Perth - The heart of western Australia

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Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital, is a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. If you are seeking to enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is an ideal destination. Undoubtedly, Perth has some of the most beautiful beaches where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or water sports like snorkelling and surfing. The sunset at the beach is always a magnificent sight. Also, if you are a wildlife lover, you will have a grand time as Perth is home to koalas, possums, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, and wombats. Book flights to Perth and start your adventure today.

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Best time to visit: The best time to visit Perth is between September and November. The spring time gives you a chance to see the famous wildflowers in western Australia bloom. This is also an excellent time to spot a humpback or blue whales.

How to reach?

By air: Perth has two airports, Perth Airport (PER) and Jandakot Airport (JAD). While Perth Airport is located only 5 km from the city centre, Jandakot Airport is located just 17 km south of Perth’s Central Business District (CBD). 

By train: You can choose to take a train that runs from Sydney to Perth, and vice versa, via Kalgoorlie, Adelaide and Broken Hill. 

By water: Cruise ships operate to and from the city. If you are travelling from places nearby, taking a ferry or cruise will offer great scenic views.

Getting around/transport in Perth: The transperth bus services connect most suburbs in Perth to the nearest train station. When you catch their bus in the same zone as the train station, you will not be charged any cost. TransitZone is available for travelling in trains in the area between Quay, CityWest, and Claisebrook stations. The best way to explore the city is on foot. You can also use free CAT(Central Area Transit) bus services that run on four circular routes around the city.

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Places to visit

  • Kings Park: Kings Park has a huge city garden that is dotted with war memorials overlooking the River Swan. The place offers a stunning blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities. Housing the Western Australian Botanical garden, it showcases the unique and diverse flora of the state. With various art installations, visitors may learn about the rich history. The place is rich in biodiversity and gives plenty of opportunities for birdwatchers to spot various species. During September to November the park bursts into thousands of colourful flowers.
  • Rottnest Island: Popular for its pristine beaches and adorable quokkas, you can easily take a ferry ride to this island. You can also choose to rent a bike to explore the natural beauty and wildlife. Locals affectionately call this island “Rotto”. Its crystal clear water and powdery white sand is something that visitors admire. Some of its popular beaches include the Geordie Bay, Pinky Beach, and the Basin. Here, cycling is the preferred mode of transportation. Heritage-listed buildings like the Lighthouse, Oliver Hill Batters, and Rottnest Island Museum provide fascinating insights into the island’s past.
  • Fremantle: Often referred to as “Freto” by locals, this coastal city beckons travellers with its unique blend of culture, history, and bohemian charm. While you are here, explore the iconic Fremantle Prison, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also popular for its bustling market and is a treasure trove of fresh produce, artisanal products, and elective souvenirs. As the sun sets, Fremantle comes alive with a buzzing nightlife.
  • Perth Zoo: Perth Zoo is not just home to a variety of animals but also holds several interesting events and exhibitions. They also hold several parties to beat the heat during the Australian summers. You can find giraffes, elephants, and various giant lizards.
  • Perth Mint: It is an excellent place to watch the minting of gold. You will be able to see the largest gold count in the world and watch gold pouring demonstrations. You can buy souvenirs, gold nuggets, gifts, and collector’s coins at the Perth Mint Shop.
  • Elizabeth Quay: A visit to the Elizabeth Quay is essential in your sightseeing list. This is adjacent to the city centre and the River Swan. It is often regarded as the hotspot for Perth’s nightlife. From gourmet burgers and pizzas to succulent seafood specialities, you will get everything to indulge your taste buds.
  • Bell Tower: The most unique and iconic design in Perth, this futuristic looking building is unlike any tower you may have seen before. It houses a number of historic bells. Also known as the Swan Bells, it is a striking architectural marvel. Its glass spire is a true sight to behold, especially when illuminated against the backdrop of the city’s skyline at night. Enjoy fabulous views out over the city and its surroundings from the top of the bell tower. It hosts a variety of events and performances, making it a dynamic cultural hub.
  • Penguin Island: Located just off the coast of Perth, Penguin Island holds a unique charm for visitors. It is renowned for its role as a natural sanctuary for an array of wildlife, most notably little penguins. Penguin feeding shows are one of the main attractions on the island. The rugged landscape, coastal vegetation, and limestone cliffs offer breathtaking scenery. It is also a haven for birdwatchers and gives you a unique blend of wildlife conservation, outdoor activities, and educational opportunities.
  • Heirisson Island: This small island features picnic areas that come with a playground for children, barbecue grills, and a kangaroo sanctuary. These kangaroos can often be seen grazing and lounging in the park areas of the island. Wildlife enthusiasts and families with children will particularly appreciate this experience. You are not allowed to do fishing or feed fishes due to their conservation efforts. It also has pleasant walking and cycling trails, an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the island. The stunning scenery of the island, featuring the cityscape, the river, and the kangaroos in their natural habitat, also makes it an ideal spot for photography.
  • Western Australian Museum: The museum showcases fascinating exhibitions covering a vast array of topics which include indigenous culture, natural history, maritime history, and more. Visitors can explore traditional art forms, storytelling, and the deep connection between indigenous communities and the land.
  • London Court: Located at the heart of the central business district in Perth, you will discover a charming and historic shopping arcade that is unquestionably worthy of visiting. The stunning Tudor-style architecture is the most striking aspect of London. It houses a diverse range of boutique shops and speciality stores. It is an ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. It also comes with various dining options and cafes.
  • Sterling Gardens: This is known to be the oldest public garden in Perth. Located on the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges terrace, they were named after Governor James Stirling. Colonial botanist James Drymmong used it to grow grapes and other fruits. It opened to the public in 1845 as a botanical garden. If you visit the place, you will find some original trees still standing there. Sculptures and water features have recently been introduced in the gardens.
  • Aquarium of Western Australia: It boasts the longest underwater tunnel in Australia, at 28 metres. You can discover marine life, corals, plunge at the Shipwreck coast, or enjoy snorkelling. One of the best attractions in the aquarium is watching turtles, sharks, and fish swimming above you. As you witness over 400 different species, you will be left wanting to come back again.

