Dangers & Annoyances

One of the by-products of the mining boom has been the rise of the Cashed-Up Bogan (CUB) – a young man 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. It pays to keep your wits about you in pubs and on the streets after dark.

Police Station Located on the western edge of Northbridge and near the CBD.

Embassies & Consulates

Emergency & Important Numbers

Emergency (police, fire, ambulance)000
Directory assistance12455

Gay & Lesbian Travellers

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

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.

Media

Go West (www.gowesternaustralia.com.au) Backpacker magazine with information on seasonal work opportunities.

Urban Walkabout (www.urbanwalkabout.com) Eating, drinking and shopping highlights in key inner-Perth neighbourhoods and Fremantle. Also produces handy mini-guides and maps.

West Australian (www.thewest.com.au) Local newspaper with entertainment and cinema listings.

X-Press Magazine (www.xpressmag.com.au) A good online source of live-music information. Also available as an app.

Money

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

Opening Hours

Banks 9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants noon-midnight

Cafes 7am-4pm

Pubs 11am-midnight

Shops 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday

Travel with Children

With a usually clement climate and plenty of open spaces and beaches to run around in, Perth is a great place to bring children. Of the beaches, Cottesloe is the safest and a family favourite. With older kids, arrange two-wheeled family expeditions along Perth's riverside and coastal bike paths. Kings Park has playgrounds and walking tracks.

The Perth Royal Show, held late September, is an ever-popular family outing, with sideshow rides, show bags and proudly displayed poultry. Many of Perth's big attractions cater well for young audiences, especially the Aquarium of Western Australia, 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.

Adventure World has exciting rides such as the G-force-defying 'Black Widow' and the 'Abyss' roller coaster, as well as pools, water slides and a castle.

Travellers with Disabilities

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.

Tourist Information

i-City Information Kiosk Volunteers here answer questions and run walking tours.

WA Visitor Centre Excellent resource for information across WA.

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