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  • Across the Indian Ocean, or the vast Australian desert, is Perth:

  • A modern city of nearly 2 million people.

  • The capital of Western Australia follows the Swan River

  • from the port of Fremantle to its source in the Darling Range.

  • Perth's remoteness gives the city a unique feel

  • and many say this is Australia's friendliest metropolis.

  • The sunny, clean city is also among the most livable cities in the world.

  • The surrounding nature and wealth of mineral resources

  • attracts people from all corners of the globe.

  • Some say the best thing about Perth is its coastline

  • with pristine beaches and clear water.

  • Others head straight for the delicious food and wine in the Swan Valley.

  • In between is the compact city center,

  • with beautiful parks and fun attractions.

  • Perth's cityscape shows a mix of styles,

  • from towering Art Deco to the cozy Tudor-inspired London Court.

  • Modern glass offices and limestone facades reflect the sky and the earth,

  • as well as the future and the past.

  • For a birds-eye view of it all,

  • make your way to the top of the iconic Swan Bell Tower.

  • Nearby Kings Park is where the first explorers found a natural spring

  • and is still a place for discovery.

  • You could spend all day in this inner-city haven,

  • which is larger than New York's Central Park.

  • Walk through the Botanic Gardens and pause at monuments and remarkable trees.

  • Browse the downtown Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • to witness the development of the state through art:

  • From the early days of farming and wool trade

  • to the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829.

  • Soon after settlement,

  • the state's first botanists started to grow grapes on the water's edge

  • and Western Australia is now a world-famous wine region.

  • Take a day trip out to the Swan Valley

  • if you have a nose for quality produce.

  • The area is full of boutique wineries,

  • so take your time to find your preferred Chardonnay or Pinot Noir!

  • Many of the early farmers caught gold fever in the late 19th century.

  • Tour the Royal Mint to see the largest gold coin ever made

  • and admire some of the greatest gold nuggets from the region.

  • Crikey, imagine finding THAT!

  • Perth's present-day treasure is Cottlesloe Beach and the best thing is:

  • it is right on the city's doorstep.

  • Rent a board and join the locals on the perfects waves.

  • Visit the Western Australia Museum

  • to learn about the state's archeological treasures

  • and amazing marine environment.

  • See the real thing in the aquarium in Hillary's Boat Harbour.

  • Just outside,

  • the Sorrento Quay boardwalk is a great place for a sunset dinner.

  • From the harbour, or the Barracks downtown,

  • take the ferry to Rottnest Island.

  • "Rotto" has long been the favorite weekend getaway

  • for Perth's city dwellers.

  • Snorkel in the warm Indian Ocean and walk along the stunning coastline.

  • Keep your camera ready for surprising wildlife encounters!

  • Western Australia has plenty of riches to share

  • and as the state capital,

  • Perth has turned dust into gold.

  • If you love surf, sand and sun and a little solitude,

  • Perth is waiting to be discovered.

Across the Indian Ocean, or the vast Australian desert, is Perth:

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