Information about Perth

Elizabeth Quay overlooking the Perth City skyline
Elizabeth Quay overlooking the Perth City skyline - photo credit: Tourism Western Australia

Visiting Perth

Embrace the best of both worlds in Perth, where soft-sand beaches and scenic parks meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and curated street art. Nature and urban life exist in harmony in Perth, on Australia’s west coast. Here, where the locals soak up more sunny days than in any other Australian capital city, you can visit nearby Rottnest Island, walk in leafy Kings Park and tour Swan Valley vineyards. For local culture, wander the nearby city of Fremantle’s winding portside streets and Perth city centre’s museum and gallery precinct.

Airport information and transfers

The domestic and international airport terminals are located approximately 11.6 km from the Perth City Centre.
Covered taxi ranks are located on the ground floor of both the International Terminals (T1 & T2) and Domestic Terminals (T3 & T4) and cost approximately AUS$50. It takes approx. 25 minutes from the airport to Perth.

Bus 40 operates daily between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Domestic Terminals (T3 & T4), via the Victoria Park Transfer Station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. The journey takes approximately 35-45 minutes.
To view maps and timetables or for further information on Transperth services please visit the Transperth website.

For more information, please contact Transperth on 13 62 13 (Perth metro area) or +61 8 9428 1900.

Local Transport

Free Central Area Bus Transit (CAT) Services: Within the city centre of Perth you can enjoy free and easy transport on the modern CAT buses. Theses buses run on several routes, with numerous and easily recognisable stops, with real time passenger information, along the way. The CAT buses are a great way for delegates to move between their city hotel, the train station and other city and Northbridge attractions/venues, free of charge. A free CAT service also operates in the city of Fremantle.

Buses: Perth’s public bus service (Transperth) also has a free transit zone within the city and operates a comprehensive service across the metropolitan area.

Things to do when visiting Western Australia

There is always something happening and so much to see and do in Perth, here are a few suggestions:

Rockingham Wild Encounters


Rockingham Wild Encounters operates a ferry to Penguin Island, a beautiful nature reserve just 45 minutes south of Perth and a five-minute ferry ride away from Rockingham. It is famous for the daily Penguin Feeding shows as well as cruises to swim with wild dolphins.

Fremantle Prison Tours


Visitors can step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a 1km labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.

Rottnest Island


Just 19km off the coast of Perth, yet an entire world away…discover Rottnest Island. At just 11km long and 4.5km wide, Rottnest is easy to explore. Home to spectacular white sandy beaches, secluded bays, unique wildlife, ship-wrecks and dive sites, this incredible island boasts a fascinating history. Home to the world famous Quokka and a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. There’s a range of exciting Day Tours to choose from.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden


Situated in the Swan Valley offering tourists a large variety of native fauna to experience. There are daily Farm Shows, including sheep shearing, whip cracking and bird displays, with seating for approximately 300 people. Animals are also available for outside functions.

Caversham Wildlife Park


A short walk or a free bus ride from the CBD brings you to one of the largest inner city parks in the world – Kings Park. These 400-hectares of flora offer some of the best views of Perth’s iconic city skyline and the Swan River. Wander through the native wildflowers, join a free walking tour, then refresh at the beautiful Fraser’s restaurant or Botanical Café.

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