Your complete guide to Perth

Are you thinking of visiting Perth? Do you have questions or need some answers? Then come and discover all you need to know right now!

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It doesn't matter if you're looking for a backpackers guide to Perth, or if you're a local looking for something new, I have got it covered here.

Perth city centre overlooking the Swan River at dusk.
Perth city centre at dusk from
over the beautiful Swan River.

It is the capital city of Western Australia (WA), has an approximate population of 1.7 million people, making it the fourth largest city in Australia. In total, about 2.2 million people live in WA, meaning that over 75% of Western Australians live in the capital city.

It truly is a beautiful city, with the centre bounded on one side by the stunning Swan River and on the other by Kings park, which is the largest inner-city park of the world! Not only that, it is home to some amazing beaches, which is good, because it gets hot there over the summer months!

When people think of capital cities of Australia, most people instantly think of Sydney or Melbourne. However, Perth is well worth a visit. The city is beautiful, and within close driving distances you can find some amazing country to explore.

If you're driving to Perth from anywhere in Australia expect a long drive. The distance from the closest capital city, Adelaide is a massive 2,550 kms. However, don't let this put you off, with a couple of short detours you can drive through some of the most amazing country you are ever likely to see. This in itself is enough reason to come for a visit!





Some of the many reasons that people decide to visit include:

  • Using it as a base to explore Western Australia's many natural wonders
  • Using it as a base for the epic 4000+ km drive to Broome and Darwin
  • Studying at one of the local universities
  • Getting work in the Australian mining boom
  • Just lazing around on one of the many local beaches
  • And much more...


There is an amazing amount of things to do in and around Perth. Just 12 kms from the city centre, at the mouth of the Swan River lays the port town of Fremantle, established in the 1800s. You can take a guided Indigenous Heritage Tour walk, learning the history of the first Australians, dating back over 40,000 years. Learn the local mythology of the Dream Time, and how the Rainbow Serpent carved the Swan River out of the land.

If history is not your thing, you could head over to gorgeous Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from the city. This island is home to beautiful beaches, forests, and wildlife reserves. You can ride around the island, snorkel is the clear waters, do some hiking, or just laze the day away at a bar. Whatever you decide to do it is guaranteed to be a day of bliss!

I won't give away all of its secrets here, but what I can say is that you won't be disappointed by your time in and around this stunning city.

Photos on this page supplied by: (Perth at night) Jason@Dynamicmoment
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