Easygoing and informal, the cosmopolitan city of Perth has plenty to offer visitors. Booming originally in the gold rush of the 1850s, Australia’s current mining boom keeps Perth’s sophisticated shops,restaurants, clubs, and leisure activities flourishing. As well as being the most remote capital centre, Perth is indeed also one of the greenest. It's impossible to visit Perth without coming across one of the biggest inner city parks in the world, Kings Park. Some 1,003 acres, Kings Park is home to immaculate gardens, grassed parkland, tourist facilities and war memorials, and can be explored via the network of tree-lined streets. Take an afternoon to explore and unwind in this inner city sanctuary.
Airlines that fly to Perth
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
Perth Airport (PER) is the fourth busiest airport in Australia and the main gateway for travel to Western Australia. particularly for flights from South Africa or the Middle East. The airport is located around 11 miles from the city.
Flights from London to Perth take approximately 18 hours and usually include a stopover in Asia or the Middle East.
British passport holders will need a visa in order to enter Australia. There are two kinds of visas available: an eVisitor visa, for which there is no charge, and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) from your travel agent or airline, for which there’s a service fee of A$20. eVisitor visas are available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection or from the Australian High Commission in London. For travel on non-British passports or for more information, please ask your consultant.
Perth’s other focal point is the wide, sweeping Swan River, the city standing proudly on its banks. The Swan gives Perth its vibrancy, with buzzing riverside bars, cafés and restaurants. Ferries, yachts and cruisers constantly keep Perth moving.
Don't miss out on a trip to Fremantle, half an hour's drive south west from Perth. As a port city servicing Perth, Fremantle is home to several maritime-themed attractions including the Western Australian Maritime Museum and the most significant maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere, the Shipwreck Galleries. Also check out Western Australia's only World Heritage Listed site, Fremantle Prison, and do a tour of the Little Creatures brewery followed by a few beers at its popular bar.
If you plan on exploring outside of Perth, keep in mind that Western Australia is Australia's largest state, measuring nearly one million square miles in size. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to cover all it has to offer in one trip although some popular things to do in Western Australia include camel riding on the beach in Broome, exploring the Outback in a 4x4, scuba diving or snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef and diving into waterfall pools at Karijini National Park. For more Australian travel ideas, talk to a Flight Centre Travel Expert today.
For more tips on what to see and do in Perth, see our Perth travel guide.