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Perth and Western Australia Travel Information

Western Australia (known simply by its letters “WA”) is the largest state of the seven making up Australia and occupies a whole third of the continent Australia. As the name suggests, it’s located on the western side of the country land borders to the east by the states of the Northern Territories and South Australia. The state covers a massive area of just over a million sq mls (2.5million sq km) The 8,000 mls (13,000 km) of coastline start in the north in the Indian Ocean and end in the far south in the Southern Ocean. Western Australia has a varied climate, the southwest coastal regions have a Mediterranean-like climate and around 80% of the state is desert with a semi-arid climate. The far north has a tropical climate associated with southern Asia.

The population of the state is 2,236,900. The capital and largest city is Perth with over 75% of the population residing here and neighbouring coastal towns and cities. Perth is fairly isolated in relation to other main Australian cities, being roughly a 5-hour flight from Sydney on the east coast.
Western Australia attracts a large number of domestic and overseas visitors each year with the majority being the visiting family and friends market. Local industries include production and export of Gold, Natural Gas and Iron-ore. This state also accounts for the production of approximately 50% of wheat grown in Australia.

The South-West offers forests, beautiful coastal scenery, limestone caves and the Margaret River regions - well known for its excellent wines.

Monkey Mia can be found in the north along with some stunning coastline.

Western Australia

Perth is situated on the banks of the Swan River and is a more relaxed city often the base for those visiting friends and relatives.

Stay in the city and you can visit some of the most diverse landscape in Australia including the Pinnacles and Wave Rock.

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Perth - Western Australia

With mild winters, hot dry summers and superb white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan Perth has plenty of old world charm in its delightful gardens and a laid-back café and pub culture, typified by its ‘Sunday Sessions’, where locals catchup with friends for lazy Sunday afternoons at the stunning Cottesloe Beach.

Perth itself is 19km inland from the Indian Ocean on the Swan River estuary. At its heart is the "Central Business District" (CBD), around 1.6km (1 ml) across and dominated by a vast, open-air, pedestrianised shopping precinct known as the Perth City Malls, which offers the usual modern retail experience along with some attractive, older arcades.
To its west is Kings Park, 6.4 sq km (4 sq mls) of parkland which act as the city's "lungs", and just north of the centre is lively Northbridge, full of restaurants, pavement cafes and entertainment venues, and frantically busy at weekends as a result.

Greater Perth sprawls along the coast for almost 32km (20 mls) with only Fremantle offering anything of further interest: more visually appealing than the central area, the buzz of its cafes and markets gives a much-needed lift to this otherwise conservative beachside city.

Capital of Western Australia, in the south west corner of the continent. 19km (12 mls) north of the port of Fremantle. 4023km (2,500 mls) south west of Darwin. 2735km (1,700 mls) west of Adelaide. 16km (10 mls) south west of the international airport, with good taxi and bus connections to town.

Strung out along the Sunset Coast on the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by desert, which encroaches upon some suburbs. Backed by the Darling Range and bisected by the Swan River.

Mostly 4- and 5-star skyscraper hotels; a smattering of smaller concerns in the beach areas.


Zoo; beach; Perth Cultural Centre including Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia; Perth Mint; heritage trails through Fremantle.


Perth Entertainment Centre hosts ballet, comedy etc; cinemas (discount on Tues nights); huge casino; restored Edwardian theatre. "Perth and Fremantle Today", free from the tourist office, lists what's on where.

Northbridge features every kind of eating experience, from pricey fish restaurants to covered food halls where you pick and mix international cuisine from a variety of stalls and then eat at tables in the centre. Choose from Thai, Korean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, French, Italian or Lebanese. Most hotels have their own restaurants.

Centrally placed Perth City Malls sell much the same as you could find at home. American-style shopping malls are dotted throughout suburbs; Pioneer Village in Armadale 25km (15 mls south west of the centre) is a glorified shopping mall, with themed outlets selling handicrafts. Two lively markets at Fremantle; weekend markets at Subiaco, a trendy suburb 3km (2 mls) west of the centre.

Ferries to Rottnest Island, home of the beaver-like quokka; also to Fremantle, passing "Millionaires' Row" of houses belonging to Australia's elite; whale-watching trips in season (Sept to Nov). New Norcia, a 19th-century Benedictine abbey. Coach tours to the Pinnacles (Nambung National Park) and to Wave Rock at Hyden. Swan Valley and Margaret River wineries. Wildflower displays in the desert Aug to Nov.

Lovely 32km (20 mile) expanse of soft white sand stretching north through the suburbs of Cottesloe and beyond. Although there are no palm trees and beachside entertainment is rather lacking, the beaches themselves are pleasantly free of crowds and an ice-cream is never far away.

An efficient, cheap, integrated system run by Transperth, with train and bus stations right in the centre and a free transport zone, within which a bus ticket isn't needed. A zonally priced railway system with trains to the suburbs. Bus, train and ferry services run to Fremantle, with ferries available to Rottnest Island. A replica tram links the main tourist areas.

More for couples than families, because – zoo and beaches aside – there are few attractions for young children

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, set between white fringed beaches of the sparkling Indian Ocean to the west and the lush Darling Ranges to the east. Located on the banks of the Swan River, the city provides a magnificent backdrop for yachting and sailing.

Kings Park is home to the botanical gardens, famous for spring wildflower displays and offers popular picnic areas only minutes from the city.  After the sun sets, Northbridge, just north of the city, springs to life. Here you will find several streets full of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Half an hour from the city you can visit the bustling sea port of Fremantle where historic buildings and museums give an insight to Western Australia's relatively short history. Just offshore lie the crystal waters and pristine beaches of Rottnest Island where you can dive or snorkel among coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Rottnest Island

Perth and Beyond in Western Australia

Western Australia is vast and is undoubtedly one of the world's last unspoilt frontiers. To really see the wonders of this unique state we recommend you begin your experience in Perth and then explore further.

Travel north to the Shark Bay Heritage area, renowned for its wild dolphin population at Monkey Mia. Almost every day, these amazing mammals swim to within a metre of the shore.

To the north lies the crystal waters of the Ningaloo Reef. This fabulous marine park is home to hundreds of species of fish and corals as well as mantra rays, humpback whales and turtles.

A trip to the north offers a diverse mix of rugged isolation and natural beauty, visit the world famous Cable Beach and discover the wonders of the Bungle Bungles.

South of Perth is Margaret River, a food and wine lovers paradise, offering the opportunity to indulge in world class wineries and gourmet vineyard restaurants.

Western Australia is well worth a look when planning a holiday to Australia.

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