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 in the snowy Swiss Alps, relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Maldives, a culture-filled trip to Europe, or anywhere with Disneyland for the kids. However, associating it with Perth would fetch far in most eyes, especially since Perth was named 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 low bar.

It was anything but dull during this one-week self-drive and hastily planned 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. However, considering the short time spent in Perth, we had probably just scratched the surface.

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

Warning: Super long post ahead! 

Looking for a longer holiday? Extend your holiday in Perth by a week with our Self Drive Magaret River One Week Guide.

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 spent 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. However, we were told that these were additional fees not included in the package. It was only much later that we realized that it was a holding fee that would be refunded at the end of the booking.
Hertz Perth - Beware the hidden cost!
Nonetheless, it will not take a bill of $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 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. So, 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.

Updated 2018 - Quest on James Street has rebranded to Best Western Northbridge Apartment.
You can book the apartment from this link.


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 Maps and the car GPS and found no difference. 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 a quirky destination with one restaurant and a gallery in the exact location.
Inside Taylor's Art and Coffee House
Let's start with breakfast.

Who could resist a whole 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 made up of waste from the sea.

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

The space outside the restaurant is excellent for kids to roam about. There is even a sandpit 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 be the Kangaroo feeding sessions. Plenty of Kangaroos are in the park and 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 specific intervals.

There are other museums, playgrounds and even a tram ride in Whiteman Park. You can probably spend a whole day at Whiteman. However, since we had 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 divine.

For wine lovers, you will enjoy the wineries found in Swan Valley. Free tasting is available at most wineries too. In addition, 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 live in an apartment, we recommend a trip to Coles to stock up on food and drinks. A trip to a restaurant can be an expensive affair. Our breakfast alone costs 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 freshly cooked 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

En route to Fremantle, we stopped 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 an excellent 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 still stand tall and proud, giving Fremantle an old-school European charm.

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

Fremantle market is a charming place with a combination of shops selling (mostly) Aussie-made stuff, eateries and a fresh market. If you spot something you like from there, we advise you to get it as you would probably not find one anywhere.
Fremantle Prison
Drivers note that 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 most extensive intact convict Prison in Australia. It had seen the last of the convicts in 1991. Today it is Western Australia's only World Heritage Site.

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

We took the relatively docile Doing Time tour. It felt a little spooky in parts, especially when we visited the death row section. Kids should be OK 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 insight 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 in the vicinity. But, unfortunately, we had to skip that for this trip due to limited time.

In a nutshell, we needed more time for this trip. So 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 to taste 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, which was 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 picnic and watch the world go by.

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

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

Fancy an alternative?
You can leave the car and book a relaxing day tour to explore Perth and Fremantle at a reasonable price from Klook.

Day 4: Pinnacle Day tour with Exploretours Perth

Highlights: Get close to Koalas at Yanchep 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 instead.

Book your Pinnacle tour here from Klook

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

Hey, it's the family's 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 Kangaroos. It was our second encounter with them during this trip, and it was not our last either!

There was something new for the trip: a visit to the Lobster Shack. The Lobster Shack is open to the public, so you can make it on your own if you are 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 trip's highlight is not the tour but the Lobster itself. The lobsters are available in 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 points to the smallest lobsters on the menu. It may be the smallest, but it was the freshest lobster I had ever tasted!

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

The Pinnacles are interesting, with plenty of limestone rocks around a desert patch. The initial fear of driving in the desert itself is a complete farce. The roads leading to the desert are (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.


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, but it was a tonne of fun.

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

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Book your Pinnacle tour here from Klook


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 would 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 bad day, and the bell-ringing session was not open to the public. Check The Bell Tower schedule 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. Unfortunately, we ended up in Scitech for the rest of the day. However, it was not a wrong choice, as hours were spent exploring Scietech.
















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. In 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 reached the hotel. The first stop is Adventurescape, a new playground about an hour's drive from Perth. This is a good stop for kids to stretch their legs and get 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. Unfortunately, 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 next shot.

Not too shabby, I reckon.

(Disclaimer: Edited in Lightroom)


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


We booked the above and below passes so we could tour the lighthouse.

