Perth City Centre is located alongside the peaceful waters of the Swan River, twenty Kilometres inland of the Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia.
Captain James Stirling founded the city of Perth as part of the Swan River Colony in 1829.The British Government agreed to found the colony as the first free settlement in Australia and the first settlers arrived in Western Australia in June 1829. On August 12 of that year, the felling of a tree marked the official foundation of the City of Perth.
Today the City of Perth continues its evolution into one of Australia's most distinctive and welcoming cities with a friendly, multicultural population.
Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is another of Australia's modern cities and is supposedly Australia's sunniest capital. Perth is also the most isolated capital city in the world with 80% of the 1.8 million people in Western Australia living in and around the city.
Perth is situated on the west bank of the Swan River and was founded in 1829. It grew due to the convicts arrival around the labour shortage, with many of the major buildings built by the convicts. The city boomed during the 1890's gold discovery.
Perth is home to many great architectural landmarks of interest to both locals and visitors alike. One such landmark is The Perth Mint, housed in an elegant, late 19th century, heritage building. This is a popular tourist attraction being Australia's oldest operating mint with a number of attractions such as the Gold Pour held in the original Melthouse.
The main business area is on St. Georges Terrace with the main shopping area being at 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.
West is Kings Park which is approximately 1,000 acres in size (406 Hectares) and makes an ideal place to relax, enjoy a picnic or take a leisurely walk. Here you can enjoy wonderfully cultivated gardens, natural bushland, recreational areas and over 300 species of native plants together with roughly 80 bird species. Kings Park also offers great views of Perth and Swan River and is simply a must do when visiting Perth.
There are so many beaches within a short distance of Perth CBD. Many of these beaches being great for surfing. These include City, Cottesloe, 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.
Perth offers a range of tourist accommodation. There are plenty of hostels around the city, all of which offer good facilities. A number of bed and breakfasts. The campsites are situated in the suburbs of Perth, with apartments, hotels and motels situated in and around the city.
There is a wide range of tours and attractions for the visitor to Perth. Popular day Tours include visiting the local natural wonders; The Pinnacles and Wave Rock.
Other popular tours include a relaxing Wine and Chocolate Tour, Rottnest Island Day Trip and Swan Valley Lunch cruise.
For those with more time there is a wide range of multi day tours which allow you to absorb more of what Western Australia has to offer.
All of these and many more tours can be booked online from the following page; Perth Tours.
Featured Perth CBD Activities
There is no better way to combine a delicious lunch and a wonderful cruise on the magnificent Swan River than on our Fremantle Lunch Cruise. Available daily from both Perth and Fremantle, the populari...
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Relax and enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of an evening set against the lights of Perth and the Swan River. Buffet dinner, beer, wine & soft-drinks included with live entertainment. Perth's longest...
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