Your Free Perth Visitor Information Guide

General info

Climate

Perth has a sunny Mediterranean style climate with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day. Summers are hot and dry although not devoid of rain with occasional short lived thunder storms throughout the season. The hottest month is generally February, and the coolest is July and August. Winters are cool and wet, with most of Perth’s annual rainfall falling between May and September. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit, with warm and clear conditions.

Currency

The dollar is the basic unit of Australian currency and is equal to 100 cents. Notes are available in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coinage is in denominations of $2, $1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢ and 5¢. Shops will round the price up or down to the nearest 5 cents.

Time

Western Australia is on Western Standard Time (WST) and is one and a half hours behind South Australia and the Northern Territory and two hours behind all other states. Time differences may increase by one hour from October to March because of daylight saving.

Health

The only certificate required is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate for visitors who have been in a Yellow Fever area six days prior to entering Australia. Medical insurance is recommended as Australia’s Medicare system does not cover visitors, except where reciprocal agreements exist. Ph: 9263 8100 for information.

Electric Power

Domestic electricity supply throughout Australia is 230 – 250 volts. Standard three pin plugs are fitted to domestic appliances. 110 volt appliances such as hairdryers and contact lens sterilisers cannot be used without a transformer.

Visitor Information Centres

The Western Australian Visitor Centre in 55 William Street can assist with everything to help you enjoy your holiday. They can book accommodation or tours and also have a wide selection of brochures on places of interest throughout the state. 55 William Street, Perth. Ph: 9483 1111. Open 7 days. www.wavisitorcentre.com.au

Fremantle also has a helpful and informative Visitor Centre in Kings Square, near the Town Hall. Kings Square, Fremantle. Ph: 9431 7878. Open 7 days. www.fremantlewa.com.au

Shopping Hours

Normal Retail Shopping Hours: (excluding public holidays)

Perth City

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Friday: 8am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Fremantle

Monday to Friday : 8am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Suburban

Monday to Wednesday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am – 9pm
Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Tourist Refund Scheme

The TRS enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on goods you purchase in WA. To claim a refund you must spend $300 (GST inclusive) or more in the one store, get a single tax invoice and buy goods no more than 30 days before departure. Present your purchase  along with your original tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass at a TRS facility at the airport. Claims at airports are available up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

Retail Tax

Australia has a goods and services retail tax (GST), prices displayed on goods is the full price, inclusive of GST. GST taxation was introduced in July 2000.

Tipping

Australia does not have a tradition of tipping: it is therefore not expected, however where the service has been particularly good you may tip if you wish!

Taxis

Taxis can be flagged down in the street or there are numerous taxi ranks around the city. Taxis can also be booked in advance by calling, Swan Taxis – 13 13 30 or Black & White Cabs – 13 10 08. Friday and Saturday nights can be very busy and long queues and waiting periods are common. There are plenty of taxis available at both the Domestic and International Airports, or at hotels where the concierge can order one for you.

Hospitals

Royal Perth Hospital: Wellington Street, Perth. Ph: 9224 2244

Fremantle Hospital: Alma Street, Fre­man­tle. Ph: 9431 3333

Sir Charles Gardner Hospital: Verdun Street, Nedlands. Ph: 9346 3333

Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital: Roberts Road, Subiaco. Ph: 9340 8222

Joondalup Health Campus: Grand Boulevard, Joondalup. Ph: 9400 9400

Fiona Stanley Hospital: 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch. Ph: 6152 2222

Post Office

The Post Office Shop in Forrest Chase, Perth is open:
Monday: Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9am – 12.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Suburban Post Offices are open:
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm.

For further information ph: 13 1318 or visit www.auspost.com.au

Banking Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9.30am – 4pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5.00pm.

Some agencies open on Saturday.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are accessible at most bank branches.

Licensing Hours

Generally 10.00am – 12pm midnight Monday to Saturday but vary between noon to 9.00pm on Sundays. Legal drinking age is 18 years.

Perth Airport

Perth’s International Airport is 16kms from the city (30 minutes by car) and the Domestic Airport is 11km’s from the city (20 minutes by car). There is a regular shuttle service between the two airports and Perth city, which departs out the front of both airports and can drop you off at various locations in the city. You can purchase a ticket from the driver on the day of travel, or book online at perthairportconnect.com.au. A one way ticket to Perth is $15 and the times and drop off points are listed on the website. Alternatively there is a public transport service, Transperth bus 380, which departs regularly outside the International Terminal and arrives at the City Busport and Esplanade Train Station. Transperth bus routes 37 and 40 departs outside Domestic Terminal 4, traveling to Perth City and departing every half hour during the day or hourly after 6pm.

Customs – International Airport

Ph: 1300 363 263 www.customs.gov.au

Airlines

Air Asia – 1300 760 330
Air Canada – 1300 655 767
Air New Zealand – 1800 151 661
Air Zimbabwe – 9325 5122
British Airways – 1300 767 711
Cathay Pacific – 13 17 47 Emirates – 1300 303 777
Garuda Airlines – 9214 5100
Jetstar – 13 15 38
Malaysian Airlines – 9263 7007
Qantas Airways – 13 13 13
Royal Brunei – 9321 8757
Singapore Airlines – 13 10 11
South African – 1300 435 972
Thai Airways – 9265 8200
Tiger Airways – 03 9999 2888
Virgin Australia – 13 67 89

Wifi

The City of Perth is proud to become the first and only Australian capital city giving people free blanket WiFi internet access across its CBD area. Once you connect you can roam the city streets and remain connected to the internet, for as long as you need. See below for the city WiFi map. The City of Fremantle also has a range of free WiFi spots which are marked on the Fremantle PDF Map.

 

Emergencies

Police, Fire Ambulance Ph: 000

Helpful Numbers

Alcohol & Drug Information: 9442 5000

Alcoholics Anonymous: 9325 3566

Crisis Care: 9223 1111 or Freecall 1800 199 888

24 Hour Chemist: 647 Beaufort St. Mt Lawley 9328 7775

Dental Emergencies: 9325 3452

International Flight Info: 13 12 23

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Metropolitan Weather:  1196

Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26

Samaritans: 9381 5555

Search & Rescue Centre Maritime Freecall: 9442 8600

Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 9340 1828

Translating & Interpreting Service: 13 14 50

Consulates

Austria – 6364 5225
Belgium – 9591 1187
Canada  – 9322 7930
China – 9222 0333
Croatia  – 9321 6044
Denmark – 0418 955 949
France – 0406 654 254
Germany – 9221  2941
Greece – 9325 6608
India – 9221 4205
Indonesia – 9221 5858
Ireland – 0430 960 859
Italy – 9322 4500
Japan – 9480 1800
Malaysia – 9225 7055
Mauritius – 0478 222 204
Netherlands – 9486 1579
New Zealand – 9364 1700
Norway – 9435 9099
Portugal – 0418 915 314
Spain – (02) 9261 2433
Sri Lanka – 9321 4800
Sweden – 0406 654 254
Switzerland – 0406 654 254
Tanzania – 9221 0033
Thailand  – 0418 906 945
UK – 9224 4700
USA – 6144 5100

For more Consulates visit www.dfat.gov.au