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Perth is the capital and biggest city of Western Australia. Due to its location, Perth is known as the most isolated city in the world, but it offers stunning landscapes, beautiful shorelines, and a vibrant urban life. Visitors often opt to rent a car in Perth in order to conveniently drive to the many sights and attractions in the area.

It's your choice: Where to go in Perth

Start your visit in the city centre of Perth. This is the home of the Central Business District, but it is also filled with beautiful 19th-century buildings. Attractions include Government House and Town Hall, which were built by deported English convicts. Walk along Riverside Drive, or relax at Kings Park, where you will also find the Western Australia Botanic Garden. Finally, don't miss St. Mary’s Cathedral, and take a tour of the nearby Perth Cultural Centre, where you can find museums, galleries, markets, and eateries. There are also plenty of good Perth hotels in this part of the city. Head to the Northbridge neighbourhood for a night out. There are many trendy nightclubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants in this area of Perth. If you've partied enough, you can also check out the Western Australian Museum and the State Library, both located in this district. If you want a break from the big city, rent a car in Perth and head to Scarborough Beach for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing.

Things to do in Perth

In Fremantle, about 30min drive from the city centre of Perth, you will find the Western Australia Shipwrecks Museum. This fascinating museum explores all aspects of marine archaeology, displaying the remains of the numerous ships that sank to the depths of the ocean along the dangerous Western Australian coastline. From here, you can drive for about 40min north along the idyllic coast, to bring your kids to the Aquarium of Western Australia. The bravest troopers can even dive and snorkel with sharks here, under the supervision of the aquarium’s dive master. Enjoy modern art displays and discover the works of famous Australian artists at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. But the most important part of a visit to Perth are the city's prized beaches. Hop in your rental car and drive to Cottesloe, a quiet and safe beach where you can relax, walk, and swim, before heading to the cafes in the area for a sundowner or a delicious meal. If you love nature, drive out to Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve with white sandy beaches, secluded coves. The island is also home to quokkas, adorable small marsupial animals.

Important info about Perth

Perth lies on the banks of Swan River, about 8mi away from the ocean. The topography of the area is characterized by sandy, flat plains, and a series of freshwater wetlands. The city and suburbs are located on the Swan Coastal Plain. Perth is definitely a place for water lovers, with the ocean nearby, and no less than four rivers crossing the city. The climate in Perth is classified as Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. With an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day, Perth is one of the sunniest city's in Australia. December to March is the dry season when there is a risk of draught, while February is the hottest month. The best time to visit Perth is the fall and the spring. Temperatures are pleasant in these seasons with lows of 11°C, highs of 23°C, and low chances of rain.

Weather in Perth
Country Australia
Language English
Currency Australian dollar
Time-Zones GMT+11
Country Code +61

Good to know

Direct flights from London to Perth take at least 18 hours and land at Perth Airport, the city’s domestic and international airport. If you rent a car in Perth, you can enjoy a short drive from the airport to your hotel. You must be at least 21 years of age to drive in Australia. Also, if you are younger than 25, you may be required to pay a surcharge. In Perth, you drive on the left side of the road and overtake from the right. The general speed limit in Western Australia is 30mph in built-up areas and 70mph in rural areas, but always look out for the speed limit signs. The legal blood alcohol concentration is 0.05%, and drivers and passengers must wear a seat-belt at all times. Using a mobile phone, which is not mounted securely on your vehicle is illegal.

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What to taste in Perth

If you’re in the city in March, don’t miss the Eat Drink Perth Festival, which gives you a chance to sample different regional specialities. Outside of the festival, lamb and beef dishes are clear local favourites, as well as fresh fish and seafood. You may also come across kangaroo, emu, or crocodile meat, if you are in the mood for a culinary adventure. If you prefer to eat something else than Australian cuisine, you will be spoiled for choice. There are many Japanese, Korean, and Italian restaurants in Perth. Thanks to its sunny climate, Australia also has a variety of delicious wines to sample, such as Hullen, Stella Bella, Howard Park, and Lancaster wines, which are all produced in Western Australia.

What to bring to your friends from Perth

Shirts, fridge magnets, and shot glasses are typical Perth souvenirs, but if you want something special, there are other gift options. Consider purchasing some aboriginal art. These sketches, rock engravings, paintings, fabrics, and sculptures reflect the thriving aboriginal culture of Australia. Perth also has a strong beach culture, so you can buy lovely beachwear here. Swimsuits and surf clothing are practical and beautiful gifts. Then, there’s the famous Australian wine, which makes for a great gift to share with your friends back home. If you book a wine tour, make sure to pick up a couple of premium bottles for anyone special in your life.