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Travel to Perth

Perth is a beautiful place, but is also one of the world’s most isolated cities. However, it is well-serviced by approximately 13 different international airlines, some of which operate multiple daily services. Perth is around 24 flying hours from New York, 18 hours from London and LA, 16 hours from Frankfurt, 10 hours from Dubai and South Africa, 7 hours from Hong Kong and approximately 5 hours from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Some participants have been approached by a company attempting to obtain travel details and to pressure them into booking a room through them. Please do not respond to any emails or phone calls from anyone claiming to organise accommodation for the 2019 PHISCC meeting in Perth, as they are likely to be fraudulent. If you have any queries regarding accommodation booking, please refer to the information below or contact one of the LOCs.


All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Participants can obtain a ‘Electronic Travel Authority‘ if eligible, or search for visas they may be eligible for. Most participants should be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which costs $20 and is valid for one year. The online confirmation usually takes 24—48 hours but we encourage participants to apply a few weeks prior to their departure date. Please use the direct immigration link we provide to avoid any potential scams. We can provide a ‘letter of invitation’ to invited visitors on request.


The Perth Domestic and International airports are about 11 km and 16 km North-East of the CBD, respectively. They are easily accessible by car, taxi, and bus. Taxi is probably the preferred option if there is more than one person, or if you have luggage.

Taxi ranks are outside the terminal buildings, and fares are ~$30-35 from the domestic airport to CBD, ~$40-$50 from the international airport to CBD. Be aware of the a significant distance between the International (Terminal 1) and Domestic (Terminals 2 and 3) terminals if you are meeting someone.

The Perth Airport City Shuttle has several convenient pick-up points located near hotels, motels and hostels across Perth. At Terminal 1 (international), the shuttle meets every arrival within 45 minutes of customs clearance and at the domestic terminals it meets each domestic arrival within 30 minutes of luggage collection. Phone: (+61 8 9277 7958)

Transperth Bus 37 departs outside the domestic arrivals terminal, travelling to Perth city centre via St. Georges Terrace (transfer time ~40 mins). Buses leave the airport every ~30 mins during the day, hourly after 6PM, and all day Sunday.

local logistics

Buses run from Perth airport to the city busport and some hubs along the way. Regular buses (every 5-10 mins) go from the city centre to UWA and will take 10-20 mins.

Bicycle rentals are also possible in Perth as there is an excellent track that goes between the University and Perth city. However, please note that daytime temperatures in February can reach over 40 degrees Celsius.

A taxi from Perth airport to UWA or the city will be about ~$50-$60. You do not have to tip taxi drivers in Australia. Payments via credit cards attract a surcharge. Ride-share operators such as Uber, Lyft and Shofer also offer alternative options to taxis or car rental.


The closest lodgings to UWA can be found in the surrounding residential colleges as semester is not in session during the time of this workshop.  Alternatively, workshop participant to stay in town (Perth is ~5km away) and commute each day. Buses run frequently between the city and UWA. More information can be found on the Transperth website: https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/

Near UWA:

1) **Update: Trinity College had a few cancellations and may have a few rooms left at the rate of $110 per night for a single occupancy room (inclusive of breakfast). The rooms can be viewed online at: www.trinityonhampden.com.au

2) St George College (walking distance)
a)Newby Wing – 6 x Newby Single room (2 rooms sharing 1 bathroom) rate is $100.00 per room per night
b)North, South, Newby & Original Wing
-5 x Single En suite rate is $110.00 per room per night
-20 x Single standard room with shared bathroom facilities rate is $85.00 per room per night
-5 x Double En suite rate is $135 per room per night
c)Memorial Wing Townhouse
-1 x Townhouse is $340 per night for 3 persons and any additional person $35 each (maximum of 6 persons to a townhouse). A Townhouse contains 3 ensuite bedrooms (3 double bedded). Fully self-contained with Kitchen, lounge/dining room with T.V, and laundry and air-conditioning. Each Room is individually lockable.

All rates include breakfast. Please fill out this booking form and email  Jackie (admin@stgc.uwa.edu.au) or Cynthia Kaelin (ckaelin@stgc.uwa.edu.au) for help with your booking.

2) **Update: Forrest Hall has been booked out

3) St Catherine’s on the Park: Executive studio suites are currently available with prices ranging from ~$170 to $229. Please enter “UWA” in the ‘promo code’ box to access a discount for this meeting. Bookings can be made directly through this URL: https://www.stcatherinesonpark.com.au/

4) Staying in Perth city may be the best bet. Previous visitors have stayed at “Miss Maud’s hotel” or “Ibis, Perth”.

If you require assistance with the booking of your accommodation, please seek help from one of the LOCs. Additionally, if additional support is required for international participants who are primary caregivers, please contact the organising committee members.