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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2015
Restaurant  (1 Answer)

Is there a Brazilian Restaurant in Armadale W.A. If so what is the name of it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2014
What's The Best Tourist Spot in Australia You Can Recommend?  (5 Answers)

Hi there, this is Angel and I am a newbie in this forum. I was thinking to visit Australia this upcoming November. Any best place you could recommend? I am looking for an one week accommodation.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2014
Planning a 10 Kimberleys Adventure  (7 Answers)

After considering all regions of SEAsia and Australia for my 10 days holiday in Aug I have finally decided on the Kimberleys. For the suitable weather at that time of year, the outdoorsy experience and simplicity of planning. I hope I am right!?
Would I be right in saying that I wd fly in from Singapore. where I live. to Darwin. With only 10 days wd I be best to take a short flight maybe to Katherine to cut out some of the longest drives and start from there? We would not want to be part of an organised tour, there would be 3 adults. I have also been told I MUST NOT miss Ayers Rock tho it wd be a huge detour I realise. Expensive detour?? I was recom to fly there from Darwin first then return to do a 7 day trip into the Kmberleys or is that cutting it too short and trying to fit in too much? Advice please very welcome from the wonderful vt forum!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2013
buses in western australia  (2 Answers)

how to get a bus from coral bay to perth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2013
How long does it take to receive an emergency Australian passport?  (3 Answers)

Hi all, does anyone know how long it takes to receive an emergency australian passport, from time of application to receiving it (I.e. having the passport physically in your hands)? Anyone know the fastest possible way I can get this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2013
Online information about Western Australia  (7 Answers)

Hi, I am looking for some really good websites with all sorts of information on Western Australia. I have seen so many that are just trying to sell things, hotels, tours etc. that have little or no real information. I am looking for a site that has some good in-depth information about the state.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2013
Any suggestions  (5 Answers)

Flying to Perth mid April till mid June with husband. We have hired an Around Australia Motor Home ( hope they are good). We are heading south then north ending in Darwin. Asking for any suggestions of places to stay, visit, or avoid etc. Our interests are fishing, shopping, markets, horse riding,we will have push bikes with us, sight seeing, etc Any info will be handy. TIA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2012
Driving from Darwin to Perth... advice please :)  (7 Answers)

My partner and I are driving to Perth from Darwin with our 4yr old daughter. We have nine days to do it in, and have no idea which places to stay in... From what I can gather from researching online, the coast seems the way to go, but I have heard mixed things about places like Port Hedland, Derby and Kununnura. At this stage we will go from Darwin to Kununnura, then on to Halls Creek, then Broome. From Broome, I have no idea. Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated... Thanks in advance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2012
Travelling with a 4 year old girl and 5 month old baby  (1 Answer)

Two years back, we were in WA for 10 days and we did the south coastal drive. Our itinerary includes Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta in October.

This year, we are planning to visit Wa again between 26 oct - 3 nov (9 days 8 nights stay) and would like to hear from you whether are there any recommended routes up north of Perth which is child friendly etc.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2012
3 Day Trip from Perth with a 4 year old girl !  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

I am coming over to Aus with my partner and 4 year old daughter and after staying with friends for a while in Perth we are going to give them a break and head off for two nights. I have been to Perth before but never really ventured south west to Maragaret River Way etc...Just wondered if anyone had any ideas of a mini itinerary of where to visit for a quick trip. We will have already done Fremantle and Perth beachs at this point. I never made it to Marageret River but wonder if there is enough to entertain a 4 year old. Is it still quite simple/cheap to swim/paddle with dolphins ?

Any advice or tips greatly received

Rich (and Freya, 4)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2012
Visiting Western Australia next June  (5 Answers)

My boyfriend and I are thinking of visiting western Australia next June 2013. We plan to fly into Perth, spend a few days there and then either:

1) fly to Exmouth and hire a car
2) Drive up to Exmouth from Perth

We only have about 2 and half weeks and really want to visit the Pinnacles, Ningaloo Marine Park, Shark Bay & Monkey Mia - and if we have time, either Karijini National Park or Kalbarri National Park.

Are we trying to cram in too much? I've read the driving distances can be really large! I'm also slightly worried about the weather as we are visiting in Winter - will it be warm enough to swim?

Any advice greatly appreciated! This will be our honeymoon, so we want to make the most of it :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2012
11 Day Holiday in Perth & South West WA  (9 Answers)

We will be visiting Perth on the 27 & 28 September and then have eight days to tour before returning home on the 7 October. The first two days will be spent in Perth but need ideas as to what to do for the remaining time. We will rent a car and are thinking of touring the south west area down to Albany. I don't think we have enough time to include Esperance. We like the national parks, wildflowers, beaches, etc.

