The sunny weather and laid-back lifestyle plays a big role in the popularity of Western Australia’s capital city. Perth is a huge city, the fourth largest in Australia, and is made up of several districts. The centre of the city is a vibrant cosmopolitan hub with a great combination of bars and restaurants, as well as cultural areas of interest and green spaces, parkland and, of course, the beach for those wanting to escape and soak up the sun. The city boasts a wide range of things to see and do for locals and tourists alike. For those who love to splash some cash and indulge in a little retail therapy, the centre of the city is the perfect place to exercise your credit card. There are plenty of places to explore outside the bustling centre. Neighbouring port city of Fremantle is home to some fantastic boutiques and boasts a laid back café culture. The weather tends to be hot and dry throughout the summer months (December to March), while winters tend to be cool and see a lot of rainfall. February is the hottest month with temperatures ranging between the mid-twenties to the early thirties.
An off-road vehicle will be particularly useful if you’re planning on doing any driving in more rural areas.
Driving in Perth
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Important things to note
Perth is a relatively safe city, but some parts of Northbridge can be very busy on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Navigating around Perth is pretty straightforward due to the good network of roads which easily connect to the main highways.
It’s advisable to avoid driving in and around Perth during rush hour which is usually between 7am and 9am in the morning and between 4pm and 6pm in the evening.
Highlights & Hotspots
A trip to the King’s Park and Botanic Garden is a blissful way to relax, unwind and watch the world go by. This gorgeous 400-heactare stretch of land is one of the most popular places in the city to escape to for a relaxing afternoon with a picnic. In the centre of the park you’ll discover the lush botanical gardens made up of over 2000 indigenous plant species.
Art lovers should take a trip to the Art Gallery of Western Australia which is home to an excellent collection of works as well as galleries of indigenous art works which will really give you a taste of the history here.
The Western Australian Maritime Museum is well worth a visit to see the fascinating history of this intriguing port city. There are a wide variety of boats, ships and yachts on display as well as Aboriginal canoes.
A trip to Perth zoo is a great way to see the wildlife and is a great day out for families. Located across the Swan River, you’ll need to take the ferry to get there. The zoo is home to a fantastic array of Australian wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas, as well as a diverse reptile area.
Perth Airport has separate terminals for domestic and international flights. The domestic terminals (3 and 4) are located 7.5 miles from Perth city centre whereas the terminal for international flights (terminal 1) is located approximately 11 miles from Perth.
The terminals are located roughly 7 miles apart and connected by an internal road. The airport is accessible via the Great Eastern Highway and Brearley Avenue.