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Population:  1.3 Million

State:  Western Australia

Time Zone:  GMT +9

Average Temperatures:

 

 Month  

   High

 Low

January  

   85F  

  63F

February

   85F

  63F

March  

   81F  

  61F

April  

   76F

  57F  

May  

   69F

  53F  

June  

   64F

  50F 

July  

   76F

  63F  

August  

   64F  

  48F

September  

   67F

  50F

October  

  70F

  53F

November  

   76F

  57F

December  

   81F

  61F

 

Local Seasons:  Perth, Western Australia's weather and climate, is best described as Mediterranean, with long dry summers and mild rainy winters. It is because of these long hot summers that many Perth activities revolve around the water. Summer officially starts in December and ends in March.  The hottest months are January and February, and temperatures can reach 95-100F and  occasionally 100+.

Autumn runs from March to the end of May. The weather is cooler, although still  warm.

The mild Perth winter lasts from June to the end of September. It is a rainy season, interspersed with chilly yet sunny days. A typical Perth winter day may fall between 60-65F.  There are sometimes thunder storms.  Spring begins at the start of September as the weather quickly warms to fine sunny conditions again. The temperatures rise as summer nears.

 

Electricity:  Australia’s electrical current is 240-250 volts and requires a two or three pin plug.  Adapters and converters are necessary in order to use US appliances.  Most hotels will provide one US 110-volt outlet (and often, only one.)

Measurements:  Metric

Currency:  The local currency is the Australian Dollar, which is a decimal currency in which 1 A$ is equal to 100 cents. 

Telephone:  The Australian country code is 61. 

 

Holidays

New Year’s Day                        January 1

Australia Day                            1st Monday after January 26

Good Friday                             (variable)

Easter Monday                         (variable)

Anzac Day                                April 25

Queen’s Birthday                     2nd Monday in January

Christmas Day                          December 25

Boxing Day                              December 26

 

Arriving 

By Air

The Airport in Perth is 9 miles from the city.  Tel (08) 9478 8888.

Because of the distance between Perth and the other big cities, flying is the most popular way to get there. Most fly in on either Qantas or Virgin Blue.

Perth Airport (tel (08) 9478 8888 is 9 miles northeast of the city centre. The international and domestic terminals are located several kilometers apart and locals often talk about them as if they’re separate airports. The domestic terminal is served by local bus routes 37 and 39 as well as the more expensive Airport City Shuttle and Fremantle Airport Shuttle, which also serve the international terminal.

 

The Airport City Shuttle (tel 1300 666 806) is the quickest option into the city centre from the international terminal or the domestic terminal.

 

Jandakot Airport, south of the city centre handles some regional flights including flights to Rottnest Island.

By Cruise Ship:  Ships dock in the Port of Fremantle. 

 

Bus

Perth has three bus terminals. 1)Transwa (tel 1300 662 205) Buses to destinations in the state’s south depart from the East Perth Terminal train station.

2) Greyhound and Integrity coaches depart from the bus station at 554 Wellington Street near Perth train station.

3)Southwest Coachlines operate buses to the southwest including Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River. Southwest buses depart from the City Busport on Mounts Bay Road.

 

Train

The East Perth Terminal is the terminus for long distance trains. Transwa (tel 1300 662 205) has trains to Bunbury and Kalgoorlie and Great Southern Railway operates the Indian-Pacific to Sydney with stops at Kalgoorlie, Adelaide and Broken Hill. The East Perth Terminal is part of Transperth’s suburban train network with frequent trains to the city centre and Fremantle.

 

Getting Around

Transperth (tel 13 62 13)) operates Perth’s public transport network, which is comprised of buses, ferries and trains. It is a good value way to get around the city and there is free transport in the central area. 

 

Bus

Buses form the backbone of Perth’s transport system and it is inevitable that you’ll ride them at some point or another, particularly if you want to get to the beaches.

Buses are free within the central area, although with regular buses it can be difficult to know which rides are free and which ones you have to pay for. Fortunately there are a couple of frequent bus routes confined to the free central area that are extremely popular with ravelers. The Central Area Transit (CAT) buses run three routes – the Red CAT runs an east-west route in the city centre, the Yellow CAT goes between the city centre and East Perth and the more useful Blue CAT connects the hostels in Northbridge with the city centre. The only problem is that the CAT buses stop running shortly after 6pm. There is also an Orange CAT, which runs a loop around Fremantle. 

Perth’s bus network covers a large area with buses running as far away as Rockingham and Mandurah. The Public Transportation throughout Perth and Fremantle is fast and reliable.

 

Train

Perth’s rail network consists of five lines.  The Fremantle line runs from the city centre to Fremantle via Cottesloe. Trains run approximately every half hour.

City West, Perth, McIver and Claisebrook stations lie within the Free Transit Zone.

 

Ferry

Perth has a limited ferry service between Barrack Street Jetty in the city centre and Coode Street and Mends Street Jetties in South Perth. The Barrack Street Jetty to Mends Street Jetty ferry is a popular route for ravelers visiting Perth Zoo. Ferries run around every 20 minutes.

Like many other public transport networks, Perth is divided into different fare zones. Most attractions are in zones one and two; although the transport network extends as far as zone eight. A Perth to Fremantle train trip requires a two-zone ticket, as does a trip between the city centre and the domestic airport terminal.

A DayRider ticket allows unlimited travel on Transperth buses, trains and ferries from 9am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.