Hoi's kitchen is closed since Feb 2006. I went there last month. Seriously they are closed down for good. So go round the corner at the newspaper vendor for another dim sum. Quite sad that they closed for good.
The $13 map cover only Perth? The 1st time i went, someone borrow me the map and it never cover upto the south. Only half way. Even the directory provided by the car rental also half way only.
Yup, already noted down. Good Fortune Roast Duck. hehe. Actually, we ever have intention to rent a coupe for a day or 2 for fun. Can't afford to own 1 plus s'pore not ideal to drive with open top. Hot plus dusty. But, no time to squeeze out leh.
Me only 1 baby gal turning 1 year old this month. My production very low 1. haha.
For rental, we rented 2 car from M2000. My bro is getting a 2L Mit lancer and it cost $235 nett for 7 days. Insurance excess also the same as mine as it is the standard package offered by M2000. We are not reducing further as our travel insurance will cover $500 excess of car rental. For my child seat, since we getting 2 car, they give it foc to me. If not, it is chargeable at $20 for entire trip. However, there will be a charge for airport pick up or drop off. We are not picking up fr airport since we arrive almost 1am in Perth. Think it will be too tired for us to drive plus can't afford to 'lost' our way at that hours. Moreover, the house we rent is at Cottesloe not Perth city. But we will drop off car in airport when return.
Btw, Still pondering should we squeeze in Subiaco. Don't have much time. If it is worth to go, will try to squeeze in.
haha..same idea here... in singapore, not ideal place to drive a coupe leh..so hot n dusty... n too ex! not practical to drive a sports car...cos a sports car is meant to rev up the engine one..imagine u rev up till 100km/hr then stop again..so sianz right? over in aussie the countryside, good..
well maybe the next time we r there we'll do just that..;p
camomile n san
wow..u gals got little ones liao leh... talk abt low productivity... haha..think me then is the one...
For maps, u can always chk with ur rental firm to see if they provide full road maps that covers all the regions. Some of them do. Else, u can always get them easily from the Information Center in the region u're visiting. Most hotels shld have them too.
For Budget, they always include a full copy into ur car so it's ready for use upon pickup. The maps were also very detailed & useful. The last time when we visited Gold Coast, Sydney, Mebourne & Perth, we hardly have to obtain or purchase maps anywhere else for these places cos the maps were oredi detailed enuff. We only took brochures for certain attractions if we stop by any Information Center.
And hee.. have juz received confirmation fm Budget earlier in the evening that our request for a 2.2L car has been confirmed.. HOORAY!!!
Actually, a 2L is more than sufficient for us, juz wanna try my luck to see if we're lucky enuff again to get a bigger car And since we're able to get one at no extra cost, why not? Moreover, bigger room space is always gd esp. if there's a kid onboard. It's oso a luxury.. keke And right now, they oso have a 4th day free special for all rentals between 1st May-31 July; and they were oso very kind enuff to extend the offer to me so I only pay $373 nett total.. GREAT! ^_^
Ya, partly due to low season tt's y able to get better cars. But quite lucky also cos they only have a few 2.2L for tis range. According to them, it's not easy to get one also cos usually demand is rather high for tis car type at the airport, so still gotta depend on luck.
My bro-in-law just came from Perth on Sun. Brought back lotsa brochures & I saw there's another special from Budget where u only need to pay $5 for first day (for min. of 4 days rental). We just have need to present the voucher upon collection to enjoy the offer, so even more savings. So total, we shld only be paying less than $350 now. Certainly a great deal..
Yes, 5 more days to my trip.. but my heart oredi there long ago liao..
Ya.. can't wait men. I'm those who like cool weather alot & I'm not scared of cold, but I hate heat, especially Singapore weather so humid makes u super sticky after u sweat. My gal also, so it's gonna be like whole day 'air-con' for her over there, heehee...
So u planning to go Bali ya? I've been there 4.5 years bk. It's a nice place, beautiful beaches & a place rich in culture. Great place for relaxation...
My planning stil half bucket only. hee. More excited over this coming Saturday birthday party for my gal 1st birthday.
Same here, luvs cool weather alot. S'pore already suffering with the heat, will always choose to escape to somewhere where we can wrap ourself up.
Btw, any ideas is it common to see cake shops in Perth everywhere? My gal actual birthday will be in Perth so I intend to get a cake for her on the actual day. I don't remember I see alot of cake shops around which is as common as in S'pore during my last trip.
Oh, 1 more thing. where did you do your Visa? I enquire a travel agent and they charge $10 per passport. Wonder if there's anywhere cheaper since we got 9 passports.
Bali is cheap now. Have intentions to go as well but with a baby now, it seems difficult for me to go Bali with a baby.
There is a cake shop called the Cheesecake Shop at subiaco. Its a green shop. Ask around and they will point it out to you. Try their boston mud cakes and their cappacino cheese cake. of course there are other cakes to choose from! you will definately like it!!
