What’s on in Perth
Sculpture by the Sea – 3-20 March 2017
Sculpture by the Sea is staged on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition is featured from the sea wall all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe and on the surrounding grassed areas creating a beautiful sculpture park.
Oz Comic Con – 25-26 March 2017
For those who want to unleash their inner geek, Oz Comic Con will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 25-26 March.
Perth Glory v Sydney FC – 26 March 2017
Soccer fans can get their fix at the NIB Stadium in Perth when local team Perth Glory takes on Sydney FC.
Puccini’s Tosca – 28 March – 8 April 2017
Tosca is a traditional and dramatic opera with grand set design and beautiful costuming. A New Zealand Opera Production, sung in Italian with English subtitles. See it at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Matilda the Musical – 28 February – 7 May 2017
Perth’s Crown Theatre hosts Matilda The Musical, the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved Roald Dahl book, and with original songs by Tim Minchin.
Bentley Polo in the Valley – 2 April 2017
Polo in the Valley, held at Duncraig Stud in Swan Valley, offers various marquee and picnic options for those who like to dress up and watch the action on the field.
Perth will expect to be enjoying an average daytime temperature in the region of 23 degrees Celcius, dropping to around 11 degrees at night. The sun can be dangerous, even in cloudy weather, so be sure to take care of yourself by packing a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and sunscreen (SPF 50+).
Most international credit cards are accepted in Australia, e.g. VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Diners etc. Thomas Cook and American Express travellers cheques are widely accepted at all banks and hotels. It is recommended that travellers cheques in major currencies be used (US, Euro, Yen, Canadian, Rand, etc.). Click here for an exchange rate converter.
English is the official language of Australia. Translation services are available on request. Please contact the ACG for details.
Perth Airport is Perth’s main airport, and is located 12 km from the CBD. It is easily accessible by taxi or, alternatively, by a shuttle bus that will drop you at various hotels located within walking distance of the venue.
You require an international licence or licence from your own country to hire a car. Cars are right hand drive and the rule of the road is to keep to the left. We recommend Budget, a car hire company that offers great service and competitive rates. Others to choose from include Europcar, Bayswater Car Rental, Avis and Hertz. You may also like to use a comparison website such as this one.
Walking is a great way to see all of the sights in Perth. The free guided walking tours of the city are a great way to see the city. There are four tours to choose from, which focus on different aspects of the city. This is a great way to see Perth’s historical and public art points of interest.
Public transport is available in the form of trains, buses and ferries. To help plan your trip, visit transperth.wa.gov.au. There are four free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus routes in Perth. You may hop on and off without paying a fee. For more information, click here.
For the Shoppers:
General business hours: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Banks: Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–4pm, Friday: 9:30am–5pm
Post offices: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Retail shops: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday: 9am–5pm (check individual stores for specific hours)
Sunday: 11pm–5pm (some stores do not trade on Sundays; check individual stores for specific times)
Visitors will find shopping ranging from local products in markets to shopping centres in Perth. Recommendations on where to shop include:
- King Street – enjoy the designer shops located along King Street, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and more.
- London Court – step back in time and visit London Court, built in 1937. Admire the intricate detail of these buildings while you admire the designer clothing, jewellery, accessories, international treats and cafes.
- Murray Street Mall – this pedestrian strip links Barrack and William Street. Stroll down these streets and arcades to visit retail outlets, cafes and watch buskers.
- Forrest Chase – located directly across Forrest Place, across the walkway from Perth Train station.
- Watertown Brand Outlet Centre– Just out of the city on Wellington Street, take the train or a free CAT bus here to visit this double-storey brand direct outlet shopping centre, home to discount retail shopping in Perth.
- William Street – in the heart of Northbridge, boasts stores from local fashion designers. You’ll find unique, quirky clothing and accessories here.
Explore Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Some suggested sites include:
- Kings Park – for lovers of the outdoors and for a spectacular view of the city and the Swan River, Kings Park is a must-see. This park stretches over 400 hectares and contains over 300 native plant species and over 70 bird species. There’s plenty to do here, whether it’s admiring the vast range of wildflowers, having a picnic, walking along the treetop walk or climbing the DNA Tower.
