The complete guide to: Perth travel

May 21, 2018
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John Pastor

So, you’re travelling to Perth — smart choice! Whether you’re coming for the beaches, fantastic weather, abundance of green space, myriad cultural activities, great restaurants and bars (or all of the above), our local Perth tour guides have the scoop on everything you need to know about getting there, getting around, and the best things to see and do.

Getting to and from PER

The Transperth bus service is the most economical way to get to and from Perth Airport’s terminals. Bus 380 runs daily between the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in the Perth city centre and Terminals 1 and 2. It is a limited stop service with connections to other services available at: Elizabeth Quay Bus Station, Victoria Park Transfer Station, Burswood Train Station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre.

Bus Route 40 operates seven days a week between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Terminals 3 and 4 via Great Eastern Highway, offering the most direct route between Perth Airport and Perth City.

Taxis are available at the designated taxi ranks located outside each terminal. Some drivers will ask you to pay your fare in advance, and the fare is the same for both a group or single person. The trip should cost AUD 43, and note that a AUD 3 fee is added to your fare, which contributes to providing better infrastructure at Perth Airport.

If you’d rather opt for a ridesharing service, Uber is fully legal and regulated in Western Australia and available to pick up or drop off at Perth Airport. Fares will vary depending on traffic and availability, but should be AUD 25-30. The aforementioned AUD 3 airport fee applies to all pick-ups at Perth Airport.

Travelling Perth

Perth skyline | Photo via Pixabay

Getting around Perth

Free Public Transit: The Transperth Central Area Transit (CAT) buses are free in Perth’s Central Business District (CBD) as well as Fremantle CBD. No ticket is required in this Free Transit Zone (FTZ) for buses. For trains, you’ll require a SmartRider card available for purchase at a Transperth Info Centre in Perth Underground, Perth Station or Yagan Square Busport.

Public Transit: There are three modes of public transportation for Perth travel: bus, train and ferry. The best way to plan your journey is on the Transperth website. Tickets are available for purchase on buses and at train stations. Fares range based on zone and distance of travel. Load a SmartRider card with a minimum of AUD 10 and you get 15% off the cash fare.

Taxi: Metered taxis are available with fares varying based on distance. You can get an approximate cost on Taxifare. While you can book a taxi in advance, a reservation does not guarantee it will actually show up. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time, especially if you are going to the airport.

Rideshare: Uber is fully legal and regulated in Western Australia and is generally cheaper than a taxi.

Walking: The city is quite compact, and we highly recommend exploring both Perth or Fremantle on foot! While it is very safe to walk around, take common sense precautions with your personal safety and belongings.

Things to do in Perth

There are a few quintessential things you should experience in Perth. The first is to check out a Perth Wildcats basketball game. Tickets start at AUD 25 and are available at Perth Arena Box Office or online at the NBL box office. The Perth Wildcats have fantastic fans, and there is an electric atmosphere in their amazing new venue. It’s a family-friendly activity and if you want to share in the local spirit, make sure to wear red!

The city comes alive for almost two months at the end of January to the beginning of March with hundreds of amazing shows, concerts, and performances happening for the Fringe World Festival and Perth International Arts Festival. You can pick up tickets on the festival websites or at the box offices set up around the city. Events range from free to over AUD 100, featuring international music acts, comedy, performance art and exhibitions.

For local art exhibitions and live music gigs all year round, check out the Fremantle Arts Centre located in an historic building that was originally a lunatic asylum.

Beach near Perth

Time to hit the beach | Photo via Pixabay

Perth is also a great city to enjoy the outdoors. Hit up one of the local beaches for swimming, people-watching, or working on your surfing skills. You could also head for the hills (the Perth Hills) to hike or mountain bike overlooking incredible views. After all that activity, you’ll probably want to relax with a glass of wine at one of the wineries in Swan Valley!

Perth Day Tours

Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers several day tours in Perth and beyond, all led by local experts who will give you a taste for local life in the city:

Arcades & Laneways
Break into Western Australia’s capital on this comprehensive walking tour that takes you off the beaten track and into the laneways & arcades of the city. This relaxed tour includes many things, the most important being a local tradition of great importance and cultural significance: a free drink at the pub!

Fremantle: Convicts and Colonials
Freo was once a bit like an unpolished diamond: a little rough around the edges but incredibly valuable and now, a highly sought after location. Hear classic Aussie tales of jailbreakers, bushrangers, convicts, and rogues on this Fremantle tour hot with history, heroes, and high drama.

Multicultural Markets of Melbourne’s Neighbourhoods
The markets of Melbourne’s neighbourhoods are buzzing, colourful reflections of the city’s soul. Half of Aussies are first- or second-generation immigrants, and this diverse cultural tapestry is on full display in its markets. Go behind the scenes, taste the food, meet the vendors and discover the local culture.

Sydney With Conviction
Get real! Skip the superficial and dive deep on this Sydney tour that reveals the bizarre backstories and incredible histories of the city’s icons. Behind the froth and bubble of sexy Sydney lies the stories of the winners who made it… and losers who didn’t.

Inside the Heart of Canberra by Electric Bike
Welcome to the heart of a nation. Mix a gorgeous central lake and rolling parklands with iconic national buildings, epic art, and grand vistas….and you have a very good day! Add in easy to use electric bikes, cycle paths and a local guide to reveal the stories of this city and you have a really great day! Take this tour for an easy and fun way to get to know the nation’s capital.

Perth on the big screen

Get your Perth fix with Two Fists, One Heart, a film filled with all things Perth, with some of the city’s best locations featured predominately in the film.

Perth on record

Eskimo Joe’s album “A Song Is A City” is a great way to get you in the mood for your trip. The Australian rock bank wrote the whole album about living in Fremantle!

Perth in books

A Fortunate Life is one of Australia’s most beloved books and considered a classic piece of Aussie literature. This autobiography tells the story of author, Albert Facey’s extraordinary life in Western Australia and through World War I. After the book’s great reception turned him into a national celebrity, Facey was famously quoted as saying his life was simple and he “had no idea what all the fuss is about.”

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton is another great read. It tells the story of two working class families living together in a suburb of Perth over a period of twenty years.

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