Vibrant Perth: the city that keeps surprising
Perth is the capital of Western Australia. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Swan River, this vibrant city is quite literally built on the great outdoors and offers plenty of activities to keep you busy. Cycle around the Swan River, shop on King Street, catch a show at the State Theatre in Northbridge, experience a river cruise from Barrack Square, catch a beautiful sunset on Cottesloe Beach and more. When the sun sets, jump on a ferry to South Perth and take in the glittering skyline.
Just a 30-minute drive or train ride from the city is the neighbouring port town of Fremantle. Explore the town’s rich culture and history at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse.
Things to do
Cott in a moment
Explore 400ha Kings Park in the city or the inviting clear waters and spectacular sunsets at Cottesloe Beach. ‘Cott’ is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and taking in ocean sunsets. Get to Cott by car, bus or train. Make the 15-minute drive from the city or hop on a Transperth bus or on the Fremantle train line, where the beach is a lovely 600m walk from Cottesloe station.
Isle of right
Rottnest Island is famed for its tranquil waters and secluded bays and it’s super easy to reach: it's just 19km from the city centre. Catch a ferry from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys and when you get there, hire a bike and take your time discovering the island. Chill out over lunch and take in the spectacular ocean views, then stick around in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful crystal bays. Rottnest is the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling, fishing or just relaxing.
Live it up
If you crave the best food, wine, arts and culture and good nightlife, head to Northbridge. Just a five-minute walk from the Perth CBD, it’s known for its vast array of bars, clubs, incredible places to eat and cool places to shop. Visit the Art Gallery Of Western Australia and WA Museum Perth, and the WA Opera and WA Ballet. Indulge in al fresco dining: choose from Thai, Indian, Chinese, Greek, Egyptian, Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese food and more.
Roll into Rock
Head 47km farther down the coast and you’ll hit Rockingham. It’s home to an incredibly vast array of marine life, including wild dolphins. Go a little farther and Mandurah is next. After just an hour's drive (or you can take the train) you'll be beachside. Mandurah is on the shores of Mandjar Bay. Once a small fishing village, it's now a modern seaside hub complete with boardwalk cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. It's also the home of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, where you get your art fix and enjoy the views of the cityscape.
The valley road
Just 20 minutes east of Perth and a world away from the city's buzz is Swan Valley and Darling Range. It’s WA’s oldest wine region – learn about local heritage and unwind. Reach the area by road or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. Winery-hop via horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car. Enjoy fine food at one or more of the 70 restaurants and cafes here or pack a picnic lunch. Families are urged to head to Caversham Wildlife Park, home to one of Western Australia's largest collections of native Australian wildlife, including koalas, wombats and kangaroos.
CBD 12km (domestic terminal), 19km (international terminal)
Travel time 30 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $38
Bus Perth Airport Connect available every hour. One-way AUD $15 (adult); return AUD $30 (adult). Journey takes 35 minutes.
Transperth Bus 37 From T3/T4 to Kings Park via the city. One-way AUD $4.40; journey takes 55 minutes.Back to top
When to go
Perth has a temperate Mediterranean-type climate; summers are hot and dry, winters are wet and mild. Summer temperatures average 30°C from November - April. Maximum temperatures in summer reach and can exceed 40°C, though very hot days tend to have very low humidity making conditions more bearable. Choose your preferred time of year depending on your hot/cold thresholds. If your heart is set on pleasant, comfortable weather, with flora blooming around you and typically clear skies, the months between spring and summer (which is the beginning of September to the end of February) are the most desirable.Back to top
The Perth airport shuttle bus is the cheapest way into town and will take you direct to your accommodation in Perth for around $20. Of course, you can hire cars and or hop in a taxi.
Get around Perth via the Transperth network. A Smartrider card can be pre-purchased, which means a discounted trip on Perth buses, trains and some Perth ferries. Some limited Perth tram services are also available. Also, the CAT buses in Perth stop off at major spots around town and are free.Back to top