The capital of Western Australia, Perth, is another famous city that serves as the perfect escape to unwind. The white pearly beaches and the Rottnest Island are some of the attractions that distinguishes this city from the rest of Australia.
Spread across 400 hectares, the Kings Park and Botanical Garden is the largest city parks. Providing stunning views of the city, the tranquil park is one of the most popular destinations in Western Australia. One can view the city skyline, the Darling Range and the river nearby. The State War Memorial is also one of the vantage points that should not be missed out on.
With lush gardens and home to over 1200 animals, the Perth Zoo is located at the heart of the city. The zoo provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the furry animals through planned activities such as Australian Walkabout and Australian Wetlands. The Asian Rainforests is the perfect way to get to know elephants, and the dangerous but friendly tigers.
Get your hands on over hundreds of educational exhibits at the Scitech. This center provides mind blowing science performances, CSIRO science lab and one of the largest planetarium. Engage in a fun and informative journey and be amazed by the creative exhibitions.
One of the largest gold exhibitions is at the Perth Mint. The collection of gold bars is one of the finest ones as originally the Perth Mint was established to refine gold. Showcasing the biggest coin that has ever been made which is valued at over 50 million dollars and some of the largest nuggets which have been dug up. Witness the largest collection of gold bars and the melting of gold which is then poured into a container to make it into a solid bar.
Marking the skyline of Perth is none other than the Bell Tower. The bell ringing is what the tower is most famous for. Ringing the original bells of Saint Martin is considered to be an honor and a privilege. The building is located at the Barrack Square where one can see the Swan River, making it one of the most visited and loved attractions of the city. The interactive displays are some of the most unique ones that you will come across. The 6th floor also has an observation desk which provides panoramic views of the whole skyline and the Swan River.
To experience the thriving cultural heritage and listen to fascinating stories and engage in exhibitions, one should head over to the Western Australian Museum. From flora and fauna to the minerals and fossils, this museum hosts a number of galleries.
The Caversham Wildlife Park is where one can encounter the cuddly and friendly animals that include koalas, kangaroos, emus and many other native animals as well. Hand feed the kangaroos and experience the Whiteman Park where one can enjoy a picnic with your loved ones.
Some of the most beautiful beaches of Perth include the Port Beach which provides you with crystal clear waters. City Beach is another favorite among tourists especially those travelling with children as it has a playground and many picnic spots.
Perth does not lack thrilling activities as it is home to a theme park with the most exciting rides. Adventure World has the adrenaline rushing Roller Coaster and over 30 water slides and thrill rides. The recently opened Dinosaur Island is also the biggest attraction of the theme park. An experience for the entire family, the theme park also provides an ultimate opportunity to meet the koalas.
The Aviation Heritage Museum displays over 30 aircrafts and many military aviation from the World War I. book a personal tour of the Lancaster bomber and Spitfire Mark XXII.
St Mary’s Cathedral is one of the few churches that have been built 3 centuries ago and has been preserved till today. The cultural center of Perth is the Art Gallery of Western Australia which houses both international and local artists. Pieces that have been collected from 1829 to today, the extensive contemporary art galleries is one which should not be missed out on.
Some of the leading airlines offering cheap flights to Perth city from the UK are Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airline, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways.
There are no direct flights heading to Perth from London as of the latest flight records.
The average flight time from London to Perth is 18hours 40minutes.
Perth Airport is located at a distance of approximately 14.1km from Perth city when taking Route 8 and National Highway 94.
Perth Airport offers efficient and convenient transport options to the arriving passengers. The official shuttle bus for Perth Airport is the CONNECT shuttle located outside the Domestic Terminal 3 (T3), adjacent to T4. For the international arrivals at terminal T1, passengers can take the free terminal transfer shuttle service to reach the Domestic Terminal T3 from where the shuttle bus service is operating. Perth Airport operates a free shuttle service between Terminals T1, T2 and T3, T4 therefore making it ideal for passengers to reach the bus stations. The free terminal transfer buses operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
A bus service is also being operated from outside Terminals T3 and T4 by Transperth. These are specifically low floored buses that have ramps for easy accessibility especially for the wheel-chair users. Buses are numbered 37 and 40 and take two different routes for reaching Perth city from the airport. Passengers arriving at the international terminal T1 can then use one of the free terminal transfer buses to reach the bus stop for the Transperth buses.
Taxi ranks for Perth Airport are located at current International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminals T2, T3 and T4.Many of these taxis are licensed to carry up to four adults or order a Maxi taxi from one of the attendants at the airport.
Six car rental companies are also located at Perth Airport for the comfort and convenience of the arriving passengers. Customer service desks for some of the internationally acclaimed car rental companies can be found on the ground floor of T1, T2, T3 and T4.
Perth's public transport is operated by Transperth which includes public buses, trains and ferries in the city's metropolitan area. Five train lines are operating in Perth City operating from the city's CBD – Armadale, Fremantle, Midland, Joondalup and Mandurah. Buses also offer connecting routes to where these trains end. This is also a great option when travelling to the outlying suburbs of Perth.
Taxis are a comparatively more expensive but more convenient option for getting around. Taxis in Perth are metered and can be flagged down from the streets provided they are vacant. Two of the main taxi companies operating in Perth are Swan Taxis who dispatch Swan, TriColor, 13CABS, Yellow and Coastal taxis, and Black and White Taxis.
Perth's Central Business District is also compact enough to be explored on foot as many of the attractions are located at close proximity within CBD. Bikes can also be hired and offers one of the more convenient options as Perth offers extensive cycle lanes across the central city and beyond. This is also a more popular options used by the locals and the tourists alike to exploring the Swan River.
Perth city offers a wide range of accommodation options catering to the varied tastes and budget expenses of all. Hotels are generally pricier in Perth as compared to the other metropolitans in Australia like Sydney and Melbourne. Accommodation options generally include a range of hotels and motels, convenient and budget-savvy backpacker hostels and caravan parks. Of the high-end category, Perth includes a number of some of the leading international chain of luxury hotels and resorts known for their sheer indulgent glamour and impeccable service. Facilities will generally include health and fitness centers, free Wi-Fi service, restaurants specializing in international and local cuisines and indoor and outdoor pools.
For those seeking a more budget-friendly accommodation in Perth, there are many reasonably fared motels, backpacker hostels and caravan parks. Backpacker hostels are especially popular amidst the youngsters arriving in Perth for vacations. Caravan parks are usually located a short distance from Perth's city center and offer one of the most budget-savvy accommodation option.