Accessible Travel

Perth generally recognises the needs of travellers with disabilities, and ramps and lift access at major sites are relatively prevalent. Nonetheless, it's a good idea to contact attractions in advance to confirm facilities and access details. Most theatres, cinemas, cafes and restaurants cater for people with disabilities, but finding accessible accommodation may not be as straightforward – many older hotels here weren't built with access in mind.

For info on accessible travel on Perth's Transwa public transport network, see www.transperth.wa.gov.au/about/accessibility.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia has possibly the largest databases of accessible accommodation in Australia for the mobility-impaired, very usefully overlaid onto Google maps: see http://scia.intersearch.com.au/kohamapdistance.php.

Dangers & Annoyances

One of the byproducts of the mining boom has been the rise of the Cashed-Up Bogan (CUB) – a young dude from the 'burbs with plenty of cash to splash on muscle cars, beer and drugs. A spate of fights and glassings in bars has caused many venues, particularly around Northbridge, to step up security. Keep your wits about you in pubs and on the streets after dark.

Police Station Perth's main cop shop is on the western edge of Northbridge and near the CBD.

Embassies & Consulates

Emergency & Important Numbers

Emergency (police, fire, ambulance)000
Directory assistance1223

Internet Access

Perth City offers free wi-fi access in Murray St Mall between William St and Barrack St.

State Library of WA Free wi-fi and internet access.

Fremantle City Library

LGBT Travellers

Perth is largely a welcoming and safe destination for gay and lesbian travellers. For listings and events, pick up the free monthly newspaper Out in Perth (www.outinperth.com).

Media

  • Newspapers Perth's daily paper is the West Australian, aka the West, although the Australian and Financial Review are also widely available. There's also a Sunday tabloid called the Sunday Times.
  • Websites See www.perthnow.com.au for breaking news, and www.xpressmag.com.au and www.scenestr.com.au/perth for live music and culture.

Money

ATMs are plentiful, and there are currency-exchange facilities at the airport and major banks in the CBD.

Opening Hours

Most Perth attractions close on Christmas Day; many also close on New Years Day and Good Friday.

Banks 9.30am–4pm Monday to Friday

Cafes 7am–4pm

Petrol Stations 7am–10pm, many open 24 hours

Post Offices 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, some 9am–noon Saturday

Pubs and Bars pubs 11am–midnight (food typically noon–2pm and 6pm–8pm), bars 4pm–late

Restaurants lunch noon–2pm, dinner 6pm–9pm (often later)

Shops 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday (to 9pm Friday), 11am–5pm Sunday

Supermarkets 7am or 8am–8pm, some open 24 hours

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Tourist Information

Perth City Visitor Kiosk Volunteers here answer questions and run walking tours.

WA Visitor Centre Excellent resource for information across WA.

Fremantle Visitor Centre Accommodation and tour bookings; bike rental.

Travel with Children

With a usually clement climate and plenty of open spaces and beaches to run around on, Perth is a great place to bring the kids. Of the beaches, Cottesloe is the safest and a family favourite. Otherwise, the netted Sorrento Beach Enclosure offers waves without the risk of becoming something's lunch. With older kids, arrange two-wheeled family expeditions along Perth's riverside bike paths or Coastal Trail north or south from Scarborough. Kings Park has playgrounds and walking tracks.

The Perth Royal Show, held late September, is an ever-popular family day out, with breakfast-reintroducing rides, kitsch show bags and proudly displayed poultry. Many of Perth's big-ticket attractions cater well for young audiences, especially the Aquarium of Western Australia, the fabulous Perth Zoo and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Scitech is a good rainy-day option, with more than 160 hands-on, large-scale science and technology exhibits. For artificial rain, try the squirting water jets at Hyde Park Playground in Mt Lawley, or the Elizabeth Quay Water Park by the river.

Fremantle is super kid-focused, with an excellent program of events at the Fremantle Arts Centre and the awesome WA Shipwrecks Museum and Western Australian Museum – Maritime. And at the end of the day, Little Creatures brewery has a big sandpit full of toy trucks.