If you're coming to Australia from Europe, Asia or Africa, you'll find it quicker to fly directly to Perth Airport, rather than via the east coast cities. If you do fly to the east coast first, there are frequent connecting flights to Perth from major cities. Port Hedland and Broome both welcome interstate flights, and there are weekend flights between Port Hedland and Bali.
Airports & Airlines
Perth Airport is the main international entry point. The following airlines offer interstate services between WA and the rest of the country (and fly internationally):
Other airlines flying into WA from overseas include:
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
The nearest state capital to Perth is Adelaide, 2560km away by the shortest road route. To Melbourne it's at least 3280km, Darwin is around 4040km and Sydney is 3940km. Despite the vast distances, sealed roads cross the Nullarbor Plain from the eastern states to Perth, and then up the Indian Ocean coast and through the Kimberley to Darwin.
The only interstate bus is the regular Greyhound service between Darwin and Broome (from $300, 24 hours), via Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby. There's no bus link between Adelaide and Perth.
Car & Motorcycle
Driving to Perth from any other state is a very long journey, but it's a great way to see the country. Be aware that there are strict quarantine restrictions on fruit and vegetables when crossing the border into WA.
People looking for travelling companions for driving to WA from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Darwin frequently leave notices in backpacker hostels, or you can look for car-sharing options online:
Hitching is never entirely safe – we don't recommend it. Hitching to or from WA across the Nullarbor is definitely not advisable, as waits of several days are not uncommon.
The only interstate rail link into WA is the famous Indian Pacific, run by Great Southern Rail, which travels 4352km to Perth from Sydney via Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie over four days and three nights. The journey includes a 478km stretch across the Nullarbor that's the longest straight section of train line in the world. Trains pull into East Perth Station.
One-way adult fares for the full journey, including all food and drink and off-train excursions, start at $2239. A limited number of cars can also be transported – check online for details.
Unless you're sailing the high seas on a yacht, the only way to reach WA by water is on a scheduled cruise liner docking at Fremantle.