Travel Info

Before you visit Western Australia, read through our fast facts and travel tips including driving in WA, visas and getting around.


  • Western Australia, Australia's largest state is 2,525,500 sq km, about the same size as Western Europe.
  • The population is around 2 million. About 15 million live in the capital city, Perth.
  • Perth enjoys a true Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, December - February and mild cool winters, June - August.
  • Perth has incredibly blue skies and more hours of sunshine than any other Australian captial city - around 8 hours a day.
  • Be sun smart - the Western Australian sun is very strong. To avoid sunburn, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, especially between 10am and 3pm.


  • Perth is Australia's western gateway and a major hub for international air services from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • Domestic airlines operate daily services to Perth from the Eastern States. There are also regional services from Perth to many destinations within the state.


  • Perth Airport is 20 km east of the city. Taxi's are available from both the domestic and international terminals and it is a 20-30 minute journey.
  • Perth and Fremantle are serviced by an efficient public transport system as well as a free shuttle bus, the Central Area Transit - CAT. Fremantle is 20 km from Perth city or 20 minutes by car.
  • Perth's beaches are some of the best  in Australia and are just  15-20 minutes by car from the city.


All people, except Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Australia. For information concerning different viasa available, contact your Australian consulate in your home country.


  • Visitors to Western Australia may drive on a valid overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle.
  • Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers.


Visitor Centres

Perth Visitor Centres

To get the most out of your holiday in WA, speak to the experts at a local Visitor Centre who will offer expert advise on the best things to see and do. A local visitor centre will provide maps and brochures, offer accommodation and tour bookings.
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Perth tours

Travel to and around Perth

Perth is accessible by land, sky, rail and sea through a vast network of travel options. The city and surrounds are easy to navigate with well signposted roads, an excellent public transport system.
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Important travel tips

Important travel tips

Perth is jam packed with unique nature-based tourism experiences. Check out these useful travel tips to ensure your visit to the Western Australian capital city of Perth is safe and thoroughly enjoyable..
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Perth News

Check out what's new and what's happening in Perth and surrounds including new products, experiences and exciting news from around the region.
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Perth travel brochures

Missed out on a copy of our latest brochures and magazines? You can download them here. Including our annual Experience Perth Holiday - your guide to visiting the city of Perth and surrounding regions.
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Working Holidays

Backpackers & Working Holiday Makers

Perth offers all you need for your backpacking or working holiday adventure in Western Australia. Check out our latest resources and information for all you need to know about backpacking and working holidays.
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Perth shopping hours

From eclectic markets stylish malls, Perth offers a host of shopping options. Stock up on trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art and discover antiques Find out the best spots and shopping hours in Perth.
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