The cosmopolitan capital of Western Australia, Perth, is also the remotest city in the entire country. A sense of quiet seeps into daily life here, creating a paradoxical bustling yet curiously laidback attitude that is evident in everything from the sandy beaches to the sense of wilderness pressing against the glittering skyline.
The temptation for Britons visiting Australia is to escape the winter and dive headfirst into Australian summertime. However, this may be inadvisable for those seeking cheap flights to Perth from the UK. The local summer holidays take place in December and January when the weather is also stiflingly hot.
A better time to find cheap flights to Perth is during the local spring and autumn, when tourist footfall reduces and the temperature is tolerable.
If it’s a cheap air fare you are after, avoid booking during Easter or Christmas holidays too.
While the sheer distance means cheap flights to Perth are not easy to come by, we can offer a few tips that will increase your chances.
Booking from April to June, or September to November, is likely to turn up the best deals.
The more flexible you can be on dates, the cheaper flights you are likely to find.
If flying from elsewhere in the UK, choosing ‘Nearby Airports’ under the search bar will serve a similar purpose.
While flight times vary depending on connections and airlines, ideal travel times are:
Perth Airport is the largest airport in Western Australia. It is also the fourth busiest in the country. Both a major domestic and international hub, it serves as a focal point for flights to and from Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. The number of passengers being served by the airport has swelled significantly in recent years, leading to increased investment in the development of the airport's facilities.
Perth Airport is not currently serviced by a rail system. For onward journeys to the city and other nearby destinations, bus shuttle is, perhaps, your best option. Be sure to book any shuttle services ahead of time.
Car hire in Perth is also extremely affordable when booked together with flights via Expedia. If Perth is your final destination, simply head along the Great Eastern Highway via the Tonkin Highway. Since the airport is spread out over some distance, be sure to watch out for relevant signposts. Perth’s remote location means there is rarely heavy traffic and some of the coastal roads afford absolute exquisite views.
Being over 1,300 miles away from the nearest large city, Perth has somewhat of a tradition of being all things to all people! As a result, it’s famous for its theatre and arts scene, fine dining and other entertainment.
The real draw here though is the wilderness, which is evident within the city itself, from Kings Park to the botanical gardens of Mount Eliza.
Beyond the city limits, another popular pastime is hiking in the lush, forested hills of Western Australia.
The true undiscovered gem here though is the Ningaloo reef. A tenth of the size of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s nevertheless an exquisite alternative and perfect for scuba divers.
The biggest joy of Perth is its remoteness and proximity to nature. Australia is very protective of its eco-systems and has strict customs and quarantine procedures to protect local biodiversity. As such, visitors must not bring any food with them into the country. Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and other plants are strictly prohibited. If by accident you do bring foodstuffs with you, be sure you declare it – customs officials are friendly, but may not be if you break the rules!