Fast Facts on WA

Population

The capital city of Western Australia, Perth is home to more than 2.1 million people and is ranked in the top ten world’s most liveable city.

Is Perth easy to travel to?

21 international and 13 domestic and regional airlines operate scheduled services to and from Perth, connecting to more than 110 destinations around Australia and overseas.

At Perth Airport, the international terminal operates 24 hours a day and is known as Terminal 1 (T1). Qantas operates their international and domestic flights from Terminal 3 and 4 (T3/T4). Terminals 2, 3 and 4 (T2, T3 and T4) are the domestic and regional terminals.

Is it too far to travel?

Perth is only two flights away from major destinations such as Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA. Perth is the only Australian city offering a daily direct flight to London. There are also direct flights from New Zealand and from most major cities in Asia.

Perth is a long way from home, how long will it take to fly there?

Adelaide 3 hours 30 mins
Auckland 7 hours 35 mins
Bangkok 7 hours
Brisbane 4 hours 15 mins
Denpasar 3 hours 50 mins
Frankfurt 17 hours 50 mins
Doha 11 hours 20 mins
Dubai 11 hours
Hong Kong 7 hours 55 mins
Jakarta 4 hours 50 mins
Johannesburg 10 hours 45 mins
Kuala Lumpur 5 hours 30 mins
London 17 hours 20 mins
Los Angeles 19 hours 40 mins
Melbourne 4 hours 20 mins
Rome 16 hours 20 mins
Singapore 5 hours 10 mins
Sydney 5 hours 10 mins
Tokyo 12 hours 25 mins

Will I need a visa to enter Australia?

All visitors except those from New Zealand, require a visa to visit Australia. A business visa covers stays of up to three months.

The Department of Home Affair’s International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) offers free advice to people seeking to organise or attend an event in Australia www.homeaffairs.gov.au

What is the time difference in Perth?

Australia is divided into three time zones: 

Western Standard

UTC/GMT + 8 Hours

This applies to Western Australia including Perth and is the same time zone as Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.

Central Standard

UTC/GMT + 10 Hours

This applies to South Australia and Northern Territory

Eastern Standard

UTC/GMT + 10 Hours

This applies to Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.

Daylight saving does not apply in Western Australia or Queensland, however most states, advance clocks forward by one hour between the first Sunday in October and then back one hour on the first Sunday in April the following year.

Banking, Currency and Credit Cards

Banking hours in Western Australia generally operate 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday, and until 5.00pm on Friday. Some banks and credit card societies are open on Saturdays for limited hours. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available across the city. 

Is Perth easy to get around?

There is a Free Transit Zone (FTZ) allowing free travel on any public transport at all times in the city. In addition to accessing regularly scheduled buses and trains servicing local commuters, visitors to Perth are also available to travel free on Transperth’s CAT buses which offer a fast and convenient means of travelling in and around Perth’s CBD. This range of free services connects delegates to all the major attractions, venues and hotels.

Taxis

Taxis are usually plentiful in Perth with dedicated ranks available at major shopping hubs and nightspots during the busiest times. A cab fare from the domestic airport terminal to Perth Central Business District (CBD) is around $35 and from the international airport around $43.

Buses

Transperth (public transport) offers a regular bus service from the airport. There are also a number of private shuttle bus services available.

Rideshare

Uber and other ride sharing companies are available in Perth.

Will it be warm in Perth when I come?

  Max ®C Max ®F Min ®C Min ®F Rainfall (mm) Sunny Days
J 32 90 17 63 9 28
F 32 90 17 63 15 25
M 30 86 16 61 15 27
A 25 77 13 55 41 22
M 22 72 10 50 104 18
J 19 66 9 48 171 13
J 18 64 8 46 162 13
A 18 64 8 46 120 15
S 20 68 9 48 71 17
O 22 72 10 50 47 21
N 26 79 13 55 25 23
D 29 84 15 59 11 27

Perth has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city.

Is it safe to drink the water in Perth?

Water in Western Australia is among the safest in the world. It complies with international water quality standards and is fine to drink straight from the tap.

Electricity

Australia uses an AC240V electricity system and unique three-pin plugs. Ask your hotel reception for an adaptor or you can purchase one at electronic stores and airports.

Tipping and currency conversion

Tipping is generally not expected within Australia, however it is acceptable to leave a small amount should you feel you have received exceptional service. Find out how much your currency is worth at today’s exchange rate (https://www.xe.com/ ).

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