With up to 8 hours of sunshine a day, Perth – the capital of Western Australia – has the honour of being Australia’s sunniest city. Flights to Perth from the UK touch down at Perth Airport, the fourth busiest airport in Australia. Come for the sunshine and stay for the perfectly balanced blend of an urban landscape set against the backdrop of the natural environment. The easy-going city of Perth has wonderful weather, shimmering surf and sandy beaches, and is simply overflowing with feel-good Aussie vibes.
Perth is an impressive destination pretty much any time of year. Summer falls between December and February and is usually the busiest season. Sun-worshippers should note that January is the warmest month, while those who like it cooler should visit in July. For clear skies and comfy temperatures the best time to travel is between September and April. The best months to get your hands on cheap tickets to Perth are from January to March. If you’re searching for a bargain on return flights to Perth during the peak end-of-year season, try booking up to 3 months in advance.
There are no direct flights to Perth from the UK but a whole host of airlines offer connecting flights from all major UK airports. You can fly Emirates or Qantas via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle. Soar through the skies from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia fly via Abu Dhabi from London Heathrow, Edinburgh and Manchester. Qatar Airways stops off in Doha en route from London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham. Other options from London Heathrow include British Airways via Singapore and Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur.
The 10-mile journey from Perth airport to the city centre is an easy one. You can take a taxi and pay around AU$50. If you’d prefer to rent a car, you’ll find the usual well-known rental companies at the airport. From terminal 3 you can jump on the Perth Airport Shuttle, which runs every hour and zips to the city centre in 30 minutes – a one-way ticket costs around AU$15. The cheapest option is the Transperth bus service. Hop on routes 380, 37 or 40, which run 1-2 times per hour from different airport terminals. The fare from the airport to the city centre will be around AU$4.50 depending on your final stop.
Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, you’ll find the idyllic beach of Cottesloe. With its crystal-clear waters and golden-white sands, it’s the ideal spot for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and snoozing under the sun’s warm glow. In the evening, sit back and watch the shimmering sunset over the Indian Ocean as you feast on fresh seafood. Visit at the right time of year and you can admire artworks along the beach in the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.
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