Southwest Australia Travel Guide

Perth – the birthplace of the Australian bum.

Today we are walking in Perth, Western Australia. Very difficult for a Russian to pronounce Perth, so I want to say “Fart. Well, I’ll hold myself. The city is located in south-western Australia on the shores of the Indian Ocean. According to the magazine The Economist in 2012, Perth was even ranked 9th most livable city in the world. In general, Australia is not bad to live in, and their cities, as well as Canadian cities, are often included in various ratings. This, by the way, is the similarity between Canada and Australia. It is comfortable to live there and there. But not many people live there or there. Why? Why does everyone go to London, Prague, New York, and Paris if there’s farther to go?

And then there are the rich people. It’s a cross between American rednecks and Russian Ta-a-a-gee-i-i-i-lle. The region has a strong heavy industry, minerals, an oil refinery, a steel mill, an alumina refinery, a nickel smelter, and its own power plant. So the bogans are just the ordinary people who work there. Working people who may not be very well educated, may be a little rude, they have simple desires, but they don’t shy away from it and live life to the fullest. The bogans are a whole Australian cultural phenomenon, and Perth is its birthplace. The culture of the simple working man, which in Russia at one time was ridiculed in Nashe Rashi.

Since the 1980s, the bogan subculture has been an example of bad taste. But at the turn of the 3rd millennium, the term “bogan” ceased to be used as an insult.

Anyway, this is the kind of simple Australian working class people with money live here. After all, Perth is a city with a lot of money, workers get paid a lot, they go to Bali once a quarter. They would be glad to swim and live here in Australia, but there is a problem: there are sharks and even crocodiles swimming in the ocean. And the prices in Australia are Australian. But in Bali everything costs pennies by Australian standards, and it’s all a paradise.

01. But in general the city was pretty nice! There are a dozen skyscrapers in the business center. These are the only tall buildings for thousands of miles around.

02. Architecturally they are of no interest at all. I’m sure you wouldn’t even be able to tell from this picture what continent this city is on. America? Australia? I’ve already written that all Australian cities have developed according to the American model.

03. Here no one thinks much about the panorama or the historical environment. The city is divided into sections, and in each section the development goes on without taking into account the surroundings. A skyscraper could grow next to an old church.

04. With this system, lots are built up as densely as possible. Yards or insolation is a luxury here. You want sun? Grow up, but there’s no guarantee that the neighbor won’t also stick a skyscraper in it.

05. The streets of Perth are lined with historic architecture and dull, little boxes.

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06. the wide sidewalks allow you to plant trees – the only way to escape Perth’s harsh sun.

07. A street toilet looks like this

08. There is a system of bicycle lanes throughout the city.

09. The city is very layered. There is almost no space in the center, so parking is often done on rooftops. Underground parking costs $55 a day.

10. this is me immersed in modern art.

11. those same rich people I was talking about at the beginning of the post, drive around the city in these cars, yutes. In Australia and New Zealand, this is the colloquial name for “Coupé utility” style pickup trucks, which are a light vehicle with an open cargo platform.

In Australia, a whole culture has developed around Utes, especially in rural areas, where there are even separate events involving cars on such bodies.

12. traditionally the term referred to vehicles built on the chassis of a passenger car, but today in Australia and New Zealand the term “yut” has expanded to include any vehicle with an open cargo area at the rear (what is called a pickup truck in other countries).

13. Traffic here is not very heavy and people cross the street where they want.

14. This is the rarest example where multiple historic buildings have been preserved.

15. Office plankton relaxing on the lawn at lunchtime.

16. The Apple store is housed in a historic building. The entire first floor is transparent and shines at night. It looks quite unusual.

17. In the city center you can find very narrow alleys

18. Here you can see the attitude toward history.

19. Perth has a park where kangaroos live! Yes, right in the city! Kangaroos are very cute and inquisitive. They don’t let you too close to them, but they don’t run away right away either. Their behavior reminds us of cats. They are curious but cautious. In general, there are a lot of kangaroos here, kangaroo meat is sold in stores, and in restaurants you can find steak from this cute animal.

20. Public transport in Perth is represented by buses, trains and ships, which connect the banks of the river Swan. Until 1958, the city also had a streetcar.

And now the coolest part: the city has a Free Transit Zone (FTZ – Free Transit Zone), within which you can travel by bus and train completely free! Bus stops in this area have a red FTZ sign.

