Western Standard - UTC/GMT + 8 hours – applies to the whole of Western Australia including Perth, and is the same time zone as Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.
Perth, Western Australia enjoys hot and dry summers and slightly wet winters, altogether characterising a temperate climate. It experiences all of the four seasons every year. During ordinary days, Perth weather is depicted in dry heat paired with a cooling breeze that usually comes in the afternoon. This cooling breeze is often referred to as the "Fremantle Doctor".
In November, you can expect an average minimum temperature of 16° C and an average maximum temperature of 28° C.
English is Australia’s national language. Multi-lingual interpreters are available at international entry points, major hotels and department stores.
Currency is Australian Dollars (AUD or A$). Exchange facilities are available at Perth International Airport, city banks and currency exchange kiosks. International class hotels will also exchange major currencies for guests. The most frequently accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
A general Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies on goods and services purchased in Australia. This is included in the ticket price displayed in retail outlets. Travellers to Australia may reclaim the GST under the Tourist Refund Scheme on departure. There is no tradition of tipping in Australia: it is therefore not expected and Freoservice is given with a smile.
We recommend all delegates flying into Perth to get travel insurance. Whether you are travelling domestically or internationally a travel insurance will protect you against unexpected events like illnesses & injuries, lost or stolen luggage/personal effects, cancellation fees and flight delays. Please note that the registration fee does not include insurance. Promaco is not responsible for delegates to fail to arrange their own insurance.
Within Perth city centre you can enjoy free and easy transport on the modern CAT buses. Theses buses run on several routes, with numerous and easily recognisable stops, with real time passenger information, along the way. The CAT buses are a great way for delegates to move around Perth city and close by Northbridge attractions/venues, free of charge. A free CAT service also operates in the city of Fremantle. Please click here for more information.
Perth's public bus service (Transperth) also has a free transit zone within the city and operates a comprehensive service across the metropolitan area.
Perth also has a modern train system with five lines: to Armadale in the south east, Fremantle in the west, Clarkson in the north west, Midland in the east and a Southern Suburbs Railway line to Mandurah. The train system is simple to navigate, clean and safe. A free transit zone operates in the city centre.
Taxis are readily available from the domestic and international airports and throughout the city of Perth. Perth taxis offer safe, efficient and cost-effective commuting for delegates and can be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone. The average taxi fare from the airport to Fremantle is approximately $50 (25-minute journey).
Perth is blessed with a modern road network incorporating major highways and well planned feeder roads. It is rare to experience major traffic delays in Perth. If you decide to hire a car, don't forget that we drive on the left in Australia!!
Perth & Fremantle have a comprehensive network of cycle and walk paths in the city and throughout the metropolitan area. There are some wonderful riverside routes at the doorstep of the city.