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Perth () is the
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and largest city of the
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n state of
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Western Australia
(WA). It is Australia's fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 million living in
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in 2020. Perth is part of the
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of Western Australia, with most of the metropolitan area on the
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between the
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Indian Ocean
and the
Darling Scarp The Darling Scarp, also referred to as the Darling Range or Darling Ranges, is a low escarpment running north–south to the east of the Swan Coastal Plain and Perth, Western Australia. The escarpment extends generally north of Bindoon, Western ...
. The city has expanded outward from the original British settlements on the Swan River, upon which the city's
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and port of
Fremantle Fremantle () is a city in , located at the mouth of the in the metropolitan area of , the state capital. serves as the port of Perth. In 2016, Fremantle had a population of approximately 29,000. The diminutive for Fremantle is Freo. Prio ...
are situated. Perth city is located on land on which the
Whadjuk Whadjuk, alternatively Witjari, are a Noongar The Noongar (, also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah, Yunga) are Aboriginal Australian Aboriginal Australians are the various Indigenous peoples of the Mainland Au ...

Whadjuk
Noongar, an
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of the south west of Western Australia, have lived for what is considered "a relatively conservative estimate of around 50,000 years". Captain James Stirling founded Perth in 1829 as the administrative centre of the
Swan River Colony The Swan River Colony, also known as the Swan River Settlement, or just Swan River, was a British colony established in 1829 on the Swan River, in Western Australia Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a States and territories of Austra ...
. It was named after the city of
Perth Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 mi ...

Perth
in
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Scotland
, due to the influence of Stirling's patron
Sir George Murray Sir George Murray (6 February 1772 – 28 July 1846) was a United Kingdom, British soldier and politician from Scotland. Background and education Murray was born in Perth, Scotland, Perth, Scotland, the second son of Sir William Murray, of Ocht ...
, who had connections with the area. It gained city status in 1856, although the
Perth City Council Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 mill ...

Perth City Council
currently governs only a small area around the central business district. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the
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in the late 19th century. It has grown steadily since
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due to a high
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net migration rate
. Post-war immigrants were predominantly from Britain and Southern Europe, while more recent arrivals have led to a large population of Asian descent. Several mining booms in other parts of Western Australia in the late 20th and early 21st centuries saw Perth become the regional headquarters for large mining operations. Perth contains a number of important public buildings as well as various historic sites. Notable government buildings include ,
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Government House
, the Supreme Court Buildings and the
Perth Mint The Perth Mint is Australia's official bullion Mint (coin), mint and wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia. Established on 20 June 1899, two years before Federation of Australia, Australia's Federation in 1901, The Perth Mint was ...

Perth Mint
. The city is served by
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Fremantle Harbour
and
Perth Airport Perth Airport is an international airport serving Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. It is the List of the busiest airports in Australia, fourth busiest airport in Australia measured by passenger movements and falls within the boun ...
. It was a naval base for the
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during World War II and the
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's
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is located on
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Garden Island
. All five of Western Australia's universities are based in Perth. The city has been ranked among the world's most liveable cities and was classified by the
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in 2020 as a Beta
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. , Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and consists of more than 350 suburbs. The metropolitan boundaries stretch from in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Being shorter than
Sochi Sochi ( rus, Со́чи, p=ˈsotɕɪ, a=Ru-Сочи.ogg) is the largest resort town, resort city in Russia. The city is situated on the Sochi (river), Sochi River, along the Black Sea in Southern Russia, with a population of 443,562 residents, ...
and with development continuing, "Perth may soon eclipse Sochi in Russia", making it the second-longest city in the world. Outside of the central business district, important urban centres within the metropolitan area include Armadale,
Fremantle Fremantle () is a city in , located at the mouth of the in the metropolitan area of , the state capital. serves as the port of Perth. In 2016, Fremantle had a population of approximately 29,000. The diminutive for Fremantle is Freo. Prio ...
,
Joondalup Joondalup () is a suburb of Perth Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populou ...
, Midland, Rockingham, and Thornlie. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area.
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, Western Australia's second-largest city, forms a
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with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


History


Prehistory

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have inhabited the Perth area for at least 38,000 years, as evidenced by archaeological remains at Upper Swan. The
Noongar The Noongar (, also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah, Yunga) are Aboriginal Australian Aboriginal Australians are the various Indigenous peoples Indigenous peoples, also referred to as First people, Aborigi ...
people occupied the southwest corner of Western Australia and lived as
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s. The wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain were particularly important to them, both spiritually (featuring in local mythology) and as a source of food. The Noongar name for Perth is Boorloo. Originally this term (also transcribed as ''Boorlo'' or ''Burrell'') applied to Point Fraser in
East Perth East is one of the four cardinal directions or points of the compass. It is the opposite direction from west. Etymology As in other languages, the word is formed from the fact that east is direction where the sun rises: ''east'' comes from Middl ...

