Perth is one of those Australian destinations that can be enjoyed any time of the year. However, the best time to fly to Perth would be August. During August, you enjoy the winter and spring crossover temperatures, which average 9 – 32 degrees Celsius. To catch the annual Perth Festival, you must visit in February, and the Swan Valley midsummer feast is in February too. Since most people travel to Perth for access to one of the 63 secluded beaches, spring temperatures are the most favourable.
Bus Route 380 runs from the airport into city centre daily, while Bus Route 40 runs between the airport and Perth City from Terminals 3 and 4. The cost is $4.60 AUD.
Taxis are the most expensive, but fastest way to reach city centre. The ride is approximately 20 minutes and costs $43 AUD.
Ride sharing is available through Uber. Fares depend on the vehicle selected, with UberX vehicles being the cheapest. On top of the fare is a $3 AUD fee for airport pickups.
You can save money and explore Perth by driving around yourself. Book your rental car with momondo.
Free CAT Bus
In the city centre, you will find the CAT bus that offers 4 routes and free transportation throughout the city. Look for the silver bus with a black cat or the black cat symbol for a designated bus stop.
Coach lines offer hop-on, hop-off services to tourists via TransWA. You must book bus services ahead of time and fees depend on the route.
Taxis operate 24 hours a day and include carriers like Swan Taxi, Black & White Taxi, Yellow Cab, LCAB, and Tricolour. Taxis charge approximately $1.72 AUD per kilometre and $49 AUD per 1-hour wait. Meters start at approximately $4.20 AUD. Prices may vary by the taxi service you select.
Perth’s MetroRail runs through the Perth CBD. Use a Standard SmartRider Card for just $10 AUD to receive a 15 percent discount on fares.
First-time visitors in Perth will have plenty to see and do. You must look out for the amazing views from Kings Park and walk through the Perth Botanic Garden. Then tuck away in the diversity of Perth’s Hay Street or Wolf Lane. Perth is home to numerous small, locally-owned bars that serve Aussie wines and tapas. Stop and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Perth’s beaches, including Cottesloe Beach and Trigg Beach. Take a ferry to Rottnest Island to meet a Quokka in person and discover why it is known as the happiest animal in the world!
Be Aware of Shopping Hours
Perth is no different from any other Australian town, but because it is a known tourist destination, there are a few items to keep in mind. First, business shop hours are regulated, and stores have limited hours on Sundays, while they are required to close entirely on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and ANZAC Day.
Embrace Wine Country
Australia offers some of the finest wines, and 25 minutes north of Perth is Swan Valley. Here you can find more than 40 vineyards and numerous cellars offering free or low-cost tastings.
Try the Fresh Produce and Goods
In addition to wine, Perth offers fresh farm items like truffles, marron, chocolate, and cheese. Make some time to visit local farm stands where you can sample and buy these delightful local treats.