Perth is known as the most isolated city in the world. It is literally in the "middle of nowhere". The state capital of WA, Perth has a population of 1.4 million people and has been a boom town in recent years thanks to the mining and resources boom. It may be a long way to go but Perth is most definitely worth the effort for a city break.
Air: Perth Airport (PER) is close to the city centre and has three terminals. The international terminal is geographically separate from the two domestic terminals. Passengers can transfer via a shuttle bus. International destinations include London, South Africa and various points in Asia. To search for flights to Perth look at Expedia.com.au
Rail: You can travel to Perth from Sydney by rail. It's a long way! The journey is known as the Indian Pacific and will take three days.
Road: Crossing the Nullabor Plain from South Australia is a classic Australian road trip. The road is straight and treeless and goes on and on!. Make sure you fill up at each petrol station! The drive to Perth across the Nullabor is 2700 kms.
Perth has hotels to suit all budgets as you would expect from a large tourist destination. Search for great value city break hotels at Expedia.com.au
What to See and Do
Perth's numerous atttractions include the following:
Swan River: Perth is built up around the Swan River around 10 kms from the coast. The river is a popular water sports area and has numerous walking / running / cycling trails running along the banks if you are feeling energetic.
Fremantle: Just south of Perth is the Port City of Fremantle. Site of the famous Australian Americas Cup Yachting event, "Freo" is a great spot to stop for fish and chips and a beer at Fisherman's Wharf on a sunny weekend.
Beaches: Perth's climate makes it a great spot to visit the beach and top on on your tan. Just make sure you apply plenty of high factor sunscreen and swim in the patrolled areas on the beaches.
The most scenic way to get to Fremantle is by ferry from the Barrack Street Jetty in the CBD. Have a drink at "The Lucky Shag" as you wait! You can also catch a ferry across the Swan river which is a good option for city views.
An alternative for getting around is the suburban train network with 4 lines generally running north, south, east and west from the main station in the CBD. Fremantle can be reached by train.
Buses within the CBD are free and generally run circular routes. Services to the outer suburbs leave the CBD on a regular basis.