East Perth
, and according to
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means "big swamp". The present-day location of the
Perth central business district Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 mi ...
(CBD) forms part of the traditional territory of the
Mooro The Mooro were a Noongar, Nyungar Aboriginal clan, a subgroup of the Whadjuk, who lived in and to the north of Perth, Western Australia until shortly after European settlement at the Swan River Colony in 1829. Their territory stretched from the Swa ...
, a Noongar clan, who at the time of British settlement had
Yellagonga Yellagonga (d. 1843) was a leader of the Whadjuk Whadjuk, alternatively Witjari, are a Noongar (Aboriginal Australian) people of the Western Australian region of the Perth bioregion of the Swan Coastal Plain. Name The ethnonym appears to deriv ...
as their leader. The Mooro was one of several Noongar clans based around the Swan River, known collectively as the
Whadjuk Whadjuk, alternatively Witjari, are a Noongar The Noongar (, also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah, Yunga) are Aboriginal Australian Aboriginal Australians are the various Indigenous peoples of the Mainland Au ...

Whadjuk
. The Whadjuk themselves were one of a larger group of fourteen tribes that formed the south-west socio-linguistic block known as the Noongar (meaning "the people" in their language), also sometimes called the Bibbulmun. On 19 September 2006, the
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brought down a judgment determining that another judge should make the opinion deciding Noongar native title over the Perth metropolitan area in the case of ''Bennell v State of Western Australia''
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FCA 1243. The judgment denied the claim because that application was premised on the existence of a single community throughout the whole claim area.


Early European sightings

The Dutch Captain
Willem de Vlamingh Willem Hesselsz de Vlamingh (November 1640 – ) was a Dutch sea captain who explored the central west coast of New Holland (Australia), New Holland (Australia) in the late 17th century, where he landed in what is now Perth, Western Australia, Pe ...

Willem de Vlamingh
and his crew made the first documented sighting of the present-day Perth region by Europeans on 10 January 1697. Other Europeans made subsequent sightings between this date and 1829, but as in the case of the sighting and observations made by Vlamingh, they adjudged the area inhospitable and unsuitable for the agriculture that would be needed to sustain a European-style settlement.


Swan River Colony

Although the
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had established a convict-supported settlement at (later
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Albany
) on the south coast of
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Western Australia
in 1826 in response to rumours that the area would be annexed by
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France
, Perth was the first full-scale settlement by Europeans in the western third of the continent. The British colony would be officially designated Western Australia in 1832 but was known informally for many years as the Swan River Colony after the area's major watercourse. On 4 June 1829, newly arriving British colonists had their first view of the mainland, and Western Australia's founding has since been recognised by a public holiday on the first Monday in June each year. Captain James Stirling, aboard '' Parmelia'', said that Perth was "as beautiful as anything of this kind I had ever witnessed". On 12 August that year, Helen Dance, wife of the captain of the second ship, ''Sulphur'', cut down a tree to mark the founding of the town. It is clear that Stirling had already selected the name ''Perth'' for the capital well before the town was proclaimed, as his proclamation of the colony, read in Fremantle on 18 June 1829, ended "given under my hand and Seal at Perth this 18th Day of June 1829. James Stirling Lieutenant Governor". The only contemporary information on the source of the name comes from Fremantle's diary entry for 12 August, which records that they "named the town Perth according to the wishes of
Sir George Murray Sir George Murray (6 February 1772 – 28 July 1846) was a United Kingdom, British soldier and politician from Scotland. Background and education Murray was born in Perth, Scotland, Perth, Scotland, the second son of Sir William Murray, of Ocht ...
". Murray was born in
Perth Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 mi ...

