Western Australia travel information

Western Australia has 12,500 km of white beaches, has the only biodiversity hotspot in the southwest, and boasts the sunniest city in all of Australia - Perth as well as Broome, filled with history and art. The area of Western Australia is 2.5 million square kilometres; therefore it takes a very long time to get around. With this in mind, below are links to distance charts as a guide to how far and how long it will take you to get where you want to be, from where you are.

Distance charts
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  • Western Australia distance chart
  • Coral Coast distance chart
  • Golden Outback distance chart
  • North West distance chart
  • Perth distance chart
  • South West distance chart

    Getting there
    The two big international airports are Broome and Perth. Both of which have fights coming in and out almost daily.

    Flight durations to Perth:
  • London: 17hours
  • Frankfurt: 15 hours
  • Dubai and South Africa: 10 hours
  • Hong Kong: 7 hours
  • Singapore and Kuala Lumpur: 5 hours

    Broome is 1½ hours east by air from the Northwest capital Darwin.

    Getting around
    Coach and rail services: buying a travel pass enables you flexibility to explore the state within conditions. These passes are based on the distance travelled over a certain period of between 1 and 3 months. Another option is to use the 'hop-on hop-off' services that are provided by the major coach and rail services.

    Flying: The easiest way to get around is to fly. Some flight operators fly at a low altitude in order to allow passengers to experience views from above.

    Driving: By hiring a car you are able to see the sights of your own interest and take your time exploring the up and down the Western Territory. There is also the option of hiring a car and going around in an expert led convoy tour of the Western state.

    The weather in the North and South vary greatly, with the North experience long days of sunshine, in what is known as the dry season or the winter from the months of April to September. Temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius at night to 34 during the day at this period. Whereas the wet season (summer), from October to March, temperatures are likely to reach up to mid to high 30's and be very humid. At this time the North can experience beautiful, electrifying storms which are a sight not to be missed and also tropical rainstorms.

    The weather in the South in the summer time will reach a high of around 32 degrees Celsius and in winter be about 14.

    Public holidays
    Some holidays may vary depending on which day of the week the date falls on

  • New Years Day - 1st January
  • Australia Day - 26th January
  • Labour Day - 1st March
  • Good Friday - March / April
  • Easter Monday - March / April
  • ANZAC Day - 25th April
  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday - 26th April
  • Foundation Day - 7th June
  • Queen's Birthday - 27 September
  • Christmas Day - 25 December
  • Boxing Day - 26 December

    Time zone
    There are three different time zones in Western Australia.
  • Time Zone Clocks Western Standard Time (AWST: GMT + 8:00)
  • Western Australia Central Standard Time (ACST: GMT + 9:30)
  • South Australia and Northern Territory; and Eastern Standard Time (AEST: GMT +10:00) which operates in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

    ACST is half an hour behind AEST, while AWST is two hours behind AEST.

    Currency: There is a decimal currency system in Australia and they use the Australian Dollar ($).

    Tipping: Is not usually done in Australia unless you feel that you have received particularly good service.

    Dialling code
    +61 (Australia)

    Emergency contact numbers
    000 for the Police/Fire/Ambulance

    Recommended reading
  • To understand the sheer expanse of Western Australia and see photos of the country as its best Discover Western Australia by Jocelyn Burt has all these aspects rolled into one.
  • Western Australia Lonely Planet has all you need to know about travelling around Western Australia.
  • West Coast Australia Footprint Handbook by Andrew Swaffer and Katrina O'Brien tells of all the must knows from where to eat, drink and sleep and what you should do to experience the most of what you can.
  • Responsible Travel would like to thank the Western Australia tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide
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