Perth Tourism

Perth is Australia’s fastest growing city and the capital of the state of Western Australia. It falls between the Swan River and Darling scrap to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west. Although considered one of the most isolated major cities in the world, it is a treasure trove of attractions and activities for all who visit Perth.

Originally a British free settlers colony, Perth was named after the city of “Perth” in Scotland, which was home to Sir George Murray who was the British Colonial Secretary in the 1800s. 

The mining of gold and subsequent discovery of other minerals found in the region became a major contributing factor to the economy of the city. This along with the city’s proximity to South East Asia and Africa led to an influx of migrants to the city after the Second World War.

Today, Perth has evolved from a small mining town to a major international city. The infrastructure and economy are booming. The city is experiencing major modernization and the once laid back culture has transformed into an energetic and vibrant one.

Perth tourism is growing in leaps and bounds and it is an ideal tourist destination if one wants a healthy mix of cosmopolitan city life, culture, history and outdoor activities away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities in Australia. The Central Business District (CBD) and its surrounding suburbs have much to offer any visitor. From world cuisine and trendy nightclubs, numerous riverside parks and outdoor activities, relaxed beaches and historical museums, a Perth vacation is a varied mix of activities and experiences.

Essential travel information and Perth tips for your visit

  • Owing to Perth’s high temperatures and sunshine, it is essential to stay hydrated and carry a strong sun block lotion.
  • Some areas like Northbridge can get a little troublesome on weekends due to overenthusiastic partygoers so it is advisable to be cautious.
  • Public transport in the city is safe however when travelling at night trains are more advisable than buses.
  • If taking a bus at night be sure to sit in the front, close to the driver.
  • Avoid using ATMs in isolated areas or busy tourist spots as some devices have been known to be attached that can duplicate your information and misuse it.
  • Driving in Perth can be alarming for tourists as traffic rules vary. For e.g. in Australia drivers are allowed to overtake from the inside lane.
  • There have been some gang related incidents and racial incidents in Australia so it is best to have emergency numbers handy and to avoid secluded places at night.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Perth

  • Know the pollution level of Perth before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.14 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 29.52 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 33.46 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25.62 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.68 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.94 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Perth for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Perth.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.18 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.41 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.88 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.56 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 31.82 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 41.61 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 55.46 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75.96 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.89 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.05 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 24.86 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.23 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Perth is 185.62 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.95 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.97 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.88 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.33 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.58 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.85 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 104.62 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Perth

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.32 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 62.61 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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