Perth is located in the Southwest of Australia and is commonly referred to as the “friendly city.” Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, and is the only big city in the whole State. Built on the banks of the Swan River over 150 years ago, the city is a melting pot of many races and creeds, and likes to think of its self as a little more independent than the rest of Australia. It is a city filled with a range of museums, theatres and art galleries which demonstrates its rich culture and strong economy. With its clear skies and sunny climate, (it has over 300 days of sunshine each year!) Perth can be thought of as a tourist delight with a relaxing, easy going atmosphere. Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Fremantle, Scarborough Beach and the Swan River. However, these are just a few of the many sights that Perth has to offer the visitor and local alike. As the gateway to the rest of Western Australia, whether it be the exciting South West Region or the enchanting and mysterious North West Region, Perth is becoming an increasingly popular destination.
The Nyoongar Aboriginal people are Perth’s indigenous inhabitants and have been the custodians of the land for tens of thousands of years. The first Europeans to discover the Western Australian coast were the Dutch in 1616. Perth’s incredible beauty was recognised by British settlers when Captain James Stirling founded the city in 1829.
Location and size
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state covering 2.5million square kilometres and has nearly 13,000 kilometres of coastline. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia. Located on the west coast, Perth is in the same time zone and close proximity to most of South East Asia. Its location also makes it the closest gateway to Australia from the UK and Europe.
Western Australia is Australia’s fastest growing state with the city capital being home to more than 2 million people.
Airport and Transport
The domestic and international airport terminals are located approximately 11km and 15km from the city centre.
International Terminal 1 (T1) and Domestic Terminal 2 (T2) are located off Horrie Miller Drive and Domestic Terminals 3 and 4 (T3 & T4) are located off Brearley Avenue.
A shuttle bus service meets all flights into Western Australia. Operating both to and from Perth Airport, the Perth Airport Connect shuttle buses will pick you up or drop you off right at the door of your Perth City or Fremantle hotel. For information
and bookings, please visit www.perthairportconnect.com.au or call 1300 666 806.These buses are located at the front of each terminal.
Covered taxi ranks are located on the ground floor of the International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminals (T2, T3 & T4) and cost approximately AUS$38. It takes about 15-20 minutes from the airport to Perth CBD.
Transperth operates a bus service to and from Perth Airport's Domestic Terminals 3 and 4 (T3 and T4). This bus stop is located in the bus lane, closest to T4.
Bus 37 operates daily between Kings Park and T3 and T4, via the Esplanade Bus Port, Victoria Park Transfer Station and Belmont Forum shopping centre. The journey takes approximately 55 minutes.
Bus 40 operates daily between the Esplanade Bus Port and T3 and T4, via the Victoria Park Transfer Station and Great Eastern. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
Please note that Transperth does not operate bus services to Perth Airport's current International Terminal 1 (T1) or Domestic Terminal 2 (T2). A free terminal transfer bus operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week connecting all terminals.
For more information on airport terminals, please visit: www.perthairport.com.au/PassengerInformation/WhichTerminal.aspx
To view maps and timetables or for further information on Transperth services please visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au.
For more information, please contact Transperth on 13 62 13 (Perth metro area) or
+61 8 9428 1900.
Free Central Area Bus Transit (CAT) Services...Within the city centre you can enjoy free and easy transport on the modern CAT buses. Theses buses run on three routes, with numerous and easily recognisable stops, with real time passenger information, along the way. The CAT buses are a great way for delegates to move between their city hotel, the Pan Pacific and other city and Northbridge attractions/venues, free of charge. A free CAT service also operates in the city of Fremantle.
Buses… Perth’s public bus service (Transperth) also has a free transit zone within the city and operates a comprehensive service across the metropolitan area.
Trains… Perth has a modern train system with five lines: to Armadale in the south east, Fremantle in the west, Clarkson in the north west, Midland in the east and the new Southern Suburbs Railway line to Mandurah. The train system is simple to negotiate, clean and safe. A free transit zone operates in the city centre.
Taxis… Taxis are readily available from the domestic and international airports and throughout the city of Perth. Perth taxis offer safe, efficient and cost effective commuting for delegates and can be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone. The average taxi fare from the airport to the CBD is approximately $30 (20-30 minute journey).
