FLIGHTS & AIRPORT CONNECTIONS
Perth is easily accessible by air from around Australia, overseas and from many locations within the State. Perth’s domestic and international terminals are located only 20 minutes from the heart of Perth City.
The following carriers provide frequent direct flights from most major centre’s across Australia.
Taxi and rideshare
Taxis are available from both the domestic and international terminals. A taxi trip from the airport terminals to Perth city centre will take 20 to 30 minutes and cost approximately AUD30.00 – AUD40.00. Taxi ranks are located outside both the domestic and international terminals and main providers in Perth are Swan Taxis and Black & White Cabs. Perth Airport has dedicated rideshare pick-up areas to service all terminals. Uber is a ridesharing service available at Perth Airport, offering a range of services. Find out more on the Perth Airport website.
The Perth Airport Connect offers shuttle services between Perth Airport Terminals and car parks. myAirShuttle connects Fremantle with all domestic and international terminals. Departing from the Fremantle Town Hall with modern, air-conditioned vehicles.
Transperth operates regular bus services between Perth Airport, Perth City and other local centres. You can plan your journey on public transport using their Journey Planner. For up-to-date information about routes, rates and schedules, please contact Transperth.
GETTING AROUND PERTH
Free CAT Bus
Within the Perth City CBD, you can enjoy free and easy transport. The modern CAT buses run on four routes providing free transport around the city and to Leederville. The CAT bus stops are easily recognisable and provide real time passenger information. Free CAT bus transport is also available in Fremantle and Joondalup.
Taxi and rideshare
Designated taxi ranks are located around Perth City for safe and convenient travel. Supervised taxi ranks operate in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Taxis may also be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone anywhere in Perth. The main taxi service providers in Perth are Swan Taxis and Black & White Cabs. Ridsharing service, Uber also operates in Perth.
Walk and cycle
Perth has a comprehensive network of cycle and dual-use paths in Perth City and beyond. One of the most popular routes for leisure cyclists and walkers is a circuit around the Swan River at the doorstep of the city, that is clearly signposted. Detailed cycle maps can be obtained from most metropolitan bicycle retailers. There is also pathway popular for recreation lining much of the coast. Hire a bike or see all walk and cycle tracks in Perth.
Public transport – train and bus
There are five train lines which service the Perth metropolitan area departing from Perth City to Armadale, Fremantle, Midland, Joondalup and Mandurah. Many train stations along these lines provide connecting bus services to access Perth’s tourist destinations and attractions. Train and bus service details, as well as a comprehensive journey planner, can be obtained from Transperth or by calling 13 62 13. TransWA operate bus and rail services outside the Perth metropolitan area to region destinations.
A Transperth ferry service crosses the Swan River from Elizabeth Quay in Perth City to Mends Street Jetty in South Perth – giving access to the South Perth foreshore, dining options and the Perth Zoo. A private ferry service connects Elizabeth Quay in the CDB, to Point Fraser and Claisebrook Cove in East Perth. High-speed ferries travel from Barrack Street Jetty in the CBD to Fremantle, Rottnest Island and the Swan Valley with Captain Cook Cruises, Rottnest Express and SeaLink. A high-speed ferry to Rottnest Island also departs Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Fast Ferries.
The City of Perth is considered a universally accessible city for all people, including those with disability. It has pedestrian friendly streets and public spaces that are designed according to universal design principles, and continuous accessible paths of travel link public transport, parking, retail, business and entertainment areas. The People With Disabilities WA website provides some information on accessible accommodation in Perth and country areas.
Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.
Eat out here and you’ll find the warm climate makes for sensational al fresco dining. Enjoy modern European and east-meets-west fusions, succulent seafood and the finest organic local produce paired with locally-produced premium wines. From food trucks to health-conscious cafés to tapas with on-trend interiors, rooftop noodle houses and waist-coat wearing service staff fastidiously topping up your decanted wine, no taste bud could leave Perth unsatisfied.
You can also explore wine regions and dining hotspots within an hour of Perth, each bursting with flavour, unique produce tasting experiences and dining options.
Rottnest Island sits just offshore from the city of Perth, in Western Australia. A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White-sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. Strickland Bay is known for its surf breaks, while reef breaks occur at Radar Reef, off the island’s far western tip.