Places to eat

Perth is a culinary haven with a vibrant food scene that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. From indoor fine dining to outdoor dining, there is a long list of Perth’s best eateries. We have compiled a list of the best restaurants that are suitable for every mood.

  • Wildflower: Located at COMO The Treasury, this fine dining restaurant gives you a modern interpretation of indigenous Australian cuisine. It focuses on using seasonal and local ingredients. You can choose a la carte, chef’s tasting menu, or private dining. Its breathtaking views, elegant setting, and culinary excellence make it a perfect venue for those who want to celebrate special events, private functions, or simply create memorable moments.
  • Petite Mort: Located in Shenton Park, this French-inspired restaurant is popular for its atmosphere and unique dishes. The menu features a blend of French and European flavours with modern culinary techniques. Some of its best dishes are scallops with electric remoulade, duck breast with cherry Jus, and chocolate fondant with raspberry sorbet. Making reservations is recommended due to its popularity and limited seating.
  • Long Chim: If you are in the mood for some Thai food, visit Long Chi, located at the State buildings. It offers authentic and flavourful dishes in a bustling setting. You can find classic dishes like pad Thai, green curry, and som tum. Their tom yum goong and stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts are some of the popular dishes.
  • Subi continental: This is a new restaurant which provides a breezy, bright, and enjoyable space in the heart of downtown Subi. Although it is European-inspired, it will reflect the west Australian lifestyle. Its menu features both French and American bistro classics. Their lobster mac and cheese and steak frites with béarnaise are quite popular.
  • Mary Street Bakery: If you want a laid-back brunch experience, you should head to Mary Street bakery that is popular for its breads, artisanal pastries, and excellent coffee. It is popular with both visitors and locals.
  • Whisk Creamery: Indulge your sweet tooth at Whisk Creamery, popular for its artisanal gelato and unique ice cream creations that feature gelato scoops atop fluffy Japanese-style soufflé pancakes or within handcrafted choux pastries. It also offers a delectable range of baked goods like brownies, cookies, and waffle cones. You can also enjoy baked goods with coffee and hot chocolate. 
  • The Reveley: If you are visiting the Elizabeth Quay, make sure to visit this waterfront venue. You get a panoramic view of the city skyline from the rooftop. Some of the standout elements of their cuisine are fresh seafood, grilled barramundi, Western Australian lobster and prawn linguine, and steaks.
  • Nobu Perth: Located within the luxurious Crow Perth complex, the restaurant is co-founded by celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and actor Robert de Niro. They offer a unique and memorable dining experience that seamlessly fuses Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions. This eatery is popular for its sushi and sashimi. But the signature dishes of the restaurant are the Black Cod miso, and the yellowtail jalapeno.
  • Lulu La Delizia: Located in Subiaco, this restaurant is popular for its house-made pasta and authentic Italian flavours. They emphasise strongly on using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. You can savour Venetian-style seafood risotto, Piedmont-inspired agnolotti, and roman-style lamb dishes, among other popular dishes. Lulu la Delizia delivers a taste of Italy that lingers in your memory.
  • Garum: Located in the Westin Perth, Garum gives you contemporary Roman cuisine in a stylish setting. It features Roman-inspired dishes like porchetta and baccala, a salted cod dish. 
  • Matilda Bay restaurant: Located on the banks of the River Swan, this offers an iconic waterside dining experience in Perth. With stunning river views, a picturesque setting and a reputation for exceptional cuisine, the restaurant has been a cherished destination for locals and visitors.

