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Perth enjoys sunshine nearly 300 days a year and has a dry, Mediterranean climate. In summer temperatures can go over 37, but the afternoon "Fremantle Doctor" ocean breeze cools the city down. Winters are mild, with the heaviest rainfall is in May and June.Getting from the Airport to the CityAn Airport-City Shuttle services the city and many hotels from Perth Airport (PER). There are also regular shuttle services to Fremantle and Scarborough, while the bus goes to the city centre from the domestic terminal..
Getting around Perth
Transperth operates Perth’s buses, trains, and ferries. The Central Area Transit (CAT) that loops the city offers free travel on trains and buses within the Free Transit Zone (FTZ). Bikes are a popular way to get around and there are good bike paths around the city and surrounding area. You'll find taxi ranks at the Perth Railway Station and the Barrack Street end of Hay Street Mall.
Driving in Perth can be tricky. Road signs, if you spot them, tend to tell you where you've been rather than where you're going, and signs announcing major highways are small and subtle. It's worth getting a GPS with your rental car.
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- Overlooking Perth, Kings Park on Mount Eliza boasts a superb Botanic Garden (with 1700 native species) but two-thirds of the 400-hectare park is native bushland. There are great views of the city, especially from the State War Memorial or the DNA Tower, the tallest structure in the park. On a clear day, you can see the Indian Ocean to the west from the top of the DNA tower (so-called because it resembles the DNA double-helix molecule). You can walk over the treetops enjoying stunning vistas along the Federation Walkway's 52m glass and steel bridge.
- The Sunset Coast is a spectacular 50 km stretch of white beaches and dreamy sunsets.
- "Freo," the historic port city of Fremantle south of Perth, has many convict-built colonial era buildings, including the 1830s Round House gaol, Western Australia's oldest building, the Whalers Tunnel, which leads from High to the Indian Ocean, and the Moores Building, now an art gallery and cafe.
- Rottnest Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle (or 1 hour from Perth), is a popular island getaway with spectacular beaches. The A-class reserve is known for its resident population of quokkas, a type of wallaby from which it gets its name (a Dutch explorer mistook them for rats). It's a great place for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and swimming and also has some of Australia's oldest colonial architecture.
- About 28 km east of the city, Perth Hills is a great area for bushwalking, bird watching and stunning city views from the John Forrest National Park. Pick up walking trail maps from the Perth Hills National Park centre. If wine trails are more your style, you're in your element in the Perth Hills wine-growing area.
- Swan Valley is Western Australia's oldest and most distinguished wine-growing region, best known for its award-winning wines from Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc varieties. It is also known for its microbreweries.
- Perth Observatory, 25 km east of the city, is Australia's oldest continuously-operating observatory and a leading astronomical institution. You can take a 90-minute tour of the night sky (including a peek through the largest telescope in public use in the southern Hemisphere) and see the Moon, Saturn, Mars, star clusters and nebulae and galaxies. Book in advance.
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- Journey south to Rockingham and enjoy fishing just off Palm Beach; watch in amazement at the dolphins playing nearby
- Go bushwalking or mountain biking along the rolling hills outside of Perth and get fantastic views over the city
- Sunbathe on any of Perth’s 19 gorgeous white beaches that are some of the best along Australia’s West Coast
- City break, beach holiday or into the Australian bush? There’s all this and more in and around Perth
- You can find discounted airline tickets to Perth from major airlines, but book early to get the best price
- Observe Australia’s indigenous wildlife up close at Perth Zoo, just 5 minutes from the city centre
- Travel to the Northbridge district just outside the city centre and party in Perth’s best bars and nightclubs
- Take a tour around some of Perth’s 40-plus local vineyards in the city’s renowned Swan Valley Region
- Relax in Perth’s beautiful King’s Park and Botanic Garden that comprises over 400 hectares of parks and gardens
- A trip to the vibrant city of Perth in Western Australia promises everything you could want in a holiday
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