Our Australian adventure has begun!

Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
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Trip End Jun 08, 2013


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Burns Beach

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

After a five hour flight we finally landed in Perth. Australia, were in Australia!! When we collected our backpacks and walked out of the airport something felt wrong... It was freezing! We had assumed it was going to be hot (it's hot in Australia all the time right? Wrong!)

We had some time to kill before being picked up so we decided to get some cheap mobile phones and sort out our bank accounts. The phone contracts are quite different to the ones at home so we decided to just get the cheapest handset we could and get a pay as you go sim (easy peasy). We did so much research about opening an Australian bank account and all the information that we found seemed to complicate things and so we thought it was going to be a long winded process. We found a Westpac Migrant centre in Joondalup and all we needed was a passport! They helped us to get our tax file number and a savings account (with 5%25 interest) to run alongside our current accounts; perfect!

Jan and Dave's good friends, Marion and Les, very very kindly said that we could stay with them in Perth. Marion picked us up from the train station and from the moment we walked in their beautiful house Marion and Les made us feel at home. Burns Beach is a relatively new suburb so all the houses are new (and amazing!), the area is as pretty as a picture located a five minute walk from the beach and about a 20 minute train journey into the city.

After chatting away with Marion and Les telling them about our travelling so far and hearing some funny stories old about Jan and Marion we decided to crash. Sam and I layed in bed that first night and agreed that it was so nice to be in a house rather than a hotel! Over the next week we were just chilling out, being shown the area and just generally being spoiled. We met Marion's daughter & Son Inlaw, Amanda and Neil and their children, Ollie Harry and baby Isabella (the most lovely and polite children I've ever met!). They also welcomed us into their home, made us a delicious meal and even helped us to get around.

If it hadn't been enough that Marion & Les put us up in their home but they also sent us to stay in their holiday home in Bussleton for 5days! We hired a car and drove to Fremantle and spent the day there, we went to the old prison that closed in 1992. It was a really good tour and our guide was treating us like prisoners! At one point we went into the room where they used to hang people which freaked me out a bit. After we grabbed something to eat we continued our journey and a short while later we arrived at the house and it was so cute! While we were in Vietnam Sam got a load of fishing gear and he brought that along with him.

The next day we went to Margeret River and spent the day visiting wineries, chocolate and cheese factories it was a brilliant day out! The next morning we packed up some fishing gear and headed towards the peer but on the way stopped off at another part of the beach. Two girls and their dogs were just about to get into the sea to go for a swim, meanwhile sam spotted a dolphin really close to the shore, just as one girl waded into the water her friend spotted the fin of the dolphin and ran out screaming - hilarious! To be honest I was dreading fishing (yawn) but Sam thoughtfully got me a hand line (a pink one) at the fishing shop I after my first few catches I was seriously hooked (hooked..ha). Although it had started to warm up it was really windy on the peer and we soon got cold and hungry. The next day we were up and ready for fishing, we packed a lunch and took extra clothing with us. We noticed that people were catching heaps of squid so we got a jig and decided to give it a go. That day I learned to cast so tried the jig, probably around 50 times with no luck - it killed my wrist so I gave up and Sam thought he'd give it a go. Would you believe he caught a big squid with his first cast, his first bleeding cast. We saw two pods of dolphins that day it was amazing to see them with babies so close to us.

Before we knew it our time in Perth had come to an end, we had a lovely dinner out with Marion and Les and Neil kindly took us to the airport - next stop Melbourne!

Thanks again to Marion & Les for putting us up for our whole stay in Perth. You really helped us out and it was so nice to get to know you and your lovely family. We hope one day we can return your generosity...ps we should have taken more photos of us all together!

Love from
Alex & Sam
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