The pass includes entry to the nearby Ngilgi Caves, an easy 15 minutes drive away. We guarantee you will be wowed if you have not been into a limestone cave. Ngilgi Caves is the first cave that was opened to tourists in 1900!
Ngilgi Caves
Since then, other caves have been discovered in Margaret's River. There are over 150 caves in the region; 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.

Need a room at Margaret Forest?

Make a booking here


Day 7: Margaret's River Day Trip 2

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

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

We were greeted with pods of whales from all directions within minutes of departing from the pier. There were pods of 2 or 3 whales 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 its breaching. He did it over 8 times within 50 meters of our boat. This was precisely what he looked like below.
We were awestruck.

Best whale watch to date.

Whale Watch at Augusta is only for selected times 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 5 minutes to 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. However, we have decided to be back in Margaret's River shortly. There are many things, such as farm stays and caves, that we had yet to explore.


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 stopped 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, a 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. Unlike 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 plan 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. The address follows

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.

Updated (Sep 2017) - We love Margaret River and decided it warrants a week's visit.

Read about our Self Drive Margaret River experience and 25 activities for kids in Margaret River.

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

Perth Zoo has everything from the mini dinosaur-looking chameleon to the T Rex.
The T-Rex may not be honest, but they moved and were life-sized!

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

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

We will be back in Perth!

In the meantime, check out our Holiday Highlights to see what else we have 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 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. Before your trip, you should check the respective telco sites for the best deal.

Do note the SIM cards do 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.

#update 2017: If you are travelling to Margaret Rivers, the Telstra Card works the best as it covers most areas. Optus do have reception issues in Margaret River.

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

Remember, it is the speed limit, not the speed target. So 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.

These are the guidelines for child seats for those going with young kids.
  • 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 a rearward or forward-facing child restraint with an 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.

*Do note that some portable booster seats are not allowed in Australia.
Refer here to the approved child seats
Source: Kmart

You might even consider getting a booster seat in Australia instead of renting one.
This booster seat from Kmart is retailing at AUD49. It is foldable, and you could use it for other self-drive travels. Best of all, it is Australian Approved!

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 cash.

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 helpful as you are not guaranteed a parking spot, especially in popular places.

You can book your apartments here from booking.com.

Booking.com 5) Shop for groceries early if you get 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 stocked 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 meal dining table.

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


Drop us an email if you want us to plan your holidays. For a small fee, we can customise an itinerary according to your requirements.

Disclosure
All expenses on this trip are from our own pockets. If you like what we do for this post, support us by clicking on the affiliate links above. All the costs will be the same as the website. TWD will get a small remuneration for the tours/room booked in return.



Information correct as of July 2016

186 comments:

Unknown said...

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

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

You r welcome :)

Anonymous said...

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.

TWD said...

Have a good trip :)

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Thanks for your post too! It is very helpful!

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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?

Unknown said...

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..

Unknown said...

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..

Unknown said...

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

Maryanne said...

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

TWD said...

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

TWD said...

You are welcome Eddie!

TWD said...

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

TWD said...

You are welcome Maryanne. Enjoy your trip!

Unknown said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

TWD said...

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

Sharon said...

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

TWD said...

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

Thunter D2 said...

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

Unknown said...

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

TWD said...

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)

VB said...

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.

TWD said...

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.

Junie said...

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!

TWD said...

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 :)

Anonymous said...

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.

Junie said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

Anonymous said...

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

ClearTear said...

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

TWD said...

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

TWD said...

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

vivin said...

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

TWD said...

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

ClearTear said...

But iPhone has no Sim Card right?

ClearTear said...

Thank u!

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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?

TWD said...

Hi there.
There are
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 :)

vivin said...

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

vivin said...

thanks :)

TWD said...

They did it for me on the spot :)

Anonymous said...

hi, may I know if the Margaret River accommodation was Margaret's Forest at Bussell Highway? Were there decent food options in the area? Thanks!

Syam Trekker said...

Great adventures with nice pictures, thanks for your posting

Liz said...

Hi,

May I know if we need international driving licence to drive in Australia?

