Updated on June 27, 2022 by Axel Hernborg

Axel Hernborg


  • Perth is deservedly known for its beaches, of which there are 19 within easy reach of the city. 
  • Over 4.7 million visitors traveled to Perth in the year ending June 2020. This total was made up of 4 million domestic visitors and over 700,000 international visitors.
  • Visitors were down 16% when compared with the 5.6 million visitors in 2019.
  • Perth is the number one destination for tourists traveling to Western Australia
  • Perth enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia.
  • Tourism employs over 54,000 people in Perth and the South West, contributing $8.5 billion to the national economy.
  • Tourists spent a total of $5.6 billion in Perth between July 2018 and June 2019.
  • $1.8 billion came from international visitors, and $3.8 billion came from domestic overnight visitors.
  • In 2019, Perth was the 4th most popular destination for domestic visitors and the 5th most popular destination for international visitors.
  • The vast majority of visitors to Perth come from domestic overnight visitors, which have grown significantly over the last decade.
  • Domestic tourism has grown by 91% in the past decade and international arrivals have gone up by 42%.
  • Overnight visitors spent over $650 million during visits to Perth for the first quarter of 2021 (January-March). Spending was down 33.6% when compared with the over $980 million spent during the first quarter of 2020.
  • For the first quarter of 2021 (January-March), Perth received over 888,000 domestic overnight visitors from both interstate and intrastate sources. Visitors were down 11.2% when compared with the over 1 million visitors of the first quarter of 2020.
  • Perth tied with Sydney for the 2nd-longest average stay.
  • Compared with other capital cities, Perth has the lowest percentage of international visitors who visit attractions in the course of their visit.


  • The main purpose for tourists traveling to Australia was holidays.
  • International tourists spend an average of $98 per night during visits to Perth, a lower spend compared to other popular destinations in Australia.
  • International tourists stayed in Perth for an average of 20 nights.
  • Domestic day visitors to Perth are estimated to spend an average of $105 per trip. For those domestic visitors who stay overnight, the average spend per night is estimated at $156, and for international visitors, it is $98
  • International visitors to Australia, particularly from UK and Europe, are very interested in Aboriginal culture. However, many international and Australian visitors find it difficult to access Aboriginal cultural experiences, and many return home disappointed.


  • South West WA is internationally recognized as a conservation hotspot, due to its exceptional species diversity (>7,000 plant species, >80% endemic) and a high proportion of habitat loss: over 70% of native vegetation in the region has been cleared, principally for agriculture.
  • Over 5 million people visit Kings Park each year.
  • Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world. Perth is closer to Singapore than Sydney.
  • A vacation to Perth for one week usually costs around AU$1,125 for one person. 
  • The busiest month for tourism in Perth, Australia is January, followed by December and September. Prices for hotels and flights are most expensive during these months.
  • The number of camping trips throughout Western Australia has grown by 69.4% over the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018.
  • Camping trips – including caravan, campervan, commercial and non-commercial camping – made up 13.3% of visitor nights for domestic travelers to Western Australia in 2019 (year ending September).
  • Most of Perth’s existing attractions are State Government-owned and operated.
  • Perth City residents come from 68 different ethnic backgrounds.
  • The City is one of the nation’s fastest-growing local government areas and has ranked consistently among the Top 10 most liveable cities in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Currently, the top six countries people visit Australia from are China, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Singapore.
  • Australia’s isolation from the other continents makes it a difficult destination for travelers living in the northern hemisphere. 
  • Perth’s last new major attraction which brings in more than 100,000 patrons per annum, Fremantle Prison, opened in 1992.
  • Combined, visitors to Western Australia spent a total of $8.7 billion in the year ending June 2020
  • International visitors spent an estimated $1.7 billion during trips to Western Australia in the year ending June 2020.
  • Visitors from the US spent the most, spending just over $115 million during visits to Australia in 2021.
  • In 2021, The top 5 countries from which visitors came to Australia in this period were New Zealand, the USA, UK, India, and China.
  • Australia recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2020, ranking 74th in the world in absolute terms.
  • The inhabitants of Australia spend only around 2,285 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.
  • Travel is considered uncomplicated and safe throughout the country.