Perth
, Scotland, and was in 1829
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and Member for
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in the
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. The town was named after the Scottish Perth, in Murray's honour. Beginning in 1831, hostile encounters between the British settlers and the Noongar people – both large-scale land users, with conflicting land value systems – increased considerably as the colony grew. The hostile encounters between the two groups of people resulted in multiple events, including the murder of settlers (such as
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Thomas Peel
's servant Hugh Nesbitt), the execution of the
Whadjuk Whadjuk, alternatively Witjari, are a Noongar The Noongar (, also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah, Yunga) are Aboriginal Australian Aboriginal Australians are the various Indigenous peoples of the Mainland Au ...

Whadjuk
elder
Midgegooroo Midgegooroo (died 22 May 1833) was an Aboriginal Australian elder of the Nyungar nation, who played a key role in Aboriginal resistance to white settlement in the area of Perth, Western Australia. Everything documented about Midgegooroo (variously ...
, the death of his son
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Yagan
in 1833, and the Pinjarra massacre in 1834. The relations between the Noongar people and the Europeans were strained due to these events. Because of the increasing number of buildings in and around ''Boorloo'', the local Whadjuk Noongar people were increasingly restricted in the use of their traditional land. They were forced to camp around prescribed areas, including the swamps and lakes north of the settlement area including Third Swamp, known to them as ''Boodjamooling''. Boodjamooling continued to be a main campsite for the remaining Noongar people in the Perth region and was also used by travellers, itinerants, and homeless people. By the gold-rush days of the 1890s, they were joined by miners who were en route to the goldfields.


Convict era and gold rushes

In 1850, at a time when
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to Australia's eastern colonies had ceased, Western Australia was opened to convicts at the request of farming and business people due to a shortage of labour. Over the next eighteen years, 9,721 convicts arrived in Western Australia aboard 43 ships.
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Queen Victoria
announced the city status of Perth in 1856. Despite this proclamation, Perth was still a quiet town, described in 1870 by a Melbourne journalist as:
"...a quiet little town of some 3000 inhabitants spread out in straggling allotments down to the water's edge, intermingled with gardens and shrubberies and half rural in its aspect ... The main streets are macadamised, but the outlying ones and most of the footpaths retain their native state from the loose sand — the all pervading element of Western Australia — productive of intense glare or much dust in the summer and dissolving into slush during the rainy season."
With the discovery of gold at
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Kalgoorlie
and in the late 19th century, Western Australia experienced a mining boom, and Perth's population grew from approximately 8,500 in 1881 to 61,000 in 1901.


Federation and beyond

After a referendum in 1900, Western Australia joined the
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in 1901. It was the last of the Australian colonies to agree to join the Federation, and it did so only after the other colonies had offered several concessions, including the construction of a transcontinental railway line from
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in South Australia to
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Kalgoorlie
to link Perth with the eastern states. In 1927,
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were prohibited from entering large swathes of Perth under penalty of imprisonment, a ban that lasted until 1954. In 1933, two-thirds of Western Australians voted in a referendum to secede from the
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. However, the state general election held at the same time as the referendum had voted out the incumbent "pro-independence" government, replacing it with a government that did not support the independence movement. Respecting the result of the referendum, the new government nonetheless petitioned the Imperial Parliament at Westminster. The
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established a select committee to consider the issue but, after 18 months of negotiations and lobbying, finally refused to consider the matter, declaring that it could not legally grant secession. Perth entered the post-war period with a population of approximately 280,000 and an economy that had not experienced sustained growth since the 1920s. Successive state governments, beginning with the Labor Government (1936-1945), determined to change this. Planning for post-war economic development was initially driven by
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Russell Dumas
, who as Director of Public Works (1941-1953) drew up plans for Western Australia's major post-war public-works projects, including the raising of the Mundaring and Wellington Dams, the development of the new Perth Airport, and the development of a new industrial zone centred on Kwinana. The advent of the McLarty Liberal Government (1947-1953) saw the emergence of something of a consensus on the need for continuing economic development. Economic growth was fuelled by large-scale public works, the post-war immigration program, and the success that various state governments had in attracting substantial foreign investment into the state, beginning with the construction of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Refinery at Kwinana in 1951–52. The result of this economic activity was the rapid growth of the population of Perth and a marked change in its urban design. During the 1950s, Perth actively began to develop along the lines dictated by the rise of the automobile and the suburban sprawl, a development acknowledged by in the Hepburn Report (1957), which noted that Perth was beginning to resemble a pattern of development less in line with the British experience and more in line with North America. This was encouraged by the opening of the Narrows Bridge and the gradual closure of the Perth-Fremantle Tramways. The mining-pastoral boom of the 1960s only accelerated the pace of urban growth in Perth. By 1975 the population of Perth has risen to 825,000. In 1962, Perth received global media attention when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut
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John Glenn
passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7. This led to its being nicknamed the "City of Light". The city repeated the act as Glenn passed overhead on the
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Space Shuttle
in 1998. Perth's development and relative prosperity, especially since the mid-1960s, has resulted from its role as the main service centre for the state's resource industries, which extract gold, iron ore, nickel, alumina, diamonds, mineral sands, coal, oil, and natural gas. Whilst most mineral and petroleum production takes place elsewhere in the state, the non-base services provide most of the employment and income to the people of Perth.