Any ideas as to where to go, must see sites, locations to stay or entirely new directions for that time of the year would be appreciated. Also what type of hire car would we need if going onto park trails.

We are a couple over 50 years of age


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2012
Car rental & What to pack  (6 Answers)

we will be travelling to Perth in May/June. We would like to rent a car to travel to Swan Valley and Pinnacles. Could you suggest any car rental that is trusted and they offer budget prices too.We have narrow our searching but not sure which to decide.
I understand that May/June is autumn season, should we need jacket? what's the temperature ? thank you very much for your time to answer my questions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2012
9 Days trip to Perth/Swan Valley/Pinnacles/Fremantle  (11 Answers)

This is my third time to Australia and my first time to Perth. We have 7 adult and will be travelling in May/June. Below is our itineraries , please check for us and I really appreciate your advice if you could recommand some other places for us to visit? I wonder if our itineraries are too loose and we have too much time to waste...haha....
May I know if we need to book from winery if we want to sample their wine and does it chargeable?
anyone having experince with Fremantle airport shuttle bus? we will need it for transfering us to perth airport. Any advice?
Our main travelling goal is free and easy, relax and have fun.
Thanks in advance.

Day I KL to Perth (departure 11.50pm arrive 5.30am)-perth airport shuttle bus to Perth YHA

Day 2 Perth-King's Park, Perth Mint, London Court.Overnight at Perth YHA

Day 3 Rent a car.>Swan Valley-Guildford town, Sandalford Wines, Margaret River Chocolate Company. Over night at farm

Day 4 Swan Valley- Carversham Wildlife Park, Mondo Nougat. Over night at farm.

Day 5 Pinnacles. Over night at Cerventes

Day 6 Back to Perth- Lake Monger, Subiaco Station stress market.With family rider tickets, 3.00pm to fremantle. Over night at fremantle. Local House.

Day 7 Fremantle-The Round House, fremantle Market, train to Cottesloe Beach. Over night at fremantle local house.

Day 8 Fremantle-Maritime Musuem , Harbour, over night at fremantle local house.

Day 9 Back to KL ( 6.00am-12.30pm)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2011
South West Road trip  (9 Answers)

Hey Guys,

I'm planning a road trip in Feb from Perth of the south west. Just got a few questions.
Firstly not sure if it's worth to stop in Bunbury? The Dolphin discovery centre looks good? What are your reviews? Was thinking on day 1 to stop in Bunbury and then overnight in Busselton. My problem is I cant find any reasonable priced accommodation in Busselton that will have us for 1 night. Looking for cheap accommodation for 4 people roughly150 a night (cabin/chalet). Does anybody know anywhere? If not, was thinking of maybe overnighting in Dunsborough instead?
Day 2 Margaret River
Day 3 Margaret River
Day 4 Augusta - Wypole (tree top walk) - Denmark
Having difficulty finding accommodation in Denmark (looking for something the same as before)can anyone help?
Day 5 Albany
Day 6 Esperance
Day 7 Esperance
Day 8 Esperance
Day 9 Esperance
Day 10 Kalgoorlie
Day 11 Hyden (wave rock)then back to Perth via York

we are planning on doing lots of fishing and bird watching and just a general chilled out time with family. what do you think? Maybe it might be worth just starting day 1 in Margaret River and leaving Bunbury, Busselton and Dunsborough out, giving us longer in another place?

Any suggestions are appreciated and any must do things along the way!

Thanks guys!

Nat :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2011
Is it wise to plan from Perth - Exmouth February?  (2 Answers)


My partner and I are currently living in Perth and his parents are coming over in February and we all had our hearts set on a trip from Perth to Exmouth. We know its going to be hot and chance of cyclones, do you think it would still be wise to plan our trip there or should we look to go to other places maybe down south?

Any advice given is greatly appreciated.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2011
South West Forests  (12 Answers)

Hi all,
I lived in Perth for a number of years, but left to come to Sydney 10 years ago. We are going to spend Christmas with my parents in Perth. I would like to bring my husband around the South West forests.I know its the worst time as its the most crowded after Xmas, but hubby will be forced to take leave anyway after Xmas, and we wanted to spend Xmas and New Years with my elderly parents. So will probably spend 4 nights in the South west, probably from 2 Jan 2012 to 6 Jan 2012.

Was thinking: 2 nights in Margaret River, and 2 nights in Pemberton or maybe Manjimup. Or maybe 3 nights in MR and 1 night in Pemberton.

