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Flights to Perth

Perth is so far away from the rest of Aus that it’s often bypassed, but in 2014 the New York Times listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit. 1.8 million of Western Australia’s 2 million strong population reside here, making it the fourth largest city in Australia.

You could say Perth’s a lean, mean coal-mining machine, literally. Miners working in the surrounding areas choose to live in Perth, and thus choose to spend their wages here too. Their wealth is pretty evident to everyone else too, they’ve previously been voted as one of the Most Expensive Places to live in the World – you can certainly live the good life in Perth.

They have that same healthy, organic vibe as LA; Perthians like their big open spaces, and as a result there are parks like Kings Park where you can run, play soccer, or even go the whole hog and do some yoga. You might want to pick up some treats from the farmers market on your way there (organic only, of course).

Their outdoor life doesn’t stop there. As Perth is on the West Coast of Australia, they’re snuggled up to the turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean. This is a winning combination creating coastal areas like Sunset Beach, and if you fancy going further afield you can catch a boat to the car free Rottnest Island. Sea meets city in Fremantle port, a historic dock full of heritage-listed buildings, cafes and markets.

If you’re wondering where to stay, seek out one of the old renovated buildings first constructed in the 1920s. Perth first became a colony in 1829, so there’s now a delightful juxtaposition between the Art Deco style, glass skyscrapers and beautiful beaches that line the city.

What you need to know

Perth Airport has international routes from Johannesburg, Auckland, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Guangzhou, Doha and Manila, as well as other Australian and Indian Ocean Destinations. The airport is about 15km from Perth CBD, and there’s a shuttle between T3 and the city. It’s $15 one-way, and you can catch a free bus service from T1 and T2 to other terminals.

Visas

Irish nationals are granted a tourist visa on entry to Australia, lasting for 90 days.

Laws

It’s illegal to drink in public places in Australia, including parks and beaches. Western Australia also has pretty strict quarantine laws; so don’t bring in any fresh fruit or veggies.

Best time to visit

Visit from September to November, or March to May, for sunny days and cool nights. This is probably the best time to explore Perth, as summer can be unbearably hot, and you might not be as warm in Australia’s winter months.  

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