There's a Miss Maud Pastry House located at Murray St & Hay St. They're rather famous for their cakes & pastries so mayb u can chk it out. They even do event catering too for special occasions..
Other than tt, most of them are located at at Northbridge & North Perth, not so much in Central Perth itself.
For Visa, if u do it thru the travel agent w/o getting the air-tickets, $10 is oredi very cheap. Dun think u can get cheaper anywhere else unless u're a regular with tt agency. Usually, if u book ur air-tickets together with them, they normally do it FOC for u, while some charge only a small fee.
I had mine done via a travel agency as well. I used to frequent them for cheap air-fares last time but for this trip, I got my tickets thru SQ direct cos they're having a promo. But SQ charge $30 per pax for visa, which is v ex. so I approach my usual travel agent instead. They charge me only $9 cos I used to be their regular. Normally they charge $12 for walk-in customer, which is still much cheaper than doing it online or via SQ. So I think for urs at $10, it's oredi v. cheap. Since u hv 9 pple, u can always negotiate with them for a lower price. They shld be able to give u a better rate..
Managed to find one Golden Grove Orchard at Chittering. That's the nearest to Perth besides Raeburn Orchard & they allow fruit picking too. Mayb u can give them a call at 95718117 when u're there. Or u can obtain further information about the orchard at the IC there. Okie dokie, gotta go. Bon Voyage & enjoy ur trip! =)
Found this F&E itinerary at Today's newspaper. Can't upload the PDF, therefore copy and paste instead.
â€¢ Shop at Hay & Murray Street Malls, Harbour-Town factory outlets or Westfield Carousel
â€¢ Visit Kings Park for a panoramic view of the city
â€¢ Dinner at Northbridge or Subiaco
â€¢ Overnight in Perth
â€¢ Drive to Fremantle
â€¢ Shop along High & South Streets and at the Fremantle & E-shed Markets
â€¢ Taste freshest seafood at Cicerelloâ€™s
â€¢ Overnight in Perth
â€¢ Take a cruise to Swan Valley
â€¢ Blend your own wine and savour it with your lunch at Sandalford Estate
â€¢ Interact with native animals at the Caversham Wildlife Park
â€¢ Dinner at Burswood Entertainment Complex
â€¢ Overnight in Perth
â€¢ Drive southwest out of Perth
â€¢ Swim with dolphins at Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre
â€¢ Take a stroll on Busselton Jetty to the Underwater Observatory
â€¢ Overnight in Margaret River
â€¢ Visit the galleries and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at Dunsborough
â€¢ Explore the caves and wineries in Margaret River
â€¢ Visit the quaint town of Cowaramup for some delightful treats
â€¢ Overnight in Margaret River
â€¢ Return to Perth via Donnybrook for a spot of fruit picking.
Anyone going to Perth next week or so & will be visiting Swan Valley regions? Pls let me know cos I need to get something from Edgecombe Bros winery over there. So if u're going there, do PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tks alot!!
u can either get your visa from the SIA custmer service counter in changi airport terminal 2 or from travel agents...I got mine from the SIA counter..paid $30 for the each visa..dun know abt the agent wise..
U can go to Chariot Travel. They charge only $10 per visa. And if u purchase ur air-tickets fm them, they will do it FOC for u.
Like wat Camomile has mentioned abv, if u go thru SIA counter, will be $30 per visa & if online, will be $30 AUD per visa, very ex. I bought my tics from SIA too last time cos they have a promotion & it was slightly cheaper than getting it from the agency. I only got the visa done thru them cos it was v. cheap, only $10. U can visit their website at www.chariot.com.sg or give them a call at 63888883. Generally, their airfares are also cheaper than other agencies too. Hope it helps..
I forgot what was the rates for M2000. When my hubby and i was there, we rented from Bayswater. That's because beforehand we asked our friends in Perth and they told us Bayswater was the popular ones, even amongst the locals there. http://www.bayswatercarrental.com.au/
Is it much cheaper to book the accom online last min than to book it now? My only fear is that the choice accom that i want to book would be already full. Is $3000 more than enough for a 7 nights accom, 8days car rental and flight tickets for 2 to Perth,Busselton, Magaret River, Pemberton and Albany?
Usually December is not a time to go Perth but weather over there can be unpredictable.But one thing for sure is that the southern area will be cooler than in city.
i do know of one beach resort that is right at the beach but that is in Albany. Its called emu something. but i can;t recall. It has a jaccuzi and 20 steps you will be out on the beach! But you need to search the albany website for more info. If i am not wrong it is near the emu beach.
actually i got some websites on the different romantic accomodation you can stay for your honeymoon. if you dun mind i can forward you the website address and you can decide from there.
You might want to book the accomodation as some places are really popular. For example i love the lavendar berry cottages in Pemberton but they are always booked! Treenbrook cottages in Pemberton are popular also. So if you want to book the cottages that you like, it is best that you book b4 hand. Not much cheaper than you book on the spot though.
