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Geographically, Perth is one of the world's most remote cities. But this is only evident during the long flight there. Once you’ve arrived, the feeling of isolation quickly vanishes after you join the crowds frolicking on the city's superb beaches, like Cottesloe and Scarborough, or indulge in its popular entertainment and fine dining offerings. The breeziness and serenity of Western Australia's capital is best experienced in its numerous parks and gardens, many of which repose on the banks of the languid Swan River. For a glimpse of life beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean, visit The Aquarium of Western Australia, or venture out into ...

Geographically, Perth is one of the world's most remote cities. But this is only evident during the long flight there. Once you’ve arrived, the feeling of isolation quickly vanishes after you join the crowds frolicking on the city's superb beaches, like Cottesloe and Scarborough, or indulge in its popular entertainment and fine dining offerings. The breeziness and serenity of Western Australia's capital is best experienced in its numerous parks and gardens, many of which repose on the banks of the languid Swan River. For a glimpse of life beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean, visit The Aquarium of Western Australia, or venture out into the ocean itself to fascinating Rottnest Island. Art lovers and history buffs visit the Perth Cultural Centre, where they stroll between exhibits on the region’s Aboriginal heritage and its contemporary artists. A less-formal cultural experience is available in Perth's pubs every weekend, when locals meet and greet each other over drinks during the obligatory Sunday "sesh" (session).

Paul Smitz
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Paul Smitz has coauthored a dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet on places such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysian Borneo, Brunei, various Pacific Islands, Prague, and Brussels.

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  • Location: Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and the fourth-largest city in Australia.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Research: Perth | Perth
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    Perth’s temperate climate makes it good for a visit any time of year