1) Bushwalking - we would like to do a couple of short walks (ie 3h), easy to medium grade, nothing too taxing. Was thinking could do a bit of the Bibbulmun track from Pemberton.

2) Wine tasting in Margaret River area wineries, although we could do that in one afternoon or maybe two.

Accommodation - fairly easy, happy to pay up to150 for a basic motel type place, or pay up to200 for something "charming".

Problems I'm facing: Places are booking up fast. Many places in M River have a 3 night min stay, which is why I've considered the 3 nights MR/ 1 night Pemberton idea.

Qns: If we just focus our stay in M River, are there karri forests we can walk around in? The main point of going to Pemberton is that I recall from trips I made 15 yrs ago that was the home of karri forests.
Would anyone do a day trip from M River to Pemberton? Google Maps says its 2hr drive one way, which seems a tad far, and also I'm worried if we leave MR at 8am, get there at 10am, it will be too hot. (related to next qn)
Would it be too hot to go bushwalking in the SW forests late Dec/ early Jan?

Alternatively, as Marg River is popular and quite pricey, is there somewhere else where we can enjoy bush and wineries?

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2011
Riding solo... Adelaide - Perth  (8 Answers)

Hi! I'm moving from Adelaide to Perth in 6 weeks and my plan is to drive there with my car to avoid having to pay to ship it over. I'm really excited but admittedly a little scared aswell cos I will be making the trip on my own. I've never been west out of south Australia so I'm really unfamiliar with that whole stretch. I've done alot of research but I do want some help planning my exact itinerary from somebody with first hand experience.

So my planned route is: 
Adelaide - ceduna
Ceduna - eucla
Eucla - norseman
Norseman - esperance
Esperance- Perth.

 Obviously stopping for the night in each. Is this a good itinerary? Any suggestions on better/cheaper places to stop over? Or advice on weather or both these distances are realistic. 

Also any other info on things to see, places to stay on my stops, long distance driving tips or anything in anyway related to this trip would be hugely appreciated!

Thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2011
Travelling the West Coast of Australia  (5 Answers)


My best mate and I are looking to travel up the west coast of Australia from about the middle of October until the 4th November for roughly a 3 week trip.
We have been looking into car hire (both from the UK so are used to left hand drive) and are shocked by the sky high prices as we are under 25. I will be 25 in December so it is annoying that the cost is so high....

SO....I am wondering would anyone like to join us to split the cost and also not have the restrictions of the grey hound or such like buses and enjoy exploring the west coast at our own pace!?!?

A little about us...

We are both 24 year old females from London who have finished uni, worked for a year or two and decided to blow all our savings travelling the world. We are fun loving and would love to travel with one or two others who love a bit of banter and want to see the apparently "real Australia." We shall see!!

We started our trip in Russia in March and have been making our way south ever since....

No age restrictions with us...we can socialise with everyone...but a driving license is a must!! lol

Thank you! Hope to hear from someone soon

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2011
Looking for a bit of advice on travel and work from Perth up to the East coast  (5 Answers)

Hello there I was wondering if anyone could help me. I originally had work lined up in Perth to make and repair dreadlocks.
I'm a competent Loctician and my plan now is to travel from Perth to the East coast. I was wondering the best way to do this taking into consideration that I will try to finding work along the way.
I have time to spare but want to conserve money as best I can so I have tried to open avenues such as couch surfing and staying with people along the way working off different networks.
In your opinion is this possible to do? Once I touch ground in Perth I would like to be able to say I will get a better idea of what I need to do but I would appreciate any input that anyone can give me.
Thank you so much :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2011
Perth Road Trip Options  (6 Answers)

We have had two fantastic holidays to see the main tourist attractions of Australia in NSW, SA, Queensland and of course Uluru but are now considering a West Coast self drive holiday based on flying into Perth. Originally our thoughts were a return trip Perth - Exmouth - Perth, then fly to Darwin for Kakadu.
Now we are thinking of driving Perth - Margaret, Albany or Esperance back to Perth then onto Exmouth and back to Perth. We would have three to three and half weeks for trip.
Advice would be appreciated on
1) West Coast and Kakadu - doable? Or more sensible just west coast?
2) Are there enough things to do on a 'west coast trip' for young at heart oldies who like a mixture of scenery and sites, are prepared to snorkel but not great fans of 'beach' holidays
3) accommodation - we're not thinking of a campervan but would like opportunities to homestay or BB
4) Would a 4WD be advisable
3) Which would be best time - February, March or April

Any other advice would be good!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2011
Easyrider tours  (2 Answers)

Hello people :)

