Perth is the host city for the 2017 IV festival. It’s a nice city. We like it. Prettier than Melbourne, nicer climate than Brisbane, more tall buildings than Adelaide, quieter than Sydney, fewer politicians than Canberra… and further north than Hobart. Got it all, really.

We would like you to enjoy your stay in Perth as much as possible! Having all the information that you might need before you go can really make a difference, so here are a number of things that may enhance your travel plans.

Local Information


Perth has two bus terminals in the city. The Perth Busport is walking distance from Perth station, and services the northern suburbs. The Elizabeth Quay Busport is at the bottom of Mill Street on Mounts Bay Road next to Elizabeth Quay, and services the southern suburbs. Both terminals have easy to follow information about times and routes as well as an information booth to answer your questions.

Late night trains leave at midnight, 1:00am and 2:00am every Friday and Saturday night from Perth station.

Call Transperth on 13 22 13 with any questions or visit the Transperth web site or download the Transperth app. Transperth services are also well integrated into Google Maps.


CATS (Central Area Transport Systems) is a free bus service which operates in the city centres. They only stop at CAT stops, which are marked with the colour of the bus and a black cat insignia.

  • The blue CAT travels north/south between the Barrack Street Jetty on the foreshore and the Northbridge district. They run every 7/8 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on Friday nights. At weekends you can catch one every 10 minutes.
  • The red CAT travels east/west between East Perth and West Perth, predominately along Murray and Hay streets. They run every 5 minutes on weekdays and every 10 minutes on weekends.
  • The yellow CAT travels east/west between East Perth and West Perth, predominately along Wellington street. They run every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 10 minutes on weekends.
  • The green CAT travels east/west between Elizabeth Quay and Leederville, predominately along St Georges Terrace, Kings Park, through West Perth and along Railway Parade. They run approximately every 8 minutes on weekdays, but don’t operate on weekends or public holidays.
  • There are also CAT buses in Fremantle and Joondalup

For more information on CAT buses, please see the Transperth page.


  • Swan Taxis 13 13 30
  • Disabled Taxi Service Phone (08) 9333 3377
  • Black White Taxis Phone 13 10 08


There are five train lines:

  • West to Fremantle
  • East to Midland
  • South East to Armadale
  • North to Joondalup
  • South to Mandurah

All of the trains meet centrally, at the Perth Station, which is across the road from Forrest Place.


The ferry leaves approximately every 15 minutes between Elizabeth Quay Jetty in Perth and Mends Street Jetty in South Perth. A one way trip takes approximately 8-10 minutes. Tickets are available from both jetties.


Some IV travellers prefer to arrange their own accommodation instead of being billetted with someone else. The places listed below suit a range of budgets, listed in order from least expensive to most expensive.

Student Colleges

Mostly motel style guest rooms, single and double, from $30/night. Check the websites for further details and bookings. These colleges are next to UWA, which is near Kings Park and walking distance (for the fit!) to Subiaco cafe district. Approximately $10 taxi fare to Northbridge or Leederville cafe districts.

Cafes and Night Life

The main dining out areas in Perth are in Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, Claremont, Fremantle, Mt. Lawley, Victoria Park, and Scarborough Beach. You can find a wide choice of cuisines and popular fast food outlets to suit all budgets.

Tourist Attractions

Kings Park

Kings Park and Botanic Garden comprises 400 ha (about 1000 acres), of which approximately 267 ha is bushland. Kings Park is adjacent to the Swan River, and overlooks both the river and the Perth CBD (Central Business District). Information courtesy of the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.