Regards
EUgene

Unknown said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

TWD said...

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 .

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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

Dusty said...

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?

TWD said...

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 :)

Anonymous said...

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

lash said...

thank you for your awesome write up. Im going to perth for the first time in July this year for 5d4n. your article was helpful to plan my itinerary

jatin Singh said...

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

Anonymous said...

hi, I figured you stayed in MR and drive to Augusta for the jewel cave and Whale Watching? Would it be better to stay in Augusta instead?

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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

TWD said...

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

TWD said...

Welcome . Do read our other travel adventure .

Unknown said...

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

TWD said...

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

Unknown said...

how much is the lobster charges? is it expensive?

TWD said...

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/

Unknown said...

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

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

Hi TWD,

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

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

Hi there, may I know the place that you mentioned you would like to stay next time, is it in Perth city? Do you know any street name/ neighbourhood name etc? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am travelling to Perth tomorrow. Is there any way to pay the parking charges using cards (smart)? Or should we need to pay only using coins? Where did you manage get coins?

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

Anonymous said...

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.

TWD said...

Thank for dropping In :)

Andchoo said...

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?

TWD said...

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 :)

Andchoo said...

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

Andchoo said...

If I were to follow your suggested itinerary, which area would you recommend that I stay at?

Unknown said...

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

Andchoo said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

Stanley said...

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?

TWD said...

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 !

Unknown said...

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.

TWD said...

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 .

JNC said...

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?

TWD said...

Yep , we book online for them

Anonymous said...

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!

TWD said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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

Unknown said...

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

TWD said...

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 :)

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Hi hi is parking in Perth all chargeable?

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

Unknown said...

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!

Unknown said...

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!

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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. :)

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Gracey said...

How many days to stay in Margaret River is enough?

TWD said...

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.

Ms Tan said...

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.

TWD said...

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 .

Gracey said...

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!

TWD said...

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 .

Ms Tan said...

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...

TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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 .

TWD said...

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

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TWD said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

TWD said...

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

Unknown said...

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 :)

TWD said...

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 .

Unknown said...

Had a great read, like the photos very much. Do you mind to share the camera model that you used to take those wonderful photos?

TWD said...

Thanks for the compliments . Photos were taken with an Olympus omd em 1

Anonymous said...

Hi, would you recommend Quest on James Street? Is it a good accommodation other than the fact that it has free parking? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi does we need to pay toll fees in perth as I plannning my 1st road trip. Thanks

Unknown said...

Hi, for the pinnacle tour, may I know how much per pax? Does it include 4 wheel drive? Any idea if we self drive, can we book a 4 wheel drive at the park there?

TWD said...

We tried the Peninsular Service Apartment and like it better there . You might want to check it out

TWD said...

We book from http://www.exploretoursperth.au you might want to check the prices there . It's a chartered bus . Not sure what 4WD you are looking for but a normal car should take you there . Self Drive might be cheaper too :)

Unknown said...

I heard is a four-wheel driving over the dunes. Drive down from a steep slope, just like sand boarding. Only special vehicle can do that.

TWD said...

There are private 4WD at the sand dune . It would be better if you Self Drive there instead of taking the tour . The tour has limited timing and that means little extra time to hire 4WD

Unknown said...

Hi, thank you very much for your advice :)

Anonymous said...

Would you recommend going Perth in November? Would it be too hot vs Singapore? Would whale watching be available at that time, that seems like the best item on your trip!

TWD said...

Nov is spring , so weather is still good . Spore will still be hotter during this time .
http://www.australia.com/en-sg/facts/weather/perth-weather.html
Whale Watch season will be over in Augusta , but should be available in Perth . Do check with the Whale Watch companies there. Do note every Whale Watch experience is different . Not everytime you can catch a breach .
Perth is a good city to explore on your own , so go discover its hidden treasures :)

Ana said...

Thanks for your complete article on Perth.

I've been traveling to Sydney and Brisbane with our young kids. And it never have crossed my mind to have a trip to Perth because it sounds boring and hot ... Well it appeared I thought wrong then lol

TWD said...

