Flanking the broad reaches of the beautiful Swan River, Perth is edged to the west by white sandy beaches and to the east by the gentle wooded slopes of the Darling Ranges. The sunniest of all Australian cities, with an average of eight hours of sunlight per day, this 'al fresco' city has a casual charm. Perth residents are proud of the casual lifestyle they have built for themselves, making it a place where visitors can feel relaxed, even in the middle of the peak hour. 

Perth is a city of parks, and visitors will find some beautiful walks and cycle trails in Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, as well as lovely wildflowers and native bushland. The Perth Cultural Centre is one of the city's most popular attractions for visitors, housing the Western Australia Library, Museum and Art Gallery. You can take a cruise to explore Perth's magnificent harbour, and if you want to enjoy the seaviews, there are plenty of al fresco eateries for a relaxing lunch or brunch.

History

Perth was settled on the banks of the Swan River in 1829 by the British as a colony for free settlers. The first decade proved to be tough, so the British government sent convicts to provide much-needed labour for building roads and buildings. Gold rushes in the late 1800s sealed the future for the state, and today Perth is known for its many grand homes and millionaire residents.

Population

1,400,000

Climate

Mediterranean – hot dry summers and cool wet winters.

Summer average
: 17.8 (min) – 29.4 (max)
Winter average: 9.6 (min) – 18.2 (max)

Average annual rainfall
:  870mm