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.
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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.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies to Perth direct from Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne (Tullamarine), Gold Coast* and Sydney.
*Direct flights between Gold Coast and Perth are due to commence on 29 March 2015, and are subject to government and regulatory approval.
Find cheap flights to Perth
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.
CBD 12km (domestic terminal), 19km (international terminal)
Travel time 30 minutes
Taxi Approx A$38
Bus Perth Airport Connect available every hour. One-way A$15 (adult); return A$30 (adult). Journey takes 35 minutes.
Transperth Bus 37 From T3/T4 to Kings Park via the city. One-way A$4.40; journey takes 55 minutes.