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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.

Just a 30-minute drive or train ride from the city is the neighbouring port town of Fremantle, which boasts the best-preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world.

Things to do

Cott in a moment

Cott in a moment

Just a quick hop from Perth's city centre are the inviting clear waters of Cottesloe Beach. ‘Cott’ is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and taking in spectacular ocean sunsets.

Isle of right

Rottnest Island is famed for its tranquil waters, secluded bays and of course, its quokkas – the ridiculously cute marsupial found almost nowhere else. It’s easy to reach, at just just 19km from Perth city centre: you can catch a ferry from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys.

Isle of right
Live it up

Live it up

For the city's best food and wine, a splash of arts and culture and some great nightlife, head to Northbridge. Just a five-minute walk from Perth's city centre, it’s known for its vast array of bars, clubs, restaurants and cool places to shop. Here you'll find the Art Gallery Of Western Australia and WA Museum Perth, and the WA Opera and WA Ballet. Al fresco dining is a specialty: choose from world cuisines including Thai, Chinese, Greek, Egyptian, Italian, Vietnamese and Japanese.

Roll into Rock

Head 47km down the coast and you’ll hit Rockingham, home to a vast array of marine life, including wild dolphins. Drive for around an hour further south, and you'll reach Mandurah, on the shores of Mandjar Bay. Once a small fishing village, it's now a modern seaside hub with boardwalk cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

Roll into Rock
The valley road

The valley road

Just 20 minutes east of Perth and a world away from the city's buzz is Swan Valley opens in new window and Darling Range. You can drive here, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. Closeby, Caversham Wildlife Park , home to one of Western Australia's largest collections of native Australian wildlife, including koalas, wombats and kangaroos, is a great stop for families.


Airport information

Perth Airport opens in new window (PER)

Distance to city centre 12km (domestic terminal), 19km (international terminal)

Taxi A taxi to central Perth will take around 20 minutes and cost about AUD $40 (plus a AUD $3 airport surcharge).

Bus Transperth runs bus route 380 from Terminals 1 and 2 and bus route 40 from Terminals 3 and 4 to the centre of town. Both journeys take around 30 minutes, and the fare is about AUD $5.

When to go

Perth has a temperate Mediterranean-type climate; summers are hot and dry, winters wet and mild. Summer temperatures average 30°C NovemberApril. Maximum temperatures in summer reach and can exceed 40°C, though very hot days tend to have very low humidity making conditions more bearable.

If your heart is set on pleasant, comfortable weather, with flora blooming around you and clear skies, the best time to visit is spring (SeptemberNovember). Perth's International Arts Festival is held in February–March, and the Fremantle Festival October–November.

Getting around

Get around Perth on Transperth buses, trains and ferries. Purchase a Smartrider that lets you load up value and touch on to travel, and gives you discounts on your trips. Free CAT buses stop off at major spots around Perth.

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