozen or more wineries along the journey and decided to make a stop at one of them for lunch.
Cheeky Monkey
The one we decided to head to is Cheeky Monkey. However it is not a Winery but a Brewery!

No wines , but beers on the tap.

No matter, the famous cheeky burger helps. Besides since I am driving, I can't drink anyway.

As for the kids, brewery or winery does not matter to them. Not when there is a playground on site for them to explore.

Soon, it was time for a 3-hour ride home. Compared to the initial trip, there was no pit stop as the boys and mommy fell asleep in the car. As for me, it was one of the most pleasant and peaceful rides I ever took. At least no one asked

'Are we there yet? '

If you are planning to do the same, we recommend a pit stop about 20 km before you reach Perth City. This stop has McDonald's and Red Rooster. You could pick up some dinner before you head back to your apartment/hotel in Perth. Trust me, you would need it as you would probably be too tired to head out after a 3 hours drive.

Day 8 : Goodbye Perth!
Perth Zoo
Saying goodbye to Perth is not easy, so we decided to head to the zoo after checking out of the hotel. Our flight was in the afternoon, so we have enough time to squeeze in one last tourist spot.

From the mini dinosaur looking chameleon to the T Rex, Perth Zoo has it all.
Ok the T Rex may not be real, but they moved and were life sized!

We did say our goodbyes to the Kolas before we left.

Perth had been a great city to visit for us. Compared to other cities, there are more natural attractions to explore vs manmade attractions. There are theme parks in Perth, but they were closed for Winter. Truth be told, we do not miss them at all. Perth had wowed us so much that we are even thinking of getting a small apartment there to make it our holiday home.

We will be back Perth!

In the meantime, check out our Holiday Highlights to see what else have we been up to in Perth.

Need more suggestions?
 

Here are 25 top attractions in Perth for kids

Tips for Perth
It is pretty easy to live in Perth. Here are some tips to make your holidays a little more easier.
1) Get your SIM card at the airport.

There are Optus and Vodafone outlets at the airport. We got Optus because they have a deal at $2 per day. Reception wise was pretty good throughout the trip. It is best you check the respective telco sites first prior to your trip for the best deal.

Do note the SIM cards does not allow tethering ( at least ours does not). If you really need a shared connection. Changi Recommends outbound wifi is a must based on our past experiences.

2) Rent a car
It is almost a must if you stay in Perth. Forget about the renting the GPS unit as Google Map works just as well. Do note the speed restrictions in the city. The traffic police are very ' on the ball' and you could be fine if you exceed 1 km of the speed limit.

Remember, it is the speed limit, not the speed target. Drive like a turtle, no one will honk at you.
Driving is on the same side as in Singapore, so there should be no confusion for Singapore drivers.

For those going with young kids, these are the guidelines for child seats
  • Birth to under six months to be restrained in a rearward facing child restraint (e.g. infant capsule).
  • Six months to under four to be restrained in either a rearward or forward facing child restraint with in-built harness.
  • Four to under seven to be restrained in either a forward-facing child restraint or booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child safety harness.
For more information, refer here.

3) Get a pocket full of coins
You would need it for parking. Parking is by meter, so do get your coins ready. As parking is expensive, do prepare a lot more coins.

4) Stay in an apartment with a car park

Apartments will be a better deal than hotels. You get more spaces and bedrooms to roam about. A family of 4-5 should be comfortable in a 2 bedroom set up. Some apartments come with free parking so it is a great deal. Getting an apartment with car parking is also useful as you are not guaranteed a parking spot especially in popular places.

5) Shop for groceries early if you are getting an apartment
With a meal averaging $20-$30 with drinks EACH, it is best to prepare some meals on your own. If you are willing to splurge, no problem, go ahead. If not, getting some food from Coles is a good alternative. Coles is also stock with freshly cooked chicken, shepherd pie and more for a complete meal. Staying in an apartment will be great as you probably have a proper dining table for your meals.

