How to get to Western Australia

By | May 5, 2022


Western Australia is a country full of fascinating contrasts: from the tropical north to the Great Sandy Desert to the forests and wineries of the southwest, this state has a lot to offer. In contrast to the eastern states, the coast of Western Australia has not developed as rapidly. This ancient land is enormous, occupying a third of all of Australia. Boutique wineries, gourmet agricultural produce and world-class surfing in Western Australia’s South West, known for its karri tree forests, also attracts with a lack of mass tourism. In the Ningaloo Reef tropical fauna lures, and Broom, with its beautiful Cable Beach, is a gateway to the ancient, spectacular scenery of the Kimberley. Dubbed the “world’s most isolated city,” Perth is sparkling clean with pristine beaches, mountains and lush forests. See other countries in Oceania on militarynous.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

There are no direct flights to Western Australia from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. However, Qantas (QF) offers a non-stop service to Perth from London. Flights with a stopover to Perth are offered by the following airlines, among others: – from Frankfurt/M. by Lufthansa (LH) in cooperation with Qantas (QF) and Singapore Airlines (SQ) via Singapore and Emirates (EK) via Dubai; – from Zurich by Swiss (LX) in cooperation with Singapore Airlines (SQ) via Singapore and Emirates (EK) via Dubai; – from Vienna by Austrian Airlines (OS) in cooperation with Thai Airways (TG) via Bangkok, Qatar Airways (QR) via Doha and Emirates (EK) via Dubai. Tickets for Emirates (EK) flights are also offered by Qantas (QF).

Flight times

Frankfurt/M. – Perth: 17 hrs 25 mins; Vienna – Perth: 16 hrs 55 mins; Zurich – Perth: 17 hours 30 minutes (in each case pure flight times; the stay times at stopovers vary). London – Perth: 16 hrs 45 mins (non-stop).


Perth can be booked from other Australian cities at reduced prices with the Qantas Walkabout Pass. The flight is pre-booked with the Qantas flight to Australia. With Singapore Airlines’ Visit Australia Airpass, Perth can be flown to cheaply on a domestic flight along with the long-haul flight.

Arrival by car

Car: The expressways in Western Australia are concentrated almost exclusively on the coastal regions. The Great Northern Highway, which connects Perth to Port Headland on the north-west coast, is one of the few exceptions. The Eyre Highway leads to South Australia along the south coast. The Brand/Northwest Coastal Highway runs from Perth along the west coast to the Kimberley. The southwest has a very well developed road network. The highways are paved throughout. Detailed maps are available in Perth or through Tourism Western Australia. Nevertheless, it must not be forgotten that Western Australia is largely deserted and the journey to populated areas can take days. Bus: There is a good bus network on main and dual carriageways. The eastern states can be reached with Greyhound Australia from Broome via Darwin in the Northern Territories. Integrity Coach Lines serve a variety of locations north of Perth including Broome; the Hop on Hop off WA Pass allows travelers to explore the west coast between Perth and Broome. South West Coachlines offer coach services around Perth and the southern part of Western Australia. Transperth operates the bus, train and ferry services in the Perth area. The Free Transit Zone (FTZ) in Perth city center offers free use of buses and trains. The also free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus service runs daily through the city centers of Perth, Joondalup and Fremantle. Toll: There are no toll roads in Western Australia. Documents: In addition to the national driver’s license, either an officially certified English translation or the international driver’s license must be carried.

Arrival by train

Great Southern Rail’s Indian-Pacific Express operates once a week in both directions between Perth and Sydney (journey time: 3 days). Train connections are also available to Adelaide and Melbourne. Trains run daily to Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. Local trains run from Perth to Armadale, Midland, Fremantle and Joondalup.

Arrival by ship

Western Australia’s largest port is Fremantle, 12 miles outside of Perth. Ships from numerous cruise lines dock here.

Cruise ships

Hapag Lloyd Cruises is also calling at Perth/Fremantle on its world cruise that starts in Hamburg. Cunard departs cruises in Southampton and Phoenix in Nice, stopping in Fremantle. In addition, shipping companies such as Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line have Fremantle on their Asia and Australia cruises.

Ferry provider

The Rottnest Express connects Rottnest Island with Fremantle every hour during the day.

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Public Holidays

07.03.2022 Labor Day

06/06/2022 founding day


Business contacts

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) PO Box 6209, 180 Hay Street, East Perth, WA 6004 Tel: (61 8) 93 65 75 55 Fax: (618) 93 65 75 50 Email: Internet:



Perth (website: ) has experienced a boom in recent years. Modern skyscrapers tower over old colonial buildings such as B. the courthouse, the town hall and the old mill. The Swan River meanders through the city with its numerous elegant bridges. A boat trip upstream leads to wineries. Kings Park, a beautiful park area in the middle of the city, the West Australian Art Gallery and the huge Entertainment Center also attract many visitors.
It is almost always hot and sunny on the west coast beaches. Most beaches are easily accessible from Perth.

Outside Perth:

The mountain chain of the Darling Ranges with their national parks is close to Perth and is a popular destination. Further east inland is the thriving gold rush town of Kalgoorlie and towns like Coolgardie that sprung up during the 19th century gold rush. The spectacular Wave Rock near Hyden is well worth seeing. Just north of Perth, in Nambung National Park, you can admire the famous Pinnacles. Further north, in Monkey Mia, you can get up close and personal with dolphins. The rust-colored landscape is bordered by miles of unspoilt coastline to the north. Despite the drought, the state of West Australia is dotted with wildflowers in September and October. Dropping up to 200 meters in depth, Karijini National Park ‘s gorges are located halfway between Perth and Broome. Only a few adventurous tourists stray into this area, walking through the pristine national park with a guide. Such tours are mainly offered from March to November. A wild landscape steeped in Australian Aboriginal legend, the Kimberley mountain range lies in the state’s northern tip. Broome on the north shore is the pearl city of the world. Bungle Bungle National Park with its bizarre rock formations is worth a visit. However, the park is closed from Christmas to Easter due to the rainy season. The excellent wineries and beautiful beaches of the southwest of the state are well known. At the southern tip is Albany, the first European settlement in Western Australia, where many of the old buildings have been fully restored.



Argyle diamonds, opals and Aboriginal crafts are great souvenirs. Shops are open all day on Saturdays and later on Thursday evenings.



There are numerous nightclubs in the Northbridge area of ​​Perth. The Burswood Resort and Casino is just minutes from Perth city centre. Cinemas and theaters are available. For more information on the programme, visit



Excellent fish and fresh shellfish from the Perth coast are on the menu: jumbo crab, rock crayfish (called Jewfish Barramundi by the locals) and a river lobster called Marron. The local wine is excellent. The largest wineries are in the Swan Valley, on Mount Barker and on the Margaret River.



Hotels of all categories are available, from international 5-star hotels to inexpensive guesthouses.


There are numerous campsites, mostly near the expressways. Some companies rent well-equipped RVs.

Other accommodation options

Good deal across the state.


Best travel time

Monsoon in the tropical north of the state from January to March. The climate in the south is subtropical to moderate. Rainfall all year round.

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How to get to Western Australia