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Fast facts

  • Western Australia, Australia's largest state is 2,525,500 sq km, about the same size as Western Europe.
  • The population is around 2 million. About 15 million live in the capital city, Perth.
  • Perth enjoys a true Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, December - February and mild cool winters, June - August.
  • Perth has incredibly blue skies and more hours of sunshine than any other Australian captial city - around 8 hours a day.

Sun smart tips

The Western Australian sun is very strong. To avoid sunburn, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, especially between 10am and 3pm.

Getting here

  • Perth is Australia's western gateway and a major hub for international air services from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • Domestic airlines operate daily services to Perth from the Eastern States. There are also regional services from Perth to many destinations within the state.

Getting around

  • Perth Airport is 20 km east of the city. Taxi's are available from both the domestic and international terminals and it is a 20-30 minute journey.
  • Perth and Fremantle are serviced by an efficient public transport system as well as a free shuttle bus, the Central Area Transit - CAT. Fremantle is 20 km from Perth city or 20 minutes by car.
  • Perth's beaches are some of the best  in Australia and are just  15-20 minutes by car from the city.

Visas

All people, except Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Australia. For information concerning different viasa available, contact your Australian consulate in your home country.

Driving

  • Visitors to Western Australia may drive on a valid overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle.
  • Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers.

Perth shopping hours

The majority of retrail outlets trade during the following hours:

City:

  • Monday to Thursday - 9am to 5pm
  • Friday - 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 11am to 5pm

Fremantle:

  • Monday to Thursday - 8am to 7pm
  • Friday - 8am to 9pm
  • Saturday - 8am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 11am to 6pm

Suburban:

  • Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday - 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 9am - 5pm

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