Traveling Safely as a Visitor in Perth

The most isolated capital city in the world with over 1,000,000 people is Perth of Western Australia.

Laid-back, quite, safe and kangaroos comes to mind while in Perth with many uncrowded beaches, while outside the metropolitan are unspoiled national parks, and unpopulated coastlines. 

A traveler can add fun swimming, cycling in the parks and wine tasting to his itinerary and if a dance music lover can add visiting raves and festival between October and March. 

How safe it is to travel to Perth? 

The city has 85 percent safety index, the crime rate here ranges from low to medium.

Warnings & Dangers in Perth

The over-all risk of Perth is low, it is a reasonably safe city conventional safety measures are sufficient. Use common sense and do not get into a drunken showdown. To travel the night it is better to use a taxi. You can rely on the police in the city. 

The transport and taxi risk in the city is medium, in the daytime, public transport is quite safe. However, it is better not to ride buses at night. Sometimes there are cases of violence and antisocial behavior in them. Taxis are safe and reliable. Choose licensed services or order a car from the application on your smartphone.

Pickpockets are not common so its risk is low. However, young people, especially when drunk, can have fun this way for fun. Keep valuables with you, watch your bags and don’t leave them unattended. Precious things and original documents are best left in the hotel safe.

The Perth region is subject to a range of related meteorological hazards — winter storms, summer storms, floods, tropical cyclones, heat waves, and bushfires. There is also a risk of bites from poisonous insects and animals. So its risk is medium.

Armed severe robberies are rare in Perth. Usually, they are associated with a showdown of local drug dealers or drunk people. Avoid poorly lit streets and areas remote from the city center. Contact the police if an incident has occurred with you. Its mugging risk is low.

Always keep in mind your surroundings. Terrorist attacks can occur in Perth. It cannot be ruled out that terrorists can attack regions of Australia. Therefore, tourists are advised not to attend mass gatherings of people and religious groups.

It is advised to be careful when withdrawing money from the ATM. Use ATM in banks.

Women can travel freely in Perth its risk is low. Especially in the daytime. At night you should avoid being on the streets yourself. It is also better not to sit up in bars and return home by taxi.

The main danger in Perth 

The main dangers that an overseas visitor to Perth faces are sunburn and dehydration.

Make sure you cover yourself with SPF 30+ sunscreen and a hat, and preferably a shirt and always keep a bottle of water with you (preferably a liter), especially in the warmer months.

When to travel to Perth?

Perth has a temperate climate like the Mediterranean, with hot dry summers, cool and humid winters. Average summer temperatures from November to April are around 30°C / 86°F. The highest temperature in summer can reaches 40°C / 104°F or even higher. However, the hottest summer days often have very low humidity, so it is not very uncomfortable.

You can choose a favorite time of year depending on the hot / cold threshold of your body. If you love a pleasant weather with flowers around you, clear blue sky overhead, you can visit the city during Spring-Summer (starting from September to the end of February).

What to expect in Perth? 

First, the historic setting: The city have heritage buildings crafted by 19th-century masons, the Tay River flowing underneath the bridges and a five-acre park hidden behind Town Hall. 

The activity: Perth is well known for its arts and theatre culture, but they got a whole lot to offer with outdoor and recreational adventures including paddling, cycling and sports. They also offer authentic culinary experiences in Perth.

And the community: Perth is the kind of place where people say hello when passing on the sidewalks. The city is composed of young families, retirees, professionals, artists, athletes, and, most importantly, neighbors.

How to travel with ease to Perth? 

Perth is 5 hours away by air from Sydney and the ticket costs around AU$ 185-400/one-way. Traveling by car, train or bus ride will take more than 40 hours of riding and tickets around 500 Australian dollars. However, if you have a private car or a campervan, then self-driving and take a road trip is the best way because there are so many beautiful sights you can see along the way.

Getting to city from airport and around Perth Airport is about 12km from the city center (domestic terminal), 19km (international terminal). Travel time 30 minutes. Taxi price around AU$ 38.

The Perth Airport Connect bus is available at any time. One-way fare AU$ 15 (adult); round-trip AU$ 30 (adult). The journey to city center takes about 35 minutes.

Transperth bus 37 runs daily between Kings Park and Terminal 3, Terminal 4. One-way fare AU$ 4.40; The journey takes about 55 minutes.

Shuttle bus: Taking the Perth airport shuttle is the cheapest way to get to the city, around $20. Of course, you can book a transfer service in advance or take a taxi.

You can use the Transpert transport network to getting around city. You should buy a Smartrider card in advance to get a discount on buses, trains and some ferries. Perth also has a number of tram lines. CAT buses stop at popular spots and are completely free.