Traffic… Perth is blessed with a modern road network incorporating major highways and well planned feeder roads. It is rare to experience major traffic delays in Perth.
Cycling and walking…Perth has a comprehensive network of cycle and walk paths in the city and throughout the metropolitan area. There are some wonderful riverside routes at the doorstep of the city.
The City of Perth has an abundance of restaurants and cafes serving the freshest produce at reasonable prices, with dining experiences throughout the city to suit your palate and wallet.
For those on a budget, a restaurant dim sum lunch or a visit to one of Perth’s many food halls is a great choice. Food halls offer a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, health food and English roasts, making them a good choice for families.
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World-class restaurants are also available, many located within Perth’s five-star hotels, in stunning locations overlooking the city and the river. East and West Perth also offer elegant restaurants to suit all tastes. Al fresco dining is available almost everywhere and is a popular choice in the long summer months.
The City of Perth has over 900 specialty shops, with plenty to tempt the adventurous shopper.
Perth’s city centre is a shopping hub and a dependable retail therapy hotspot that can be enjoyed seven days a week. From unique designer goods to major department stores the city’s rich mix of retail outlets encompasses the latest in fashion, style and technology.
Shoppers can devour the retail offerings of the central city by walking via the covered overpasses and colourful arcades. Originally created to help pedestrians traverse the wide city blocks, arcades including Carillon City, Piccadilly, Plaza and Trinity Arcade have each developed their own distinctive character.
London Court, with its Tudor façade and ornate clockfaces, continues to be a popular drawcard for visitors and locals alike. While recently opened arcades such as enex100 and Wesley Quarter are providing new reasons for people to visit the city.
The Murray and Hay Street Malls are lined with jewellery, fashion and souvenir shops, while the ultra chic King Street is the centre of Perth's sophisticated West End and is home to designer styles and exclusive boutiques. Hay Street also abounds in outdoor adventure stores to kit you up for your next foray into the wilderness.
Bargain hunters can head to Harbour Town on Wellington Street for a great assortment of goods, from sporting gear to homewares, at discounted prices.
As well as the most comprehensive range of shops, the city also has the most convenient shopping hours in the metropolitan area, with seven-day shopping all year round.
Normal Shopping Hours
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Western Standard – UTC/GMT + 8 hours – applies to the whole of Western Australia including Perth, and is the same time zone as Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.
Perth, Western Australia enjoys hot and dry summers and slightly wet winters, altogether characterising a temperate climate. It experiences all of the four seasons every year. During ordinary days, Perth weather is depicted in dry heat paired with a cooling breeze that usually comes in the afternoon. This cooling breeze is often referred to as the "Fremantle Doctor".
In July, you can expect rainfall and cooler temperatures as it will be winter time in Perth. Typically, temperature can go down to 6°C at night and 18°C during the day.
English is Australia’s national language. Multi-lingual interpreters are available at international entry points, major hotels and department stores.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport with a visa is required for all non-citizens of Australia. Delegates seeking to attend a conference in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short-stay business visitor visa. Please visit the Department of Immigration website for more information www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/visitors.htm.
With growing competition between domestic air carriers, travel to Perth is becoming increasingly price competitive and convenient.
There are regular flights to Perth from all major Australian cities and from many regional locations within the State, making travel to Western Australia simple.
From Australia's east coast capitals, Perth is approximately four hours by air. Perth Airport is located just 20minutes from the city and is well served by taxis and airport shuttle buses. A large number of international airlines fly from SE Asia to Perth, including QANTAS, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways. For flight information, visit www.qantas.com.au or www.perthairport.com.au.
Currency is Australian Dollars (AUD or A$). Exchange facilities are available at Perth International Airport, city banks and currency exchange kiosks. International class hotels will also exchange major currencies for guests. The most frequently accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
Taxes & tipping
A general Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies on goods and services
purchased in Australia. This is included in the ticket price displayed in retail outlets. Travellers to Australia may reclaim the GST under the Tourist Refund Scheme on departure. There is no tradition of tipping in Australia: it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile.