Cheap Flights to Perth
- Area : 6,417.9 km² (2,478.0 sq mi)
- Calling Code : +61 8
- Currency : Australian Dollar (AU$)
- Population (2014) : 2,021,200
- Official Language : English
- Time Zone : AWST (UTC+8)
- Airport s : Perth International Airport & Jandakot Airport
Tourists or business people flying to Perth from South Africa have the luxury of using our website for free to compare flights and choose the best options in terms of affordability and convenience.
Airlines below, and others, land at Perth International Airport:
- South African Airways
- Virgin Australia
- Qatar Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Air Mauritius
- Air New Zealand
- Air Asia
Reasons to Visit Perth
- Founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, Perth was previously inhabited for more than 40,000 years by the Whadjuk Noongar people who refer to it as Boorloo. Perth today is the Capital and largest city of Western Australia, fourth most populous city in Australia that’s part of Western Australia’s South West Land Division. The city achieved 8th place in the August 2015 Economist Intelligence Units list of the most liveable cities in the world and received the classification as a world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
- With a laid back vibe, Perth has great weather, stunning beaches, tucked away bays, rivers, lush gardens and parks, an abundance of awesome nature and wildlife parks, zoos, aquariums, loads of nightlife, fabulous eateries and unquestionably has everything for a wonderful excursion.
- Perth has hundreds of hotels for comfortable accommodation with many that offer book now, pay later or make a last minute booking to get a good deal. For travellers watching their pockets there are loads of affordable backpacker establishments including those with 5-Star ratings located in and around the city and in nearby suburbs.
Places to Visit Perth
- The city has numerous museums and galleries for visitors enjoy. The Round House located in Fremantle opened in 1831 and was the first permanent structure in the Swan River Colony. The Army Museum of Western Australia situated in an historic artillery barracks in Freemantle opened in 1956 with the museum established in 1977. The museum has a wonderful collection of material from the pre-federation period up to present day and comprises both peace-time army units including the participation of West Australians in all major operations and conflicts that Australia was part of including the South African War, WW1, WW2, the Korean War, as well as operations of late. Additionally there’s the Western Australia Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, Perth Gaol and HMAS Ovens, an Oberon-class submarine of the Royal Australian Navy that was one of six Oberons built that entered service in 1969.
- A sight not to be missed or heard are the Swan Bells, a set of 18 bells that hang in a specially built 82.5 metre copper glass bell tower that’s a fabulous piece of artistic architecture with an interesting history and calming fountains at its front. This set of change ringing bells is one of the world’s largest with 12 of the bells originating from the St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London.
- Mundaring Weir located in the Darling Scarp is a dam and reservoir just 39 kilometres outside Perth that opened in 1903 and affords visitors a beautiful scenic environment with its main inflow from the Helena River.
- Lake Leschenaultia, only 50 minutes from Perth, was once a former railway dam and is now a beautiful recreational lake with plenty of water and land activities such as swimming, snorkelling, canoeing, walking, cycling trails and camping in natural pleasing beauty.
- For a wonderful day out in nature, the Serpentine National Park has attracted people for virtually 100 years. Visitors can swim, picnic (some areas have wheelchair access), enjoy a bush-walking trails or just breath in the beauty of waterfalls, wildlife and nature.
- Araleun Botanic Park just 35km from Perth is a haven of spectacular beauty that boasts 59 hectares of developed gardens with a wonderful variety of native and exotic plant species. The park hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the much favoured Araluen’s Freemantle Chilli and Yates Springtime festivals including concerts, events and activities for children.
- Swan Valley just a 25 minute out of Perth is the oldest wine region in Australia. Spend a few nights at one of many resorts located in this flourishing area.
- Not to be missed is Penguin Island that only takes a 5-minute ride by ferry across Shoalwater Bay. The little Penguins are the main attraction with three feeds a day. Additionally there are wild dolphins, stingrays, sea lions, pelicans and more than 50 sea bird species to be admired.
- Home to the phenomenal Pinnacles is the Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles are limestone formations that elevate out of sand dunes along a calm stretch of coastline. An amazing sight to behold and visitors wanting a closer inspection on foot can stop at a parking spaces located along a one-way drive.
- Night owls have a bounty of marvellous nightclubs to dance, drink and have loads of fun. The onetime supper club Villa Nightclub has a massive stage, two levels and three bars. A place for anyone and everyone is The Newport Hotel, over 100 years old it’s a heritage listed site located on Fremantle’s famous Cappuccino Strip. This establishment affords customers a relaxed ambiance with some of the best value brews. The Aviary Bar in Perth offers numerous social vistas that include The Bird Cage Restaurant, a vibrant rooftop bar, The Nest affords spectacular views of the city’s skyline and has trees, astro lawn and decking and a bowling green. Definitely one of Perth’s top bars with two levels and the capacity for up to 600 patrons.
- For a night of fine dining, visitors have hundreds of superb restaurants to choose from plus more in surrounding suburbs. Co-op Dining in East Perth affords a delicious dining experience with luxury and style, absolute attention to detail and excellent service. Dining at Friends Restaurant in East Perth, patrons indulge in a scrumptious menu with magnificent views over the Swan River in an ambience of a bygone era of decadence and silver service.
Getting Around Perth
Buses, trains and ferries are operated by Transperth that permits passengers to transfer between the three type of travel for up to two hours in Zones 1-4 and up to three hours in Zones 5-9. Visitors staying for a few days or more should purchase a SmartRider electronic ticket that saves up to 25% off the cash fare.
For a day of unlimited travel, DayRider tickets afford travel from 09h00 during the week and all day over weekends while FamilyRider tickets are applicable over weekends and public holidays for unlimited all-day travel for groups of up to seven that include two full fares.
Available for free are the CAT buses for transit within the centre of the city and a few areas in close proximity. The Free Transit Zone (FTZ) affords free travel on all buses in this zone at any hour during the day or night but a SmartRider must be used.
Additionally for a great tour and to get around is the Perth Tram Co..
The two primary arrival and departure points for buses are The Wellington Street Bus Station (near to Perth Train Station) and the Perth Esplanade Busport on Mounts Bay Road. Most buses travel along St. Georges Terrace and need to be flagged to stop. Buses operate from around 05h30 to about 22h30 or 23h30 depending on the route with tickets purchasable from the driver.
To just get around the city take one of the free CAT buses that operate in a continuous loop in the city and Northbridge. Normally operating between 06h00 and 07h00 during the week, Saturdays they start at 08h30 and Sundays at 10h00 with fewer running. There are Red, Blue and Yellow CAT buses offering different routes that run every five or eight minutes.
Ferries can be used for visiting South Perth and Perth Zoo that virtually run every 30 minutes (taking around seven minutes) every day from 06h50 to 19h36 or to 21h30 Fridays and Saturdays in summer. Tickets can be procured at the vending machine on the wharf
Train travel is fast with clean compartments starting around 05h30 and running every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night, until midnight. Fridays and Saturdays they operate to around 02h00. Departures are from Perth Station or the nearby Perth Underground Station. Tickets must be purchased before boarding from vending machines on platforms.
Motor Vehicle Hire:
Driving yourself around is not harrowing as the city’s signposting is fairly good to get where you need to go. Popular car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz all with outlets in the city and Fremantle (except for Hertz).
When you need a taxi for that quick trip to a show or restaurant, the largest taxi companies are Swan Taxis and Black & White Taxis with ranks at Perth Railway Station and at the end of Barrack Street of Hay Street Mall.
Travellers are encouraged to take their bicycles on trains and ferries for no additional cost but avoid peak periods to and from the city.