The Moon & Stars – Perth (WA) Observatory

Heading up into the Perth Hills (W.A.) at night we were in for a real treat. Braving the cold winters night the visibility was fantastic, a clear moonlit sky. The friendly staff at Perth Observatory were friendly and passionately shared their knowledge of the night sky. The tour included multiple viewings down powerful telescopes at the moon, Saturn, Jupiter and various stars. The tour was rounded off by a hot chocolate to warm everyone up before we bid our thank yous and goodbyes. Definitely on the to do list, it was just a 45 minute drive from the city, the guides had a brilliant sense of humour and it was very good value for money. As the guides are all volunteers all money raised from tours enables the facility to stay open to the public and for future astronomers.

For more fantastic things to see and do in Perth WA, checkout A Flash Packers Guide to Perth, available in paperback or to download as an ebook from Amazon!


Mundaring Perth W.A.

Heading out into the Perth Hills brings you to a network of rivers and reservoirs that supply Perth with water. The dam and pump station at Mundaring is a historic engineering achievement. A short drive from the town of Kalamunda the dam has a picnic area, nice walks and informative display. With the backdrop of the national park it is a great location for spotting birdlife.



Now is the Time to Book your Trip to Perth!

Perth, Western Australia, what a place. A great place to get yourself introduced to Australia. So very different from the other states cities, it should be the first place to stop for the savvy flash packer entering Australia. Easily fly to Perth from Asia or cruise into the port.

Find out what there is to do in and around Perth in the easily downloadable Flash Packers Guide – updated for 2019!

Prefer the paperback?

See the beautiful red-tailed cockatoos, go whale watching, the only place to see the Quokkas or enjoy the miles of beaches that are amongst the best in Australia!

Heres why you should visit W.A !

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Wireless Hill

The area of Wireless Hill has a long history of importance. The Noongar Aboriginal people used the hill top as a lookout and to send out smoke signals. After the government stated how important wireless communication was to be, the area was earmarked as an area to build a wireless station. the station was completed in 1912; an engine house, operators house, a windmill and well and residency houses. The 120 metre mast was held in place by wires attached to three concrete blocks. The first radio station of Perth started in September of the same year.

Today the area has been kept as a park and very informative museum, you can climb the tower and get a great view over the river or walk around the park and spot some lovely birds. The museum is open; Wednesday and Friday 10am until 2pm and Sunday 12 until 4pm. Looking for more things to do in and around Perth?
Check out A Flash Packers Guide to Perth Western Australia, updated version now available to download!

Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

In the hills of Perth W.A. lucky visitors can experience intimate time with the beautiful forest red-tailed black cockatoo. A rescue and rehabilitation centre for these amazing birds, this not for profit preservation centre does their utmost to release the fully rehabilitated birds back into the wild.

Check out their amazing work, arrange a visit (by appointment only) or better still sponsor one of their beautiful birds.

Visit their website and learn about their essential work to help these iconic birds.


Looking for things to do in and around Perth W.A.? Checkout A Flash Packers Guide to Perth downloadable as an eBook.

Eco-friendly Travel

We love to travel, but with growing concerns about climate change we want to make our travel as friendly to the environment as possible and reduce our carbon footprint. Contributing to the airlines carbon-offset program passes the responsibility and does it really go far enough. Here are some ideas we have come up with on how to be a more eco-friendly traveller, let us know if you have any ideas we could share.

  1.  Take a reusable water bottle  – look out for water fountains in airports
  2. Take a reusable coffee cup
  3. Rather than use single use plastic cutlery bowls and plates, take your own
  4. Invest in a metal straw and say no to single use plastic straws
  5. Use biodegradable binbags and take your reusable shopping bags
  6. Making your own food in hostels is a great way to save money, take your own storage containers to save leftovers, this means less use of single use plastic and foil wraps for keeping items fresh.
  7. Walk, use free city bicycles tog et around or hop on public transport
  8. Look out for refilling stations in the cities
  9. Buy loose not bagged on vegetables and fruits
  10.  Look out for second hand equipment, instead of buying new

AND LASTLY – Buy eBook’s not paperbacks – all FLASH PACKERS GUIDES are available to download!

Safe travels.


Forest Red-Tailed Cockatoo

Amazing to see the Western Australian Black cockatoo’s about, my favourite is the red tailed, the female has a lighter orange-yellow coloured tail. They love to hang around in the top of trees and can be found in small groups, although unfortunately numbers are dropping due to loss of habitat. Here are some of our pics of them, so many wonders to see for free!

A Flash Packers Guide – Perth, Western Australia.

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Red tailed black cockatoo – female flying over.

Pruning - male red tailed black cockatoo.

Red tailed black cockatoo – A Flash Packers Guide