Sun and solitude can be found in Australia’s western city of Perth. With over 3000 hours of sunshine, more than another city in Oz, Perth is a sun-seekers paradise.
Outdoor activities are available in abundance in Perth. Despite being a built up and modern city, visitors can have the best of both worlds. Bike rides and days at the beach can be followed by hours spent in art galleries, lunches in hip cafes and cocktails at sunset. Discover Perth’s history in the Art Gallery of Western Australia that is home to some of the best Aboriginal art in the country or watch gold being poured into solid bars at the Perth Mint Goldmine. Kinds will find this especially entertaining!
The botanic gardens and bush land in Kings Park near Mount Eliza is home to some spectacular species of plant life while the Sunset Coast, as its name would suggest, is sheer heaven for those in search of soft white sands and sea. All manner of water-sports can be enjoyed from diving and jet-skiing to surfing.
Connoisseurs of fine wines must take a tour of Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest grape producing area. After exploring Perth’s landscapes, why not tour its skies from the Perth Observatory with a magical 90 minute tour of the night sky where planets, stars and galaxies sparkle brighter than one would ever see at home.
A shopaholic’s delight, Perth’s best boutique shops can be found in the centre of the city and Northbridge with its one-off independent stores. Mount Lawley does designer fashion while Morley, Carousel, and Midland are where the shopping malls are hiding. Fine wines and fresh seafood, European cinema and some great music venues promise to round off a perfect day in Perth.
The following information is correct as of August 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
The closest airport to Perth is, unsurprisingly, Perth Airport located less than 8 miles from Perth city centre. Over 18 major international airlines serve Perth Airport. Two bus services, local taxis and an airport shuttle bus between the airport and the train station, drop passengers into central Perth in under an hour.
What you need to know
Currency: The Australian Dollar (AUD) $
Visas: British Passport holders require a valid passport and a visa to visit Perth. The visa is the Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) Tourist Visa which is valid for up to 3 months.
Laws: The legal age for drinking alcohol in Australia is 18 – anyone under this age is not allowed to consume or buy alcohol unless with a parent or guardian. A smoking ban makes it illegal to smoke in any indoor public place in Australia although some casinos are exempt from this rule.
Best Time to Visit
Being down under, January and December are the hottest months meaning Brits flock to Perth’s shores to escape the gloomy UK winters. Thus, prices are higher and places fuller but the sunshine makes it more than worth it! For cheaper flights, mid April to late August are the best times to visit, although the weather won’t be as nice.
Weather aside there are plenty more reasons to visit Perth for example in January for the Australia Day Fireworks or the Doctor Surf World Cup. Perhaps Perth International Arts Festival or the ‘Big Day Out’ Music Festival will entice visitors in February. May brings laughs with the International Comedy Festival while September is all about celebrating the local parks and green spaces, with a Fashion Festival thrown in for good measure. A kite-surfing race in December, the Lighthouse to Leighton, rounds off a busy year in Perth!
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