Perth | The Ultimate Travel Guide

With near-perpetual sunshine and some of the most amazing sunsets in Australia, there's no reason not to explore one of the most remote cities in the world.

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Quokka on Rottnest Island, Perth

Within hours you can find yourself on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, riding massive sand dunes, having an unforgettable marine adventure or unwinding in one of the most well-regarded wine regions in the country.

Travel writer Bill Bryson might have called it "the most remote city on earth", but Perth and its surrounds are far from inaccessible. With departures daily from major Australian cities and the Indian Pacific rail service to take you from the other side of the country to this very spot, getting here is a cinch.

What's there to do in Perth?

Whether staying in the city itself or heading out to the surrounding regions, there are plenty of things to do in Perth.

Within easy reach of the CBD sit stunning beaches like Cottesloe and Scarborough, or take the 30-minute journey to historic Fremantle.

If you're in town for more than a few days and are keen to explore further afield, consider a day-trip to Rottnest island (or if you're brave enough, see it from high above with a skydive) or to the vineyards of the Margaret River or Swan Valley are a must.

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Getting around Perth

Perth's CBD is relatively compact and walkable, but when walking isn't an option or you want to explore further afield, public transportation provides a stress-free and budget-friendly way of travelling to the city's attractions.

Perth public transport

  • Types of transport. Transperth provides transport throughout the city with public trains, buses and ferries. You can hop on a train from the city centre to go to popular spots like Cottesloe Beach and Fremantle
  • Paying for transport. Purchase the electronic SmartRider travel card to save 15% off of the regular fares on Transperth. The card costs $10 and you can top it up at select outlets. The daily limit will automatically cap at $12.40 if taking multiple trips after 9am. Fares range from free to $10.70 depending on the zone you're travelling in.
  • Best apps for getting around. Download the Transperth app to keep track of your SmartRider balance, find when transport is going to be at a certain stop and watch when the bus, train or ferry you need is going to arrive.

Taxis and Uber

  • Taxi. Taxis will be the most expensive way to get around, compared to public transport or ride share services. You can hail a taxi from the side of the road in the city, call for the next available pick up or find one at a taxi rank. You can also pre-book a taxi by calling in advance on 131 008.
  • Rideshare. Ola and Uber is available in Perth. If you're travelling between the city and airport, expect to pay anywhere from $30-$64. UberX, UberBLACK and UberXL are all available in Perth.

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