Visas: All visitors to Australia need a visa – only New Zealand nationals are exempt, and will receive a 'special category' visa on arrival. Citizens of European Union countries are eligible for an eVisitor, which is free and allows visitors to stay in Australia for up to three months. These must be applied for online. Citizens of Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the USA can enter Australia any time within a 12-month period after the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa is issued and can stay for up to three months at a time. Apply for the ETA visa online.
Local transportation: Transperth operates Perth's public buses, trains and ferries. If you're in Perth for a while, consider buying a SmartRider card, covering bus, train and ferry travel. It's $10 to purchase, then you add value to your card.
The metropolitan area is serviced by a wide network of buses.
There are five train lines operating from around 5.20am to midnight weekdays and until about 2am Saturday and Sunday.
Perth has a decent system of metered taxis, and the two main companies are Swan Taxis and Black & White.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are three network providers in Australia, Telstra has the widest coverage, and the highest prices to go with it. There are also many smaller providers called Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), which sell wholesale services from either Telstra, Ootus or Vodafone at a cheaper price (although limited to 3G speed). You can get a SIM card at the airport or at any of the telco shops in the city.
Popular areas: City Centre, Fremantle, Northbridge, The Coast
Things not to do: Don't forget to use sunscreen.
Laid-back Perth may be the capital of Western Australia, but the city is easy-going and liveable. Pace of life is slower here than Sydney or Melbourne, but the combination of big-city attractions with relaxed and informal surrounds offers an appealing lifestyle and lots to do for locals and visitors alike. Due to the high rate of migration to Perth, slightly less than half of Perth's residents were born outside Australia, making Perth a melting pot of different cultures.
Perth is relatively safe for women digital nomads. Like Sydney and other large cities, trains and train stations are usually considered a common crime zone throughout the afternoons and nights. Try to avoid traveling on trains and buses during these periods of the day as well, especially if traveling alone.
Perth is the first Australian city to have free wifi in the CBD area. The only con is that you are limited to 50mbs per connection, or one hour whichever comes first.
The City has a temperate Mediterranean type climate. Summers are hot and dry whilst winters are generally wet and mild. Spring (Sep-Nov) and Autumn (Mar-May) are ideal times in which to visit Perth.
Coworking Spaces in Perth
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.