Your Guide to Western Australia
contact us and we can send you a free hard copy.
Western Australia is, quite simply, huge. Any trip to its fair shores requires planning, as you are likely to cover a great distance to reach the sights you hope to see. There are methods of public transport to get you around the state, but if you are driving please ensure you take the correct precautionary measures to ensure your safety whilst out and about in the great outdoors.
The domestic and international terminals of the Perth Airport are 11km and 16km east of the city centre respectively. Perth is Australia's western gateway from Asia, Europe and Africa. Numerous international airlines fly into and out of Perth every day, as well as several domestic carriers who service capital cities and major towns interstate and within Western Australia. Flying within the state is often the most convenient way to combat the huge distances required to see Western Australia.
Shuttle bus services operate between the international and domestic terminals of the Perth Airport.
Airport Connect Operating both to and from Perth Airport, the Connect shuttle buses will pick you up or drop you off right at the door of your Perth city or Fremantle accommodation. If you live in the Fremantle area, the Connect shuttle will also pick you up or drop you off at your home. For more information or to book please visit perthairportconnect.com.au or call 1300 666 806 and if outside Australia +61 8 9277 4666. Transperth also has a public bus route servicing the airport. Route 37 buses depart every half hour from outside the Virgin Blue arrivals hall, travelling to the Perth city centre (approx 30 mins).
As well as the option of independent self-driving visitors can arrange to travel with a tour group in a small convoy, led by a guide. There are several reputable operators who conduct tag-a-long tours to remotes parts of the state.
Myaree Car Hire helps you see more of Western Australia, with a wide range of vehicles from small cars to family sized wagons, trucks, campervans and people movers. Airport delivery can be arranged and GPS is available. See more of Western Australia. Book online from their website below.
TransWA operate two main passenger services in regional WA:
Perth to Bunbury (Australia's South West)
Perth to Kalgoorlie (Australia's Golden Outback)
The Indian Pacific also operates between Perth and Sydney twice weekly in each direction from the East Perth Railway Terminal. Perth suburban train lines now reach as far as Mandurah (south), Clarkson (north), Armadale (south east), Midland (east) and Fremantle (south west).
International cruise and cargo ships call at the port of Fremantle, 19km south west of the Perth city centre. Suburban trains, buses and taxis can easily transfer you to the centre of Fremantle (30 mins from Perth city).
Ferries are also popular in Perth as a means to see the city's Swan River and to travel to Rottnest Island, 20km off the mainland. Ferries to Rottnest depart from Perth city, Fremantle and Hillarys.
There are companies that offer hop-on, hop-off packages for coach services around Western Australia. 'Travel passes' entitle the holder to cover a certain distance over a pre-arranged length of time, usually 1-3 months. TransWA operate a wide network of coach services to over 275 destinations in Western Australia.