21. In the city there is an extensive network of buses. Public transport is expensive (as elsewhere in Australia) if you go outside the free zone. Fare within a zone 3.20 AUD (135 rubles).

22. 22. There are also buses in the city with a cat on them. And it’s not just for fun. It’s Central Area Transit (CAT) buses, on which you can ride for free. In the center you can find buses that run on four “cat” lines: red, blue, yellow and green.

23. Bus stop in the center

24. The outskirts of Perth, as well as the suburbs, can be reached quickly by train. Popular destinations include the northern Clarkson area and the towns of Fremantle and Midland. Trains depart from the city’s main station on Wellington Street. The schedule is from 6:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and to 2 a.m. on weekends.

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25. The people in Perth are very relaxed. No one will work extra hours, so at the first opportunity everyone bails and disperses to bars, just like in London. By 6pm on Friday everyone is drunk. In general, in Australia, everyone starts work very early and finishes right after lunch. It’s our standard working day from 9 to 18. And in Australia, many work from 6 or 7 in the morning.

27. Let’s take a look at the new neighborhoods in Perth. The architecture is simple.

28. The apartment buildings have private yards with good landscaping. The houses here are done the American way, when you have a pool and a gym and other services right in the house.

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ElenaSevenard ” 22 Nov 2019, 16:40

Pre-cruise itinerary from Perth (Fremantle) starting February 19. Feb 25 boarding the cruise ship in Fremantle. We rent a car, 2 pairs of vivacious seniors. As always, we want to cover too much ground. Plz evaluate the reality of the plan: 02/19/2009 Departure from Perth. 10-00 Yanxhep NP 13-00 departure 15-00 The Punnacles Desert 17-00 departure 18-00 overnight stay at Dynamite Bay Green Head.

02/20/02 Departure to Laguna Hutt, our northernmost point, return back to Dongar. Overnight stay. This day is doubtful because of the big kilometrage.

03/21.03. Departure from Dongara. On to Lancelin Sands Dunes, then on towards Perth to Caversham Wildlife Park. Overnight stay near the park.

02/22 Departure to Wave Rock 3pm – to Tressies Museum and Caravan Park. Overnight.

23.02 Departure to Porongurup NP. Granite Trail move to Denmark, overnight.

24.02 Departure to Vally of Giant. Karri forest. Cape Leeuwin. Overnight in Augusta.

02/25 return, return of the car.

The questions are as follows: 1. At this rate and kilometer will we be able to see anything on the road, or it will be one long-distance trip? 2. I really want to go to Rottnest Island. What to take away from the list, to cram it in? Or refuse to visit, stepping on the throat of his own song?

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ElenaSevenard ” 25 Nov 2019, 11:23 am.

On mature reflection and guided by the advice in this thread, we decided to rule out the rock wave. In that case, we may very well make it to Laguna Hutt. Connoisseurs, please feedback, comment on the route and advise on what to look out for in the 2 days formed

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Zoobaw ” 30 Nov 2019, 03:03

Maybe you would be better off with 6.5 days to just go north, like to karijini NP? Ningaloo reef is on the way. In general the places north of Perth are very beautiful.

Let the more knowledgeable ones correct me, but what you chose are some very secondary attractions. Unless this is your fifth time in Australia, you’re better off focusing on something more unique.

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ElenaSevenard ” 30 Nov 2019, 11:15 am.

Are you kidding me? By car, 1,395 km, 14 hours, 54 minutes, and that much more back. I clarified that it wasn’t.

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Zoobaw ” 30 Nov 2019, 13:54

ElenaSevenard wrote (a) November 30, 2019, 11:15 AM: Are you kidding? By car, 1,395 km, 14 hours, 54 minutes, and that much more back.

4 hours driving a day I wouldn’t call it one solid long-haul drive. But it’s all individual, for sure. According to your plan, the distances are not so small either. Then rule out Pinnacles, too.

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ElenaSevenard ” 30 Nov 2019, 14:19

It’s just over 200km to Pinnacles, that’s an acceptable distance in a day. I’d like recommendations of interesting places around Perth within a 300km radius or less to drive around. Not to be sawing 500km a day one way for the same amount of road back the same way.

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ElenaSevenard wrote(a) on 30 Nov 2019, 14:19: It’s just over 200km to Pinnacles, which is an acceptable distance per day.

