The city of Perth is located in the State of Western Australia. Perth is also the capital city of the state. It is home to nearly two million Sandgroper's as they are affectionately called by most Australian's. The majority of the Perth metropolitan area has been settled on the Swan Coastal Plain, and the majestic Swan River winds its way through much of the Perth city area.
It was Captain James Stirling that first discovered the region in 1829, which was at that time known as the Swan River Colony.
Perth has long been known for its cleanliness, and is often referred to as the cleanest city in Australia. The entire metropolitan area has an unbelievably large amount of parks and parklands, not only within the city, but throughout the suburbs as well.
Originally Perth was the first port of call for many immigrants from Yugoslavia, Italy and Greece during the gold rush period in the late 19th century. As a lot of these immigrants also came from the United Kingdom, their fare for passage was made for only ten pounds. The Australian's quickly picked up on this, and subsequently the nickname ten pound specials came into being.
The mining industry in the State of Western Australia continues to boom to this day. Now Perth is known as a FIFO "Fly In Fly Out" town. If considering a holiday in Perth it is definitely recommended that you book accommodation as far in advance as possible, as sometimes hotel bookings can be difficult.
Perth is a very historical city, and there are so many attractions and activities to do. Whatever you do make sure that you visit historical Fremantle including the Fremantle Gaol, Kings Park, the Perth Zoo, Yanchep National Park, Cohunu Koala Park, and Rottnest Island.
As with most locations in Australia, Perth is also a gateway to some wonderful wineries such as the Swan Valley, Margaret River, Perth Hills, Pemberton, the Coastal Region and the Great Southern Region.