Geography


Central business district

The
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of Perth is bounded by the Swan River to the south and east, with Kings Park on the western end and the railway reserve as the northern border. A state and federally funded project named
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sank a section of the railway line to allow easy pedestrian access between Northbridge and the CBD. The
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Perth Arena
is an entertainment and sporting arena in the city link area that has received several architectural awards from institutions such as the
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, the
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, and Colorbond. St Georges Terrace is the area's prominent street, with a large amount of office space in the CBD. Hay Street, Perth, Hay Street and Murray Street, Perth, Murray Street have most of the retail and entertainment facilities. The city's tallest building is Central Park (skyscraper), Central Park, the List of tallest buildings in Australia, twelfth tallest building in Australia. The CBD until 2012 was the centre of a mining-induced boom, with several commercial and residential projects being built, including Brookfield Place (Perth), Brookfield Place, a office building for Anglo-Australian mining company BHP.


Metropolitan area

Perth's metropolitan area extends along the coast to Two Rocks, Western Australia, Two Rocks in the north and Singleton to the south, a distance of approximately . From the coast in the west to Mundaring, Western Australia, Mundaring in the east is a distance of approximately . The Perth metropolitan area covers . The metropolitan region is defined by the ''Planning and Development Act 2005'' to include 30 Local government areas of Western Australia, local government areas, with the outer extent being the City of Wanneroo and the City of Swan to the north, the Shire of Mundaring, City of Kalamunda and the City of Armadale to the east, the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale to the southeast and the City of Rockingham to the southwest, and including Rottnest Island and
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Garden Island
off the west coast. This extent correlates with the Metropolitan Region Scheme, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Perth (Major Statistical Division). The metropolitan extent of Perth can be defined in other ways – the Australian Bureau of Statistics Greater Capital City Statistical Area, or
Greater Perth Greater Perth is Perth Perth () is the list of Australian capital cities, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's list of cities in Australia by population, fourth-most populous city, wi ...
in short, consists of that area, plus the City of Mandurah and the Pinjarra Level 2 Statistical Area of the Shire of Murray, while the ''Regional Development Commissions Act 1993'' includes the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale in the Peel (Western Australia), Peel region.


Geology and landforms

Perth is on the Swan River, named for the native black swans by
Willem de Vlamingh Willem Hesselsz de Vlamingh (November 1640 – ) was a Dutch sea captain who explored the central west coast of New Holland (Australia), New Holland (Australia) in the late 17th century, where he landed in what is now Perth, Western Australia, Pe ...

Willem de Vlamingh
, captain of a Dutch expedition and namer of WA's Rottnest Island, who discovered the birds while exploring the area in 1697. This water body was known by Aboriginal inhabitants as ''Derbarl Yerrigan''. The city centre and most of the suburbs are on the sandy and relatively flat
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, which lies between the
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and the
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. The soils of this area are quite infertile. Much of Perth was built on the Perth Wetlands, a series of freshwater wetlands running from Herdsman Lake in the west through to Claisebrook Cove in the east. To the east, the city is bordered by a low escarpment called the Darling Scarp. Perth is on generally flat, rolling land, largely due to the high amount of sandy soils and deep bedrock. The Perth metropolitan area has two major river systems, one made up of the Swan and Canning River (Western Australia), Canning Rivers, and one of the Serpentine River (Western Australia), Serpentine and Murray River (Western Australia), Murray Rivers, which discharge into the Peel Inlet at
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.


