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WA in April

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WA in April

Hi,

We're arriving from the UK (via Singapore) inperth in late April, we fly to Uluru 9 days later, and are wanting to see: Fremantle, Rottnest Island, then get a car and travel up the coast as far as Exmouth, dump the car and fly back to Perth, rather than driving al the way back. Does this sound do-able? We've never been to Aus before, and are really keen to see that part of the coast especially Ningaloo reef, Pinnacles etc.

Cheers,

Yanusha

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1. Re: WA in April

Hi and welcome to TA

Yes, your plan in a nutshell is doable. Bear in mind that Perth to Exmouth is 1270kms. That is London to Edinburgh and back plus some...:-) with very little to see in big chunks! Late April is a good time, the weather should be warm rather than disgustingly HOT. Car hire will be limited to those companies who allow drop off in Exmouth which at this stage looks like only Avis and Europcar. There is a thread on here about being aware of Europcar's penchant for charging OTT for small scratches etc Drivers also need to be 25+.

Have a look at www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au and also

www.discoverwest.com.au/perth+car+hire+rentals. You look like spending at least $2,500+ for around 6 days car hire.

Look forward to more questions in due course :-)

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The preferred route for first-timers would be to head down south, but because it is April, it is probably a one of the better times to visit Exmouth/Coral Bay. Be aware that north of Geraldton, towns and civilisation in general can be a lttle sparce and driving can be tiresome.

Reserve a night-stay at Shark Bay (Denham), there's some very interesting stuff to see around there too.

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Definitle do-able, 3/4days in exmouth/coral bay and 1 day in Rottnest/ 1 day in Fremantle/Cottelsoe. Pinnacles can be a day trip, just do a tour from CBD. Didnt think Pinnacles was that great, supposed its a must see though

Exmouth/coral bay is beautiful, i wouldnt drive up if i was you. you'll probably waste 2 days driving up, and its a tough drive, long straight roads with nothing much to see in between. Its so tempting to speed, but the cops will get you. Skywest has great packages skywestholidays.com.au/exmouthcoralbayholida… If you like tenting outdoors, Ningaloo reef retreat is great. The Reef there is beautifully preserved and almost untouched. Thought that was one of the best spots for snorkelling and its right at the footsteps of the campsite.

You dont need a car to get to Fremantle. Train is great,pretty easy and sometimes faster if you are staying in Perth CBD. You can catch a Ferry to Rottnest from Fremantle or i think Perth Jetty.Maybe spend a day trip in each. You dont need to stay overnight. Quokkas are cute, but if you are going to Exmouth snorkelling is superb there. On the way to Fremantle you might want to check out Cottesloe beach or stop there for breakfast its on the way to Fremantle on the same train line. There are bus shuttles going from train to beach there.

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Dear Yanusha

Welcome to TA.

Previous posts have said it well.

Flying is the quickest, easiest and probably safest option. Allows the best use of your time.

If you are keen to drive then please do the following:-

Take water (10litres), a blanket & tourch- just in case you breakdown. Also inform the police in each town you pass through what your movements are. Checking in and out of each station will alert them if you dont turn up at a destination. They very much appreciate it too.

If you want to see the scenery and dont want to drive check out these websites:-

These are backpacker buses and are a cheap alternative to driving.

www.travellersclub.com.au/travel/tour

bugaustralia.com/transport/greyhound-austral…

www.backpackertours.com.au

cheers

Howzat :)

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Hi all,

It's a long time since my last post but I've been reading every book I can get my hands on about Australia! Your suggestions are great, very much appreciated. I'm even more excited about the trip!Maybe we're being too ambitious with the driving idea, as internal flights seem pretty cheap. We're not dead keen on organised trips, though, and would rather do our own thing.

After Perth/WA, we'll be in Uluru for 2 nights, then onto Sydney, we'll be in that area for 12 days and would like to try to get up that coast to Brisbane and maybe fly back to Sydney and then home to Edinburgh... : ( Is a motorhome a good idea?

Yanusha

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For info regarding Sydney to Brisbane. Click on the thread below. It will show places of interests to stop. Hiring a motorhome would be heaps of fun, there are some wonderful caravan parks on the Nth NSW coast, most have prime positions on the beachfront.The only problem would be its not that warm in April in Nth NSW.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255055-c3001/Austral…

The other option is why not explore Nth Qld while the weather is lovely. You could fly to Cairns and see The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Cape Tribulation and then pick up a motorhome and drive Cairns to Brisbane./ or drive Cairns to Mackay and fly back to Bris or Sydney.

Cairns to Brisbane.

1. Tully.

2. Mission Beach and Dunk Island.

3. Townsville and Magnetic Island

4. Bowen

5. Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Islands

6. Mackay - Brampton Island

7. Yeppon - Great keppel Island

8. Gladstone - Heron Island

9. Bundaberg - town of 1770/ Lady Musgrave Island.

10. Hervey Bay - Fraser Island

11. Noosa - Sunshine Coast.

12. Brisbane

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Hi all,

What a great idea the TA forums are! Loads of great information from youall, thanks again.

We're probably going to fly up to Exmouth from Perth (Skywest) and spend 5 days up there - how lg does it take to drive to Monkey Mia from Ningaloo Reef Resort (I know it's a touristy thng, but those dolphins look great),

thanks again

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