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Perth is one of the most remote cities in the world, being further away from any other city than any other city! This makes Perthites a uniquely parochial people, even if a large percentage of the population comes from England. Perth is a diverse city, straddling the magnificent Swan River and flanked by Indian Ocean beaches to the west and hills to the east.
Perth has a Mediterranean climate, with cool-to-cold wet winters and hot dry summers. This means some planning is needed to make sure you visit this wonderful river city when the climate suits you. Here is some Perth tourist information.
Perth has a Mediterranean climate, with cool-to-cold wet winters and hot dry summers. This means some planning is needed to make sure you visit this wonderful river city when the climate suits you. Summer daytime maximums can exceed 30°C with lows of 18°C. A popular relief to summer heat arrives with the 'Fremantle Doctor' a cooling sea breeze that generally arrives around noon each day. Winter maximums average 18°C with lows of 6°C. Rainfall can exceed 12mm during June, July and August.
Getting to Perth
Due to its remoteness from other major Australian metropolitan centres, many visitors and tourists fly into Perth on discount domestic or international airlines after purchasing cheap flights online.We recommend you book your flight to Perth through Flight Centre as they provide an excellent range of flight options covering all the major domestic and international airlines.
Many visitors arrive in Perth via the international or domestic airport terminals. The airports are about 8km east of the city and the fares range from $30-38, depending on which airport you are travelling from, and $58 to Fremantle.If you are starting a journey from Perth airport, you can also hire a car from one of the car rental companies.
Alternatively you can catch a shuttle bus bus for $15-18.
Perth EventsKey events on the Perth calendar include:
- Perth Cup (Jan),
- Fremantle Sardine Festival (Jan)
- The Festival of Perth (Feb/March),
- The Perth International Arts Festival (Feb),
- The Perth Motor Show (April)
- Perth Royal Show (Sept/Oct)
- Kings Park Wildflower Festival (Sept/Oct)
Perth tourist activities
There is plenty to keep tourists occupied in Perth and surrounds.
Travel around Perth is easy via a good train network and buses (including free public transport within the city itself). For longer trips tickets are valid for one and a half hours and are valid on buses, trains and ferries. Try walking the historic trails and visiting the Old Gaol, the WA Museum and then visit the Swan Bells at the bottom of Barrack St. While at the bottom of Barrack St, why now jump on a ferry and head to the Mends Street jetty, South Perth and take the short stroll to the Perth Zoo.
Another popular spot in the city is the intersection of Forrest Place and the Murray Street Mall. It's used by the city council as a performance space and there's often something interesting going on, particularly during school holidays. If you are feeling poor after donating gold coins to the performers, wander over to Hay Street to the Perth Mint where you can watch gold being poured, handle gold an perhaps even create your own gold medallion!
A popular destination is Rottnest Island, home to cute quokkas and a great place to hire a bike and tour the island. Located 20km off the coast it is accessible by taking a cruise/tour.
For the thrill seeker, try Adventure World, located 20 minutes from the city. Heaps of fun rides and family activities.
A popular destination in Perth is the magnificent Kings Park that overlooks the city and river. The 17 hectare gardens are home to natural bushland and botanic gardens. Another popular outdoor spot is Burswood Park, just a few minutes from the city centre and surrounding the Burswood Casino. A heritage Trail can be found in the park, detailing Western Australia's history.
Accommodation in Perth
Make sure you don't pay full price for hotels in Perth. Instead, get yourself some cheap accommodation in Perth because while there are many quality hotels ranging from 3 star to 5 star, most offer discount accommodation deals not only for business travellers, but also for international and domestic holiday travellers who have come to the capital of the State of Excitement to see the sights. Perth hotels are generally cheaper that equivalent standard hotels on the East coast, providingtravellers with excellent value and saving you hundreds of dollars.
We are also pleased to say that our booking service has a lowest price guarantee.
Where to stay in in the city is partly dependant on what you want to do. Many Perth hotels are in the centre of the city, which is great because most of what there is to see is either within the city or easily accessible by bus or train.Find hotels near these Brisbane landmarks:
Perth Tourist Resources
- Check all public transport timetables and fares
- Rent a car
- Find Day tours, Sightseeing and extended tours in and around Perth
- Koalas and Kangaroos
- Perth Mint
- King's Park
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