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Alternatively, those seeking cheaper Perth travel options should consider a Middle Eastern or Asian stopover.
Language: English | Currency: Australian dollars ($) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 20 hrs
Proof positive of Perth’s newfound allure arrived with the news of Qantas’ first-ever route between London Heathrow (LHR) and Perth Airport (PER), which debuts in March 2018. This almost 15,000km (9,008 miles), 17-hour behemoth will cross eight time zones and, significantly, represent the first regular passenger service to link Europe with Australia.
It won’t be the cheapest Perth flight route; return fares are expected to start from just under £1,100, occasionally dropping to £900 in deal periods – which generally means July and August.
By way of comparison, stopovers via the Middle East or Asia tend to begin at £600. This the cheapest Perth option. The downside is, obviously, a longer route and sometimes-long wait periods – although this can be an upside, both in terms of interrupting the monotony of flying, and the chance to break the journey and visit another remarkable destination.
From Heathrow, the myriad options include routing through Hong Kong (HKG) with Cathay Pacific, through Singapore Changi (SIN) with Singapore Airlines, through Dubai (DXB) with Emirates or via Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with Malaysia Airlines.
It’s also possible to fly to Perth from Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI) with Etihad Airways (stopping at Abu Dhabi, AUH), from Manchester via Doha (DOH) with Qatar Airways, and from London Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX), Glasgow (GLA) or Newcastle (NCL) aboard Emirates, changing in Dubai.
Another, albeit longer, way round is to fly to Sydney (SYD) or Melbourne (MEL) – again changing somewhere en route, most commonly one of the above locations – and then continue onto Perth. Flights across Australia take four hours.
It’s fascinating to compare the differences and similarities between Western Australia and its eastern counterpart; most of all, you’ll gain a real sense of just how isolated Perth and its coastline are compared to elsewhere in the country.
Equally, after landing at Sydney you could then board the three-night Indian Pacific: a transcontinental train considered one of the world’s greatest railway routes. Its crossing of the staggeringly arid Nullarbor Plain represents planet earth’s longest stretch of straight-track railway, weighing in at 297 miles (478 kilometres).
This is certainly not the cheapest means of getting to Perth, however – nor are the round-the-world cruises which sporadically dock at Fremantle’s Passenger Terminal. Once upon a time, boats were the only way for tourists to reach remote Perth.
Looking to visit Perth? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first
Ahead of travel to Australia, tourists must secure a free eVisitor visa from the country’s Department of Immigration & Border Protection website which allows stays of up to three months. Allow a few days for this. No passport validity is required beyond the length of your trip, but do check with other countries if you’re planning lengthy stopovers.