Before you visit Western Australia, read through our fast facts and travel tips including driving in WA, visas and getting around.

Fast facts

  • Western Australia, Australia's largest state is 2,525,500 sq km, about the same size as Western Europe.
  • The population of Western Australia is around 2 million. About 1.5 million live in the capital city, Perth.
  • Perth enjoys a true Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, December - February and mild cool winters, June - August.
  • Perth has incredibly blue skies and more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city - around 8 hours a day.
  • Be sun smart - the Western Australian sun is very strong. To avoid sunburn, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, especially between 10am and 3pm.

Getting here

  • Perth is Australia's western gateway and a major hub for international air services from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • Domestic airlines operate daily services to Perth from the Eastern States. There are also regional services from Perth to many destinations within the state.

Getting around

  • Perth Airport is 20 km east of the city. Taxi's are available from both the domestic and international terminals and it is a 20-30 minute journey.
  • Perth and Fremantle are serviced by an efficient public transport system as well as a free shuttle bus, the Central Area Transit - CAT. Fremantle is 20 km from Perth city or 20 minutes by car.
  • Perth's beaches are some of the best  in Australia and are just  15-20 minutes by car from the city.

Visas

All people, except Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Australia. For information concerning different viasa available, contact your Australian consulate in your home country.

Driving

  • Visitors to Western Australia may drive on a valid overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle.
  • Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers.

Travel information

Joondalup Train Station

Travel to and around Perth

Perth is accessible by land, sky, rail and sea through a vast network of travel options. The city and surrounds are easy to navigate with well signposted roads & an excellent public transport system.

Rottnest Island Beach

Important travel tips

Check out these useful travel tips to ensure your visit to the Western Australian capital city of Perth is safe and thoroughly enjoyable.

Perth Visitor Centres Information

Perth Visitor Centres

To get the most out of your holiday in WA, speak to the experts at a local Visitor Centre who will offer expert advise on the best things to see and do. 

Bathers Beach House, Fremantle

Working holidays and backpacking

Perth offers all you need for your backpacking or working holiday adventure in Western Australia. 

Kings Street Shopping Perth City

Perth shopping hours

From eclectic markets to stylish malls, Perth offers a host of shopping options. Stock up on trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art and discover antiques. 

Destination Perth Holiday Planner

A comprehensive guide to find out what to do while visiting the city of Perth and surrounding regions.
View the online version of the Destination Perth Holiday Planner
Elizabeth Quay at Sunset

Best of Perth Blog

Read the latest stories and news from around Perth.

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Plan Your Trip to Perth

Start planning your visit by finding out what to do in Perth during the day and night. See all accommodation, tours, attractions, activities, food and drink and retail in Perth. 

Pool, Crown Towers Perth

Accommodation in Perth

You'll find a diverse range of accommodation to suit all budgets and styles all across Perth from five-star resorts to caravan parks.

Rottnest Express Eco Tour, Rottnest Island

Tours in Perth

Tours around Perth and surrounds take you to some of the most exciting and interesting holiday spots from hot air ballooning in the Avon Valley to cruising the Swan River.

Perth's Outback Splash, Maze

Attractions in Perth

There's plenty of attractions to choose from in Perth and surrounds, with fun-filled activities for all ages.

Public House, Perth City

Food and Drink in Perth

Whether its dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or sampling local wines, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.

Aspects of Kings Park, Perth City

Retail in Perth

Perth offers a host of shopping options to choose from - stock up on the latest fashions, buy unique art or head to a local market.

Apollo Motorhome Holidays

Hire in Perth

Looking to explore Perth on your own? There are plenty of hire options available from cars and motorhomes to bikes and kayaks.

Spring in Perth

Perth comes alive with colour in Spring with stunning wildflowers, amazing wildlife encounters and a variety of events and festivals to keep you busy all season long... that's Perth in spring.