Perth City Guide Introduction
Draw a line from Bondi Beach to Auckland and then halfway back again—that’s about how far it is from East Coast Australia to Perth - over 3000km. Why on earth do so many of us choose to travel five hours for a holiday inside our own country, rather than to soak up the sun somewhere in the balmy Pacific?
Because Australia’s 4th largest city and its surrounding region (Fremantle, Swan Valley) say to the likes of Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga, “I’ll call your white stretches of sand with even longer, brighter more spectacular beaches, and raise you one very laid-back, sophisticated, cosmopolitan city sporting a myriad of bars, restaurants, cultural activities, family fun and award winning wineries.” To which they usually reply “I’m out”.
Best time to visit
Explorer Willem de Vlamingh must be a masochist because after naming Perth’s beautiful Swan River in 1697 he sailed back to Holland, deciding he’d rather spend the rest of his life trudging through dreary Dutch winters than lapping up Perth’s Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters. Although these days, ‘wet’ is a rather generous description.
The city has over 300 days of sunshine every year. Winter averages around 18C, while summer is a shorts and t-shirts friendly 30C, sometimes rising into the 40s. But never fear, the Fremantle Doctor is here – the ever faithful ocean breeze that rolls in and cools the city a few degrees in the afternoon. Anytime is a great time to visit Perth, but if you nag us for the best, we’d say April/May when the weather cools off a bit, but there’s still enough warmth to enjoy the water.
Major events in Perth
Summer is music and sport between dips in the ocean, with regular cricket games played at the WACA, the Hopman Cup tennis (Jan), and music festivals such as the Big Day Out and Summadayze.
In late February and March is the Perth International Arts Festival and City Food and Wine Month.
In April, extreme freaks and energy drink fans get those promised wings at the Red Bull Air Race, where pilots stunt fly through low-level inflatable 'air gates' at speeds of 400 km/h.
Things slow to a more sophisticated pace in July with the Perth International Film Festival and other events in the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.
All the fresh produce of Spring come to life at the family-friendly Perth Royal Show where crafts, farm animals and prize-winning cakes bask in glory for 8 days in September - October.
Getting around Perth
With splendid weather at least 300 days of the year, it would be a sin not to take advantage of the walking and cycling tracks throughout the city or jump aboard the extensive public transport—the city loop is free. A fun day exploring is to take the ferry from Perth to Fremantle.
Hotel.com.au Staff Favourites
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