Three vehicles and we haven't left Perth yet !
20.09.2007 - 25.09.2007 12 °C
Had a pretty good flight from Singapore to Perth. The food and entertainment was good and the five hour flight seemed to go really quickly. Perth Airport was a bit of a saga! Australia has very strict quarantine rules and as our walking shoes were still caked in jungle mud the Immigration Officer took them away and cleaned them for us! She also confiscated our powdered soups and even gave the guitar a good going over, looking for signs of wood boring insects. Eventually we were allowed in and got a taxi to the Hostel that was to be home for the next six days.
We had actually planned to stay in Perth for two days, but we were let down (dupped) by the company that we were renting a camper from. We were not happy with the rental agreement or the van, so we walked away. We made a quick decision and settled on buying a Station Wagon with some camping gear and an agreed "buy back" (when we get to Sydney). The snag was it was late Friday afternoon and we couldn't get the vehicle registered until Monday!. The garage that we were buying from lent us a car for the weekend and we were able to keep our room at the Hostel. Although it has meant a major change in our plans, we think it has been for the better as we had the whole weekend to spend in and around Perth.
On Saturday we took the borrowed car down the coast to a place called Safety Bay, near Rockingham. It was a huge bay with lovely golden sand, with hardly anyone on it. We were amazed to see Dolphins just twenty yards from the shore, swimming and playing in the water. (Oh yes, we did also see a Kangaroo, but it was unfortunately dead by the side of the road. I didn't realise they were so big!). On Sunday we spent the morning sightseeing in Perth City and the afternoon in King's Park on Mount Eliza, which overlooks the city. It was lovely warm spring day and we just lazed in the park reading our books, along with half the population of Perth. King's Park seems like the place to be on a Sunday afternoon, everyone was either barbequing on the free BBQ pits or picnicing on the grass.
The temperature here in Perth is a lot cooler than Singapore and South East Asia. It's nice during the day, but we are having to wear our fleeces in the evening. The major bonus is that we don't have to have noisy air conditioning in our room!
The Hostel that we are staying in is pretty good, but we are by far the oldest people here. Most of the residents seem to be young Europeans who are living here and working in Perth. It's been quite good to be able to cook our own food and do our own washing and ironing. Yes, we know it seems a bit weird, but after two and a half months of staying in Hotels it really makes a change!. We have a communal laundry, kitchen, TV room, etc. It's been quite interesting, but I don't think we would want to stay here long term!
The major change to our plans is that we are no longer going north. We are going to go as far a Uluru (Ayers Rock) and then double back to Adelaide, then take the South East coast to Sydney, travelling on the Great Ocean Road. Our original schedule was quite tight, and with losing four days here in Perth, we decided to change thr route to a more leisurely one.
While we were waiting for the car to be registered on Monday, we went and bought the rest of the camping gear that we will need. While we were in the city I decided that I needed a bit of a haircut. We found a hairdressers/barbers and steve left me there and went for a beer. I was a bit worried when the chap indicated that I should sit in one of his barber chairs, but it turned out alright.
Well, the car went through the "rego" and failed on minor faults, so had to go back again today, but unfortunately they didn't get it through today either, so after kicking up a bit of a storm with the Dealer, we got another car. Supposedly an upgrade on the original one (well the price tag was $1,500 more) for the same price. We are now proud owners of a blue Holden Commodore! We will be setting off into the depths of South Western Australia tomorrow morning.
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