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When to go
In September and October, the city is spring like with cooler nights; for mercury-ascending weather, visit in January or February – and pack light. Perth International Arts Festival (https://perthfestival.com.au) runs from Feb to March, the film festival from November to April, and the biggest surf waves swell from March to May.
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PlanesPerth Airport (www.perthairport.com.au) is the city's international hub. Direct flights arrive from Asian hubs, including Singapore and Thailand, flights from the UK arrive via Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, and US flights connect at Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Alternatively hop on a connecting flight from Sydney (roughly a four-hour trip).
TrainsTransperth trains run from Perth's main train station to destinations along West Australia’s coast and inland. If you’re travelling from the east coast, hop on a Rail Australia (www.railaustralia.com.au) sleeper train; the journey from Sydney takes three days.
AutomobilesDespite some congestion during rush hour, driving in Perth is fairly fuss-free. Follow National Highway 94 from the Airport to reach the city centre. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at the airport, and it’s worth securing a GPS – freeway exits can be tricky.