6) Learn to relax
Do very little or do a lot. It does not really matter. The pace is Perth is much slower compared to Singapore. Just take a deep breath, relax and enjoy Perth!

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119 comments:

  1. Hi, may i know if optus sim card coverage is good at margaret river areas?

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    1. It was ok for Margaret River but I did lost signal on the way to Pinnacles

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  2. Thank you for your post! really interesting we are going to Perth for 2 weeks in winter next year so some good places to visit x

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  3. Thank you for the indepth post. I was planning for a trip to Perth for my family and lot's of idea was generated through your sharings.

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  4. may i know if you need to get the whale watching ticket and the above and below pass in advanced? thanks!

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    1. I book them in advance for the trip. The above and below pass can be bought on the spot. The whale watching too... but we do advise to book in advance for the whale watching just in case it is full

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  5. Thanks for your post too! It is very helpful!

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  6. Great info given. Thanks! Btw may i know how much u spend for petro in Perth? Also any tips or other services i shd look at for car rental?

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    1. Surprisingly the Nissan Quashi is an economic car. We only top up twice. Less than $100.
      If you have an European car, fuel economy might not be that good

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  7. hi thnks for sharing..its very interesting..as we are going in the next couple of weeks..it really helps and give us some pointers to note...thanks again..

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  8. hi thanks for sharing..its very interesting..as we are going in the next couple of weeks..it really helps and give us some pointers to note...thanks again..

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  9. Thanks for sharing. Great info for my upcoming perth trip. Btw Will u recommend for additional insurance coverage instead of juz basic one? Thanks in advance

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    1. If you drive safely , basic one will be just fine. If you are heading out of town and it is your first time there, for a piece of mind, a comprehensive insurance deal might be better

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  10. Loved your write-up and details. I'm going there this weekend, so I find this really helpful.

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    1. You are welcome Maryanne. Enjoy your trip!

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  11. Just sharing. Whale watching is at busselton jetty instead of augusta from September to December period.

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  12. Hi there,

    Appreciate if you can share the location of the pitstop 20km before reaching perth. The one that has Macdonalds and Red Rooster which you mentioned. Thanks!

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    1. It should be this one BP service centre , lot 191 , paparone road, baldivis wa 6171 . 45 mins away to Perth

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  13. I spotted the place when we exited Perth . It's one of the rest stop along the freeway. Can't recall the exit point but it was the first stop out of Perth city

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  14. Hi, can I have all your accommodation list from day 1 to last day. Thanks

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    1. We only stayed at Quest in Perth and Margaret Forest in Maragret River

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  15. Excellent journal with pictures and details. Just in time for my coming Perth trip end next month

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  16. Hi, if i follow your itinerary, can i take Caravan instead of car?

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    1. Are you staying in the caravan? You need to look for caravan parks if you do ( we spotted some along the trip)If you are staying in hotels, it should not be an issue ( except for indoor parking)

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  17. Hi, Thank you and what a wonderful article on Perth. I am going there in Nov with my family. Do you think it's feasible to drive all the way from Margaret River to the Perth Airport to catch a 2:15pm flight back to SG? Thanks.

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    1. It takes about 3-4 hours without break and jam to get from Margaret River to Perth. I would not recommend it especially if you need to be in the airport by 12pm. Personally, I would not do it as it is a very tight timeline

      It would be much better if you take a night flight or stayover in Perth for the night.

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  18. Hi! Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos and comprehensive itinerary - they're going to be so useful in planning our trip there in Dec! I'm just wondering, would you say the Ngilgi Caves are manageable for our 2.5 yr old tot to explore with us? I would love for him to experience being in a cave, but I'm not sure if it's safe for us to visit with him in tow. Thanks lots for taking the trouble to reply!

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    1. For 2.5 yr old , climbing up and down the caves might be a tad challenging by themselves . If you are willing to carry them , it should not be difficult as the Ngilgi is pretty easy to explore . Hope it helps :)

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    2. Alright, I see... Thanks for sharing your view on this!

