Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, is one of the most liveable cities in the world according to the August 2015 report prepared by London’s Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Ranking 8th in the world, the Australian city is considered one of the best places with “widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure”.
Aside from Perth, the other Australian cities included in the most liveable cities are Melbourne (1st), Adelaide (5th) and Sydney (7th).
Perth is considered as the fourth most populous city in Australia. Although the place is described as laid-back, it has an estimated population of 2 million.
Interesting facts about Perth
- Perth is also known as the sunniest capital city in the world with an average of 8 hours of sunshine daily.
- The great weather in Perth drives people to engage in sporting and recreational activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, biking or just strolling in the park. The spectacular sceneries make outdoor activities really popular.
- Perth is known for good sandy beaches, sunny weather and high class living. In 2012, it was Australia’s second fastest growing city for multi-millionaires living in the area.
- The skyline of Perth is dotted with high-rise buildings. Among them is Central Park, a 249 m (817 ft.) office building with 51 floors and the seventh tallest building in Australia. Also located in the CBD is the Brookfield Place, a 244 m (801 ft.) building with 46 floors.
- Due to the boom in the mining industry, Perth has the highest per capita number of self- made millionaires among the cities of the world.
- Perth also sponsors the annual Perth International Art Festival which is the oldest arts festival in the world.
Interesting Places to See
- St. George’s Terrace is the main business thoroughfare in Perth CBD and runs parallel to the beautiful Swan River. Some of the tall buildings located in this street are Central Park and Brookfield Place.
- King’s Park is one of the world’s largest inner-city parks where you can enjoy the city’s panoramic view. The 1,000-acre park is a popular place for picnics, parties and even weddings. It has sculptured gardens and colourful display of flowers during spring and during summer, it becomes a venue for open air cinema.
- Swan River is considered as the integral part in the growth of Perth. The river is being used not only as a transport route but also as sanctuary for reflection and recreation. It is now Western Australia’s heritage icon because of its significance to the people of the state.
- Swan Valley boasts of the wineries due to the fertile soil which is rare in Perth. The biggest wine producer in Western Australia, Sandalford Winery, is located in this valley. There are many specialised food producers, cafes and restaurants along the road. You will enjoy the free taste of freshly brewed coffee, chocolates, honey and many more. On the roadside, you will see stalls selling fresh local produce like fruits in season.
- The Swan Bells, more popularly called as The Bell Tower or the Swan Bell Tower, is one of the tourist attractions in Perth. It is composed of 18 bells hanging on 82.5 meter – high campanile. You will find that bells are interesting musical instrument when you watch and listen to them. The Swan Bells are one of the largest sets of ringing bells in the world.
- The oldest mint in the world operates in the city and is one of the leading tourist attractions in the state. The Perth Mint was established in 1899 and until today it produces the Australian dollar coins and provides refining services to the gold industry.
The best time to visit Perth is on the months of November to March where you can enjoy the best of summer. If you prefer to be with lesser people, travel to Perth during the months of March to May.