You are welcome. If you intend to visit, spend more time at Margaret River. We spend a week there for our last holidays and it was fantastic! Look out for our experience on the blog :)

Anonymous said...

June in Perth is known to be the wettest month, however, from your pictures it seem to me of good weather when u were there in June. Were you there during early June?

Batusai said...

Hi, what is the name of Aparment in Margaret River? Thanks..

TWD said...

Margaret Forest. It's in the heart of the town. Plenty of food options.

Anonymous said...

Hello! May I know how much SGD did you all (adults) spend on avg per day? Will be going there for 8 days, but not too sure how much AUD to change. Thanks in advance! :)

TWD said...

I budgeted aud 100 (sgd 110) per day for food and entertainment . It should be sufficient . Add another Aud 500 for petrol / shopping /etc . More if you are going there for wine and fine dining !

Unknown said...

Hi I was planning on bringing our own booster seats until I saw you mentioned portable booster seats are not allowed. Are they very strict on this? Thanks.

TWD said...

You are welcome :)

Unknown said...

hi, i'm bring my 2 year old and 4 year old kids to perth soon. So i will need to rent the childeat and booster seat with the car rental company?

TWD said...

Yes , you would have to as it is required under the law . Better be safe than sorry .

James said...

Thanks for sharing. Been looking at your itenary many times. The tour agencies seem to recommend staying a day in busselton and mandurah along the way to margaret river, but i googled and didn't see anything much other than the jetty in busselton and the dolphin watch in mandurah. Would you recommend a stopover in mandurah for a day for the dolphin and cruise?

TWD said...

Hi James . Thanks for reading . It depends on when you visit MR . During June , Whale Watch was only available at Augusta . Mandurah is about 2 hours drive to the heart of MR . You might want to consider a stop at Dunsbourough instead if you are heading for Whale Watch in Mandurah . We have another itinerary dedicated to MR road trip . You might like to check that out http://www.thewackyduo.com/2017/09/margaret-river-self-drive-holiday-blog.html?m=1

Anonymous said...

Hi Wacky Duo. This self drive Perth tips is exactly what I was looking for. Bless you. You really saved me a lot of time and research. Please continue to write and go on holidays. I’m probably gonna be a copycat and just follow ur itinerary. I’m going in September - 8 days and I hope I can get to watch some whales as well but they migrate so I’ll probably hv to follow the appropriate tour for that

TWD said...

Glad you like it. Do support us if you are booking your hotels through booking.com by clicking on the links above :)

Serene said...

Hi. Thanks for sharing your itinerary. However, your comment: "*Do note that portable booster seats are not allowed in Australia." has me puzzled. I brought portable booster seats both times to Australia. 1st time to Perth and 2nd time to God Coast and no one said anything. Where did you get this info from?

TWD said...

Hi Serene . You might want to check here to see if the booster seat you carried are allowed. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/standards/child-restraints-for-use-in-motor-vehicles Certain portable models (eg mifold) are not on the list. If yours match the information , it will be good. Technically all restraints in Australia must have the AS/NZS 1754 Stickers as per the law.
http://www.roadwise.asn.au/child-car-restraints-faq.aspx
We had not been stopped before by the police, but it may be safer to follow the rules set. Hope this helps!

Serene said...

Hey thanks for replying. I shall check it out. But my booster seats are so old I doubt if the stickers are still there! Lol!

Ryan said...

Hi, thank you for your great post!!! We are going this june and thinking going to have apple or fruits picking. Any recommendations? Why you didn't go for that during your trip? Any special reason?
Thank you.

TWD said...

Too many activities in Perth and that did not cross our mind :) Will save it for the next trip down !

Ryan said...

Thank you for your super fast reply!!! We only going for 5 days ~ 3 full days in between. Grabbed the deal when SIA got promotion to perth ~ 420 per person!!!
Thought of going MR for 1 day but after read your post, think need to put aside. Going swan valley for 1 day, Fremantle and city and factory outlet for 1 day, fruits picking and shopping for 1 day.

