Out of Towners
This provides some information for people travelling to Perth to join us.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, Australia's largest state. Western Australia forms one third of the Australian continent, with 13,000 kilometres of coastline, stretching from the Timor Sea, along the Indian Ocean, and on to the Southern Ocean. Its landscape ranges from the arid tropics of the north to the green forests of the south, with endless variations in between. Most of Western Australia's 1.2 million population live in the greater metropolitan area of Perth. The city is the centre for commerce, culture, education, sport, recreation and entertainment.
Set between the Swan River and the 400 lush hectares of Kings Park on Mt Eliza, the city enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital.
For more information see James's Perth Page.
October is mid spring in Australia. It will be low 20° celcius
most days, with a chance of light showers. The
forecast for Perth is updated every few hours
As the weather can be unpredictable, you should bring
something cool for the days, and warmer for evenings, a swimming costume if you like the beach,
and a hat to guard you from the sun!
Air and Car
Perth airport is serviced by many major airlines.
Car hire at the airport is available form EuropeCar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc.
There is a bus service from the airport to St Georges Terrace (number 37
for the domestic airport, 39 from the international), and a taxi will
cost around $20 and takes around 30 minutes. However, if you're flying
in, please let us know your flight details and we'll try and pick you up.
More information is on PerthWeb here.
Things to do in Perth
Learn more about the attractions, history, arts and culture of Perth on one of five guided walking tours of the city. Tours are free and take approximately 90 minutes, departing from the City of Perth Information Kiosk in Forrest Place, Murray Street Mall. No bookings required. See the Kiosk web site.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Free tours are available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1pm, and
Fridays at 12:30pm. See the art gallery web site.
Kangaroo Colony on Heirisson Island
Heirisson Island is home to a small colony of Western Grey Kangaroos, and is a nice place for a walk. Located east of the City centre in the Swan River.
Museum of Western Australia
Visit the WA Museum and gain a unique insight into Western Australia, its people and its wildlife. See the museum web site.
Perth boasts some of the best swimming and surfing beaches in the country,
complete with real authentic soft sand! Most beaches are patrolled by
volunteer surf life savers — remember to swim between the flags just
in case you get into trouble in the water. The Surf Life Savers also
do a shark patrol, and will clear the beach if they sight any sharks.
Some of the more popular beaches are Scarborough, Cottesloe, and City Beach.
October is an ideal time to see the wildflowers in
King's Park. It offers panoramic views
of the city and the Swan River.
It is the largest park located
within a city centre in Australia (400 ha). There is a new tree top walk, and
several cafeterias throughout the park.
Bicycles are a great way to get around
here, and there is a great view from the DNA Tower.
Barrack Street Precinct
The Barrack street jetty and shops is also home to the new Bell Tower (which is not free). Ferries leave from here for South Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest.
Opening in 1937, it is reminiscent of the Elizabethan architecture of England. This tudor style arcade is a great attraction for tourists. A clock at either end of the court displays Saint George and the Dragon as the clock strikes the hour.
Allan Green Observatory
Opened to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Western Australia. Open 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday. Located on the Esplanade near William Street.
Casino (free entry)
Burswood casino is a destination for amateur gamblers, high rollers, and those who just like to watch. 123 gaming tables are on offer, and you can try your luck on games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Keno, Poker, Caribbean Stud, Craps, and Australia's traditional game of Two-Up. Paddy Hannan's bar in the complex was shipped to Perth from Ireland. There is something on here 24 hours a day.
Central Area Transit (CAT) Bus Service
Perth and Fremantle each operate a completely free bus service in the central regions. These silver buses identify their routes via colour - red, blue, yellow, etc.
Other things to do and see
Some stuff to do in Fremantle:
Besides the usual suspects of major retailers there are a few other
shops to see.
- King Street
- The Colonnade - Subiaco
- Subiaco (Hay Street and Rokeby Road)
- Harbour Town factory outlet
Perth has a huge number of restaurants. The main areas are Northbridge, Fremantle, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Claremont, and the City.
Since the chapel is in the city centre, and most facilities are there, we'd suggest that you stay in the city. There are a load of hotels here, and we've
selected a few to recommend to you:
Longer Holidays & Day Trips
- Margaret River - vineyards
(Web site 1,
Web site 2)
- Rottnest Island - 17 kms from the mainland
- Wave Rock
- Ayres Rock (aka Uluru)
- Broome Cable Beach
- New Zealand
Links to tourist sites