Going To Western Australia

The city of Perth is the hub of the state of Western Australia, with all forms of transport radiating out from it.

Rail: Interstate

Western Australia is linked to the eastern states by rail via the Indian Pacific, which departs from Perth and stops at Kalgoorlie before proceeding on to Adelaide and then Sydney. Between April and August and During the month of December, the service operates once a week in both directions. Between September and the beginning of December, and January to March, two services a week operate in both directions. The Indian Pacific's terminus is at East Perth.

Public Transport: Rail

TransWA operates a number of regional rail series: The AvonLink and MerredinLink provides a rail passenger service between Perth and town in the Eastern Wheatbelt.

The Australind provides two train services each way each day, including Sundays, between Bunbury and Perth

The Prospector provides daily rail services between Perth and Kalgoorlie.

Perth - Kalgoorlie: 6 hours 35 minutes (via The Prospector)

Perth - Bunbury: 2 hours 30 minutes (via The Australind)

Perth - Adelaide: 1 day 19 hours (via Indian Pacific)

Perth - Sydney: 2 days 20 hours 10 minutes (via Indian Pacific)

Public Transport: Coach

Numerous operators provide coach services between Perth and Darwin via Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Dampier, Broome and Kununurra. TransWA provides coach services to a large number of localities with the southern section of Western Australia. Many of these services link with trains.


All of Western Australia's international and interstate air traffic passes through Perth International Airport. The airport has immigration and customs processing facilities.

Air Travel: Regional

Perth - Broome: 2 hours 25 minutes

Perth - Kununurra: 3 hours 25 minutes

Perth - Kalgoorlie: 1 hour

Perth - Geraldton: 1 hour 20 minutes

Perth - Exmouth: 1 hour 55 minutes

Perth - Esperance: 1 hour 40 minutes

Air Travel: International

Perth - Johannesburg: 10 hours 20 minutes

Perth - Singapore: 5 hours 25 minutes

Perth - London: 20 hours 45 minutes

Air Travel: Interstate

Perth - Darwin: 3 hours 25 minutes

Perth - Alice Springs: 2 hours 40 minutes

Perth - Adelaide: 3 hours 30 minutes

Perth - Melbourne: 4 hours 10 minutes

Perth - Sydney: 5 hours 5 minutes

Road (private motor vehicle)

Western Australia's towns are linked to each other, and to towns and cities in other states by a network of well signposted, well maintained sealed highways and major roads which allow for easy travel between localities.

The major highways out of Western Australia are The Eyre Highway, which travels east from Norseman across the Nullarbor Plain to South Australia, and Great Northern Highway which links Perth to the Northern Territory via Meekatharra and the Kimberley region of Way. It joins the Stuart Highway at Katherine. All these highways are sealed (bitumen, surface, not gravel) as are connecting roads between them in developed areas. In outback regions beyond the sealed highways, most roads are unsealed and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended if travelling off the major roads is planned.

In WA, the speed limit on the open road is generally 110 kilometres per hour. In Western Australia, a driver's licence from your home country or another Australian state will usually suffice for up to three months, as long as it has photo identification and it is for the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. If you are staying more than three months, you'lll need to get a Western Australian drivers licence.

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