Laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easygoing character.
Perth combines big-city attractions and relaxed, informal surrounds, providing an appealing lifestyle for locals and lots to do for visitors. It’s a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, with myriad bars, restaurants and cultural activities all vying for attention. When you want to chill out, it’s easy to do so.
Perth’s pristine parkland, nearby bush, and river and ocean beaches – along with a good public-transport system – allow its inhabitants to spread out and enjoy what’s on offer.
Fremantle is an excellent day trip from Perth. Besides driving, there is a cruise from Perth to Fremantle which runs three times per day, this is run by Captain Cook Cruises. There are also a frequent train and bus services to Fremantle. Fremantle is a very walkable city and there is a free shuttle bus service called the CAT, similar to the free CAT services in Perth.
Perth is WA’s major aviation gateway and the first point of contact for many visitors to the State.
Seventeen international airlines and twelve domestic and regional airlines operate from Perth Airport, connecting travellers to more than 60 destinations around Australia and overseas.
Train service runs from approximately 5 am to past midnight, generally at least one train every half fifteen minutes during the day. Travel time from between Perth and Fremantle is about 30 minutes. One way fare (as of May 2013) is A$4.
There are also buses Perth to Fremantle although these travel via suburban areas, making them slow. For train, bus and CAT (Central Area Transit) details please visit http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/.
TAXI & RIDESHARE INFO
Designated taxi ranks are located around Perth City for safe and convenient travel. Supervised taxi ranks operate in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Taxis may also be hailed on the street or ordered by phone. The main taxi service providers in Western Australia are Swan Taxis and Black & White Cabs.
Ridsharing service, Uber also operates in Western Australia.
There are five train lines which service the Perth metropolitan area departing from Perth City to Armadale, Fremantle, Midland, Joondalup and Mandurah. Many train stations along these lines provide connecting bus services to access Perth’s tourist destinations and attractions. Train and bus service details, as well as a comprehensive journey planner, can be obtained from Transperth or by calling 13 62 13.
TransWA operate bus and rail services outside the Perth metropolitan area to region destinations.
The City of Perth is considered a universally accessible city for all people, including those with disability. It has pedestrian friendly streets and public spaces that are designed according to universal design principles, and continuous accessible paths of travel link public transport, parking, retail, business and entertainment areas. The People With Disabilities WA website provides some information on accessible accommodation in Perth and country areas.
Being one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, it’s no surprise that Western Australia produces such a profusion of fresh local flavours, succulent seafood, world-class wines and highly prized black truffles.
WA is home to nine sensational wine regions, each with their own unique characteristics and qualities, including the world-renowned Margaret River and the state’s oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley. On a tasting tour of the cellar doors, you’ll also find the perfect pairing of restaurants, as well as a growing number of award-winning boutique breweries.
In Perth, you’re spoilt for choice, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in Australia, many of which have been awarded for their commitment to food excellence. The bar scene is equally as impressive, whether you seek the grand heritage of an iconic colonial hotel, the character of a country pub, or the European elegance of the small bar scene that’s tucked away in the city’s charming lanes and alleyways.
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