Perth, Western Australia
Guide to Perth
Aboriginal name: Boorloo (pronounced Boor-loo)
- Getting to Perth
- When to visit
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.
Australia's urban oasis of Perth is nestled within the vast nature of Western Australia – and that's why the locals love it! Here, not only can you relax on the serene white-sand beaches, but you can immerse yourself in the bustling art galleries, historic neighbourhoods and epic events. Just outside of Perth, you can find idyllic local wineries and unique wildlife.
Perth/Boorloo stands on the ancient country of the Whadjuk Noongar people, one of the 14 clans of the Noongar nation, who have been the Traditional Owners of the south west of Western Australia for at least 45,000 years. Experience Aboriginal culture with the many First Nations tours operating in Perth all year round.
- Traditional name: Boorloo (pronounced Boor-loo)
- Indigenous Peoples: Whadjuk Noongar people
- Traditional lands: Whadjuk Noongar Nation
- Traditional languages: Noongar language
- How to say g’day in Noongar: Kaya
Perth Airport is easy to access both from international and domestic transit hubs. If you are flying from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, you can get a direct flight into Perth with an average flight time of five hours.
- Perth Airport (PER) is 12km (7.5mi) from the city and services domestic and international arrivals
- Hire cars, taxis and rideshare services as well as shuttle buses are available to book prior to your arrival, or on the day
Cycling is the most popular mode of transport for residents, but the city also offers an efficient and affordable public transport system. Read more about getting around Perth.
The weather in Perth is very consistent all year round. Enjoy a hot, dry summer between December and February, and a mild winter between June and August.
From September to November, not only is the weather dry and warm, but it is also the perfect time to spot whales migrating along the coast as the females with newborn calves are on their way back from the nursery grounds.
- High season: Dryer seasons (September to January)
- Low season: Wetter seasons (March to May)
- Don’t miss: Whale watching in spring (September to November)
Perth welcomes visitors of all abilities and offers a range of accessible facilities and experiences.
- Arrival: Travellers with disabilities, including hidden disabilities, can receive special assistance with baggage and travel throughout Perth Airport.
- Getting around: The Transperth website helps you navigate Perth’s many accessible buses, trains and ferries.
- Accessible experience highlights: Travellers with limited mobility can join Go Cultural Tours to explore Aboriginal art and history. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, head out for a day of fishing with Fishability.
- Helpful resources: Travellers who are blind or have low-vision can access audio guides to Perth and surrounds via the Vacayit app.