You seem to be counting strangely. Not a little over 200, but a 400km detour, since all your other attractions lie the other way. It’s not worth it. It’s 400 to Denmark in a straight line from Perth, it’s 800 back and forth. That’s how you’ll wind up the same 2,000.

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ElenaSevenard ” 30 Nov 2019, 15:38

So we’re ready to wind up though not 2000, but about 1000km in total. But not stupidly on the road to one attraction and then stupidly back! The discussion makes no sense, until

ElenaSevenard wrote:Nov 30, 2019, 2:19 pm: recommendations of interesting places around Perth within a 300km radius or less

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Varvara Curious ” November 30, 2019, 16:38

ElenaSevenard wrote (a) 22 Nov 2019, 16:40: The questions are as follows: 1. At this pace and mileage, will we be able to see anything on the road, or will it be one solid long-distance drive? Maybe not a continuous driving, but all in a hurry, with absolutely no breaks and stops to admire the beauties. I want to tell you right away, that 6.5 days is not enough time for all that. We were in those edges twice. The first time we drove for almost a week in the southern part – it was not enough, frankly not enough. The second time we drove for 5 days in the southern part – we saw what we didn’t have time for the first time and visited some places the second time.

2. very much want to go to the island Rottnest. What of these things to remove, to cram it? Or to refuse to visit, stepping on the throat of his own song?

    19.02 9-00 Departure from Perth to Kalbarri (about 600 km, 7 hours drive) If all is ok on the way and the weather is sunny, then immediately on the

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Murcia ” 05 Dec 2019, 14:30.

1. At this pace and mileage, will we be able to see anything along the way, or will it be one solid long-haul trip?

You can, but other than the Pinnacales all you noted for yourself (and here I agree with the opinion above) are a bit secondary in beauty compared to the same places around Albany and Denmark.

We drove all of your intended route this August and on to Exmouth, and I can tell you that the most beauty starts from Calbarry and up. With the exception of Pinnacales, everything we saw along that stretch was pretty local, but we had a 20-day itinerary and could take our time, especially since our main points were François Perron and Ningaloo.

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Calbarri is advised here, it’s great if you’re sun tolerant because in February Calbarri can be as high as +40 (average +30). Not only is the ocean part of the park beautiful there, but where the river is, you just can’t appreciate all the beauty of the place, because at +40 hiking is certainly a feat, considering the sun in Australia is wow! In late August (it was winter when we were there) it was +25, it was hot (and I’m sun-tolerant and can sunbathe for hours!).

Don’t waste your time on Yanchep (are you there for koalas? for koalas better at Cape Otway on Great Ocean Road), Dynamite Bay and Green Head are also questionable to go for them, we were there, but other than the beach next to a remote camp, I wouldn’t say a delight. Margaret River itself has an order of magnitude more beautiful beaches and bays.

Rottnest Island is beautiful, although I think it’s very exposed and crowded, ideal for an overnight stay (the island, by the way, is not so small for one day) – otherwise you either wind miles in the sun on bikes or are tied to a local bus.

If you are so short on time, I would recommend stopping at Albany, Denmark and returning via Margaret River. The weather will be nice in February, but without the heat, you can both swim and see the beautiful sites and nature.

Roughly it might look like this:

19.02 Rent a car in Perth, drive to Albany, stop at Porongurup NP, overnight in Albany 20.02 Near Albany Torndirrup National Park (Salmon beach, Misery beach, The Gap and Natural Bridge), Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Little Beach, overnight in Denmark 21.02 Near Denmark William Bay National Park (Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool, Waterfall Beach, Madfish Bay), drive to Augusta, overnight 22. 02 Cape Leeuwin, Hamelin Bay (beautiful beach and mantas that swim right to shore), Surfers Point at Gnarabup (beautiful ocean views, beaches), overnight at Margaret River (karri forest, by the way, is the entire secondary road in Margaret River, running parallel to the main highway, with the only difference that there are no trees to climb, but whole alleys and free). 02/23 north of the peninsula – Yallingup (Canal Rocks, Indgidap natural spa holes), Leeuwin Naturaliste Park (Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse walk), Bunkers Bay, if you try, you can spend the night in Fremantle. 02/24 Rottnest Island (with or without overnight stay, but for the day). 02/25 return, return the car.

A behemoth run, of course, but a lot and see a lot of beauty!

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