Aside from insuring the safety of visiting Perth here are some guide as to what to do in Perth.

Top 5 things to see and Do in Perth 

1. Wander Kings Park and Botanic Garden Kings Park 

 

With its 990 acres of landscaped gardens and bush land, the park offers impressive views of the city and river. Walk through the eucalyptus tree canopy, explore native habitats, and take in the rich bird life. There’s also a lot of live events held here too. Admission is free.

2. Enjoy the beaches

Cottesloe Beach

Perth has a number of good beaches: Cottesloe Beach (one of the most popular), Swanbourne Beach (nude beach), City Beach (also very popular), Scarborough Beach (great for surfing), and Trigg Beach (can’t get enough surfing). These beaches alone are one of the top reasons to visit Australia.

3. Visit Rottnest Island

 

Rottnest Island is the perfect spot for a day trip. In addition to awesome beaches, there’s snorkeling, biking, camping, and plenty of family activities. Avoid “schoolies week” in late November and early December when the island becomes a drinking fest for 18-year-old Aussies.

4. Explore Fremantle

 

Fremantle makes for a great day trip from Perth. It’s only an hour by train and the city has great restaurants, a beautiful water area, and nice parks. Make sure to visit to Fremantle Prison and Little Creatures, one of the best micro-breweries in Australia.

5. Visit Mandurah Estuary and Peel inlet

 

Just an hour south, Mandurah is a hidden gem perfect for boating, fishing, dolphin watching, and crabbing. Head to Dolphin Quay at the Mandurah Ocean Marina and stroll the Mandurah Boardwalk. Be sure to check out the Mandurah Crab Festival if you’re in town during March.

Other Things to See and Do in Perth

1. Take in the history

The Perth Mint provides a fascinating exhibit about how the notorious goldfields in Western Australia were discovered, including the harshness of those early Gold Rush days. They distribute over 18 billion dollars worth of gold and other metals each year and even have a demonstration on how gold bars are made. Tours are available daily. Admission is 19 AUD ($14 USD).

 

Perth Mint building

2. See the Art Gallery of Western Australia

This gallery was founded in 1895 and houses the state’s most distinguished art collection. It includes post-World War II works, as well as Indigenous art pieces. There are also rotating exhibitions, so be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

 

3. Hang out in Northbridge

Northbridge is the hub of nightlife here and is also home to amazing restaurants and clubs. It’s a great place to eat but an even better place to party at night!

William street at Northbridge

4. Have a “Sunday Session”

The Aussie tradition of a “Sunday Session” (Sunday drinking) is at its finest in Perth. Perth’s Sunday Sessions are famous throughout the whole country — people get dressed up like they are going out on a Saturday night.

5. Climb the DNA Tower

From this spiraling staircase (located in Kings Park) you can get a panoramic view of the city as well as the Indian Ocean. It is the highest point in Kings Park, requiring you to walk up 101 stairs before you can take in the view. Bring a camera — the view is worth it!

 

6. Hike the Bibbulmun Track

Stretching over 590 miles (950km), this long-distance hiking trail is one of the world’s greatest. It winds through karri and tingle forests, down misty valleys, and along the coast. Trails vary from one day long to several weeks for the whole hike. Cabins are offered along the entire way for pit stops and rest breaks. There are 9 main sections to the trail and it takes most people 6-8 weeks to do the whole thing.

 

7. Visit Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park is a family wildlife park with the largest collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. It’s incredibly interactive and the animals are well cared for. It’s home to dingos, llamas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and more. You can even feed the kangaroos and wallabies! Admission is 30 AUD ($23 USD).

 

8. Go wine tasting in Margaret River

Margaret River is just three hours south of Perth, and it’s world-famous for its wines and locally produced food. You can explore here on a tour and visit some big names like the Leeuwin Estate Winery and also smaller vineyards. A half-day wine tour will cost you about 90 AUD ($68 USD). (Though if you can, it’s better to spend a night or two out there so you can relax and enjoy a lot of wine.)

 

Useful tips while travelling to Perth

While travelling around Perth and Western Australia, keep a note of the following emergency contact numbers.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Fire / Police / Ambulance: 000

Fire / Police / Ambulance from GSM mobile phone: 112

Automobile Association of Australia: 13 11 11

Non-emergency Contact Numbers

Police: 131 444

Ambulance: +61 8 9334 1234 (non-emergency transport)

Fire Services of WA: 1800 199 084 (general enquiries)

State Emergency Services: 1300 130 039

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs: 13 18 81

For now: 

Based on the latest health advice, some public health and social measures apply throughout Western Australia to help safely manage COVID-19 in the community and keep Western Australians safe.