Climate

Perth receives moderate, though highly seasonal, winter-based rainfall. Summers are generally hot, sunny and dry, lasting from December to March, with February generally the hottest month. Winters are relatively cool and wet, giving Perth a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification ''Csa''). Perth has an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day, which equates to around 3,200 hours of sunshine and 138.7 clear days annually, making it Australia's sunniest capital city. Summers are dry but not completely devoid of rain, with sporadic rainfall in the form of short-lived thunderstorms, weak cold fronts and on occasions decaying tropical cyclones from Western Australia's northwest, which can bring heavy rain. Temperatures above are fairly common in the summer months. The highest temperature recorded in Perth was on 23 February 1991, although
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recorded on the same day. On most summer afternoons a sea breeze, known locally as the "Fremantle Doctor", blows from the southwest, providing relief from the hot northeasterly winds. Temperatures often fall below a few hours after the arrival of the wind change. In the summer, the 3 p.m. dewpoint averages at around . Winters are cool and wet, with most of Perth's annual rainfall between May and September. Winters see significant rainfall as weather front, frontal systems move across the region, interspersed with clear and sunny days where minimum temperatures tend to drop below . The lowest temperature recorded in Perth was on 17 June 2006. The lowest temperature within the Perth metropolitan area was on the same day at Jandakot Airport, although temperatures at or below zero are rare occurrences. The lowest maximum temperature recorded in Perth is on 26 June 1956. It occasionally gets cold enough for frost to form. While snow has never been recorded in the Perth CBD, light snowfalls have been reported in outer suburbs of Perth in the Perth Hills around Kalamunda, Roleystone and Mundaring. The most recent snowfall was in 1968. The rainfall pattern has changed in Perth and Southwest corner of Western Australia, southwest Western Australia since the mid-1970s. A significant reduction in winter rainfall has been observed with a greater number of extreme rainfall events in the summer, such as the slow-moving storms on 8 February 1992 that brought of rain, heavy rainfall associated with a 2016-17 Australian region cyclone season#Tropical Low 15U, tropical low on 10 February 2017, which brought of rain, and the remnants of 2017–18 Australian region cyclone season#Tropical Cyclone Joyce, ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce on 15 January 2018 with . Perth was also hit by a 2010 Western Australian storms, severe thunderstorm on 22 March 2010, which brought of rain and large hail and caused significant damage in the metropolitan area. The average sea temperature ranges from in October to in March.


Isolation

With more than two million residents, Perth is one of the Extremes on Earth#Other places considered the most remote, most isolated major cities in the world. The nearest city with a population of more than 100,000 is Adelaide, over away. Perth is geographically closer to both East Timor (), and Jakarta, Indonesia (), than to Sydney ().


Demographics

Perth is Australia's fourth-most-populous city, having overtaken Adelaide's population in 1984. In June 2018 there were an estimated 2,059,484 residents in the Greater Perth area, representing an increase of approximately 1.1% from the 2017 estimate of 2,037,902.


