Perth

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Perth Travel Guide

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City Introduction

Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and also the capital of the state of Western Australia. The city is named after Perth in Scotland, and with more than two million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, it has grown rapidly from its founding in 1829 to the present.

Perth offers a wide variety of sights and activities. The city’s skyscrapers in the central business district tower up and create a beautiful skyline that can be seen from many of the city’s recreational areas. In Perth, there are large parks and water that serve as oases for both citizens and tourists.

There are several museums in Perth. You can get acquainted with the history of Western Australia, thereby gaining an exciting insight into the construction of a remote colony that was first linked with the rest of Australia by the opening of the famous Indian Pacific Railroad. The course still runs today across the Australian countryside from Perth towards to east coast.

Around Perth there are many activities waiting to be enjoyed. The port town of Fremantle is a suburb, and sailing to and from here is a popular choice. The Indian Ocean beaches also beckons in Perth’s climate, which is nice during hot summers and mild winters.

Top Attractions

Western Australian Museum, Perth

  • Western Australian Museum: The Western Australian National Museum tells the history, culture and nature of the great region. The large exhibition is very interesting and gives a good overall impression of both Perth and the region around the city.
  • Government House: Perth’s distinguished Government House was built 1859-1864 as the government building and residence of the State Governor of Western Australia. It still has that role and is thus the seat of the representative of the country’s monarch.

St George's Cathedral, Perth

  • St. George’s Cathedral: The beautiful Anglican St. George’s Cathedral was constructed in a neo-Gothic style in the years 1880-1888. It is the city’s most important Anglican church, and today the once large building is surrounded by the city’s high-rises.

King's Park, Perth

  • King’s Park: The large King’s Park is one of Perth’s most visited recreation areas. Here are landscaped parklands from the founding in 1872 side by side with the natural Australian bush landscape. There are excellent views of Perth city center from the park, where you can also see the State War Memorial.

Other Attractions

Town Hall, Perth

  • Town Hall: Perth City Hall is one of the city’s oldest and most important public buildings, constructed 1867-1870 using the labor of prisoners.

Perth Railway Station

  • Perth Railway Station: This beautiful Victorian building was built as the terminus for one of the world’s largest railroad lines, The Indian Pacific.
  • Swan Bells Tower: Swan Bells Tower is one of Perth’s most distinctive modern buildings, constructed for the centenary of the millennium 2000. The building resembles a standing guitar measuring 82.5 meters/271 feet.

St Mary's Cathedral, Perth

  • St. Mary’s Cathedral: Perth’s Gothic Catholic Cathedral stands on one of the highest places in the central city. Originally an Anglican church should have been located here, but the site was considered to be too far from the city center.

Day Trips

Fremantle Markets

  • Fremantle: The town of Fremantle with its historic charm is a suburb to Perth at the mouth of the Swan River. In the city there are countless sights like the city hall and the maritime museum as well as good opportunities for recreation at Leighton Beach and other places.
  • Swan Valley: Swan Valley is a large wine region that was cultivated in the 19th century as settlers sailed up the Swan River to find new fertile lands. Western Australia’s many hours of sunshine are good for i.e. wine production.

Rottnest Island, Australia

  • Rottnest Island: The island of Rottnest Island is known for having some of Australia’s best beaches and diving areas. In the many bays of the island you can find hot and shallow water so that all swimmers can join.
  • Rockingham: The town of Rockingham is a lovely place, known for its beaches and many maritime activities. You can join boat or fishing trips from the harbor, and surfing is also popular here.
  • New Norcia: New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town. It was founded by a group of Benedictine monks in 1846 and, with its many historic buildings, gives the impression of former Spanish colonies.

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City History

In Australia, Aboriginal people, the country’s indigenous population, have lived for thousands of years. It was not until 1616 when the first Europeans came to the west of the great Australian land. It was the Dutch Dirk Hartog who went ashore at Shark Bay near Carnarvon.

