Guide to Perth: Offset by the vast tranquil waters of the Swan River, the beautiful city of Perth is a tourist's delight. Modern and vibrant, it contrasts with its historic counterpart - the port city of Fremantle accessible within 20 minutes by car from Perth.
Ancient beginnings Australia's first inhabitants were Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. They are believed to have arrived in migratory waves from south east Asia between 40,000 and 150,000 years ago, making Australia one of the oldest continents in the world both geologically and in terms of continuous human history. Australia's indigenous people now make up only 1.5 percent of Australia's total population, with approximately two thirds living in cities and towns and the balance living in rural and remote areas. Some of these people maintain a traditional way of life.
Wikipedia: Perth is the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia. A population of 1,507,900 makes Perth by far the largest city in Western Australia and home to three-quarters of the state's residents.
Perth was founded on 11 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free settler Swan River Colony. It has continued to serve as the seat of Government for Western Australia to the present day.
The metropolitan area is located in the south west of the continent between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River. The nearest city to Perth with a population over 1 million is Adelaide in South Australia, which is 2,104 kilometres (1,307 mi) away, making Perth the most isolated city (of over 1 million people) in the world.
Cloud Nine: If you want to add a nature experience to a city then Perth is well placed, as to the south are the great forests, and the beaches and caves of the Margaret River area which also produces fine wine.
Wildflowers are ablaze in spring (September/October) but any time of year has its attractions. Western Australia is as big as Western Europe, but with plenty of flights to choose from you needn't feel isolated flying into Perth. Head north to discover the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia and the Shark Bay World Heritage Site, or even further north for the rugged adventure country of the Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle mountains.
Penguin Island is a truly unique place. Only 42 kilometres from the centre of Perth, it is home to a diverse array of wildlife and boasts breathtaking marine and coastal scenery. It is home to the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast and probably Western Australia. The small, 12.5-hectare island is less than 700 metres off shore from the growing regional centre of Rockingham.
Penguin Island, is one of the State's premier ecologically sustainable nature-based tourism destinations. The island has something special for visitors of all ages, whether from the local or metropolitan area, interstate or overseas. The waters surrounding the island form the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.
Wave Rock: Leaving Perth eastward along the Great Eastern Highway, as you drive up Greenmount Hill in the Darling Range, you are climbing up onto the oldest plateau on earth: a huge slab of granite, part of ancient Gondawana, sitting in the sun, wind and rain for more than a thousand million years. It has eroded down into the soils of the valleys, and the chains of lakes, and the old blind volcanos like Hyden Rock have been exposed.
Kalgoorlie: The discovery of gold by Paddy Hannan in 1893 led to one of Australia's great gold rushes. Since then Kalgoorlie-Boulder has developed into a major service hub for Western Australia's active resource industry. Dominated by magnificent historic architecture, Hannan and Burt Streets provide a focus for modern cafés, restaurants and accommodation, hotels, clubs and watering holes.
Rockingham Wild Encounters: Few capital cities in the world can boast that dolphins, penguins and sea lions live on their doorstep! The seaside town of Rockingham is only a 40 minute drive south of Perth, Western Australia. Bordered by the sheltered, crystal blue waters of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and Cockburn Sound, Rockingham's coastline comprises white sandy beaches, protected bays and a network of limestone islands and colorful reefs that provide the perfect environment for visitors to interact with the local wildlife. We are a locally owned ecotourism company operating a fleet of 5 purpose built vessels that take visitors to interact with and learn about the local marine wildlife in their natural environment. We offer a range of tour options with something to suit everyone.
Gold Centre Prospecting Expeditions: Experience the magic of finding gold in the Western Australian Goldfields. Experience the camaraderie of digging gold nuggets in Australia's outback. Travel with us and prospect the Western Australian Goldfields around Kalgoorlie. Tours offer access to mining and pastoral leases, experiences prospector and bushman guides and customised four wheel drive support vehicles.
