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Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

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Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Hi, my family of 5 (3 teenage children) will be going to Perth from 15 Dec - 21 Dec 2013.

We will be arriving the airport at 18:20pm on 15 Dec 2013 Saturday.

We planned to pick-up our rented car and drive all the way from the airport to the Preston Footprints Resort which we will be staying there throught the 7 nights. (Not too sure if this is advisable or should we take a maxicab directly to the resort?, we are afraid it would be too dark to drive on the road by then we cleared our luggage etc.)

Our intention of this trip is to self-drive to cover most of the must visit palces and and join the 1 Day Pinnacles, Koalas and Sand Boarding 4WD Adventure tour on one of the day.

We planned to go to the Fremantle Market on the 2nd day which is a Sunday.

Join the full day Pinnacles, koalas and Sand Boarding 4WD Adventure Tour on the 3rd day.

As we will be staying in the Preston Footprints Resort throughout the 7 nights, we really need help from the experts here to advise which are the places we should and is sensible to cover for the rest of the days before we fly back to Singapore

Thank you in advance for your help.

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1. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

If you check the Swan Taxi fare estimator you will see that Preston Beach isnt listed as it is quite a way outside the city limits.

An estimate from the International Airport to Manduran is $168. Preston Beach is a further 20 minutes south.

I doubt many drivers would do a $200 one way fare as its a long way to drive back without a paying fare.

So self drive would be advisable. Its a pretty inconvenient location you have chosen.

Staying that far south does add a lot of driving time to the drive to the Pinnacles. Where exactly do you get picked up for that tour ?

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2. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Staying at Preston( Beach) you will spend a lot of time heading up and down the freeway, battling traffic or on the train/public transport.

I would strongly recommend finding somewhere else to stay if your intention is to play tourist in the metro area and head north to the Pinnacles.

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3. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Pick up the car when you arrive, as most of the the drive is along a well-lit highway and you'll need it to get around.

Since you're a ways from the city you'll need to plan your days carefully, for example, a day at Fremantle, a day to see Kings Park and other city attractions like the Mint and the Bell Tower.

However you're close to Mandurah which has a great inexpensive dolphin cruise, fish and chips on the foreshore and other attractions like a zoo and a fun fair. www.visitmandurah.com/

Also since you're there at Christmas time be sure to take the night time Christmas lights cruise along the Manduarh canals. You won't believe how people decorate their houses, it's great to see.

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4. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Hi perfectlyperth, thank you for your quick reply.

Great. We are planning to collect our car from the airport upon arrival around 1810hrs. Shall head straight to Preston Beach afterwhich. On the next day, we plan to go slightly north to YALGORUP NATIONAL PARK, then further up to MANDURAH, ROCKINGHAM, FREMANTLE, SWAN VALLEY, YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK, TWO ROCKS.

From TWO ROCKS, we may try to catch the sunset if possible, and thereafter, head back to Preston Beach Resort.

We currently have 2 plans in mind that we're hoping to cover within 2 days after we're back from TWO ROCKS. Which of these destinations is a more ideal plan? #1, travelling from FREMANTLE to Barrack Street Jetty to River Scenic Cruise or #2, travelling from FREMANTLE to Rottnest Island??

On the 3rd &4th day, we would most likely move South towards YALLINGUP NATIONAL PARK, BUNBURY, BUSSELTON, MARGARET RIVER, and then back to Preston Beach Resort. Do you have any suggestions on where else to cover if we have a little more extra time?

On Day 5, we are planning to go for the PINNACLES Tours where the pickup point will be at BARRACK STREET JETTY(NEAREST).

We're not too sure about the activities to cover for Day 6& 7. It would be kind of you to offer a little suggestion or advice from your side. Thanks alot!

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5. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Hi PerthiteOZ

Yes. We have actually short-listed some of the resorts nearby that includes the CBD area.

Unfortunately, going to the North is convenient but not to the South.

Considering the in-between time for touring and travelling, we would prefer to choose a resort that's preferably more centralized in the City. Maybe a resort that has equal travel timing heading towards the North and South. :)

Could you suggest some other places of interests or not-to-be-missed attraction sites besides the PINNACLES DESSERT, KOALA, Sand-boarding, 4WD ?

Thanks!

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6. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Dear Lord, if you're planning to watch the sunset at Two Rocks Beach then drive back to Preston Beach be extremely careful. I have travelled to and from Two Rocks many times over the years and can tell you there can be a lot of roos on the road there at night. My mother destroyed a car once hitting one. But really, why Two Rocks? It's not that exciting IMO. And with all the places you're planning to cram into that day, forget the Swan Valley and make that its own day trip.

Whether you do a river cruise or a trip to Rottnest is really up to you and what you hope to see/achieve on your holiday. It's kind of like asking should you eat fish or steak? Both are nice, they're just different.

You are aware presumably that it will take about an hour and a half to drive from Preston Beach to the Barrack St pickup point for the Pinnacles tour? That will make a very early start (and late end to the day having to drive all that way back- again be careful and watch out for roos).

Frankly with extra days and so much to do in the Margaret River area I'd suggest spending more time there.

I'm not sure you've really worked out how far from everything Preston Beach is or how far apart the various places you want to visit are. Please go to this site:

www.whereis.com

and use the "Get Directions" feature to plot out your various trips and see how far they are and how long it will take you to get between destinations.

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7. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Hi 70sGrrrl

Great. Having a 7N vacation in Perth will need a lot of travelling time to cover some of the attractions we have in mind, like the PINNACLES, KOALA, Sand-boarding and 4WD tours.

Do you have some suggestions on where we should start from day 1 onwards, and maybe throughout the whole trip? We're considering going for the steam train, do you have any idea where about the location to take from?

The Christmas cruise along the canals sounds like a great idea! We'll take that into consideration :) It would be lovely to be in a decorated place full of Christmas vibes.

Thanks

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8. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

If you already have a hire car you may as well do the drive to the Pinnacles yourself.

Most bus tours depart from the city around 7 or 8 am. You will already have a 90 minute drive from preston Beach into the city and that timing is based on no traffic. If its a weekday then from Rockingham onwards you will be in heavy peak hour traffic adding considerable time to the journey and risking missing your tour bus.

You are then looking at a pretty late return drive and yes as per Yorkie - the potential for wildlife on the roads at that hour.

The alternative would be to drive up to cervantes during the day and enjoy the coastline and dunes and the lobster thing that everyone seems to be enamoured with, then see the dunes at sunset or sunrise the next day (staying overnight). On the way back to Perth the next day you could go via the longer inland route and check out New Norcia, or the shorter coastal route and come back via Two Rocks and Yanchep National Park and check out Sorrento Quay and the AQWA aquarium for the day prior to heading back down to Preston Beach.

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9. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

If you ignore PP's suggestion (#8) and still insist on driving to Barrack Street from Preston Beach for an early morning pickup, I'd allow 2 hours and have everything crossed. You also will need to find parking.

If you insist on staying at Preston Beach, drive to Mandurah station and park and catch the train to Esplanade. Short walk to Barrack Street from the station.

Public transport details here: www.transperth.wa.gov.au

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10. Re: Need help in planning 8D7N in Perth

Perthite I do keep forgetting they built that very expensive train line !!

Yes far better solution but still a mighty long day. Drive to Mandurah - train to Perth, stroll from Esplanade Stn to Barrack St, catch tour bus - repeat in reverse at end of the day.

Be much cheaper too as finding somewhere to park the car for the whole day ie convention centre - would add up.