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  19. Hi, may I know for the car rental, what were the hidden addition charges and did you book through hertz own website or through other websites like vroom vroom? I am going to perth in mid November and was thinking of using Hertz until I read your post.

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    1. I booked through their website directly . Till now I still can't figure out why the difference in the price I book and the price they charge . Also they actually charge you before the night before trip from your cc. When I asked them for explaination at the counter , the staff was clueless . I send them an email and no reply too . That's my own experience . You might like to read reviews on TripAdvisor to decide on their services .

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    2. Sounds risky to book from hertz. I will try other renters. Thank you for your advise!:)

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  20. Hi TWD, can I ask where is the stop where theres Mcdonald's and red rooster? Is it near stock land or baldivia?

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    1. It should be this one BP service centre , lot 191 , paparone road, baldivis wa 6171 . 45 mins away to Perth

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  21. hayy, thank's for sharing the story and pictures, it's lovely. I have a question, i'm going to Perth on 25th November 2016 and plan to buy a sim card at airport, do you think they can activated the sim card on my phone? because i ever bought a sim card at coles from the last time i visit Australia, i went to Darwin and i tried activated it by myself but it didn't work and it was pretty confused me on that time.
    cheers

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  22. We got it install on the spot for SIM card at airport :)

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    1. But iPhone has no Sim Card right?

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    2. We used the Iphone there. They have the Sim cards for iphone

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  23. Thanks for such a comprehensive articles and it is such a joy reading it. we are traveling as a couple. food sold at coles are cooked? how much does it cost for an apartment?

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    1. Hi there.
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      Cooked food available at coles . You can find BBQ chicken and lagsana there . It's like cold storage in Singapore . As for apartment , it ranges . Checking booking.com for prices :)

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  24. hayy . may i know can the optus reception help me to activate the sim card?

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  25. Great adventures with nice pictures, thanks for your posting

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  26. Hi, intend to do some driving in perth, May I ask what are the parking charges like ? and tips on parking, like coles, are those free parking or?

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    1. Parking charges varies at different parts of town . Can be quite expensive especially in the city . For outskirts like swan valley , parking is much cheaper . Can't remember if coles is free parking . It might be for the one near swan valley .

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  27. Hi, how do I book Lancelin sand dunes slides if I plan to drive there myself?

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    1. Get them from the petrol station located before you turn into the sand dunes . Alternatively I think there might be so locals renting out boards on site .

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    2. Thanks so much! Really like your post! Youre so funny too!

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    3. Oh .. you are too kind . Thanks for the compliments . Glad you like the post as much as I enjoy writing it :)

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  28. I'm planning a 6 day road trip in Perth with my parents and my 1.5 year kid, so your blog post was very informative and useful, thanks! How was the temperature in June? It gets more chilly at night doesnt it?

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    1. Weather was great while we were there . It was cool but not too cold . Most nights we were indoor , so did not notice the weather :)

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  29. HI May I know which package you chose for the whale watching? thanks

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    1. It's from Whale Watch Western Australia. It's the standard package

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  30. thank You For Your Post. Its very interesting to see.

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    1. Welcome . Do read our other travel adventure .

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  31. Hi, im going to Perth in May. May i have your itinerary? :)

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    1. This blog post was the itinerary :)
      We did exactly what was written here for our trip.
      Enjoy Perth !

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  32. Hi, may I know how much did your family spent over at Perth in total (estimated amount in SGD)?

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    1. Excluding airfares, it was about 5K for 8 days.
      Includes Accommodation, Car Rental ( Full coverage), Food , Attractions and miscellaneous.

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  33. how much is the lobster charges? is it expensive?

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    1. We had it as part of the tour we took .
      For their menu, it cost about Aud 33 and up . Menu can be found here http://www.lobstershack.com.au/at-the-shack/food/

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  34. Hi TWD. May I know does childseat/booster is required if you bring kids and driving in Perth?

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    1. By law , you would need it for 6 and below or if of a certain height .

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  35. Hi TWD,

    Can I know how you booked for your margaret River Modern Home. We would like to stay there too.

