Introduction to Perth

Perth, the laidback yet cosmopolitan capital city of Western Australia, might be the most isolated capital city in the world but that doesn’t stop the good people of this town (one million or so of them) from eating, drinking, shopping and beach-going up a storm.

The fourth largest city in Australia, Perth is centred along the Swan River with the Indian Ocean coastline in the west. In many ways Perth’s uncrowded beaches are an analogy for life here: laidback, quiet and safe. From lush parks to white sand and crystal-clear waters, Perth is a natural wonderland. Nearby regions are blessed with fertile soil and optimal conditions for growing some the country’s best wine grapes and the cows are clearly satisfied, producing award-winning cheeses to boot.

A blessing and a curse, Perth’s stunning coastline makes it hard to pick a beach, but a clear favourite among locals is Cottesloe, especially on Sunday for afternoon drinks by the sea. Other great sunbathing and swimming spots include Floreat, Sorrento, City Beach and Scarborough.

Despite its remoteness, Perth is a culturally diverse city that welcomes many immigrants from Southeast Asia and Africa making for a lively and diverse dining scene. Perth offers a cosmopolitan way of life without the hustle and bustle of larger cities and you don’t have to travel very far to be at the tropical island paradise of Rottnest Island, the natural wonder of the desert at The Pinnacles or visiting the historic colonial town of York.

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