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/86°F from November - April. Maximum temperatures in summer reach and can exceed 40°C/104°F, 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) and Sydney.
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.
Bus 37 operates between Kings Park and T3 and T4, via the Esplanade Bus Port, Victoria Park Transfer Station and Belmont Forum shopping centre. The trip takes 55 minutes. Bus 40 operates between the Esplanade Bus Port and T3 and T4, via the Victoria Park Transfer Station and Great Eastern. The trip takes 40 minutes.
The taxi fare for the 25-minute trip from the international terminal to the city centre is about A$35.
Airport parking: A$5 for half an hour, A$40 for 24 hours.