Your $3k maynot be enough as certain accomodations are not cheap. Assuming tickets for both will be 1400 car rental is abt 600. Its about 2k. so you are left with 1k on the accomodation, meals and petrol cost. Nice cotttage with fireplace and nice interior can come up as much as 200 per night. but usually 150 per night can get you decent cottages.
i'll be more more than glad if you could forward to me the website addresses that you have for romantic accomodation.
You seem to know quite a bit about the Western Australia. Did you study there before?
i just hope that the weather would be fine there. tink i'll start finalizing all the itineary and accom by oct. my fiancee loves the lavender and berry farm. she made sure that its one of the accommodations that we're going to book.
yes i stayed before and i was like a 'part time' tour guide to my friends and relatives esp for southern areas. Below are some of the nice cottages i shortlisted. If you can, stay in Treenbrook. We saw kangaroos in the evening. The cottage is fully built in jarrah wood and bricks. infact i find it betta than lavendar berry cottage.
for albany, just check their website for list of accommodation. look for those at the emu beach.
I added Denmark as one of those 'if you have time to admire the cliffs' sights. Do surf their website to see what they have to offer.
U can also chkout Karri Valley Resort near Pemberton. Their lakeside rooms offer balconies with both lakeside & forest views. It's a great getaway especially if u're nature lover, and a really serene & beautiful place with fantastic lakeside & sunset views. They have special packages for honeymooners too..
And yes, $3K is definitely not sufficient. $5K wld be a closer estimate. For accom, do try to make booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment especially if u're going for the popular choices. For more info on these places, u can always visit www.westernaustralia.com. They also have distance charts to help u in planning..
Thank you thank you so much! I'm so glad that there are people sharing me their experiences regarding the place. The internet has got such a great trove of information, but it takes plenty of time to sift out the better places. I've spent many nights looking through different accommodations but Google.com.au always brings me to the same few accommodations. At least now, i have more variety and advice to follow on. Blame it on heavy advertising and competition.
infinite.. i bought the below for my coming trip.. fyi
(1) ticket to perth by SIA = S$348 + tax of 300+ (x 2 tickets)
(2) Perth City hotel 4 nights = A$79x4 (for 2 ppl)
(3) Land tour of 6 days 5 nights to Busselton, Magaret River, Pemberton and Albany. Include the Karri valley resort which is mentioned by clarwen = S$1K (x 2 ppl)
cuz the prices u've got seems really GOOD for the air tics. in Dec, the qantas tics costs $896 (2 pax) + S618 (taxes for 2 pax) = $1568.
Western australia accom also 10-20% more exp. but i've managed to squeeze in 8 days and 7 nights accom + self-drive 1.6L toyota car + air tickets for 2 pax for around $3200. But the accom that i've chosen would not be choice ones. Furthermore, most breakfasts are not provided by the accom so i probably be spending around additional $1k in excess for meals, shopping and misc stuff.
Sad to say ... i might not have enoough cashflow to go for honeymoon in Dec. Need to pay for my wedding dinner and purchases for my new flat plus renovation. So i guess my Western Australia trip has got to postponed till a later date.
But hey thanks to all you nice people esp Blue and Claerwen, out there for providing me leads to a perfect honeymoon to downunder
I think during DEC, weather is turning hot soon...most of my friends will return singapore during this time to skip the summer time....
Starstar, nice to read your mail in this site too....Perth is one place that I have been to so many times, due to my gal visiting jadecot the training ground for SQ, taking pic with the mini mouse aircrafts.....and most of all, friends that migrate there....You go there often too?
Such a pity that you are postphoning ur WA trip! If it is not your honeymoon, you can go budget too! You can actually save on your car rental and accomodation. But since it is a honeymoon....maybe need to save and enjoy better on your trip.
Betta times to go perth will be Autum April to June and spring time Sept to Oct. For autumn you might get to visit the fruit orchards. Spring time is the best where they are millions of flowers blooming, kings park is having wild flower show and in oct there is a Perth Royal Show. Really exciting....
Yup, summer time in Western Australia can get really piping hot, esp. in Jan. Temp can get over 40 degree in some places, so it might be a good thing too to postpone it till a later date. I had a colleague last time who went there in Jan for her honeymoon & she had serious sunburnt when she returned. It took her more than one week to heal, really poor thing.
As wat Blue said, Autumn & Spring are the best time to visit Perth cos weather will be very cooling & u'll also get to see more things. But try not to go during winter bet Jun-Aug. It's really freezing & most activities are not available too.
i am going later this month (sept) to catch the wild flowers. it is not honeymoon though
the airtickets are the SIA GV2 promotion - or u can try buying from friends who have krisflyer miles to spare. I think it is about 35K miles per return ticket to perth
i bought the air ticket & land tour from euro-asia, it come with breakfasts and dinners. the extension is bought online; slightly cheaper than buying from euro-asia as it come with free perth city tour. The aus visa is free and euro-asia answered most of my questions; so i decided to buy from them instead of having to piece the items myself from online/direct sourcing