lundi 20 février 2012

Australien trip : Perth

05/02/12 : Perth Airport

At Perth airport it was a bit chaotic.
About 5 flights arrived at the same time (1AM), so the queues for collecting luggage and getting through customs were monstrous.

After a long wait we were though immigration and back with our big bags in the airport .
I was however surprised that they didn’t check our luggage (I thought that in Australia they opened everyone’s bags or let dogs sniff them).

Finally we had arrived.
We were in Australia. Our epic trip had truly begun.
The weather was beautiful, the sun shining, really warm (then in the afternoon it got really hot !!)
We had loads of time ahead of us. It was about 2.30am and the bus from the airport to the city wasn’t until 6.20am.

Somehow we missed the bus, and had to wait another hour for the next one.

When we arrived at the backpacker hostel I had booked, we couldn’t get our room straight away (check in wasn’t unti 2pm).

They kept our bags and we went to discover Perth.
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Discovering Perth and getting things sorted out

We settled down at the Coolibah Backpackers Hostel. It was a great choice. Right in the middle of Northbridge, only a short walk from the centre of Perth. It was really clean too (I had been warned that many backpacker hostels were real dumps).
We only stayed a week, but met so many nice people. I will definitely stay there again if ever I come back to Perth.

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The first couple of days we spent in Perth were mainly getting paperwork done. Getting a phone, opening bank accounts, getting a tax number…
Not very exciting, but it did give us a chance to discover the city though.

Perth, situated on the Swan River, is a rather small calm contemporary city.
Not too many big sky scrappers, not too much traffic, lots of parks, nice shopping centres, sandy beaches…
Everywhere in the city is so clean; no dog poop on the pavements, no litter… a real difference compared to Morrocco!
Made out of plastic baskets!

We also had a wander around Kings Park. We had to climb up 242 steps; but it was worth it. The view over Perth was magnificent.

We also arrived in time to see the festival of Perth!
One awesome performance we watched was the 'Place des Anges' (in fact french performers). They were dressed like angles and thought feathers from the sky!
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Everything is also very expensive over here in Australia, it’s around 3$ for a can of coke. Alcohol and cigarettes are way out of price.

During that frantic week, we did find some free time to relax on a beautiful sandy beach at Cottesloe (a few train stops away from the center of Perth). The water here is so clear and bright blue.

See ya!!! (as we say in ozzie) ;)



Le carnet de voyage (en français)
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