If someone asked me a year ago, “What will you do during your first year travelling Australia?” My answer would have been short. Truth be told I didn’t have a clue. Other than the stereotypical sights to be seen here in the land down under, I didn’t actually have a plan. Here’s a brief recap of what I’ve been up to in the past 365 days. We lived in Perth, Western Australia My first real taste of Australia. We landed in Perth in November and left in March. Although it isn’t my favourite place in Australia to date, it is where we made a lot of life-long friends. Billabong Backpackers Hostel on Beaufort Street was where we predominantly spent our time. I worked part-time in a pizzeria and part-time in the hostel for free accommodation. Perth is a beautiful city, it has some wonderful places and it isn’t too busy. The only…
Visiting Perth, Western Australia on a budget? Need some ideas that won’t mean dipping into your wallet? Here are a few things to see and do that I did during my time in Perth that didn’t mean breaking the bank!
We have been in Perth about a month now so we decided to get the ferry over to Rottnest Island. It is located about 18 kilometres from the mainland and is renowned for its population of quokkas. It cost us $100 per person for travel, ferries, snorkels and bicycle hire. We got up at 5.30am ready to be picked up outside Billabong at 6.20am. I can’t remember if at any time I have specified that Billabong is the name of our hostel, so if you were wondering there you have it. You can imagine how hard getting up was for me seeing as I haven’t been up this early since school.
This week we decided it was about time we started to look for jobs. Australia is a pricey country and as fun as it has been moochin’ around without a care in the world, it is not doing our bank balances any good.
When we landed in Perth what was the first thing we did? We went for a $12 pint. I could not believe my eyes, $12! People had told me Australia was expensive but apparently I wasn’t prepared. I pulled myself together, took into account the exchange rate, and realised that it was about £6.50. Don’t get me wrong that’s still a pricey pint, but I would pay that in some craft beer places back home so I didn’t cry about it. Our first drink in the land down under, life was good.