Destination Guide

Perth, Australia

The capital of the largest Australian state of Western Australia, Perth is one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the country.

Perth is a fantastic destination for the whole family, with its museums, zoos, and parks. It's also an ideal spot for a romantic holiday. You won't want to miss the culinary offerings of Perth restaurants, which serve up fresh seafood and Asian (particularly Japanese) specialities, as well as its beaches and cultural venues.

Perth's said to have the most sunshine of any large Australian city - which may have something to do with why everyone there is so friendly. Enjoy your stay!

Getting in and around

Perth Airport

If you want to move between Perth and other large Australian cities, you'll probably want to fly, unless you've got a lot of time on your hands. All the way over on the west coast, Perth is some distance from all other Australian major cities: driving from Perth to Melbourne, for example, is a journey of more than 3,400 km.

Dozens of domestic and international airlines serve Perth Airport, including Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Cathay Pacific along with budget domestic carriers Virgin Blue and Jetstar. The airport has two runways, with the International Terminal on the eastern side of the main runway, and its two Domestic Terminals on the western side of the complex.

A terminal transfer service is available between the international and domestic terminals for a nominal fee.

Alternately, the Indian Pacific Railway also connects Perth to Adelaide and Sydney. Its 478km track across the Nullabor (four days travel) is arguably the greatest railway trip on earth, and one you might want to consider if you do have the time and want to see this vast country.

Perth Transport

Perth offers free transport around the city centre in what's known as "the Free Transit Zone". For getting outside the CBD, Perth's public transport system Transperth comprises a combination of trains, buses and ferries. Western Australia's regional public transport provider, provides rail and coach links from Perth to Kalgoorlie, Northam, Bunbury and rural areas.

Perth Car Hire

Perth is very spread out, so if you would like to do it in your own time hiring a car may be more suitable for you. There are five car rental companies stationed on the ground floor of all three of Perths Airport terminals and others throughout the city.

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Perth Accommodation

Luxury
  • Sheraton Perth Hotel affords spectacular views of the Swan River and provides fine cuisine, fitness centre, heated pool, and massage services.
  • Duxton Hotel Perth is among the finest of the Perth hotels, offering a central location, magnificent rooms, gym, pool, spa, and restaurant.
Mid-range
  • Medina Grand Perth offers the convenience of hotel services with the room of an apartment. Great location, fitness centre, pool, and sauna are included.
  • The Hotel Ibis Perth is steps away from everything Perth has to offer and includes a restaurant, bar, and modern rooms.
Budget
  • City Waters Perth offers self-catering comfort for budget travellers. The one- or two-bedroom units are within walking distance of the city centre.
  • Perth Ambassador Hotel offers well-appointed rooms, a cafĂ©, bar, spa, and sauna — a great deal!
  • Goodearth Hotel Perth is a full-service apartment-style hotel that provides a variety of room options, restaurant, bar, and central location.
Backpackers
  • Sunset Coast Backpackers is Perth's most laidback hostel. It includes linens, game room, BBQ area, and kitchen.
  • The Witch's Hat has a fabulous location, linens, lockers, library, common room, and more.
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Things to do in Perth

Perth is known for its sunshine, culture, and friendly locals. No matter which of these you're in Perth to experience, you're sure to enjoy every minute!

  • Perth's beaches are uncrowded and laid back: definitely worth a visit, for a day or just for a walk. City Beach is easily reached by bus from Wellington Street. Cottlesloe has gorgeous white sands, and Scarborough is popular with sunbakers, swimmers and volleyballers alike.
  • The Perth Cultural Centre is a one-stop shop for lovers of arts and culture. Here you'll find the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Library and Information Service of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Blue Room, the Artrage, Gotham Studios, and Art on the Move.
  • Kings Park, Perth is an ideal spot to relax and rejuvenate. With a superior botanic garden, unique bushland, and expansive parkland, it's a day's worth of activities rolled into a single stop.
  • Water Sports Perth has a wealth of adventure activities on offer. Go parasailing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, or fishing and sailing in the Indian Ocean or Swan River.
  • Perth Zoo. Visit a rare sun bear, hear experts talk about your favourite animals, see a koala feeding, and ride the historic carousel.
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    Day trips in and around Perth

  • Rottnest Island is one of Perth's premier attractions. Located about 32km west of Perth, you can take the hour-long Rottness Fast Ferry ride from Swan Bells to the island.
  • Margaret River region. Especially popular are the Margaret River wineries, part of the country's oldest wine-growing region. There are a tremendous number of wineries and restaurants on the Caves Road tourist drive alone. Margaret River's many offerings in this department include Cape Mentelle Wines, Sienna Estate, Windance Estate, and Windows Margaret River.
  • Fremantle , about 20 minutes from Perth. There's so much to take in: fascinating maritime history, scandalous prison lore, and 'haute couture' on High Street. Or take a quick trip to the Port of Fremantle, a major transportation hub for Western Australia.
  • Ghost Tours in Fremantle Perth's neighbouring city offers spine-tingling ghost walks of the West End of Fremantle and the old Fremantle Asylum. These one-hour tours are creepy fun and include the histories of local buildings and the colony's first asylum for the insane.
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum . Fremantle boasts the best maritime archaeological collection in the country. See original timbers and artifacts from the famous Dutch shipwreck, the Batavia, and a replica of Australia's first ship, the Duyfken.
  • Adventure World is Western Australia's premier amusement park. The park incorporates both dry and watery fun, including everything from rides for the youngest visitors to thrills (and chills) for the adventurer and it's less than 25 minutes from Perth City. ^ Back to top