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    1. We book directly through their website
      http://margaretsforest.com.au/

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  36. Hi, Thanks for your informative and interesting post. May I know after 6pm what are the usual activities we can do in Perth?

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    1. Most malls close at around 6-7pm . The places that are open are the restaurants. We just head back to the apartment after our dinner .

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  37. Your photos are marvelous! Thanks for taking the time to share your itinerary. Very useful and practical tips.
    Wishing you all the best in your travels.

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  38. Ohhh! Really love your post! So much inspiration! Thinking of doing a short slow pace relaxing one this June, perhaps 5-6days n easier on the pocket. What's your recommendation for itinerary for 2 adult + 14 & 9 yo?

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    1. If you are just looking at Perth , just head to Swan Valley , Fremantle , Botanic Gardens plus zoo . most activities are budget friendly . Alternative skip Perth and just head to Margaret River to chill at the wineyards and caves :)

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  39. Thanks a lot for the tip! Will look through your suggestions!

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    1. If I were to follow your recommended itinerary and maybe plus pinnacle, which area (NSEW Perth) would you recommend that I stay?

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  40. Thanks for the sharing. May I check which apartment did you stayed in and if it's close to town?

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    1. Stayed in quest in James street ( it's now call Best Western Northbridge Apartment ) . It's near the town centre . South Perth is also a good location . Don't think you need to stay too close to the city if you are driving as you would most likely spend your time out of the city exploring .

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    2. Hi, was it noisy with the police HQ opposite Best Western Northbridge?

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    3. I am also looking to the 2 apartment configuration. Do you have any idea what is the difference between standard and executive rooms?

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    4. It was not noisy at all. The unit we stayed actually face the main road. The police station is actually on the other side of the road so we did not even see it .

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    5. Not quite sure about executive vs standard . You might want to check their website for more details .

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  41. Very good blog. Easy to read yet informative. I'm planning a family trip to Perth in June with 2 young kids so your blog is a godsend. Do you find that wifi is readily available in restaurants and cafes?

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    1. Thanks for dropping in . We were not quite sure about the wifi in cafes as we were using our changi recommends wifi router. If you are going on a road trip , that is a must have item . The apartments we stayed had wifi though , so you might like to check that out when you book your hotel / apartment . Have a good trip !

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  42. Very informative blog.how safe on the road for a new driver?
    My son just got his license n we intend to rent a car to access outlying area!
    How long from Perth city to Pinnacles.

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    1. The outskirts are relatively safe due to less cars on the road . However do watch the speed as some areas can be quite fast. Some roads are single lanes , so you have to be careful on those . Perth to Pinnacles is about 2.5 hours drive .

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  43. Hi

    Thanks for sharing all these information. Love the pictures and how thorough you were. I was thinking of doing a short Perth trip too this June and your itinerary is perfect for our family with three rascals!

    Also, may I know if you booked your own flights and accommodation?

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  44. Hi TWD,

    Thanks for the informative post! Very useful for my upcoming self drive trip to Perth this June! May I ask for your Fremantle Market visit, are the road jam with cars going to the multi storey carparks near to the market? Or would you recommend parking like 15min away and walk over to avoid the jam? Thanks!

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    1. It was quite ok for us . We parked at Queensgate car park. Otherwise, park at Parry Street carpark near Freamantle Prison. It is only a 5 minutes walk away:)
      Use Google map to find the carparks. We rely on that throughout our trip.

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  45. May I know your accommodation during your family trip in Perth?tq

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    1. We stayed at Quest on James street in Perth and Margaret Forest at Margaret River .

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  46. Hi, may I know the month u went? do u have your itinerary in excel/word? Could send me a copy at char8018@gmail.com? Tia

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    1. Hi . We went in June . Unfortunately we do have not have a copy of the trip . However this online itinerary pretty much indicated what we did for the trip :)

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  47. Hi hi, may I check is parking in Perth chargeable for most??

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    1. If you are in Perth City - yes. If you are in Margaret River - quite a few spots are free.

