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swan



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:33 am    Post subject: Perth & surroundings Reply with quote

Dear friends, I have a chance to be in and around Perth for about 10-12 days mid-january.
Should I?! (dumb question Smile ). What should I do, what's not to miss, is there maybe a nice 'spoil yourself' hotel/resort somewhere in the area?
I'll get there on jan 7 (in Freemantle) and plan to fly home around jan 17 or so. Maybe a few days city, a few days getting massages all the time?! Tell me all about it!

Thanks!
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swan what a pity you are visiting Perth 12 months after I was there. Perth is my hometown, although I haven't lived there for many years I do go back every couple of years. I'll check with a friend on spa/massage resorts and get back to you. Will you have a car? Do you want to stay in Perth or visit any wine regions?
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swan



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara,that would be nice, thank you.
I haven't made any plans yet - the plans will sort of depend on what's there to see and do. I could rent a car. It'll be just me, and when I arrive I've been travelling in nature for about 6 weeks. I could just fly home - but hey, I won't get to Australia that soon again! that's why I'm finding out what to do. I've been to Australia before, north/middle and eastcoast, but notto the east. So when I have the chance...maybe a few days in the city, maybe a yoga or cooking class - I'm open to suggestions!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swan - I'm waiting to hear back about spas in Perth but you might like to check a previous forum post from January 26th re a trip to Perth for another C&Z member. It was geared for a family but there might be something in there you'd like to know more about.
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swan



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara, thanks, I'll look it up! For now I planned my return flight ten days after my arrival in Perth, and I think I might like to rent a car, drive up to Monkey Mia in a few days, seeinig things on my way up, spend a few days with the dolphins, and either fly or drive back to perth, where I might want to spent a day or 2, 3 in town before flying home.
How does that sound to you?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swan, there are better places along the WA coast to see dolphins than Monkey Mia. I haven't been there but have heard plenty of stories from people who have visited that it's over-rated and touristy.

You'd be better spending time at Kalbarri or somewhere a bit off the well-beaten track. Kalbarri is also a few hundred kms south of MM, which may be an advantage if you have limited time.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Judy, that's very helpful! My 'to do' list for today includes the library for books on both NY ( Smile ) and Australia, and I'll do some more studiing.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:25 pm    Post subject: In case you couldn't find the post Reply with quote

Swan,

We were fortunate to visit WA early this year, and thanks to the generosity of the people on this forum - we had a fantastic trip.

I have (hopefully!) included a link to the original post.




http://chocolateandzucchini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1821
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swan - yes Monkey Mia is very touristy but you will be guaranteed of seeing dolphins. It is very ordered and you line up at certain times to see and feed the dolphins.
http://www.monkeymia.com.au

My sister loved Kalbarri and said the gorges are great for trekking.

If you decide to drive up there are few sights to see on the way. The Pinnacles Dessert near Cervantes. Many of the towns along this coast are fishing ports so if you love seafood they are worth visiting.

New Norcia on the Great Eastern Highway was settled by Benedictine monks in 1846 and a major heritage site. Known now for its bread and olives.
http://www.newnorcia.com/

I checked on spas in Perth and my friends have only been to the Ketura Day Spa but it does not have accommodation.
http://www.keturah.com.au/

There is the Hidden Valley Spa which I'm sure would be fabulous and they have accommodation. It is only 30 minutes from Perth.
http://www.hiddenvalleyeco.com/index.asp

Kate Lamont does cooking classes in both Perth and Margaret River. Not sure if she will have anything in January though with it being holiday season.
http://www.lamonts.com.au/page/news&events.htm

There is also Nico Moretti and I see he has a class on 22nd January.
http://www.urbanprovider.com.au/index.cfm?Page_ID=1

I see you arrive into Fremantle. I haven't been there in years so can't tell you much about it. It is just a train ride into Perth City which has all the regular hotels. Up the top of Hay Street is the suburb of Subiaco/West Perth. I prefer to stay here than in Perth city. The Outram is a superb hotel but one of the more costly.
http://www.wyndhamvrap.com.au/resorts/theoutram/

Subiaco has some nice caf├ęs and shops which are much nicer than in the centre of Perth itself.

South of Perth is a resort area called Mandurah. It is really popular in summer so you would need to book ahead.
http://www.mandurahwa.com.au/
There is an area there called Dolphin Quays which my friend said has a spa and massage facility. It could be the Seashell resort but she wasn't sure.
http://www.seashells.com.au/acc_mandurah_intro.asp


January is a very hot month in Perth. It is also when everyone is on holiday and the resorts areas are very busy. Driving is relatively easy out of Perth with good roads and long straight stretches of road.

Here is the WA Tourist website for you.

http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/Welcome_to_Western_Australia.aspx
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara, you are a doll, I am going to study carefully all your advice and then will (try to) make up my mind - thank you so much for now!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swan here is a new website I've just received on my email this morning.
http://westernaustralia.tv/index.php/
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