Perth Australia
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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 by Captain James Stirling in 1829. It grew due to the convicts arrival around 1850, the labour shortage time, with many of the major buildings built by the convicts.

The city boomed during the 1890's gold discovery. Perth became a city in 1871 but gold discoveries in the 1880s began the state's development in earnest. The City has many historic sites within easy walking distance of city hotels.

Places of interest

  • Allan Green Conservatory
  • Barracks Arch
  • The Cloisters
  • Concert Hall
  • The Deanery
  • Forrest Place
  • Perth Mint
  • Government House
  • His Majesty's Theatre
  • Heirisson Island - Kangaroos
  • King Street
  • London Court
  • Old Perth Boys School
  • Swan Bells
  • Old Courthouse
  • Old Perth Port
  • Parliament House
  • Perth Fire Station - Museum
  • Perth Rail Station
  • Perth Town Hall
  • Royal Perth Hospital - Museum
  • St George's Cathedral
  • St George's Hall
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court Gardens
  • The Weld Club
  • Young Australia League

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, offering views of the city and River. Further beyond this are several beach resorts.

Perth offers a range of tourist accommodation. There are plenty of hostels around the city, all of which offer good facilities and a couple of bed and breakfasts. The campsites are situated in the suburbs of Perth, with hotels and motels situated in and around the city.

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