Perth

Andrew Harper's Travel Guide

Despite being more than 2,000 miles from any other urban area, Perth doesn’t feel particularly isolated. A clean and prosperous place of some 2 million inhabitants, it seems like a city of the future. Perth was founded in 1829, but not much happened ...

Despite being more than 2,000 miles from any other urban area, Perth doesn’t feel particularly isolated. A clean and prosperous place of some 2 million inhabitants, it seems like a city of the future. Perth was founded in 1829, but not much happened until the 1890s and the discovery of gold. The exploitation of Western Australia’s enormous mineral resources in the ’70s began a cycle of growth that continues. This affluence is especially noticeable in new upscale developments such as Brookfield Place, with its luxury shops and varied restaurants

The city boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment life, pristine beaches and a genial, multicultural population. Within the city proper, Kings Park is a green wonderland, with bike paths and majestic skyline views, plus a host of galleries and museums. Nearby Fremantle is an artsy enclave and a mecca for yachtsmen. Twenty-five miles from Perth center, the Swan Valley is home to numerous wineries, as well as galleries focused on Aboriginal art.    

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