The Island boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Western Australia. Follow the snorkel and reef trails and experience beautiful Parker Point, Little Armstrong, Parakeet and Salmon Bays to name a few.
Gain insight into the cultural and historical significance this iconic destination holds for all Western Australians on one of the many coach, train or walking tours. Hop on the Grand Island or Discovery Tour to explore the Island’s many attractions. Climb Wadjemup Lighthouse or jump aboard the Captain Hussey train to Oliver Hill and view the WWII guns and investigate the maze of underground tunnels beneath.
Just 30 minutes from Perth City, Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types. Fremantle’s streets buzz with the song of buskers, the side walks fill with a wild collection of art and music floats out from trendy cafés and bars. Spend a night or two with an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels.
Fremantle – A Lonely Planet Top 10 City in 2016
Fremantle was named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. The latest Lonely Planet guide has ranked Fremantle as the 7th-best city in the world, behind the top-ranked Kotor in Montenegro but ahead of the 10th-placed Rome. WA was also listed among the best-value destinations for 2016. Check out Fremantle’s listing on Lonely Planet to find out why!
Elizabeth Quay is an exciting new waterfront precinct on the banks of the Swan River.
The place to see and be seen in Perth. Here you’ll find the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and a range of bars and restaurants.
Easily accessible by public transport, a short walk from the Elizabeth Quay Train and Bus Port, the Transperth Ferry terminal is located in the inlet and the free blue CAT bus stops near the Bell Tower.
A range of scenic river cruises sail tourists and locals from Barrack Street Jetty to the Swan Valley, Fremantle and Rottnest Island.
Other activities to be enjoyed in the area include Segways, Little Ferry Co, Gondola on the Swan or just take a leisurely stroll alongside the river or stop for a selfie on the bridge. There’s also 24 short term public boat moorings available.
KINGS PARK AND BOTANIC GARDEN
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and is visited by over 6 million people each year. Kings Park’s stunning location overlooks the Perth City and the silken blue waters of the Swan River. From high above, you can see the brilliantly coloured sails of boats on the river, the twinkling lights of the city, the distant Perth Hills and the endless blue skies for which Perth is so renowned.
The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two-thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland.
LITTLE CREATURES BREWERY
A huge shed (and former crocodile farm) on the water’s edge in Fremantle was to become the home of this beer and the birthplace of Little Creatures Brewing. Work began in 1999 and we swung the doors open in late 2000. Grab a pint & a pizza and soak in the brewery atmosphere or wander out into the backyard and enjoy your beer in the sunshine.
Perth’s newly built Optus Stadium opened in January 2018, offers visitors two unique dining experience both at the western end of the stadium showcasing 180 degree views of the Swan River. Stadium tours are available 7 days a week for all ages. You will be treated to a VIP experience with breathtaking views of the playing surface, the Swan River and Perth City. Discovering and reliving some of the greatest sporting moments and WA’s rich sporting history.
KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
While you’re in Perth, why not stay and explore more of what Western Australia has to offer. Kalbarri National Park is located 485 km north of Perth, in the Mid West region of Western Australia. The major geographical features of the park include the Murchison River gorge which runs for nearly 80 km on the lower reaches of the Murchison River.
With its magnificent river red gums and Tumblagooda sandstone, rugged Kalbarri National Park contains almost 2000 sq km of wild bushland, stunning river gorges and savagely eroded coastal cliffs. It contains abundant wildlife, including 200 species of birds, and spectacular wildflowers between July and November.
Yagan Square is the place to meet both day and at night with a large array of cafes, restaurants, shopping and pop-ups there are plenty of things to see and do. The Square has a vibrant lighting display on the underside of the canopies and is home to the iconic Digital Tower.
Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD – within the arms of the Horseshoe Bridge – Yagan Square is one of the city’s most popular community, meeting and celebration places.
More than just a transit area for the thousands of workers and residents connecting with public transport or walking between the CBD and Northbridge – Yagan Square is a place to have fun, meet, play, eat and shop from a showcase of WA.
SWAN VALLEY WINE TRAIL
Indulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Valley. The vineyards of Western Australia’s oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce and discover local heritage.
Just 25 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley is a world away from city life. You can reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty. You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car.