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8 NEED-To-Knows Before Your Perth Adventure

Going to Perth? Here are some essential tips...

Posted on 05 July 2018


Perth is the capital and largest city in Western Australia. This coastal metropolitan is the laid back and relaxed business hub of the country.

Laid back and awesome Perth. Photo taken by: experienceperth 

The many stunning beaches and rivers, pristine bush and parklands, amazing bars, restaurants and cultural activities await you to explore!

But before you do, here are some helpful tips for you:

1 Enjoy the Sun

Life is lived outdoors in Perth, it is no surprise that Perth is considered the sunshine capital of Australia. With the most hours of sunshine compared to all other Australian cities, and sun rays that may be quite intense from time to time. It is important to be aware of this fact and protect yourself with some sunblock.

But once you have applied your sunblock you are free to enjoy the wonders of Perth’s stunning beaches and gorgeous sunshine!

Beach sun! Photo taken by: westernaustralia

2 Personal Safety

Australia is considered a very safe country. Regardless of this fact, safety is very important, so be wary of your own safety. Avoid dark public spaces when you’re alone and avoid hitchhiking. Always let someone know where you are and where you are going. Keep valuables secure and out of sight and stay alert when using ATM's.

If you are aware of these simple tips and alert for your safety, you have nothing to worry about. So enjoy the wonders of Perth to its fullest!

Cottesloe Beach, Perth. Photo taken by: theweek 

3 Power

In Australia, the plugs used have a two flat metal pin, shaped like an upsidedown V with a third flat pin down the centre. Visitors from New Zealand do not need either a voltage converter or power adapter. Your appliances will work in Australia. To prevent buying new adapters we highly recommend an universal travel adapter which is an inexpensive and invariably helpful option!

4 Local Time

Western Australian time is GMT + 8:00. Most businesses operate Monday through to Friday, from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Extended shopping hours apply for the Christmas period.

5 Currency

In Australia, the currency used is the Australian Dollar or abbreviated as AUD. At the time of writing this article (via Google Converter) 1AUD = 2.99MYR or 0.74USD. Budget your spending for the duration of  your travels and ensure that you securely carry your money at all times!

Money. Photo taken by istockphoto

6 Drinking

We all want to have fun! But we also want to be safe and healthy. So if you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Please also note that it is illegal to drink in Public in all of Western Australia, so be aware of this and drink wisely!

7 Play Safe at the Beach

Rip Currents

There are amazing beaches in Perth and swimming in them can be an absolute joy and pleasure. But, swimming in the sea can be dangerous. Rip currents for example, can pose danger and harm to swimmers.

Waves are awesome. Photo taken by: inhabitat

Rip currents are strong currents of water that flow away from the shore. There can be about 17000 rips at beaches around Australia at any given day. Contrary to popular myth, people tend to think that only poor swimmers or tourists get caught in rips. But rips can pose a threat to anybody and mostly affect young men aged 15-39. Rips are the number one hazard on Australian beaches.

Photo taken by: westernaustralia-travellersguide

How to Avoid Rip Currents

The best way to avoid a rip is to swim only between the red and yellow flags. Rips can be difficult to spot but things to look for include deeper, dark-coloured water; fewer breaking waves; rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters; and anything floating out to the sea or foamy, discoloured, sandy, water flowing out beyond the waves. Rips don’t always show all of these signs at once.

A Rip Current. Photo taken by: scienceofthesurf

Consider Your Options

If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm. And consider your options. Raise an arm to seek help. Try floating with the current, it may bring you back to shore. Swim parallel to the shore or towards breaking waves and use them to help you in. Reassess your situation. If what you’re doing isn’t working, try one of the other options until you’re rescued or return to shore.

How to escape a Rip Current. Photo taken by: lifesaving

8 Emergency

For any emergency services, call the number ‘000’.

Travel to Perth

Perth is a safe, stunning and is an unforgettable place to all its visitors. So explore Perth and find yourself on your most amazing adventure yet.

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