Perth Basic Information
If you’ve even wanted to see a gold bullion up close, take a day trip to the historic Perth Mint where the biggest, heaviest and most valuable gold bullion coin in the world – worth over $50 million - is on display. Cashed up and ready to check it out? Here’s what you need to know about Perth before you go.
Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits 3 months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Australia.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia.
Perth is synonymous with good food and wine and these days that extends to good beer and good coffee too. As for dishes that are quintessentially ‘Perth’, the western rock lobster (crayfish) is relatively cheap here, especially during a good summer season. Chilli mussels are a popular local speciality, and truffles grown around Mundaring and Manjimup are sought-after delicacies. If you're craving a good coffee, go to Mount Lawley, the Cafe Strip in Fremantle and the Perth suburbs of Subiaco, Leederville and South Perth. Venn on Queens Street is the perfect pace for a gourmet lunch – the two-storey, 100 year-old building triples as a contemporary art gallery, design shop and cafe-cum-bar. Head to Northbridge, Mount Lawley and Highgate for a great selection of Southern European and Asian restaurants. Fremantle’s famous cappuccino strip offers plenty of good eating options. On weekends, a local tradition is to visit the Fisherman's Wharf for fish and chips.
For a laidback city, there sure is a lot to do at night! Perth is well known for its indie music scene at established venues such as Amplifier Bar, Rosemount, Fly By Night and The Rocket Room. The city also has a small but strong dance music scene, which revolves heavily around drum and bass. Northbridge gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights as Perth goes into party mode. If you’re after cocktails, head to Northbridge’s Ezra Pound for some quality concoctions. In the city, your best bet is Choo Choo's, Laneway Lounge, Bar Lafayette, Who's Yr Mumma? and Bivouac. Fremantle has a strong and compact pub and club scene, whereas in Perth you’re relegated to one corner of the city or Northbridge, Leederville or Subiaco. Perth also has many independent cinemas – the Paradiso in Northbridge and The Luna cinemas in Leederville and Fremantle screen local, French and Italian productions as well as hosting international film festivals and documentaries throughout the year. The open-air cinema in Kings Park is a hit in summertime.