Destination Guide - Perth

Perth is the only major city on Australia’s west coast. Its distance from other major centres, however, has not prevented it from attracting many domestic and international visitors. The CBD is situated on the Swan River and has had a bit of a cultural growth spurt in recent years – be sure to explore the smaller streets to discover independent boutiques and bars. Fremantle retains historic maritime charm – have a beer at the local pub and watch the ships cruise in and out of the port. Keen to get out on the water too? A boat ride out to Rottnest Island is a must-do for all ages.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 1,500,000
Time zone: +9 English
Country code: +61
Area code: 08
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Fremantle
  • Cottesloe Beach
  • Rottnest Island

Events

  • 1 January
    Perth Cup
  • 26 January
    Australia Day

Weather

The temperature average is 30°C during Perth’s long summer (December to February). In winter it is a cool yet mild average of 18°C.


Getting there and around

Buses, trains and ferries are operated by Transperth. Buses and trains are the best way to get around the city while ferries cross the river regularly between approximately 7am and 7pm. Perth also has reliable taxi services.

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Travel Insider Perth suggestions

See & Do

Perth: Walk on by

Delve into Perth’s history and discover its architectural treasures on a leisurely heritage walking tour.

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Insider City Guide

New Edition Bookshop, Fremantle, Western Australia
Fremantle: Port side

Fremantle may be awash with history, but take to its streets and you’ll find there are plenty of new discoveries to be made.

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Shopping

Louis Vuitton, Perth
Perth: Style, style west

King Street in Perth's West End reigns as the western capital's most elite shopping street.

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Escape

Rottnest Island: Offshore investment
Rottnest Island: Offshore investment

There are some things you can bank on: a short boat trip will deliver you to Perth’s favourite de-stress destination, and recently rejuvenated Rottnest Island is still laid-back to the core.

Further reading

Here are some suggestions for more destinations and experiences near Perth and around Western Australia.

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  • The timezone for Perth is +8.
  • Nice write up - but it's 2013 and some of the 4 year old + sources should be updated - restaurants are closed (Wild Duck - Albany for example); chefs changes (Brad hornsby at Knee Deep), etc.

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