Anonymous said...

hi, will be bring my kids this coming Jun. Your blog is good for me to plan my coming trip. I booked 3N @ Margaret Forest too. If i depart from Perth @ 9am (the day before will be going Pinnacles) stopby: Mandurah, Adventurescape, Busselton Jetty, and final check-in Margaret Forest. What would be your advice? Will the sky turn dark if i reach at MR about 5.30pm? Thank you

TWD said...

Sounds great!Have a good trip!

TWD said...

You probably can skip Mandurah. With stops your drive time is about 4-5 hours. Probably reach there around 2-3pm. If you are going in June, it will be winter. It gets dark at about 530 pm.

TWD said...

Do check out our posts on Margaret River for the activities to do there with kids :)
https://www.thewackyduo.com/2017/09/margaret-river-self-drive-holiday-blog.html

Anonymous said...

Hi, your blog was very informative and helpful :). Am going to Perth in mid august with my kids aged 10 and 8. Noticed the weather in August is about 8 to 19 deg celcius. Was wondering how i should dress my kids and in how many layers. Thank you in advance :)

ariel.tai said...

Hi, thanks for your great post! I didn't realise there are so many activities in Margaret River region and they looked so fun. In your post, you guys stayed at Pullman Resorts, followed by the Margaret Forest Holiday Apartment. I haven't been to Margaret River before, so wondering why you guys did so. Or is it possible to stay put at Margaret Forests and move around to the various places of interests? Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Hi...greetings fom M'sia! I must say that your write up is really interesting. I will be going to Perth next month, Is it easy to travel around the city by grabcar ?

A Fluffy Lamb said...

Hi! How was the weather when you went in June? I heard that it gets rainy, but your photos seem to show otherwise. Also, you didn't go to Rottnest to see the quokkas? Thanks!

Ours said...

Hi! May I know where is the place that you took the ferries wheel? Thank you

TWD said...

Simple layering would do. It's like Air conditioning 24-7

TWD said...

Margaret River is closer to caves, farms and whale watch. To save time from traveling, we split the hotels. One way from Pullman to Augusta is about 1.5 to 2 hours

TWD said...

Not sure, we self drive for our trip

TWD said...

It's cool and hardly rain. Did not get to go to Rottnest. Maybe the next trip :)

TWD said...

The Ferris Wheel is near Freemantle

jarod said...

HI, you only stay one night at Margaret River Forest?

TWD said...

For this trip , yes only one night. It was not enough and we were back at Margaret River for a week the next year!
https://www.thewackyduo.com/2017/09/margaret-river-self-drive-holiday-blog.html

Travel To Perth said...

Perth is an amazing tourist destination and i always love to visit in Perth specially in Fremantle.

Unknown said...

Hello, really enjoyed your blog... Thanks for all the useful information. Between Yallingup Maze and Amaze'N, which would you recommend as we only have time for one.

TWD said...

If it is maze you are looking for , Yallingup Maze is more interesting. We have been to both, check out the photos here https://www.thewackyduo.com/2017/09/margaret-river-self-drive-holiday-blog.html

_sahirs said...

Thanks for the wonderful description! Do you think having a home base in Perth, or driving through staying at different places every night is better? I'm planning a similar self-drive vac with a 12 & 15 year old mid-June - probably 7-8 days. We're not really keen on cities - so staying in Perth has little interest for us - other than perhaps an overnighter on the day of arrival or departure.



TWD said...

It really depends on where you want to head off to. If you are planning to head to Margaret River, a stay there is necessary due to the distance. If you are only visiting Perth , Fremantle and Swan Lake, just stay in one spot as drive is only 30mins to 1 hour. Does not make sense to switch hotels daily due too the check in / check out time + the hassle of packing and unpacking

Lorena said...

Hi! What an awesome itinerary, looks like you had a lot of fun! I'm so happy when I see other families traveling with their kids in Perth! We live here and already visited Margaret River, Busselton, the beaches on the western coast, etc.! Lots of things to do for families!

Mike said...

Caversham wildlife park is great for getting up close and personal with kangaroos!

Cara said...

Such beautiful photos! And some great ideas. We're heading over there later in the year and you've provided some fantastic places for us to look into.

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