Cheap flights are available to Perth Domestic Airport from Darwin and Adelaide. Departures from Sydney and Brisbane have a flight time of just over 5 hours. Flights are also available from Melbourne and if you’re booking a return ticket from any of these three cities, cheap flights home may be available on the red-eye. Canberra departures will typically include a transfer through Sydney or Melbourne. Cheap flights leaving from Hobart will include a stopover in Melbourne and flights from Cairns will route via Brisbane. The Perth Airport Shuttle bus runs frequent services transporting you directly to your accommodation. Tickets are $20 and the shuttle is a great option if you are travelling alone. There is a taxi rank located on the ground floor of the Domestic Terminal. Transperth offers a bus service to the city and whilst this may be a cheap option, it is almost an long hour trip. There are of course a number of on site car rental companies offering a convenient hire service.
The public transport system in Perth (Transperth) services most attractions around the city. Purchase a SmartRider card for discounted travel. This is similar to Melbourne’s Myki card and Brisbane’s GoCard and can be used on buses, trains and ferries. Perth CAT buses are specifically designed for tourists, run frequent services and will cost you nothing. There are 4 free services offered that will deliver you to both beaches and attractions. Look out for the CAT bus stops to take full advantage of this wonderful city. For adventures outside the city, hiring a car is a cheap option, particularly when compared to the more expensive tours. The traffic is fairly relaxed and the roads are well signed. Make sure you keep extra water in the car for those longer drives.
Perth is on the west coast of Australia and is a picture perfect host to the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Spend the day at beautiful Cottesloe Beach or snorkel, surf and gush at the cute little Quokkas on nearby Rottnest Island. For a cheap day out, picnic at Penguin Island. This is just a short ferry ride from Rockingham. Thrill seekers both young and old will love the high ropes course, huge trampolines, putt putt and waterslides at The Great Escape. There are many more exhausting activities for the kids due to height and weight restrictions but you will be kept busy all day. Adventure World has over 30 rides and slides and requires much less effort. Visit the Botanic Gardens and take a walk on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. For the experience of a lifetime, head north to Lancelin. Here you can hire equipment and sand board down the blissfully white sand dunes or dart through the hills on a dune buggy. You can find day tours that stop at both Lancelin and The Pinnacles. These can be expensive, but having someone else drive those distances for you will be welcomed relief as you make the return journey to the city.
Play a round of lawn bowls as you enjoy the rooftop menu at The Aviary. The Old Brewery serves a mean steak and you can’t go past Coco’s Restaurant for the freshest selection of seafood. For gorgeous views and fine dining try Fraser’s Restaurant in King’s Park. There’s great pub food at The Brass Monkey and the same establishment has a sleek setting for after dinner drinks right next door at GrapeSkin Bar. Cradle some cocktails at 1907 or if you like electronic music, dance the night away at Ambar Nightclub. Mint Nightclub has an awesome vibe but for a touch of Vegas (and insanity) check out the caged dancers and burlesque shows at Devilles Pad. Visit Harbour Town for factory outlet shopping. For exclusive fashion buys try King Street in the city. Mall shopping can be found in Murray Street and Hay Street. If designer labels are the fortune you seek, make your way out to Subiaco for boutiques galore.