Ancestry and immigration

At the 2016 census, the most commonly nominated ancestries were: Perth's population is notable for the high proportion of British- and Irish-born residents. At the 2016 Census, 166,965 England-born Perth residents were counted, ahead of even Sydney (151,614), despite the latter having well over twice the population. The ethnic make-up of Perth changed in the second part of the 20th century when significant numbers of continental European immigrants arrived in the city. Prior to this, Perth's population had been almost completely Anglo-Celtic Australian, Anglo-Celtic in ethnic origin. As
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was the first landfall in Australia for many migrant ships coming from Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, Perth started to experience a diverse influx of people, including Italian Australians, Italians, Greek people, Greeks, Dutch people, Dutch, German people, Germans, Turkish people, Turks, Croatian people, Croats, and Macedonians (ethnic group), Macedonians. The Italian influence in the Perth and Fremantle area has been substantial, evident in places like the "Cappuccino strip" in Fremantle featuring many Italian eateries and shops. In Fremantle, the traditional Italian blessing of the fleet festival is held every year at the start of the fishing season. In Northbridge every December is the San Nicola (Saint Nicholas) Festival, which involves a pageant followed by a concert, predominantly in Italian. Suburbs surrounding the Fremantle area, such as Spearwood, Western Australia, Spearwood and Hamilton Hill, Western Australia, Hamilton Hill, also contain high concentrations of Italians, Croatians, and Portuguese. Perth has also been home to a small Jewish community since 1829  – numbering 5,082 in 2006 – who have emigrated primarily from Eastern Europe and more recently from South Africa. A more recent wave of arrivals includes White South Africans. South Africans overtook those born in Italy as the fourth-largest foreign group in 2001. By 2016, there were 35,262 South Africans residing in Perth. Many Afrikaners and British diaspora in Africa, Anglo-Africans emigrated to Perth during the 1980s and 1990s, with the phrase "packing for Perth" becoming associated with South Africans who choose to emigrate abroad, sometimes regardless of the destination. As a result, the city has been described as "the Australian capital of South Africans in exile". The reason for Perth's popularity among white South Africans has often been attributed to the location, the vast amount of land, and the slightly warmer climate compared to other large Australian cities – Perth has a Mediterranean climate reminiscent of Cape Town. Since the end of the White Australia policy in 1973, Asia has become an increasingly important source of migrants, with communities from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and India all now well-established. There were 99,229 persons of Chinese Australian, Chinese descent in Perth in 2016 – 5.5% of the city's population. These are supported by the Australian Eurasian Association of Western Australia, which also serves a community of Portuguese-Malacca Eurasian or Kristang people, Kristang immigrants. Middle Eastern immigrants have a presence in Perth. They come from a variety of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, The United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Perth also has one of the largest Latin American Australian, Latin American populations in Australia, with Brazilian Australians, Brazilians and Chilean Australians, Chileans being the largest Latin American groups in Perth. The Indian community includes a substantial number of Parsi people, Parsees who emigrated from Bombay – Perth being the closest Australian city to India – in 2016 those with Indian ancestry accounted for 3.6% of Perth's population. Perth is also home to the largest population of Anglo-Burmese in the world; many settled here following the independence of Burma in 1948 with immigration taking off after 1962. The city is now the cultural hub for Anglo-Burmese worldwide. There is also a substantial Anglo-Indian population in Perth, who also settled in the city following the independence of India. 1.6% of the population, or 31,214 people, identified as Indigenous Australians (
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and Torres Strait Islanders) in 2016.


Language

At the 2016 census, 73.5% of inhabitants spoke only English at home, with the next most common languages being Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin (2.3%), Italian language, Italian (1.4%), Vietnamese language, Vietnamese (1.0%), Cantonese (1.0%) and Arabic (0.7%).


Religion

32.1% of the 2016 census respondents in Perth had no religion, as against 29.6% of national population. In 1911, the national figure was 0.4%. Catholics are the largest single Christian denomination in the Greater Perth area at 22%. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross claims over 2,000 members. Perth is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. Anglicans are 13.8% of the population. Perth is the seat of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Buddhism and Islam each claim more than 40,000 adherents. Over 39,000 members of the Uniting Church in Australia live in Perth. Perth has the third largest Jews, Jewish population in Australia, numbering approximately 20,000, with both Orthodox and Progressive synagogues and a Carmel School (Perth), Jewish Day School. The Baháʼí Faith, Baháʼí community in Perth numbers around 1,500. Hinduism has over 20,000 adherents in Perth; the Diwali (festival of lights) celebration in 2009 attracted over 20,000 visitors. There are Hindu temples in Canning Vale, Anketell and a Swaminarayan (spiritual tradition), Swaminarayan temple in Bennett Springs, Western Australia, Bennett Springs. Hinduism is the fastest growing religion in Australia. Perth is also home to 12,000 Latter-day Saints and the Perth Australia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Governance

Perth, like the rest of Australia, is governed by three levels of government: local, state, and federal.


Local

The Perth metropolitan area is divided into thirty Local government in Australia, local government bodies, including the City of Perth which administers Perth's central business district. The outer extent of the Perth Metropolitan Region, administrative region of Perth comprises the City of Wanneroo and the City of Swan to the north, the Shire of Mundaring, City of Kalamunda and the City of Armadale to the east, the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale to the southeast and the City of Rockingham to the southwest, and including the islands of Rottnest Island and Garden Island, Western Australia, Garden Island off the west coast.


