December is the start of the summer season in the southern hemisphere, which makes Perth an ideal destination to escape the cold winters on the northern half of the globe.
Perth is located on the coast of the Indian ocean and has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, similar to Italy, Spain, southern France, Morocco, Lebanon, and Turkey.
On most summer afternoons a cool sea breeze, known locally as the Fremantle Doctor, blows from the southwest, providing relief from the hot north-easterly winds.
Temperature in December: average high 29°C (84°F), average low 16°C (61°F).
For more accurate Perth weather information, visit Weatherzone.
Perth is located in Western Australia and observes Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is GMT +8. Daylight savings time is not observed in Western Australia.
Trading hours for general retail shops and supermarkets in the Perth metropolitan area:
8:00am – 9:00pm on Monday to Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday
11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday
Cafes, restaurants, and bars will be open later.
Banks and government offices typically close at 5:00pm, or even 4.30pm.
Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar (AUD) which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5cents.
Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in Australia. Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarket and department store chains and many tourist destinations.
Merchants may impose credit card surcharges in some places.
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 percent. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on certain goods bought here. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are typically located in the departure area of international terminals. For more information, see the Tourist Refund Scheme on the Australian Border Force website.
The easiest way to get cash away from home is from an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) with an international network such as Cirrus (Mastercard) or PLUS (Visa). Australian ATMs use a four-digit code, so check with your bank and make sure you change yours before you leave home.
Tipping is not customary in Australia but is at your discretion.
Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) is actively discouraged in Australia.
Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, including:
The smoking ban extends to all outdoor eating areas, where people eat and/or drink sitting at tables (e.g. restaurants, cafes, delis, lunch-bars and hotels).
Smoking is also prohibited on patrolled beaches, playgrounds, and in private vehicles where a child under 17 is present.
Smoking is not allowed within 5 metres of a public entrance to an enclosed public place, and within 10 metres of air conditioning intakes.
For more information, see the Department of Health website.