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Perth, famous as one of the most isolated capital cities in the world, is perched between the Nullarbour Desert and the Indian Ocean on the banks of the Swan River. It has a population of more than 1000000 people and boasts of some of the best beach scenes and nightlife in Australia. Laid back, safe and tourist friendly best describe the city of Perth to its visitors and the Mediterranean type climate offers a perfect year round weather to have fun on the beach.

Perth is primarily famous for its beach culture and it offers its guests with more than 40kms of royal blue waters and chalk white sands. The city is home to a number of exotic beaches that offer family friendly fun, excellent facilities for surfing and snorkelling, romantic locales, magnificent swimming and sunbathing. The beaches located to the north of Scarbourough are also famous for offering tourists with a pulsating beach nightlife.

Perth beautifully combines the sights and attractions of a modern cosmopolitan city to its relaxed and informal atmosphere in order to offer its visitors with an extremely appealing lifestyle. Yes, the city is known for its sophisticated attractions, chic boutiques and fine dining restaurants, but it also ensures that it has enough cultural activities, historical sights and pristine parklands vying for the travellerís attention.

A decent public transit system and easy access to most areas ensure that tourists never have a problem in getting from one place to the other and sights such as the Botanic Gardens, Kings Park and Rottnest Island offer tourists with a myriad of natural locales to choose from.

Some of the most famous sights and attractions in Perth include the Perth Zoo, Western Australian Museum, Aquarium of Western Australia, Adventure World, Fremantle Prison and the Fraser Avenue Lookout.

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Perth holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Monkey Mia Resort
Shark Bay, Denham
What is it? At this remarkable resort, situated near the town of Denham about 525 miles (830km) north of Perth in the Shark Bay Heritage area, visitors have the opportunity to interact and hand-feed the local wild dolphins who visit the shore each day. Several bottlenose dolphins regularly visit the beach at Monkey Mia, sometimes up to three times a day, while others who are less tame wait just offshore. Visitors are encouraged to enter the water to gently touch and feed the dolphins, under the watchful eye of local rangers who advise on how best to approach and handle the animals without causing them stress. Monkey Mia also has a Dolphin Information Centre, and offers good bathing at Shell Beach, unique in that it has a four-mile (six km) stretch of tiny white shells stacked up to 33ft (10m) deep. Some of the buildings in the nearby seaside town of Denham are built out of shells from this beach. Hours of Operation: Dolphin Information Centre open daily 7am to 4.30pm Phone:(08) 9948 1320



2. Karijini National Park
What is it? Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia, situated in the Pilbara region. It features breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls and stunning scenery. A system of walking trails designed for hikers of various levels of fitness, from beginner to experienced, have been laid out. There are picnic and camping areas and a visitor information centre with interactive natural and cultural displays. The park boasts 50 varieties of Acacia, Eucalypts and Melaeluca in its gorges, 133 types of bird and 92 species of amphibians and reptiles can be seen, not to mention the dingoes. It is situated about 900 miles (1,435km) north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway. Tours operate from Tom Price, Port Hedland, Karratha and Auski. Hours of Operation: Open daily Phone:(08) 9188 1112 or (0)8 9189 8121 (Karijini Visitor Centre)



3. Wildflower Region

What is it? The mid-west section of Western Australia is known as the wildflower region, particularly between late July and early September after the seasonal rains, when the spectacular fields of yellow, pink and white everlasting daisies emerge. The most popular site for wildflower viewing is the Kalbarri National Park, which boasts 800 species of flowering shrubs. The park is 370 miles (590km) north of Perth near the mid-west town of Geraldton and can be accessed by car from the North West Coastal Highway. World-renowned botanists, photographers and film-makers visit the region for the flowers, particularly around the Eneabba and Arrowsmith River areas. The mid-west is also rich in history and offers visitors a variety of outback experiences and coastal activities. Hours of Operation: Phone:



Perth holidays - Top Events


1. Perth International Arts Festival

From 2007-02-09

To 2007-03-04

What is it? Perth's International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere, inaugurated in 1953, and is Western Australia's premier cultural event. The 2003 50th anniversary Festival hosted about 550 artists who gave 750 performances of theatre, contemporary music, classical music, opera, visual arts, literature, film, jazz, dance and fringe over the four-week festival period. About 500,000 visitors are drawn to the festival every year, and many of the events are free. For more information, one can contact the UWA Festival Centre on +61 (0)8 6488 2000 Where is it? Various in Perth, Fremantle and Menzies



2. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival

From 2007-09-28

To 2007-10-02

What is it? Western Australia is renowned for the breathtaking beauty of its wild flowers, which put on a stunning show in spring each year. The state's natural beauties attract thousands of tourists and the best place to see them in all their glory is at the Wildflower Festival at King's Park Botanic Garden in Perth. Where is it? Kings Park Botanic Garden, Fraser Avenue, West Perth



3. Telstra Rally Australia

From 2007-10-26

To 2007-10-29

What is it? One of the world's most exciting motor sport events, the Telstra Rally (which is the final meeting in the annual FIA World Rally Championship) takes place in Western Australia on the region's fast and slippery gravel roads. The rally begins and ends in Perth where spectators can watch the world's best rally drivers battle it out in a super special stage event, run through the heart of the city. Special buses transport visitors out into the countryside to see other special stages during the gruelling race, and motor sport fans can even see and meet the stars of the road race at a Rally Show to be held at Gloucester Park. Where is it? Gloucester Park



4. Perth's Big Day Out



What is it? Australia's massive touring music festival, Big Day Out, begins in Auckland, New Zealand each summer, then moves on to the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide before offering up its grand finale in Perth. The festival is world-renowned and certainly Australia's biggest music event, attracting top international bands as well as some Australian pop idols. Where is it? Claremont Showgrounds




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