Sunday, July 15, 2018

Travel with Hippo to Perth @ Travel Guides For First Timers!

Hello peeps!
Finally, I have time to blog about my beautiful journey in Perth.
Well, this is not my first time visiting Australia, but I think I'll never get bored traveling to Australia again and again. :)
Australia is always a pleasure to visit.
I have been to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and words just can't describe how much I love about this lovely country.
Love the natural wonders, nice weather, stunning architecture, dazzling beaches, good coffee and the friendly people there.
I'm so happy Perth is finally checked from my travel bucket list in early June.
The trip with my family and Lik was truly awesome and unforgettable.
We really enjoyed our times traveling around Western Australia for a week.
I will be seperating the post according to different days, and each posts will include the places that I've been to in Perth.
Will definitely try to include as much useful information as I could and hoping the travel posts will benefit those of you who are making your travel plans to Perth.



Perth is the capital of Western Australia.
Almost everyone I knew who has been to Perth told me that "Perth is boring", and even my friend who stays in Perth also told me that "There is nothing to do in Perth".
They might be right because most of the shops and shopping malls are closed at 5pm, and you probably got nothing much to do in the late evening.
After my trip, I realized that Perth is very laid back and less crowded, it can be one of the best cities for retirement. :)
Yet, I also found many fun things to do and places to see in this great Western state of Australia!
So let's begin the first chapter of the Travel with Hippo to Perth right away!

Flight






We confirmed the air tickets just a month ago before our trip, unfortunately the rate wasn't the best at that point of time.
We compared both rates of AirAsia and Malindo Air, and at the end we go ahead with Malindo Air even though the final price is slightly higher than AirAsia.
Malindo Air allows 25kg checked-in baggage for each passengers, provides free meals, in-flight entertainment, and also the flight flies from the international main terminal at KLIA.
Without any doubt, we happily embarked on a 8D7N trip to Perth, lasting from 7th June to 14th June!

8D7N Itinenary


Being a first timer in Perth, I had no idea how to arrange the destinations and itineraries.
I can't go without setting itineraries since I'm bringing my parents, sister and 2 nieces along.
So, I did a lot of researches on the attraction places, where to shop and also the must eat foods because I really hope to give them a perfect holiday in Perth!
Honestly, I was really excited to visit Perth for the first time after I planned the trip with a complete itinerary!

7th June 2018: Hello Perth → Dinner at Theo & Co Pizza → Grocery shopping at Coles
8th June 2018: Fremantle market → Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbor → The Roundhouse → Fremantle Prison → E-Shed Market 
9th June 2018: London Court → Explore around Hay St, King St, Murray St → Bell Tower → Elizabeth Quay→ Watertown Outlet Mall shopping Mall
10th June 2018: Wave Rock & Hippo Yawn at Hyden → Kulin Tin Horse Highway
11th June 2018: Blue Boat House →  Botanic garden → King's Park → St. Mary's Cathedral
12th June 2018: Yanchep National Park → Pinnacles Desert → Lancelin sand dunes 
13th June 2018: Explore Swan Valley → last minute shopping
14th June 2018: Bye Perth!

I was trying to put most of the Perth's attraction in this trip, yet I think I missed out the famous Margaret River on this trip. :(


Transportation in Perth


If you travelling to Perth, and planning on the outskirts of Perth visit, I think it is more convenient to rent a car so that you can get around the places like a local.
Also, by renting a car, it really helps you to access to everywhere, like do the groceries shopping.
There are many car rentals available in Perth city, and most of them provide almost the same rates and services on their cars.
I took sometimes to do the researches and it's truly blessed that I found Aries Car Rental which offers the cheapest rate after comparing with 3-4 car rental companies.




We have 5 adults and 2 kids along the journey, so we need a big car to fit everyone of us.
Kia Carnival Auto 8 Seater is really good enough despite the luggage accommodation on the first and last days that we have to take into our consideration.
We stow 6 baggage in the truck, and the extra baggage on unoccupied seat.
Anyway the overall performance, flexibility, and comfort of the Kia Carnival is perfect for us along the trip.



We total paid AUD838.90 (about RM2520), which means about RM360 per day rental.
The deal includes 7 days rental, unlimited kms and also the cost for the insurance & liability reduction. 
It's very important to get the insurance & liability reduction when hiring a car in Australia in order to cover high damages costs if there is any accidents happened. 

