Perth has a population of around 1.4 million people,
80% of the 1.8 million people in Western Australia live here and they
claim to enjoy more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in
Perth is also the world's most remote city ( it is closer to Singapore
and Jakarta than it is to Canberra!) and is well laid out and easy to
Perth was founded on May 2 1829, HMS Challenger
commander Captain Charles Fremantle raised the British flag at
the head of the Swan River and took possession of the territory.
A month later Captain James Stirling arrived on his ship "Parmelia"
and founded Perth at a site near the present town hall on August
12, 1829. Like most early settlements around Australia things
did not run too smoothly at first, problems included a shortage
of labour, financial problems and poor communication. The British
Government sent convicts to Western Australia from 1850 to 1868
to overcome some of these problems.
The docks in Fremantle
The main business area is on St. Georges Terrace with the main
shopping area at the Hay Street and Murray Street Malls. The north
of the city is marked by the railway track dividing it from the
popular accommodation and eating region of Northbridge.
Only 20km. from the Perth CBD you'll reach Fremantle, this is
the port where you find the cultural centre of Perth with its
cafes, pubs, eateries, historic buildings, lively markets and
arty ambience. This is also the place where in 1987 Australia
managed to wrestle the America's Cup out of American hands in
the yacht race thanks to Alan Bond having spent a fair few million
on a revolutionary boat. From here you can also visit Rottnest
Island which is only 19km off the coast, the only place in the
world where the quokka lives.
If even the hustle and bustle of this small city
gets too much for you head for Kings Park, right in the city this
is a sanctuary of approximately 1,000 acres with botanic gardens,
natural bushland, recreational areas, views over the Perth and
Swan River, an ideal place for a picnic.
In 1962 Perth gained the title 'City of lights'
when the whole city left their lights on through the night to
provide some visual entertainment for American astronaut John
Glenn who flew over in US spaceship Friendship 7.
Cottesloe Beach in Perth
Photo by Zoran Ereiz
Perth is bordered by the Indian Ocean and has a
lot of great beaches right in or near the city centre, and most
are great for surfing.
Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular, but there's also Floreat,
Leighton, Port, Scarborough, Swanbourne and Trigg Island, although
several can get quite rough at times. For calmer beaches head
to Como, Crawley or Peppermint Grove.
Western Australia is also famous for its wildflowers.
It is no wonder with up to 12,000 species found in a vast area
of the state, from the Pilbara region in the north to the Southern
Coastal region. The wildflower season spans from July in the north
to November in the south.
It must be a good life in Perth, the London based
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)'s survey in 2005 ranks Perth
nr. 5 out of 130 cities surveyed worldwide. The EIU assessed the
level of hardship for expatriates in the 130 cities, using 12
factors including housing, education, recreational activities,
health, climate and terrorism.
Perth boasts a mediterranean climate, with warm
to hot summers and cool, wet winters. Average summer temperaturs
are around 29 degrees C during the day and 17 at night. The Fremantle
Doctor is the name locals have given to the afternoon sea breeze
that very conveniently picks up in the afternoon during summer.
During winter the temperature averages 18 degrees in daytime and
around 9 degrees at night. Below is today's weather;
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