Founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, Perth is Australia’s most remote capital city, situated on far western edge of the country. Perhaps because the city is so far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Australia, Perthians enjoy an extremely laid-back beach lifestyle.
It’s hard to be uptight when you’re surrounded by pristine beaches, lush inner-city parks and the constant presence of the sun.
Still, the city’s isolation can be a disadvantage too – when the big international artists make their way down under, poor Perth often gets overlooked. Determined not to be left out, the resourceful region has produced a number of its own world-class musical acts, including Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy, Jebediah, the Sleepy Jackson and Gyroscope.
Set on the banks of the Swan River, the Perth CBD offers all of the trappings of a sophisticated metropolis. It’s certainly got the looks – locals and visitors alike love to luxuriate on the velvety lawns of King’s Park and take in the stunning river views.
Upmarket King St with its top-label boutiques, art galleries and cafés is a popular haunt for fashionistas. For larger retail outlets and department stores, shoppers usually head to the Murray and Hay St malls. The city’s got night-time covered too, with first-rate restaurants and modish clubs.
And then there’s all that space – although Perth’s population is booming, the countless bars, restaurants and cultural activities on offer can still be enjoyed without having to deal with the crowds.