I'm looking at going to WA for a couple of weeks in the end of April, i have been there before, but i would really like to go to Coral Bay, Exmouth and Karijini National Park. I have seen that the company easyrider have a tour that would take me to the places i would like to go ( , but haven't heard a lot about them before, so do any of you have any experience with them, good or bad or could recommend any other good touring companies i would love to know :)

Thanks for any help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2010
Travel Insurance to cover Depression  (6 Answers)

Does anyone know of any Travel Insurance that will cover Depression.
I am travelling to America for a few weeks.
Would really appreciate any information.
Thanks Terrie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2010
stay at Freemantle or in Perth  (5 Answers)

hi, our family of 3 adults, will be arriving in Perth around Nov. 29 and plan to spend 3 nights here before heading up north to Ningaloo Reef. We plan to go to Rattnest Island one day (perhaps a scuba tour). We want to see a bit of downtown Perth and perhaps Cottlesloe or Scarborough beaches. If we do not want to change hotels, what is best place to stay: Perth (what area), Freemantle or in Cottlesloe or Scarborough. Will we need a car or are the buses and train frequent enough to make going to the various areas quick. From what I read, it seems like using a car is not as convenient as taking public transit. Thanks for any input. wejeth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2010
stay at Coral Bay or Exmouth

hi, we, family of 3 adults, will be staying in the above area in early Dec. for about 6 nights. We like snorkeling, perhaps a scuba dive and kayaking. Which town would have the better to snorkel from motels/apts? I prefer to have snorkeling and kayaking a short walk at most from our apt. and do not mind driving somewhere to meet up with a scuba trip. I think we will also take a day trip to Turquoise Bay as I read this place has great drift snorkeling. Comments anyone. Thanks. wejeth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2010
When are Schoolies and Christmas school holidays in Dec.  (4 Answers)

hi, we plan to go to WA in Dec., probably Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 or Dec. 11 to 17. Does anyone know when the schoolies and Christmas vacation periods are as I will try to avoid being in WA at this time. Thanks. Wejeth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2010
Weather & jelly fish in Ningaloo Marine Park in Dec.  (2 Answers)

hi we are thinking of spending some time near Perth and also will fly to Ningaloo Marine Park in Dec. What is the weather like at Ningaloo Marine park near Exmouth. I read that it is very hot, rainy and humid further North at Cable Beach. Is it the same at Ningaloo? I believe that Perth is sunny and dry in Dec. Also, are the beaches generally good to swim at near Perth and near Exmouth or are there jelly fish? Comments anyone? Thanks. Wejeth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2010
we can stady my itinerary  (1 Answer)

I put the first, (but not the last:-) release of my itinerary

Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island - Perth
Perth – Bunbury
Bunbury - Busselton
Busselton – Dunsborough 25 km (eagle Bay – Cape Naturaliste 13 km)
Dunsborough – Ngilgi Cave – Yallingup - Margaret River (via Bramley – Carter Road McQueen Road 50 km)
Margaret River
Margaret River – (Prevelly 10 km) - Boranup – Hamilin Bay -Augusta (Via Cave Road 65 km)
Augusta – (Via Stewart Rd) – Beedlup Falls - Pemberton 130 Km
Pemberton (yeagarup - Warren National Park)
Pemberton (Warren Tram)- (Fonty's pool) - Manjimup 35 km
Manjimup - Walpole 120 km
Walpole – (knoll scenic Drive 5 km) Valley of the Giants – tree top walk (Valley of the Giant road - Rate road) - Peaceful bay 80 km
Peaceful bay – William bay N.P. – Denmark 60 km
Denmark (Ocean Beach Rd 16 km)– Albany 55 km
(option: Denmark – Mt Barker 55 km)
Albany – Torndirrup N.P. – (The Gap -Frenchman Bay – Goode Beach) 50 km
Albany city – Emu Point
Albany – Bramer Bay 180 km
(option: Stirling Range N.P. via Chester Pass Rd 230 km)
Bramer Bay – Hopetoun 260 km
Fitgerald River N.P
Hopetoun – Esperance 220 km
Esperance city - Great Ocean Drive
Esperance - Cape le Grand - Esperance
Esperance - Kalgoorlie (by Bus)
Kalgoorlie - Perth (by train)

any saggest for improving my ideal trip will be appreciate.
another question. Is it possible to visit wave rock by bus or better a tour?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2010
Starling range National Park

It could worth a visit in november?
Where to sleep?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2010
rent a car  (6 Answers)

In my next trip to Australia I'm planning to rent a car but the problem could be a one way (and a price!). I would like to do by car from Dunsborough to Esperance. Alternative could be Busselton to Busselton ( i want avoid Perth to Perth).
Any saggestion could be appreciate. tanks

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