Perth’s peak tourist season coincides with the long Australian summer from late November through to the start of March, when clear, sunny skies and hot temperatures are perfect for the city’s beaches. Perth tends to be slightly cooler and drier than other areas across Western Australia, and refreshing afternoon sea breezes bring a welcome respite when the temperatures do soar.
From mid-December until the end of January, Australian school holidays are in full swing, meaning that hotels become heavily booked out and many of Perth’s most popular tourist sights get crowded. Although cheap flights to Perth and good accommodation deals are hard to come by, the advantage of visiting during this period is plenty of outdoor festivals, including the Skyworks fireworks and laser display at the end of January.
Both Autumn and Spring are still relatively warm in Perth, making them ideal times to visit if you want to take advantage of some great flight and accommodation deals while avoiding the crowds. Keep in mind that the Easter break sees a slight peak in visitor numbers and flight ticket prices are normally inflated.
While temperatures drop in winter, Perth is considerably milder than other southern cities in Australia. June tends to be the wettest month, with occasional storms, but unless you are after a beach holiday, it shouldn’t restrict your sightseeing and you will benefit from some excellent hotel deals.
To get the best flights to Perth, it’s best to book as far ahead of time as possible, particularly if you plan on traveling during the Australian and New Zealand summer holiday or Easter periods. You can normally grab some good last minute deals outside of these months, with some airlines offering cheaper flights on weekdays.
Flights from Auckland to Perth: 7 hours 30 minutes.
Flights from Christchurch to Perth: 7 hours 25 minutes.
Flights from Wellington to Perth: 9 hours 40 minutes.
Flights from Queenstown to Perth: 10 hours.
Air New Zealand operates flights to Perth from both Christchurch and Auckland, with Qantas also flying a few times a week from Auckland. If you are looking for flights to Perth from Wellington or Queenstown, then a Qantas flight connecting through either Melbourne or Sydney offers the most direct route, with the cheapest flights to Perth available if you connect with Jetstar or Virgin Australia.
Perth’s international airport is situated around 17 kilometres from the city centre and is divided into an international terminal and three domestic terminals, connected via a free transfer bus.
There is a shuttle bus that departs from Terminal 3 into Perth’s city centre, dropping passengers at five different locations and taking a minimum of 30 minutes. If you are arriving at one of the airport’s other terminals, you will need to take the free transfer bus to Terminal 3 first and you can buy your ticket from the driver on board.
There are also a number of different public bus routes that stop at all four terminals and provide a cheaper, but longer, option for getting to your city destination as they stop multiple times throughout the journey. They take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and you should check which route is most suitable at the bus stop outside the terminal.
The fastest and most direct route from the airport into the city is with a metered taxi and there are ranks located outside each terminal.