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Advice on where to stay in Perth

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Advice on where to stay in Perth

Hi. We arrive in Perth on the 20th December 2013 (at 10 a.m from Melbourne) and we have until New Years Day. After much deliberation we have decided to drive (in one, slow, hit) down to Albany to spend the night there, the following night in Denmark, 2 more nights in and around Margaret River but gently heading our way back up to Busselton on Christmas eve where we have 2 nights accom for night of Christmas eve and Christmas day. Boxing day we head back up to Perth where we would like to spend the rest of our time, with exception to go to see the Pinnacles. My husband is very set on doing this. He wants to head up as far as Geraldton??. Can we do this in one day or should we stay over?

We would like to stay in Fremantle for a couple of nights but mix it up a bit and stay in two locations over 4 nights - Where is nice to stay to have a real feel for Perth. Should we do Fremantle over the weekend and then the CBD Sun/Mon or vice versa? We fly out so early NYD so should we stay at airport or is it easy to get to - we have our own car.

Or drive from Busselton to further North of Perth (we don't mind driving and we will have had 2 days of beach!), stay the night of 26th as near as we can then see the Pinnacles and head back for Fri 27th - Tues night in and around Perth.

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1. Re: Advice on where to stay in Perth

Geraldton is about a five hour drive north of Perth. You'd definitely need to stay over. And it's going to be very hot.

Albany is also a five hour drive, but south. I don't see the logic of driving down to Albany just for one night - there's loads to do in the area - it's worth much more time, as is Denmark.

Fremantle and Perth are only about 30 minutes apart - it's quite easy to base yourself in one and see both. Changing accommodation is more trouble than it's worth, especially considering the time of year you're visiting (holidays) and the shortage of accommodation here.

You may very well have trouble finding accommodation at this late date. You might have to choose location based upon accommodation, vs the other way around. Christmas is a busy travel time here.

No need to stay near the airport on your last night - the airport is easy to access from most parts of the city.

I suggest you stay overnight at the Pinnacles as well - they're best photographed at dawn and dusk, yet you don't want to be on the road before dusk or after dawn due to the kangaroo hazards.

Edited: 04 November 2013, 22:34
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2. Re: Advice on where to stay in Perth

Yep agree with Mel. Your plans involve a lot of driving and sleeping in hotels - but no actual time to look around.

I would remove days from the Perth/Freo/Busselton sector and add them to the Albany sector (we always have a minimum 2 or 3 nights there and still only see half of what there is to see),

2 nights in Denmark or Walpole (whichever one you find accom in as they are so close to each other and everything to see is between the two towns).

And an overnight in Cervantes to see the Pinnacles at both Sunset and Sunrise,

then up to Geraldton, overnight there and a leisurely drive back to Perth - perhaps via Greenough and New Norcia.

Agree with Mel - no point packing up and moving hotels between Perth and Freo - Freo is a suburb of Perth and 30 minutes by train. Or for something different take the ferry and have a scenic river cruise to Freo then a wander round, lunch etc and back to Perth CBD on the train.

Accom can be hit and miss over xmas. Some years we have had to book months in advance and others we have found lovely accom right at the last minute. In Walpole the TreeTop Motel is lovely.

As Mel said - you can stay in the city the night before you fly - its a public holiday so traffic will be light other than those heading to the Perth Cup.

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3. Re: Advice on where to stay in Perth

Another vote for 2 nights in Albany. You will be tired when you get there and really need the full day afterward to get a bit of an overview of the place. When you leave Albany spend the day getting to your next spot ( eg Walpole or even Pemberton). Take the Lower Denmark Rd and call in to Shelley Beach, then lunch in Denmark, on to William Bay, Tree Top Walk then Walpole (or Pemberton). As already mentioned, cut the day off somewhere else. Fremantle is more vibrant during the weekend, but lovely any time and being on the coast is slightly cooler. Pinnacles would be as far north as I would go in your time frame.

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4. Re: Advice on where to stay in Perth

Definitely spend your whole Perth stay based in Fremantle if you can find accommodation. Its so each to get from Freo to anywhere else you want to be in Perth. There is a beach in Fremantle or take the ferry to Rottnest or a short drive up or down the coast to lots of other lovely beaches. 30 minutes by train to the CBD. 40 minutes drive from Fremantle to the airport. Maybe less as its holiday season so traffic will be minimal.

Prepare for hot weather - could be anything from 28 degrees to 42 degrees celcius daily max at that time of year with a drop of 10 to 15 degrees overnight. Locals generally go to the beach early in the morning and leave late morning when it gets too hot and/or the wind comes in blowing the sand up. Evenings at the beach are nice too. Afternoons are best suited to airconditioned activities.

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