Back in December we got great news about travelling to Oz. Etihad Airways is launching a direct route from Dublin to Perth beginning in July 2014. The route will run 6 times per week and will include a “seamless” connection in Abu Dhabi.
According to Etihad Airways, 32% of Irish people already choose Perth
as their gateway to Australia and they expect this trend to continue. It’s no wonder that so many Irish people choose to begin their journey in Perth as Western Australia
has so much to offer. Did you know that Perth is the most remote state capital city in the world? No? Better read on so…
Here are 5 more things you need to know about Perth:
1. It’s the lifesaving capital of Western Australia
(or Cott as it is known to the locals) is a beautiful family beach only 15 minutes outside the city centre. It is the birthplace of surf lifesaving in Western Australia, established in 1909; it is one of the first surf lifesaving clubs in the entire world. In 2009 it was awarded second best family beach in the world by Lonely Planet so it’s well worth a visit on a sunny day (of which there are lots!)
2. It has one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world
Measuring 4.06 square kilometres, King’s Park
is even bigger than Central Park, New York City! It’s also one of the most beautiful parks in the world and is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden and over 80 different species of birds and 300 different species of plants.
3. It has an island with 63 beaches
at only 19 square kilometres has an amazing 63 beaches! No cars are allowed to disturb the unique flora and fauna of the island so getting around is best done by bike. Interestingly, the island only became a tourist destination after it shut down its aboriginal penal colony in 1931. However, boating, fishing and snorkelling are what’s happening today and access to the island is by ferry from Fremantle (30 minutes) and Perth (90 minutes).
4. It’s has the oldest wine-growing region in Western Australia
has over 40 family-owned vineyards which have been cultivating the finest grapes for red, white and fortified wines for over 180 years. It’s the ideal place to visit if you want a wine tour with a difference as there are many smaller boutique wineries and award winning restaurants. It’s only 25 minutes from Perth and we recommend you get there on one of the cruises
along the Swan River.
5. It’s the sunshine capital of Australia
Perth gets more sunshine
than any other capital city in Australia. It has a Mediterranean climate which means it is warm and sunny throughout the year. However, a cool sea breeze called “Dr Fremantle” comes to visit in the afternoons and often relieves the heavy heat of the Aussie summers. Even in winter you will get plenty of sunshine, so no wonder we Irish flock there!
Book your flights to Perth today!
If you’re already planning to take one of the upcoming one stop flights to Perth in July, give Kathryn, our Australia expert a call on 01 8047188. She will fill you in on everything you need to know about flights to Perth
, car hire and accommodation.
For even more tips and hints on how to make the most of your Aussie trip, check out our Australia blog