You can contact Aries Car Rental at:
Website: https://www.ariescarrental.com.au/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/AriesCarRental/


Parking and Petrol


One of the greatest thing driving in Western Australia is there are no tolls in the entire state of WA.
This helps to save some money since we are planning to drive all the way to Hyden and Pinnacles.
We total drove about 1487 km on the one week journey! #wow
The average of gasoline in Perth was about AUD1.55; however, parking rates in Perth is expensive, same as Melbourne and Sydney.
You may wonder what does 1P, 2P, 3P means in the signboard beside the roadside car park lot.
1P means you can park for 1 hour, 2P for 2 hours and so on.
The cheapest rate we came across was AUD2 for one hour, but the rate can go up to AUD6 for an hour depends on the areas.
Make sure you pay if you want to park your vehicle at the roadside, by following the instruction on the roadside machines.
Since we rent our car from the Aries Car Rental, they allow us to park under their premise for free if they have their outlets at the places we visit, such as Perth CBD that near to the Hay Street.


Weather



In June, I would said the weather was just perfect, despite the day we traveled to Wave Rock with strong winds and heavy rains.
The average weather during the week was in between 12 degree to 20 degree.
We had chilly weather on most of the days, then the weather got a bit warmer on our last 2 days in the city.
In Australia, winter begins at the start of June and therefore the sky gets darker early, like at 5.30 or 6pm.
So, it's better to start your day early if you are planning for any outdoor activities.


Accommodation





Everytime when I traveled with a group of friends or family, I would prefer to book an apartment or a house as I think that's the best way to spend quality time together during the holiday.
Airbnb works very well in Australia after I had a good experience in Sydney. 
We booked the City Spring Apartment with WA Stay, located at River Vale, which is about 10 minutes drive from the Perth city.  
The renting cost of the apartment is not cheap; we paid a total cost of RM6634 for 7 nights. 
However, we think the overall staying experience worth the value.



The apartment was big, which consists of a spacious living room, main kitchen, dining area, 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms.
On the other hand, the whole unit is squeaky clean, and really well-maintained. #thumbsup







This is the master bedroom with a queen-sized bed.
The room is roomy, nice and bright with TV mounted away from the bed.





The master bedroom also attached with a bathroom.
It has a walk-in shower's corner, and also a separated toilet inside the bathroom.



The second bedroom has one comfortable double bed for 2 person.



The third bedroom with two single beds.



While browsing the apartments through Airbnb, I noticed that most of the apartments in Perth have only one bathroom.
Glad that the Wa Stay apartment comes with two bathrooms, or else I'm sure it will be very inconvenience for us.
This is the second bathroom shared between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms inside the unit.



There are washer and dryer in the bathroom.





Here's the dining area.





The kitchen has complete amenities, and equipped with fridge, microwave, electric kettle, full set of tableware, and cookware.
Yet, the area doesn't provide any salt, sugar, pepper or cooking oil if you want to do any cooking.







The view of the city from the balcony.



There are swimming pool and fitness centre located at the first floor, and we were allowed to use all the facilities inside the building with the access cards.
Overall, it was a great stay at Wa Stay Apartment, and we really couldn't ask for more!
Me and my family had the best time and I highly recommend you to stay here if you are visiting Perth with your families or a group of friends in future.
Sure you will like it! :)

Wa Stay Apartment in Perth link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4968850


Portable Wifi



Wifi is one of the essential things when I travel abroad, so that I could update my social medias all the time, and also can navigate from one place to another one.
It's such an important tool when driving the car around in Perth.
You may purchase a local SIM card, however I think renting a pocket wifi is more affordable and convenient if you are traveling with a group of people.
I booked my portable wifi from Roaming Man, which includes 3GB for 4GB per day, and can be shared up to 5 different devices.
The high-speed wifi is unlimited but it will slow down to 2G or 3G once it reaches the limit per day.
Previously, I rented the pocket wifi from another company, however I think Roaming Man has a lighter device, and also the pick up kiosk is much convenient as it is located opposite the McDonald at KLIA.



Roaming Man offers wifi services to many countries, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Europe, US, etc.
They always have promotions from time to time, so remember to check out their wifi service if you are traveling abroad.

You can contact Roaming Man at:
Websites: https://www.roamingman.my/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/roamingmanmy/



I guess that's all about it for today.
I hope this little travel guide helps you to plan your trip in Perth.
If you have any questions, you can leave your message at the comment below, and I will try my best to help out.
I will be blogging about each tourist attraction in Perth and the photos I took there on my next posts, so stay tuned for my upcoming blog posts ya!


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