When to fly:
The summer holidays are peak times for flights to Perth, as are the July school holidays, resulting in price of flights potentially increasing in comparison to the winter months. If you want to experience celebrating Australia Day in another state, why not consider taking a trip down to Perth to catch the patriotic Australia Day Fireworks? This is one of Perth's biggest events, with over 350,000 people gathering in Kings Park and along Swan River to see around 30,000 fireworks light up the sky. The spectacular display is launched from barges on the river, the Narrow Bridge, the Swan Bell Tower and even on top of the city's skyscrapers, all accompanied to specially selected music on the radio.
Flights to Perth are generally the cheapest during the winter months.
Perth has not just learnt to live with its remoteness but made a virtue of its isolated location, 2103 km away from any major city and closer to Asia than any other Australian city.
Blessed with a Mediterranean climate and natural resources that have seen the city reap the benefits of the mining boom, Perth is a modern, youthful and affluent city with an enviable, laid-back lifestyle. Skyscrapers dominate the CBD skyline, but Perth has the vibe of an oversized village, with open spaces, fine golf courses and the spectacular Kings Park.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia houses one of country's finest collections of Aboriginal art. At the Perth Mint, built in the 1890s to refine gold mined in Western Australia, visitors can watch a live gold pour, where pure gold is heated and moulded into a solid gold bar. Many travellers also book flights to Perth in order to explore the surrounding areas. From the city, you can explore famous wine-growing regions, bushwalk in serene national parks and enjoy Western Australia's stunning white beaches.
Fremantle, the port city, is an hour's bike ride away. And, from there, there are regular ferries to Rottnest Island, a favoured day tripping destination.