Perth Essentials:

How big is Perth?
The area of Perth is approximately 5386 km² (2,079.5 sq mi).
How many people inhabit it?
The population of Perth reaches around 1,658,992 people and is the 4th most populous city in Australia.
What are the language and the currency?
English is the main language spoken and the currency is the Australian dollar.
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Things to see in Perth

Freemantle Prison is one of Perth's top attractions
What is Perth’s number one attraction?
If you want to feed a kangaroo or have a picture taken with a koala bear then Cohunu Koala Park is the place to go.
What makes it so special?
Located on over 14 hectares of natural bush-land just outside the city of Perth, you will be able to hand feed the animals roaming free around the grounds including dingoes, emus and kangaroos.
Anything else which shouldn't be missed in Perth?
Fremantle Prison is located outside of Perth but is worth the journey to visit this. This prison was fully operational until 1991. You can take a tour here during the day or night. Another highlight of Perth is a natural one – its beaches. Perth has 19 beaches in the metropolitan area and are beautiful and popular beaches and great for a swim, surf or walk.
What about art and culture?
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is the state’s leading gallery and can be found in Perth. Here you will find many works of Australian art and an amazing Aboriginal art collection.

Going out in Perth

Cafes and restaurants are popular in Perth
Is it expensive to go out in Perth?
Going out in Perth is on par with costs in most capital cities. A beer will cost you between $2-5, while a glass of wine or a cocktail will cost $4-5.
Where are most of the bars found?
Central Perth and the nearby area of Northbridge is where you will find most of the bars in Perth. You will also find some clubs here but the club scene in Perth is small. Club nights and events are held around the city so check out local listings to find out about the latest ones.
Is there anything to do that doesn't include alcohol?
Perth is well known for its music scene, particularly an indie music scene. Venues such as Rosemount, Fly By Night and The Rocket Room play host to some great bands and singers. Perth also plays host to many festivals at certain times of the year.
Anything else I need to know?
Australians like to enjoy a drink in the comfort of their own home or backyard. You will even find drive through liquor stores, a concept unique to Australia.

Eating Out in Perth

There is a large selection of restaurants
Is it expensive to eat out in Perth?
It depends where and what you want to eat. You can dine out to suit all budgets.
Where is the best selection of restaurants in the city?
Northbridge is where you will find a large amount of restaurants. This area gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights as the residents of Perth like to dine out. Other good areas to eat out in Perth include Mount Lawley, Highgate and Freemantle.
Are international cuisines well represented?
There’s a good variety of cuisine to choose from such as Spanish, French, Mexican and Asian, as well as some great traditional Australian dishes and specialities such as crayfish.
Anything else I need to know?
Perth is not a city that has embraced late night dining as very few places will serve food after 10pm.

Transport in Perth

Transperth run the trains and buses
How many different modes of public transport are there in Perth?
There are three main modes of transport – bus, train and taxi. Transperth operate the city’s public transport system. Buses are reliable and run to the suburbs and between bus and train stations. There’s also a free CAT bus service in the city centre, Northbridge, Freemantle and Joondalup and run every 10 minutes. Trains in Perth are perfect for getting to suburban areas. All trains can be got from the central station in the city. Taxis in Perth can be problematic as they are not a lot of them serving the city which is particularly noticeable during peak hours and weekends.
Is there one ticket which covers bus/train/subway?
Yes, it’s called the SmartRider. The Transperth system is divided into 9 concentric zones, as well as the Free Transit Zone (city centre and surrounds). You can only avail of the Free Transit Zone on the trains if you have a SmartRider card; passengers without a card have to buy a ticket.
Will I need to use public transport at all?
If you are staying in the city centre of Perth then you will probably walk around a lot. However, public transport does come in handy when you want to visit other parts of the city or the suburbs. It’s also very easy to use Perth’s public transport system.
Anything else I need to know?
Perth has some of Australia’s best cycling and pedestrianised infrastructure making it extremely accessible for those looking to get some exercise.

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