Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is Australia’s only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the CBD. It’s also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough. Situated beside the Swan River, Perth is a living picture postcard, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden – one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York’s Central Park, there are so many ways to enjoy its 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland.
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The state of Western Australia lies in the southern hemisphere, covering an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres, about the size of Western Europe and one-third of Australia’s total landmass.
Regular flights to Perth depart from overseas, all state capitals and many regional locations, landing just 20 minutes from the central business district.
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See the sights
The city has a population of two million people and is renowned for its warm climate and natural attractions. Popular spots include Kings Park, the WA Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Bell Tower, Perth Zoo and the Perth Mint. The Swan Valley flows through the city and just a short drive away are iconic wineries and beaches.
For those who love shopping, head to Murray Street and Hay Street in the CBD, or further afield to the bustle of Fremantle Markets.
Eat and drink
Superb restaurants and boutique breweries abound, and Perth has grown its reputation as a strong culinary destination. Seek out laneways such as Wolf Lane and Grand Lane. Locals also love favourites such as Elizabeth Quay, The State Buildings and Brookfield Place.
The great outdoors
Perth is an outdoors city and you will see people walking, cycling, kayaking, and riding all forms of transport. There are walking and cycling trails, and plenty of water sports for that adrenalin rush.
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