An expert travel guide to Perth


Emergency services: dial 000. From a mobile phone the number is 112

Tourist information: The Western Australian Visitor Centre is at 55 William Street, on the corner of Hay Street Mall, Perth (00 61 8 9483 1111; It’s open Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun 11am-4.30pm. For more information, see:

Currency: Australian dollar. Prices are rounded off to the nearest 5c (1c and 2c coins are not used in Australia). ATMs are commonplace and accept Cirrus, Plus, Visa, and MasterCard. Money exchange booths with competitive rates can be found in Perth’s two city malls, in London Court and on St Georges Terrace

Time: +8 hours

Travel times: flying time from London to Perth is around 18 hours. Flying time from Sydney to Perth is around 4 hours

Tipping: not necessary, but always appreciated. Locals tend to reward good service by rounding up the bill – be it at a restaurant or in a cab – to the nearest A$5 or A$10 mark

Getting around: Uber is available in Perth. There is also free public transport (see the insider tip above). 

Local laws and etiquette

Be aware that there is no mobile phone or Internet service throughout many parts of country WA. Telstra has the widest coverage.

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