Western Australia produces over forty-percent of Australia's wealth and is rightly regarded as one of the world's major centres of energy and resources. This same wealth expresses itself in the talent and expertise of the vibrant business, academic and artistic community of nearly 2 million people who live within the city of Perth and its adjoining coastal region.
Perth is unlike any other city on Earth. A growing first-world centre of commerce reclining along the northern bank of the Swan River that connects the renowned vineyards of the Swan Valley to the sugar white sands of the Indian Ocean and the iconic beach-side lifestyle that typifies Australia.
Visitors will find familiarity in the day-to-day conventions of life, yet wonder at the eclectic mix of entertainment, sport and night-life that typify the city. Most leave with a smile and a desire to return knowing they have discovered a destination unique in its mix of youthful optimism and sound commercial foundation. Some choose to stay, to call it home, and join its cosmopolitan population.
Perth is located on the Western seaboard of Australia and is served by major international and Australian domestic air, sea, rail and road networks. Western Australia's time zone is UTC +8, the same as most of eastern Asia, and Australia's currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD). The legal, corporate, banking and governance processes of Australia are first-rate and support an economy regarded as one of the strongest in the world and backed by a AAA international credit rating.
Business practices will be familiar to anyone who has done business in the Western World, and strong business support networks exist with representative offices of all of the world's major accounting and business development consultancies located in the central business district of Perth.
Over 6,000, three, four and five star, hotel rooms are located in the metropolitan area, and most major hotel chains are represented within 2 kilometres of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. These are supported by 5,000 car parking bays within the same radius. Ground transportation is simple and cost effective by taxi, or free 'CAT' buses that operate in the central business district.
Telecommunication, banking systems are efficient and reliable, and medical facilities and expertise lead the world in many areas.
Travelling to Perth
Perth is in the same time zone as Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur, and with more than forty-percent of the worlds’ population within our region, Perth and Western Australia are easy to access via air, land and sea.
Perth is Australia’s western gateway to Europe and South-East Asia with many direct services. There are over 20 international and domestic airlines operating daily to Perth connecting travellers to over 50 destinations in Australia and the world. Flight times to Asia are short with Singapore less than five hours away, and flights to other Australian capitals are frequent and easy: less than a three-hour flight to Adelaide, three-and-a-half hours to Melbourne, and just over four hours to Sydney and Brisbane.
Perth Airport is conveniently located just twelve kilometres from the Perth CBD and offers a range of services and facilities for travellers including: car rental, foreign exchange, wireless internet, shopping, restaurants and bathroom amenities. For further information on Perth Airport visit their website.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is located in the heart of the CBD and a range of transport options exist to take you around the city.
Perth offers a professional taxi fleet service. Taxis can be flagged down from the kerbside and taxi ranks are located in several locations in the city, and at both Domestic and International airports. The average cab fare from the Domestic airport to the city is $32; and from the international airport, $40.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is a nominated Cab Spot location; our Cab Spot number is 1088. To book a taxi, please contact:
Swan Taxis13 13 30
Black and White Taxis 13 10 08
Airport Shuttles are available to transport you from the airport to hotels, motels and hostels around Perth. Tickets for a shuttle can be purchased at both the Domestic and International Airport Terminals.
Perth has a convenient and safe public transport system that services the entire metropolitan area. Transperth, who manages this system, operates all bus, train and ferry services in Perth.
A Free Transit Zone (FTZ) operates in the city and provides free public transport within the Perth city boundaries. Passengers can travel within this area for free. To identify the boundaries of the FTZ, bus stops are identified with the FTZ logo.
The Central Area Transit (CAT) system provides a free, fast and convenient bus service to the city’s points of interest. CAT buses are colour coded and Perth CAT stops offer real-time information for when the next bus is due. Perth offers three CAT routes around the city and weekday services run every five to fifteen minutes from 6:50am to 6:20pm (WST). A Blue CAT stop is located at the Esplanade Busport (adjacent to Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre).
Perth’s extensive train system operates five railway lines that link to Perth suburbs and main hubs including Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Armadale and Mandurah. Services operate from 5:00am to midnight daily (2:00am on Saturday and Sunday). On weekdays, trains run every two – fifteen minutes until 7:30pm (after 7:30pm trains run every 30 minutes), on weekends (and public holidays), trains run every fifteen minutes, post midnight on Saturday and Sunday, trains run every hour until 2:00am.
Esplanade train station (located along the Mandurah and Joondalup Railway Line) is located at the doorstep of the Centre.
Barrack Street Jetty is the main ferry terminal in Perth. From here, ferry services run to Rottnest Island, Fremantle and South Perth. Swan Valley wine cruises also depart from Barrack Street Jetty.
A Transperth ferry services operates across the Swan River, between Barrack Street Jetty (Perth) and Mends Street Jetty (South Perth). The service operates daily from 7:50am to 7:20pm (extended times operate on weekdays and during the Summer months).
For all bus, train or ferry information please contact Transperth on 13 62 13 or visit their website. For hearing impaired TTY please contact (08) 9428 1999.
There are a number of hire car companies that operate services directly from the Domestic and International Airport Terminals as well as in the Perth CBD to provide easy pick-up and drop-off access.
A list of car rental companies is list below:
Avis 13 63 33
Budget 13 27 27
Europcar 1300 13 13 90
Hertz 13 30 39
Redspot 1300 66 88 10
Thrifty 1300 36 72 27