Shopping places

  • King Street: You can explore exclusive boutiques and flagship stores of renowned luxury brands. Shoppers can explore the latest collections from international fashion powerhouses like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, and more. The place also boasts boutiques of iconic brands like Patek Philippe, Role, Tiffany & Co., and many others.
  • Westfield Whitford City Shopping Centre: Located in Whitfords Avenue, Hillary, it is a premier shopping destination in Perth. Shoppers can explore a variety of designer clothing accessories and beauty products from renowned labels. The shopping centre has many stores where you can explore the latest collections from international and Australian designers. 
  • Hay Street Mall: Located at the centre of Perth, it has several department stores, making it easy to access shopping arcades as well as speciality stores.
  • Brookfield Place: Brookfield has many stores, cafes, and restaurants. It is known for its blend of luxury retail and high-end fashion. Visitors can explore upscale fashion brands, designer accessories, fine jewellery, and more.
  • Murray Street: Murray Street is a recommended shopping destination in Perth. This open-air shopping mall has over 900 shops.
  • Twilight hawkers market: This market is open only once in a week, usually on Fridays. It is known for bringing the taste of the entire world under one roof. 
  • North Bridge: It has a strong Asian influence in Asian supermarkets and specialty stores offering a wide range of Asian spices, groceries, snacks and ingredients. You can browse through shoe shops, clothing boutiques, and accessory stores that feature the work of emerging designers.


  • Mint: It is known to be one of the most affordable places to have a great time. You can expect a fun frolic evening. In-house DJs will make you groove to their really cool mixes of classical, pop music.
  • Subiaco Arts Centre: For people who prefer an artful nightlife, this one is highly recommendable. The centre organises workshops, plays, concerts, and other performing arts-related events. In the middle of magnificent gardens and amphitheatres, its surroundings can be a perfect picnic spot.
  • Rooftop movies: You have not really experienced Perth’s nightlife if you have not been to this place. It runs a both old-school/classic and latest movies from October to April.
  • The Classroom: Located on Charles Street, it transforms you back to the school days when learning used to be fun. It boasts of showcasing innovative and brilliant food and drinks around Australia and the globe.
  • Mojo’s: Every night in Fremantle, this place has a line-up of elective live music. It is a perfect place to get acquainted with local and international music.

Where to stay? 

  • Melbourne Hotel: This is a historic boutique hotel that boasts a blend of modern and heritage features, comfortable rooms, and several dining options. Guests can enjoy amenities like outdoor terrace, fitness centre, a rooftop pool, and panoramic views of the city.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Perth: This 5-star hotel gives you luxurious rooms and special accommodations for celebrations. The hotel boasts several dining venues catering to a range of culinary preferences. One of the standout features of the hotel is its riverfront location.
  • Crown Towers: Experience a panoramic view over the River Swan and the city’s skyline from this hotel. If you want to have the finest experience in Perth, this is a great option. This opulent hotel features spacious rooms, a lavish pool area, and multiple dining choices.
  • COMO the Treasury: It is a highly acclaimed and luxurious boutique hotel. It is housed in the beautifully restored 19th-century State Building, creating a unique blend of heritage charm and contemporary sophistication. Many of its rooms offer views of the city, Cathedral Square, or the River Swan. Guests can also enjoy spa treatments, yoga, and wellness programmes.
  • Novotel Perth Langley: It is a highly reputed and well-established hotel, offering convenient and comfortable stay for both business and leisure travellers. Thanks to its riverside location, guests can enjoy picturesque views of the River Swan and the surrounding parklands. It is also well-equipped to host conferences, events, and weddings.

More reasons to visit

  • Attend outdoor events: Perth hosts numerous outdoor festivals and events throughout the year, such as the fringe World Festival and Perth Festival.
  • Enjoy water sports: Perth’s rivers and beaches give you enough opportunities to try water-based activities like paddleboarding, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, and jet skiing. Also, the consistent winds along Perth's coast make it a perfect destination for kitesurfing.
  • Whale and dolphin watching tours: Join tours to watch southern right whales as they pass along the coast and have fun spotting playful dolphins in the waters off Peth’s coast.
  • Fishing: Fishing is a popular pastime in Perth. It is a great way to bond with people you are visiting. You may try your hand at rock fishing, beach fishing, or river and estuary fishing.


  • Perth Festival: This is one of the premier cultural events in Australia that is held from February to March. It features programme on theatre, dance, visual arts, and literature. You can watch this festival transforming the city with performances and art installations.
  • Japan Festival Perth: This annual event celebrates the culture and traditions of Japan with martial arts demonstrations, food stalls, exhibitions, and traditional dance performances. If you wish to experience Japanese culture in Western Australia, make sure to attend this event.
  • Sculpture by the Sea: This annual event takes place at Cottesloe Beach that showcases a stunning collection of outdoor sculptures and artworks. Artists from all over the world display their creations against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. It is a unique opportunity to appreciate art in a coastal setting.

Visa and immigration

To visit this vast and diverse country located in the southern hemisphere, Indians require an Australia visa. You can apply for various Australian visas from India, such as tourist visa (subclass 600), which allows leisure and family visits, while students can pursue their education with the student visa (subclass 500). To apply for an Australian visa, you need to create an account on the ImmiAccount, and apply for a new visa application for Australia. 

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