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  48. Hi, may I know which petrol station you topped up at before you returned the car at Perth airport?
    Thanks
    Joe

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    1. Can't remember as we took the one that was on the way to the airport in the city . It should not be a problem as airport is only about 15-20 mins away .

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  49. Hi,
    Can i check with you do we need to apply for International Driving Permit with Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) in order to drive in Perth?

    Thank you in advance!

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    1. The Spore license is good enough . Remember to bring it with you :)

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  50. Hi, am travelling to Perth for the very first time in a couple of days. I was doing some readings and came across your post. Can you share more information about The Pinnacles?

    Is it free-entry? Do you need to hire a guide in advance for the visit? Or can we just self-drive, park and then explore the area, own time own target? What else is interesting there in the arena. Thank you. :)

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    1. It's free entry and you can self drive . We took a tour for our trip . Our review can be found here http://www.thewackyduo.com/2016/08/pinnacles-lancelin-dunes-and-lobster.html?m=1

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    2. Thank you very much for the reply. Ok, will go check out the link. :)

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  51. How many days to stay in Margaret River is enough?

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    1. We stayed foe 2 days but it was not enough. We love how laid back it was and decided to go there for a week this coming holiday :)
      It really depends on the agenda. If you are into Caves, Lighthouses, Farms, Wineyards , outdoor maze and even whale watching. You might want to spend a few days there.

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    2. I'm looking at a apartment located at prevelly and my friend do recommend staying at Busselton. Based on your experience, which area would you recommend to stay if I'm going to spend 3nights there?
      I've booked an apartment at Mullaloo Beach for 3nights for exploring Perth city, Fremantle and Pinnacles followed by MR and lastly 1 nights in Swan Valley for exploring arnd Swan Valley and Caversham Wild life park before or flight back. For this itineraries, Do you think I should save 1more night for Swan Valley?
      Tq!

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    3. Not quite sure about Busselton hotels as we only made a quick stopover there. Pinnacles and MR are in complete opposite direction so it is best to stay at the respective areas if you want to travel more efficiently. We spend a day at Swan Valley . Should be enough unless you are planning to make stops at the vineyards .

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  52. Good Afternoon.. Thank you for this travel blog. Great information and I relied on it for my family travel plan. May I know what time did you depart from Perth to Busselton Jetty?Is there anything to do other than the uderwater observatory. It seems that you still can manage to squeeze in time for the lighthouse and cave tour. Did you book in advance? I plan to follow your itineary but worried that I might be late in checking in the Margaret Forest apartment as the reception closed at 6pm. Thanks to advise.

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    1. Hi . We left pretty early from Perth .
      Think is was about 8 . Reach Busselton by 1130 ( we had a stopover at the playground ) had to rush through the caves and lighthouse and checked in at about 5. It was too close ! You might want to consider 2 nights at MR . It will be worth it .

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    2. Hehee..so is very rushed..therefore I had followed your advice hence I already booked 2 days in MR. If not it will be rushed and so tiring to drive...Thank you and continue to enjoy your family blog...

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    3. You are welcome. . You will enjoy MR . We love it so much that we plan to back just to spend a week there :)

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  53. Hello! (:
    May I know whether you chose to pay on the arrival day for the car rental or prior to that?
    Thank you!

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    1. We paid by credit card. .it was deducted a day before the trip with an additional cost for bonds . The final bill is settled when you return the car

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  54. Hi, Do you mean that Optus prepaid does not allow tethering?

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    1. Not sure it was my device , but I could not do it the last time . If you are heading to places like Margaret River , Telstra will be better

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  55. Hi, just to clarify. In day 2, you mentioned you went to Swan Valley and then you said took 5mins to reach Margaret River Chocolate Company. Looking at the map, I thought Swan Valley and Margaret River is very far apart? Kindly enlighten me. Thanks :)

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    1. Margaret River Choc factory has another branch at Swan Valley . The website should have the address . Ps. It looks almost similar to the Margaret River branch . We had been to both( on separate trips .

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