In 1828, British ships sailed up the Swan River, and the following year, Britain claimed territory after Captain Fremantle’s departure. In 1829 Captain James Stirling sailed farther into the Swan River and, along with a group of settlers, founded Perth on the site where the town hall now stands. The town was named after the British minister, Sir George Murray’s birth name Perthshire.

The colony at Swan River experienced difficulties at the beginning of its time. The location far away from pretty much everything else provided manpower shortages, financial challenges and communication difficulties. The British government came to the rescue by sending thousands of prisoners to the cities of the area in the period 1850-1868, which could then help to greatly increase the rate of expansion of the area.

Perth was expanded and many of the historic buildings one can see today were built using the prisoners’ labor. This goes for, among other, the Town Hall and the Government House, which was the seat of the Free State of Western Australia, thus making Perth its capital.

However, despite the new cheap labor, Perth did not develop as rapidly as the cities on the east coast. Large discoveries of gold in the 1890s, however, caused the development to explode. Perth’s population has quadrupled in just a decade.

In the year 1901, the state of Western Australia became a part of the newly formed Commenwealth of Australia by a vote. The isolated Western Australia with the capital Perth at the forefront required, among other things, a railroad connection across the vast and desolate landscape to form the new nation. The construction of the railroad line started after preliminary investigations in 1912, and the line became an important source of trade and communication across the country. Large discoveries by gold and nickel could now be more easily exported, which helped to increase Perth’s prosperity.

Perth grew throughout the 20th century and the rich natural deposits of Western Australia constantly brought new wealth to the city. Many historic buildings were demolished to be replaced by modern skyscrapers.

Today, around 1.5 million people live in Perth, which is the majority of Western Australia’s population. The city has renovated its historic buildings and built very new ones, providing a beautiful, modern skyline. Tourism to the area has also evolved sharply, not least due to the natural riches that start in Perth itself with its beautiful location. 

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In short

Overview of Perth

Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and also the capital of the state of Western Australia. The city is named after a town in Scotland, and with more than two million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, it has grown rapidly from its founding in 1829 to the present.

 

The Western Australian city offers a wide variety of sights and activities. The city’s skyscrapers in the central business district tower up and create a beautiful skyline that can be seen from many of the city’s recreational areas. There are large parks and water that serve as oases for both citizens and tourists.

 

About the upcoming Perth travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

 

About the travel guide

The Perth travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Australian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

 

Perth is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

 

Read more about Perth and Australia

 

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

 

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Perth you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

King’s Park • Swan Bells Tower • Fremantle • Swan Valley

Overview of Perth

Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and also the capital of the state of Western Australia. The city is named after a town in Scotland, and with more than two million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, it has grown rapidly from its founding in 1829 to the present.

 

The Western Australian city offers a wide variety of sights and activities. The city’s skyscrapers in the central business district tower up and create a beautiful skyline that can be seen from many of the city’s recreational areas. There are large parks and water that serve as oases for both citizens and tourists.

 

About the upcoming Perth travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

 

About the travel guide

The Perth travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Australian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

 

Perth is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

 

Read more about Perth and Australia

 

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

 

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Perth you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

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Other Attractions

Town Hall, Perth

  • Town Hall: Perth City Hall is one of the city’s oldest and most important public buildings, constructed 1867-1870 using the labor of prisoners.

Perth Railway Station

  • Perth Railway Station: This beautiful Victorian building was built as the terminus for one of the world’s largest railroad lines, The Indian Pacific.
  • Swan Bells Tower: Swan Bells Tower is one of Perth’s most distinctive modern buildings, constructed for the centenary of the millennium 2000. The building resembles a standing guitar measuring 82.5 meters/271 feet.

St Mary's Cathedral, Perth

  • St. Mary’s Cathedral: Perth’s Gothic Catholic Cathedral stands on one of the highest places in the central city. Originally an Anglican church should have been located here, but the site was considered to be too far from the city center.

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