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 camped at the Balladonia Roadhouse for one night before we headed for the Nullarbor Plain, the longest straight road in Australia. The Nullarbor is ninety miles long and as we had been warned prior, there is nothing there. There is nothing but signs for kangaroos, camels, wallabies, and of course countless trees and bushes. When driving across the Nullarbor, waving at other drivers is the courteous thing to do. This is because you’re in the middle of nowhere with minimal human interaction. Fuel has to be distributed into the outback so obviously the price was rising the further we drove. We went from paying 96c a litre in Perth, to paying as much as $1.80 a litre on the Nullarbor. While we’re talking about prices, if you want a few beers along the way, I’d recommend stocking up beforehand. In one shop it came to $35 for just 6 bottles! Border Village…
We have just flown back to Australia after two weeks in the UK. Our plan was minimal. In fact, it pretty much consisted of typing Adelaide into the sat nav and following the directions. We packed the boot of our car with the essentials; tent, esky, sleeping bags, jerry cans, etc. and then our road trip commenced.
Our first stop was Wave Rock, a mere three hours fifty minutes from Perth in Western Australia. Our hopes were high for this rock, I mean a rock, shaped like a wave? We were in for a treat. This was our first real road trip, so we weren’t 100% about what the ‘outback’ had in store for us.
Margaret River is one of the surfing capitals of the world, but having never surfed I didn’t fancy getting taken out by the humongous waves and feeling like I was tumbling around in a washing machine! It is however renowned for its wine production and and vineyards as well, so wine tours, dairy farms and breweries were at the top of our list.
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.