Population: Approximately 1.4 million residents
Founded:1829 (then called Swan River)
Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It is a modern, dynamic city that also has quiet areas. The town is located on Australia’s West Coast and is considered one of the most isolated cities in the country. Initially, convicts were brought in to increase the work force. Most government buildings were built with their sweat.
Perth is full of parks, beautiful beaches, and a dense transportation network. Air pollution is relatively low and so is crime. Perth has the most sunny days of all of Australia’s large cities, and weather is mostly warm. No wonder that the British weekly “The Economist” rates Perth as 4th on the list of places with the highest quality of life in the world. Perth is considered cheaper than towns on the East Coast of Australia (like Sydney and Melbourne). This also shows in its real estate prices where you can find a house in excellent condition for 200,000 Australian dollars.
Living in Perth – Attractions
Kings Park is considered Perth’s “Central Park” and can be reached after a short ride from the city center. It includes a botanical garden with more than 1700 different species of flowers and wild plants all over the garden (especially in spring). The park has walking and bicycle paths and is also accessible for people using wheelchairs. It offers a view of the city and the western Swan River. You can find restaurants, coffee shops, playgrounds, specially set-aside picnic areas, and public toilets.
Swan Tower is Western Australia’s “Statue of Liberty.” The tower, which is shaped like a Swan, rises up 87 meters high. It is more than just a tower, being both a musical instrument and a very popular tourist attraction. As we mentioned before it is the symbol of Western Australia. From the top of the tower you can see Perth’s amazing setting. Entrance fee: $6.
Underwater World is one of Perth’s most popular tourist attractions. The aquarium contains numerous species of maritime creatures such as sharks and tortoises. So far 4.3 million people have visited the site since its opening in 1988. There are also special activities for children. Opening hours: from 10am to 5pm. Entrance fee: $22 for adults.
Freemantle Harbour is southwest of Perth on Australia’s West Coast. It is a very popular tourist spot and on weekends it usually features fairs and entertainment. You will also find plenty of coffee shops and restaurants.
Northbridge is Perth’s nightlife area. There are also hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. This is the place where you will find your favorite foods in a wide range of restaurants offering Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine.
In the center of town, CAT buses can be used free of charge. The company runs 3 lines (red, blue and yellow) each serving a different area. You can also use the Transperth buses free of charge in certain areas, including among others, Perth’s east and west. A trip from Perth to the Freemantle beaches for example, costs only $3.
There are four train lines in Perth which will take you to the city’s northern, southern, and eastern neighborhoods. There is also a special line to the Freemantle beaches. An Australian saying goes that Perth may not be the end of the world, but you can see it from there!
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