Perth skyline and coast on a sunny day

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Located between the tranquil waters of the Swan River and the bush land of Kings Park on Mount Eliza, Perth is a fast growing metropolitan city that is also within grasping distance of one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in the world..

Why go?

Holidaymakers are guaranteed a 'g'day' every day in the capital of Western Australia, along with sun, sea, surf and so much more...

Set in the southwest corner of Australia, Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and synonymous with everything that is attractive about this great nation.

With average temperatures of more than 20C all year round, Perth is an excellent location to begin your Australian holiday.

The downtown CBD of Perth has the best selection of clothing malls and shopping outlets to be found in the state of Western Australia.

Alternatively, head to the Northbridge area and experience the cultural heart of city, revered for its diversity of restaurants, art galleries, museums and music venues.

The west of the city has a chilled out beach vibe, with swimmers and surfers flocking to the beaches of Cottesloe, Scarborough, Leighton and Swanbourne. Whilst nature lovers head to Kings Park, a mixture of botanical gardens and natural bush land.

Just a 45 minute drive east of the city centre will bring you to the wide fertile ranges of the Perth Hills, a sprawling area of forests, streams and charming townships. If you're feeling active there are a number of nature treks in the area, or if not simply follow The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail, which will lead you to some of the oldest wineries in the region. Alternatively visit the famous Swan Valley growing region just 25 minutes east of the city centre. Journeying south will take you to Margaret River, a great spot to sample the world renowned wineries and restaurants.

Just a 30 minute drive outside of the city you can soak up the bohemian vibe of Freemantle or 'Freo' as the locals refer to it. The city is a multicultural mix of buskers and artists with a growing selection of micro-breweries and a great nightlife. 

Just a short ferry ride from Freemantle is the relaxed holiday island of Rottnest. With virtually no cars on the island, the most popular form of transport is bike hire, failing that there are a small number of coach tours to show you the finer points of the island. Explore the island's secluded bays by glass bottom boat, visit one of the family fun parks or get your photo taken with the island's signature marsupial, the Quokkas.

It is worth considering taking a day trip north to Nambung National Park to visit The Pinnacles; a field of vertically placed pieces of limestone in the barren desert. Venturing even further north to Monkey Mia is well worth the extra distance. Several times a day the wild bottle nose dolphins come up to the shallow waters for feeding time, provided by smiling crowds of tourists.

Further up the coast you can visit the gold mines of Kalgoorlie, relax on the sands of Cable Beach in Broome, before arriving at Kimberley at the very top of Western Australia.

How to get there

Long-haul flights to Perth, Australia, are available all year round with a variety of connections. Compare prices for the best deals...

International and domestic Perth flights arrive via Perth International Airport (PER), around eight miles outside of the city centre.

Flight duration from London averages at 18.5 hours but there is a multitude of stop-over options too so perhaps break up your journey with a stop-over in Singapore, Japan or Dubai?

Winter is a very popular time to visit the west coast of Australia and so book your Perth flight well in advance and use our price comparison tool to get the best deals.

Getting to and from the airport

Perth has an excellent and very modern transport system and transfers from the airport are a breeze...

Taxis are available from the airport and will take 20 or 30 minutes to get into the city. All taxis are meter operated and the journey should cost approximately AUD$20.00 - AUD$30.00.

The airport operates a shuttle bus service with convenient pick up points located throughout the city. Many hotels in Perth can also arrange a shuttle pickup and drop off from their reception areas.

Where to stay?

There are so many wonderful places to stay and discover in Perth, no matter what your budget...

When you arrive in Perth, its size (vast) and western coastline will blow you away. It is a very attractive city and tourism is thriving. Choosing where to stay is often a matter of location preferences. For shops, dining and exploring the city, stay central in either a luxury hotel (there are several) or a mid-budget hotel, of which there are many.

If you enjoy long, relaxing walks along clean sandy beaches, swimming in the surf on a warm sunny day, or perhaps lazing on a beach towel while watching the world go by, opt to base yourself at the Sunset Coast area in Perth. Again, a range of accommodation is available for all budgets and this is a good choice for families and younger travellers.

Combining the best of both worlds is the port city of Fremantle which lies just south of Perth. Fremantle is a popular spot, particularly at weekends, when you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes and eateries. Here, accommodation varies from the very swanky contemporary hotels to smaller, less expensive guesthouses.

History and wine lovers may find that basing themselves in the Swan Valley region is best for them. It is steeped in history and is one of Western Australia's oldest wine regions. The region is home to more than 40 vineyards, many of which are still run by the original families which started the wineries many years ago. It's possible to stay in family-run guesthouses and head out on wine-tasting walks a short distance away.

So, great accommodation, an exciting city centre, paradise beaches and fabulous wine... have you booked your flights yet? Check out great deals with our price comparison tool and soon you'll be off to the land Down Under.