State

Perth houses the Parliament of Western Australia and the Governor of Western Australia. , 42 of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, Legislative Assembly's 59 seats and 18 of the Western Australian Legislative Council, Legislative Council's 36 seats are based in Perth's metropolitan area. The state's highest court, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Supreme Court, is located in Perth, along with the District Court of Western Australia, District and Family Court of Western Australia, Family Courts. The Magistrates' Court of Western Australia, Magistrates' Court has six metropolitan locations.


Federal

Perth is represented by 10 full seats and significant parts of three others in the Federal House of Representatives, with the seats of Canning, Pearce, and Brand including some areas outside the metropolitan area. The
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and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (previously the Federal Magistrates Court) occupy the Commonwealth Law Courts building on Victoria Avenue, which is also the location for annual Perth sittings of Australia's High Court of Australia, High Court.


Economy

By virtue of its population and role as the administrative centre for business and government, Perth dominates the Western Australian economy, despite the major mining, petroleum, and agricultural export industries being located elsewhere in the state. Perth's function as the state's capital city, its economic base and population size have also created development opportunities for many other businesses oriented to local or more diversified markets. Perth's economy has been changing in favour of the service industries since the 1950s. Although one of the major sets of services it provides is related to the resources industry and, to a lesser extent, agriculture, most people in Perth are not connected to either; they have jobs that provide services to other people in Perth. As a result of Perth's relative geographical isolation, it has never had the necessary conditions to develop significant manufacturing industries other than those serving the immediate needs of its residents, mining, agriculture and some specialised areas, such as, in recent times, niche shipbuilding and maintenance. It was simply cheaper to import all the needed manufactured goods from either the Eastern states of Australia, eastern states or overseas. Industrial employment influenced the economic geography of Perth. After WWII, Perth experienced suburban expansion aided by high levels of car ownership. Workforce decentralisation and transport improvements made it possible for the establishment of small-scale manufacturing in the suburbs. Many firms took advantage of relatively cheap land to build spacious, single-storey plants in suburban locations with plentiful parking, easy access and minimal traffic congestion. "The former close ties of manufacturing with near-central and/or rail-side locations were loosened." Industrial estates such as Kwinana Beach, Kwinana, Welshpool, Western Australia, Welshpool and Kewdale were post-war additions contributing to the growth of manufacturing south of the river. The establishment of the Kwinana industrial area was supported by standardisation of the east–west rail gauge linking Perth with eastern Australia. Since the 1950s the area has been dominated by heavy industry, including an oil refinery, steel-rolling mill with a blast furnace, alumina refinery, power station, and a nickel refinery. Another development, also linked with rail standardisation, was in 1968 when the Kewdale Freight Terminal was developed adjacent to the Welshpool industrial area, replacing the former Perth railway yards. With significant population growth post-WWII, employment growth occurred not in manufacturing but in retail and wholesale trade, business services, health, education, community and personal services, and in public administration. Increasingly it was these services sectors, concentrated around the Perth metropolitan area, that provided jobs. Perth has also become a hub of technology-focused startups since the early 2000s that provide a pool of highly skilled jobs to the Perth community. Companies such as Appbot, Agworld, Touchgram, and Healthengine all hail from Perth and have made headlines internationally. Programs like StartupWA and Business incubator, incubators such as Spacecubed and Vocus Upstart are all focused on creating a thriving startup culture in Perth and growing the next generation of Perth-based employers.


Education

Education is compulsory in
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between the ages of six and seventeen, corresponding to primary and secondary school. Tertiary education is available through several universities and technical and further education (TAFE) colleges.


Primary and secondary

Students may attend either public schools, run by the state government's Department of Education (Western Australia), Department of Education, or private schools, usually associated with a religion. The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the credential given to students who have completed Years 11 and 12 of their secondary schooling. In 2012 the minimum requirements for students to receive their WACE changed.


