Perth

Perth is fast becoming the place to be in Australia with its magnificent sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate. Vastly isolated from Australia's other major cities on the east coast, Perth is Western Australia's capital and largest city with a population of 1.5 million people. Perth boasts beautiful weather, stunning beaches and an easy-going character not unlike the locals of Brisbane, all the way over on the east coast. So you might just find yourself asking 'where is everybody?'. Where Perth lacks in people it certainly makes up for in whit and charm.

With its proximity to several of the world's most stunning beaches and marine reefs, some of the world's best wines at Margaret River, the desert and the wilderness, Perth is fast becoming a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city. If you enjoy walks along clean sandy beaches, swimming the surf on a warm sunny day or shopping the markets under a cloudless blue sky, then Perth is for you.

Population: 1.5 Million

Airport: Perth Airport [PER]

Attractions:

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is one of the city's most popular attractions, located just outside the city centre. It is made up of 400 hectares of parkland and gardens, set high upon Mt Eliza with incredible views of the city and Swan River. The park is home to native bushland, open parkland areas, the State War Memorial and statues making it a great destination for picnics, bush walking and cycling. Throughout the year the park also hosts a number of events including outdoor concerts, moonlight cinema and the Kings Park Wildflower festival each spring.

Perth Zoo is located just 5 minutes from the city centre and is home to the Australian Walkabout exhibit which houses Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, Dingoes, Reptiles, Wetland and Rainforest animals. The African Savannah exhibit is on at the moment as well as the Asian Rainforest exhibit. The Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm each day and the grounds have barbeques so you can take along a picnic for lunch, or stop by the Zoo Café for lunch or a snack. Check out the website for special events.

London Court, located in the heart of Perth City amongst the skyscrapers, was built in 1937 and has a very similar feel to the Tudor style buildings in England. The charming atmosphere of London Court will allow you to get lost in the little shops and cafes and notice the clock at Hay Street entrance has four knights above it. Pay close attention as you venture through this beautiful historical street or you might miss something!

Transport Around City: The best way to go is hiring a rental car, buses and taxis are also available.

Recommended Restaurants: Izyan (East Victoria Park), Café 196 (Perth), C Restaurant (Perth), Jackson's (Perth), Restaurant Amuse (Perth)

Recommended Bars: Burswood Casino, Base Nightclub (Northbridge), Cottesloe Beach Hotel (Cottesloe), Orient (Fremantle).

Recommended Hotels: Duxton Hotel, Hyatt Regency Perth, Intercontinental Burswood, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.

Climate: Perth has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool, moist winters. Perth has moderate rainfall although most of the rain falls in the winter months.

Culture: Perth is often considered the musical Seattle of Australia for having a strong rock music following and producing some of Australia's most popular and innovative music.

Best time of year to travel: From October through to March.