Perth is the capital of the enormous state of Western Australia and it sits out alone on Australia's West Coast, a staggering 3000 miles from Sydney! Thanks to the lack of people and urban areas in this part of the world, Perth has become a spacious city with numerous beaches to its name. The people live a laid-back lifestyle, so hop on a flight to Perth and join them!
The city has a subtropical climate, with beaches that lie on the Swan Coastal Plain - which is close enough to the Indian Ocean as makes no difference! When you arrive on your Perth flight you will be able to sample a great mix of city living and lovely beaches that aren't crammed to the hilt with other people also trying to relax.
Although Perth has a small population, there's a vibrant cultural scene thanks to immigrants from across Asia as well as from Africa. This makes for a diverse range of arts, food and entertainment.
How to get to Perth
There are a variety of airlines that offer flights to Perth, so be sure to use our simple search to make sure you get a great deal. All flights will include at least one stopover, with Kuala Lumpur, China and Hong Kong the usual destinations for this. Don't be fooled into thinking that you have to have two stopovers to get a cheap flight to Perth - there are plenty of cheap one-stop flights too. Make sure you check your itinerary carefully and you'll be able to make the delicate trade-off between travel time and price. Expect to be underway from the UK to Perth for at least 20 hours, no matter how expensive your flight is!
As you can imagine, the best way to get to Perth from other destinations in Australia is also to catch a flight to Perth Airport. You can also catch the train from Sydney. This is a sure-fire way to see some amazing scenery, but at four days and three nights it's neither cheap nor fast!
Once you've arrived into Perth Airport on your flight you have a couple of options. Be aware that the International and Domestic terminals are not very close to each other - there is a shuttle bus connecting them, but it does not run a frequent service.
International Perth Flight Arrivals: When you arrive on your long haul flight to Perth, you have two choices. There are shuttle buses that visit the major hotels in the city and there are taxis. If you're travelling alone then the shuttle bus is definitely cheaper, but if there are two or more then it's a good idea to take a taxi. The cost will be the same or cheaper and you'll get there a lot quicker.
Domestic Perth Flight Arrivals: There is also a local bus service that connects the domestic terminal to the centre. This is a cheap way of travelling, and services run every 30 minutes. There may not be very much space for luggage though.
Another option once you land, whether your flight to Perth touches down at the International or Domestic terminal, is to get a hire car. Bear in mind that you will have to drive and navigate it after a long flight to Perth from the UK, but it will give you plenty of additional freedom too.
When to go to Perth
The weather is good in Perth for much of the year. Spring is September, October and November and during this time temperatures hover around the low 20°Cs. December is slightly warmer, but it's best to avoid this month - many Australians tend to head here for Christmas. This means that you will have to work very hard or book in advance to find good deals on Perth flights around this time.
The weather is usually very hot in January, February and March too, with average daily highs close to 30°C. Wait until late March, April and May you will find that great prices on flight deals and cheap Perth hotels - although expect some rain. The Perth summer runs from December to early March, so if you can stand the heat you'll be able to get some great cheap flights to Perth.
What to do in Perth
When you've picked up a cheap flight Perth there are plenty of attractions on your doorstep as well as beyond, if you want to hire a car. Visit King's Park and Botanical Gardens, climb Swan Bell Tower, and marvel at the creatures on view at the Aquarium of Western Australia. Find out how much you're worth at Perth Mint, and get to know the animals at Perth Zoo. If you want a day trip, then Rottnest Island is great - it's got cute critters and stunning beaches.
Get out and about in the area too and see Fremantle, a trendy town nearby where you'll find the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, home to one of the country's best collections of Aboriginal art. Wine tours and visits to some of the coast's remote beaches are also fantastic ways to make use of your car.
Perth has some big events happening in 2013 and 2014 so why not take this opportunity to see what all the fuss is about?