DAY .01 Touched down Perth Airport at 05:35, picked up our rented car at the Hertz counter then off we went. Booked a Nissan X-Trail but we were given the new Ford Kuga which sits in the same category. Rental rounds up to about $140/day including insurance coverage, GPS rental and a full tank of petrol.
Perth Airport >> Hyden Wave Rock
Distance: 328km vis State Route 40
Entrance Fee: $10/vehicle
Estimated Time Needed: 30min
Hyden Wave Rock >> Esperance
Distance: 382km via State Route 40 and National Route 1
Nerdy Verdict: Take note of the route chosen as you set the GPS. We chose the fastest route and ended up with a nerve-wrecking drive on the yellow sandy trunk road (and light showers!) with no cars in sight for 4 hours. The 1st vehicle that made an appearance was an excavator fetching hay. Don't be surprised. TMI but a few road-side wee session were done. Aside from that, we had the best drive of our lifes. Beautiful drive with stunning landscape and sexy animals. Came across 2 Kangaroos, 5 Wallabees, 1 Rabbit and countless birds.
Day 1 was an adventurous journey. It would have taken us 7h30m without stopping but since Hyden Wave Rock was in our itenarary and we stopped mid-way for a quick lunch, the entire journey took us 10h. Advisable to start your journey as early as possible.
DAY .02 The day I've been dreaming of since 2015. Being high on salt tolerant algae (just like how I'm high on pugs), The Pink Lake changes colour all year round depending on weather conditions.
Esperance CBD >> Great Ocean Drive
Great Ocean Drive >> Perth CBD
Duration: 7h30m (without traffic)
Nerdy Verdict: The Pink Lake might not be as pink as we wished for but we were lucky enough to see a light shade of pink as the clouds move by. It was magical to see how mother nature plays trick in the most polite way possible. Lakes aren't always blue and tree branches aren't always brown. We saw metallic silver trunks, burnt orange branches and snow white desert plants. The 20h long drive (in total) was well worth it. I had the chance to see things I've yet to see and drive on the slippery ass road with balls.
Nature taught me a lesson. What we think and perceive might not be the way it is. Plants aren't always green, luxury doesn't mean bitch and gender isn't just male or female. Perceptions come from human.
DAY .03 The most laughter and embarrassment I've had in year 2016. Went off track, slipped off my sand board and ended up rolling downhill yelling those lungs off. Stood up feeling dizzy and a body covered in sand. TMI but I had sand in my panty. Thanks to gravity. Sand as fine as milk powder and 19 degrees cold breeze whistling against out cheeks. Lancelin Sand Dune was way more fun than we expected.
Perth CBD >> Lancelin Sand Dune
Entrance Fee: -
Board Rental: $10
Estimated Time Needed: 1-2h
Location: 102 Gingin Road, Lancelin, WA 6044.
Nerdy Verdict: Don't save on the board rental. Sharing a board might sound like a plan but being able to compete and slide downhill together with your family/friend is worth every dollar. Board rental comes with a Board and a piece of wax. $10 for hours of fun?! Girl you better reserve some energy and snack on some bananas.
DAY .04 One thing I love about traveling across the continents and exploring the world is the ability to experience the beauty of nature. Scattered limestones and mellow leaves. Weird yet wonderful. Fierce sun at Nambung National Park baked us to perfection. It doesn't matter if I have a burnt nose.
Lancelin Sand Dune >> Nambung National Park (The Pinnacles)
Entrance Fee: $12/vehicle
Estimated Time Needed: 2-3h
Operating Hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Nambung, WA 6521.
Nerdy Verdict: Thumbs up! Highly recommended if you love everything natural & brown. Driving in the desert brought me back to those adventurous childhood days. One tip! Try visiting The Pinnacles off season to avoid the crowd and do the loo before entering the course. That's two tips. You're welcome.
It's better to see something once than to hear it a thousand times.
DAY .05 Did some shopping at Myer then we took a short drive down to Fremantle Market right after. Oh Fremantle. Scrumptious food, chilled beer & cool graffiti. Perfect place to hang out with anyone on your wish list. Fremantle reminded me of my recent trip to Europe. Shall spare more time in Fremantle in the future because it would be great to sip on some alcohol by the pier watching the sky go dark.
Perth CBD >>Fremantle
Nerdy Verdict: Haystreet Mall wasn't as extensive as I expected, if we were to make an apple to apple comparison to shopping streets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I reckon you'll get some good shopping done for sure but if you love crazy shopping and zipping through the happening crowd, Haystreet Mall might not do the deal.
Grill'd serves amazing Vegetarian burgers and Zucchini fries. Try them with the spiciest sauce in storee. It's bloody tasty. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I hope you've gotten an idea of what to do in Perth and what to expect when you're on the land down under. Perth shares the same time zone as Malaysian so there is no need to readjust anything. Please share your experience if you've travelled to Perth. We would love to head back in the future and explore more of Western Australia :)