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Flights to Perth

Fly in

International flights arrive at Perth airport (PER) in Terminal 1. You can fly to Perth from Shannon, Cork, Dublin and Kerry with Aer Lingus. If you’re flying from Dublin you also have the option to fly with Emirates. Most of these flights will involve a layover in Asia, in a city like Dubai or Bangkok.

What to do in Perth

Perth has plenty to offer visitors: from its famous beaches to its groovy arts scene. Despite being the most isolated city in the world, Perth is very multicultural. There are festivals throughout the year, celebrating the best of what the city has to offer. Foodies will love Eat Drink Perth month in March, while culture vultures will adore the Winter Arts Season in June.

Spring (September to November) is one of the best times to visit Perth, as the wildflowers around King’s Park and the Avon Valley are in full bloom. In the summer months (December to March) Perth can get very hot, with temperatures soaring to 45°C at midday. If you want to spend some time enjoying the crystal clear waters around the coast, it’s best to visit in Spring or Autumn.

Perth is one of the best places to get up close to a kangaroo, as there’s a designated area in the zoo where the animals are free to roam alongside visitors. It’s also great for indie music lovers, with plenty of great venues to catch a gig as well as the Big Day Out festival in February.

Perth is the gateway to Western Australia, and there’s plenty to see and do outside of the city, too. You can explore the crystal clear waters and reefs of the coast, or head into the outback and discover some ghost towns left over from the gold rush.

What You Need to Know

The currency of Perth is the Australian Dollar. Visitors to Perth will need to organise an Australian Visa before arriving: if you don’t have a Visa, you won’t be allowed to board your flight. There are a few different types of Visa, so make sure you apply for the one that’s right for you.

Usually, three month Tourist Visas are issued within 24 hours, Working Holiday Visas take 48 hours, and six to twelve month Tourist Visas take five to ten working days. During busy seasons it may take longer, so leave plenty of time.

Best for…

Foodies: There are plenty of chic eateries to gorge yourself at in Perth. Western Australia is famous for its tasty local fare, with award winning Margaret River wines and fresh seafood like barramundi.

Water Sports Enthusiasts:  The 12,000 km of coastline is a diver’s paradise, with wrecked ships, coral reefs and colourful sea creatures galore. There are plenty of great surf spots too, the most famous ones being Margaret River and Ningaloo Reef.

Adventurers: If you love exploring, go walkabout in the rugged red landscape of Western Australia’s outback: full of ghost towns left over from the gold rush.

Budget or Break the Bank?

Australia is an expensive country, so if you’re travelling to Perth on a budget make sure you do your research. In Perth, the average price for a three course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant is $90 (about €66), a local beer will set you back $9 (about €6.60) and you can expect to pay $4.22 ( around €3.10) for a coffee. (Correct as of June 2013 - prices to be used as a guide only)

Did you know…

On summer afternoons the sweltering temperature in Perth city can drop by up to 15°C, thanks to a gust of ocean wind known affectionately as the “Fremantle Doctor”.


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