- Swan River – experience the beauty of the Swan River on a cruise, or hire a bike or kayak to explore the city and river.
- Perth Mint – this beautiful building offers activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, such as watching a traditional gold pour in the melting house or marvelling at Australia’s largest natural nugget collection.
- Art Gallery of Western Australia – located in the heart of the city, free tours are offered for those wishing to view over 1000 works of art.
- Fremantle – Only 20 minutes by train from Perth, Fremantle is WA’s main port. Enjoy the vibrant culture Fremantle has to offer. With markets open from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, microbreweries, galleries, shopping and plenty of restaurants and cafes, Fremantle has plenty to offer. For more of Fremantle’s historic heritage, visit the Western Australia Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.
- Hillary’s Boat Harbour – this recreational destination offers a wide range of restaurants and shops. There are plenty of activities to do here, whether it’s relaxing on the sand, swimming in the calm waters, fishing or enjoying the cycle paths and walkways.
- Perth Zoo – visit over 230 species of wildlife by take a ferry from the Barrack Street Jetty to Mends Street in South Perth. From there it is only a five minute walk to the zoo, which is open every day of the year.
- Perth Concert Hall – home to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, hosting more than 160 performances annually.
Just Outside Perth
From the Ocean to the Valley to the Hills, experience Western Australia’s best tourism highlights, including:
- Swan Valley – a 40 minute drive north-east of the city, Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. This region features a number of award-winning wineries that also offer alfresco and restaurant dining. Home to the Margaret River Chocolate factory, The Cheese Barrel and the Feral and Duckstein Breweries, this delightful area has something to offer all palates.
- Rottnest Island – located 22 kilometres off the WA coast, Rottnest Island is one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, offering snorkelling, diving and guided tours. Hire a bike and ride around the island, only 11 kilometres long and 4.5 kilometres wide.
- Penguin Island – off the coast of Rockingham, less than an hour south of Perth by car, visitors can see fairy penguins, dolphins and seals in their natural environments.
- The Perth Hills – only 45 minutes from the city centre, explore the beauty of the area’s national parks and state forests. For more information and trail maps, click here.
- Cottesloe Beach – only 15 minutes from the city centre, enjoy a relaxing day at one of Perth’s favourite beaches. Here you can swim, snorkel and surf or watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean with some fish and chips.
- City Beach – relax on the white sand or take a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean. Set up a volley ball net or play some beach cricket; this beach stretches wide, offering a sense of privacy to its beach-goers.
Dining and Nightlife
Perth offers a large selection of dining and night-life options. Some suggested locations to visit include:
- Northbridge – just on the other side of Perth Train Station, Northbridge has a wide range of restaurants and bars to choose from.
- Carnegie’s – this bar and restaurant has a rooftop area and offers a full a-la-carte menu and delicious cocktails and drinks.
- Barrack Street Jetty/Elizabeth Quay – enjoy a bite to eat and a drink at one of the waterfront bars, restaurants or cafes on the waterfront of the Swan River.
- The Aviary – in the heart of Perth, The Aviary has the largest rooftop space in Western Australia, and also a restaurant and lounge bar area.
- Brookfield Place – located in Perth’s CBD, Brookfield Place offers a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. Here you can enjoy a rooftop bar that is perfect for summer.
- The Royal on the Waterfront – situated on the waterfront of East Perth, this restaurant, cocktail bar and pub has a generous alfresco area and a view of the East Perth’s Claisebrook Cove.
- Queens Tavern – located on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, this contemporary pub has great food and beer as well as live music.
- The Garden – quench your thirst with a beer or a glass of wine at this indoor-outdoor bar in Leederville while nibbling on delicious tapas and Modern Australian cuisine.
- Cottesloe – offers some great places to relax with a view of the beach, such as the The Beach Club at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel, a sophisticated pub that offers quality food and drink, and the Ocean Beach Hotel (OBH), which has a restaurant (Cblu) with a large food, drink and cocktail menu.