Cottesloe: One of the most popular beaches in Perth, Cottesloe is a wonderful spot to visit. Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing and just sitting in the sun are all favourite pastimes at this premier beach location. The suburb abounds with old, well preserved homes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Norfolk Pine trees, some more than 70 years old, line the streets.
Pinnacle Perth City Tours: Starting in Perth our tours takes in all major attractions, beginning with Kings Park botanical gardens, where you have time to experience a walk through the trees canopies on the Tree Top Walkway. Later, continue to Cottesloe Beach before arriving at historical Fremantle port city. Join us on our half day Perth & Fremantle city tour with River Cruise and discover the excitement of Perth and Fremantle for yourself.
City Discovery: The independent and easy way to get around Perth and its best attractions. The Hop On - Hop Off open top double decker allows you to discover charming Perth at your own pace. Stay on board for a 120 minute guided tour of the city or hop on - hop off all day - it's up to you! Now includes a tour of Kings Park.
Captain Cook Cruises: offers visitors to Perth a wide selection of cruises on the picturesque and calm waters of the Swan River. Since 1980, over one million passengers have stepped on board and enjoyed our hospitality. Our famous wine cruises to the Swan Valley take you to some of the best local vineyards - Sandalford Estate and Waters Edge Winery - for wine tasting and good food, either on board or at the riverside restaurant. Scenic and lunch cruises from Perth can be taken with various options, including the opportunity to disembark and explore the vibrant port city of Fremantle. Evening dinner cruises present a unique way to enjoy a fabulous night on the river!
Aussie Perth Tours: We visit destinations including the Pinnacles, Margaret River, Wave Rock, Tumbulgum Farm, Caversham Wildlife Park, Rottnest Island, Fremantle Tours, Dolphin Watch and Swim tours, Albany, Treetop Walk, South West, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Broome, Exmouth and Swan Valley Winery coach and cruise Tours. Perth Maxi Charters offers a complete and professional coach tour and charter service in Western Australia. We cater for groups of all sizes with our large and flexible fleet.
Heli West is Western Australia's premier Helicopter Operations and Tour company. Providing services from 5 to 30 minute scenic joy flights over Perth City, Fremantle and Perth's magnificent beaches. We offer Helicopter flights anywhere in Western Australia covering all charter operations including aerial photography and filming. Heli West are also a trusted supplier of government agencies. Have a fly around our site, we trust you will enjoy your tour.
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Freedom Australia: Perth, the capital of Western Australia is a vibrant young city with a wonderful year-round sunny climate. Built along the banks of the Swan River, it's compact, easy and rewarding to explore.
Kings Park overlooks the city and is a favourite picnic spot with nature trails, a botanic garden and fantastic views over the city. Perth Zoo is set in beautiful, landscaped gardens and at Hillarys Harbour there's the Perth Aquarium with an underwater tunnel to get you up close to sharks and rays. In the city you can visit the historic Perth Mint or climb the new Millennium Bell Tower.
Perth also boasts some excellent ocean beaches that rank amongst the best in the world, within half an hours drive of the city centre. City Beach, Scarborough, Cottesloe and Sorrento all have white sand and lovely blue sea, restaurants and shops and unmissable sunsets.
Pinnacle Tours: By visiting Perth and Broome you will have the benefit of unique experiences to explore and take in the spectacular scenery at your own pace. Tours with Australian Pinnacle Tours will take visitors beyond the conventional WA holidays tours.
From the expansive coastline to the vast outback of WA, visitors to the region are guaranteed many breathtaking, unique and pleasurable experiences. Experience the Bungle Bungles range, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef or the impressive El Questro Wilderness Park.
Travelsphere: Experience has shown us that our clients appreciate the opportunity to relax and rest after their flight, so we have allowed plenty of time for this and also to explore the delightful surroundings of Perth. Perth is the ideal first stop for our Australian extravaganza! This beautiful city, with its neighbouring port of Fremantle, is one of the most envied locations in the world in which to live. The golden beaches, superb restaurants, lush green parks, stunning broad expanses of the Swan River and lovely warm climate give the visitor a fine introduction to the relaxed, contented lifestyle of modern day Australia.