Perth, Australia, is a cosmopolitan city located in a beautiful, natural setting that includes urban beaches along with lakes and a river. It is noted for museums and other cultural attractions. Begin your journey by booking cheap flights to Perth and finding deals for low-cost hotel rooms with Orbitz.com.
Your flight will land in Perth Airport, which is located 15 miles, or about a 32-minute drive, from the center of the city. Taxi fare from the airport to the city is between 38 and 44 Australian dollars, or you can rent a car from one of the six firms that operate rental facilities in the airport. The Transperth public bus route number 37 stops at the two domestic terminals of Perth Airport, and you can take a free shuttle between the international and domestic terminals. The private Perth Airport Connect shuttle, which costs 18 Australian dollars, is a convenient, money-saving option for a ride from the international terminal to central Perth.
Perth has several waterfront attractions, including the Trigg, Scarborough and Cottesloe beaches, which are located in the city itself. Lake Monger is a great place for a relaxing stroll, and you can see black swans as you spend an hour or so walking around the lake. Cruises are available on the Swan River, which connects Perth with the nearby town of Fremantle. Other attractions include the Kings Park and Botanical Garden, the Aviation Heritage Museum, the Art Museum of Western Australia and Perth Zoo.
The weather in Perth is warm throughout the year. The hottest months are January and February, with highs of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. These two months are also the driest. The coldest month is July, with highs of 64 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in June and August are similar, with June being the wettest month. Use strong sunscreen if you visit from November to February, and an umbrella is an absolute necessity from May to September.
There is much to do and see in Perth, including world-class symphonic and operatic productions as well as theme parks. When you use Orbitz.com to find low-cost deals on hotels, rental cars and cheap flights to Perth, you'll have more money to explore and enjoy the city.
From November through March, during Down Under's upside-down summer, Perth stays sunny and clear almost nonstop, especially at its coastal resorts in the south—Rockingham and Mandurah, among others. The city's position close to sea level and off the Indian Ocean in southwestern Australia gives it a sunny clime that's cooler and drier than much of the rest of western Australia. It's customary for cooling breezes to blow through town in the afternoons.
Not surprisingly, November through March also tends to be high season for competitive sailboat racing. If the city is hosting a racing cup competition on a particular weekend, hotel rates will soar, so be sure to plan your travel dates wisely. Another "no vacancy" period to watch out for is during the few weeks after Christmas, Boxing Day (December 26), and New Year's Day, a time span when most Aussies take their summer vacations. This vacation season wraps up on Australia Day (January 26) with Skyworks, arguably the city's most popular outdoor event, in which a laser show and fireworks display is launched from multiple points across the city near the Swan River.
Autumn usually peaks in April with the fall of maple leaves in the area forests—and the arrival of homemade maple syrup in shops. That said, days remain warm enough for attending outdoor events, such as movie screenings on Sandy Beach. On the far side of the calendar, the spring month of September brings the annual Fashion Week and the month-long Perth Royal Show, an agricultural and family fair with lots of prize-winning livestock and amusement-park rides for the kids.
During the winter, which peaks in July, temperatures stay cool but agreeable, with snow having never been recorded on the ground. Rain is a fact of life, though June is usually the wettest month—so keep a brolly (umbrella) handy at all times in case of a surprise downpour.
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