Western Australia is the authentic Australian experience. The capital, Perth, is Australia’s western gateway and is home to white, sandy beaches. Perth offers an easy going lifestyle - the beautiful Swan River and inner-city parks add to the relaxed, natural feel. The largest state in Australia, Western Australia offers endless exploring opportunities.

A Few Facts
Area: ....................................................................... 2,529,875 km²
State Capital: ......................................................................... Perth
Metro Population: ........................................................... 1,833,600
State-wide Population: ..................................................... 2,353,400
Coastline: .......................................................................12,889 km
Time Zone: ...........................GMT +8 hours, no daylight saving time
Phone Dialling Code: ...............................................................+618
Average Daily January (Summer) Temperature: ..................... 30.9°C
Average Daily July (Winter) Temperature: .............................. 18.3°C
Distance of Airport to CBD: .....................................................15 km
Driving a Vehicle: ...................................... www.transport.wa.gov.au
Public Transport Services: ........................... www.transwa.wa.gov.au
State Tourism Website: .......................... www.westernaustralia.com
State Education Website: ........................... www.studyperth.com.au

Public Holidays for 2015
New Year’s Day............................................... Thursday 1st January
Australia Day .................................................Monday 26th January
Good Friday .............................................................Friday 3rd April
Easter Saturday ...................................................Saturday 4th April
Easter Monday...................................................... Monday 6th April
Anzac Day .........................................................Saturday 25th April
Foundation Day.................................................... Monday 3rd June
Queen’s Birthday........................................Monday 28th September
Christmas Day.............................................. Friday 25th December
Boxing Day................................................ Monday 28th December

Government School Term Dates for 2015
Term 1: .....................................................2nd February - 2nd April
Term 2: ............................................................20th April - 3rd July
Term 3: ................................................ 26th July - 25th September
Term 4: ........................................... 12th October - 17th December

Shopping Hours
Shopping hours are from 8.00am - 6.00pm weekdays except Thursday when they are open until 9.00pm. Shops are also open from 8.00am - 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm. Some areas such as Perth City and Fremantle have special trading hours and many shops and businesses are open beyond these times in these areas. Smaller shops carrying essential items are also open beyond normal trading hours.