Perth City - Perth, WA

Perth City

Australia’s most isolated capital city, Perth, is the countrys most modern. On 12 August 1829 a small party of soldiers under the leadership of Lieutenant Dance marked a tree 18km up the Swan River to claim the area for the future city of Perth.

Today the city is bustling with life from the enclosing western border of pristine white beaches to Cockburn Sound and the open waters of the Swan River. 18 kms to the west of Perth lies Fremantle, once exclusively a port town and the domain of Italian fisherman.

Perth occupies both shores of a broad reach of the Swan River, twelve km from its mouth at Fremantle. When the site was selected in the year 1829, the slope to the river was sandy and heavily wooded. To-day it is covered with buildings, mostly of modern design, but with here and there an older structure left behind by the city's rapid growth.

The suburbs of Perth are spread out. Except in the earlier-settled parts where the houses are clustered together, the suburbs have wide frontages and broad tree-lined streets. Within easy access of the city are surfing beaches such as Cottesloe, Scarborough, and City Beach, where the surf, though much gentler than that on the beaches of the east coast, affords pleasant bathing in the summer months.


The city is well provided with park-lands. King's Park, one thousand acres of bushland almost wholly preserved in its natural state, is situated within walking distance of the heart of the city. Nearer at hand are Stirling Gardens, situated in the very centre of the city. On the city's eastern boundary are the Queen's Gardens, with their water-lily ponds, lawns, and shady willow trees.


Perth, WA, 6000