Tertiary

Perth is home to four public universities: the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, and Edith Cowan University. There is also one private university, the University of Notre Dame Australia. The University of Western Australia, which was founded in 1911, is renowned as one of Australia's leading research institutions. The university's monumental neo-classical architecture, most of which is carved from white limestone, is a notable tourist destination in the city. It is the only university in the state to be a member of the Group of Eight (Australian universities), Group of Eight, as well as the Sandstone universities. It is also the state's only university to have produced a Nobel Prize, Nobel Laureate: Barry Marshall, who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1975 and was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2005 with Robin Warren. Curtin University, previously known as Western Australian Institute of Technology (1966-1986) and Curtin University of Technology (1986-2010), is Western Australia's largest university by student population. Murdoch University was founded in 1973 and incorporates Western Australia's only veterinary school and Australia's only theology programme to be completely integrated into a secular university. Edith Cowan University was established in 1991 from the existing College of Advanced Education, Western Australian College of Advanced Education (WACAE) which itself was formed in the 1970s from the existing Teachers Colleges at Claremont, Churchlands, and Mount Lawley. It incorporates the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The University of Notre Dame Australia was established in 1990. Notre Dame was established as a Catholic university with its lead campus in
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and a large campus in Sydney. Its campus is in the west end of Fremantle, using historic port buildings built in the 1890s, giving Notre Dame a distinct European university atmosphere. Colleges of TAFE provide trade and vocational training, including certificate- and diploma-level courses. TAFE began as a system of technical colleges and schools under the Education Department, from which they were separated in the 1980s and ultimately formed into regional colleges. Two are in the Perth metropolitan area: North Metropolitan TAFE (formerly Central Institute of Technology and West Coast Institute of Training); and South Metropolitan TAFE (formerly Polytechnic West and Challenger Institute of Technology).


Media

Perth is served by thirty digital free-to-air television channels: * ABW (TV station), ABC TV * ABC HD (Australian TV channel), ABC TV HD (ABC TV broadcast in High-definition television, HD) * ABC TV Plus * ABC Me * ABC News (TV channel), ABC News * SBS (Australian TV channel), SBS * SBS HD (SBS broadcast in HD) * SBS Viceland * SBS World Movies * SBS Food * National Indigenous Television, NITV * TVW, Seven * 7HD (Seven broadcast in HD) * 7Two * 7mate (Seven Mate broadcast in HD) * 7flix * 7food network * Racing.com * STW, Nine * 9HD (Nine broadcast in HD) * 9Gem * 9Go! * 9Life * NEW (TV station), Ten * 10 HD (Ten broadcast in HD) * 10 Bold * 10 Peach * 10 Shake * TVSN * Spree TV ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and Ten were also broadcast in an analogue format until 16 April 2013, when the analogue transmission was switched off. Community station Access 31 closed in August 2008. In April 2010 a new community station, West TV, began transmission (in digital format only). West TV ceased broadcasting in February 2020. Foxtel provides a subscription-based satellite and cable television service. Perth has its own local newsreaders on ABC (Pamela Medlen), Seven (Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr), Nine (Michael Thomson (journalist), Michael Thomson, Monika Kos) and Ten (Narelda Jacobs). An annual telethon has been broadcast since 1968 to raise funds for charities including Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The 24-hour Perth Telethon claims to be "the most successful fundraising event per capita in the world" The main newspapers for Perth are ''The West Australian'' and ''The Sunday Times (Western Australia), The Sunday Times''. Localised free community papers cater to each local government area. There are also many advertising newspapers, such as ''The Quokka''. The local business paper is ''Western Australian Business News''. Radio stations are on AM, FM and DAB+ frequencies. ABC stations include ABC NewsRadio, ABC News (585AM), 720 ABC Perth, Radio National (810AM), ABC Classic FM, Classic FM (97.7FM) and Triple J (99.3FM). The six local commercial stations are Triple M Perth (92.9FM), Nova 93.7, Mix 94.5, Mix94.5, 96fm (Perth radio station), 96fm, on FM and 6PR, 882 6PR and 6IX, 1080 6IX on AM. DAB+ has mostly the same as both FM and AM plus national stations from the ABC/SBS, Radar Radio and Novanation, along with local stations My Perth Digital, Hot Country Perth, and 98five Sonshine FM, 98five Christian radio. Major community radio stations include RTRFM (92.1FM), Sonshine FM (98.5FM), SportFM (91.3FM) and Curtin FM (100.1FM). Online news media covering the Perth area include TheWest.com.au backed by ''The West Australian'', Perth Now from the newsroom of The Sunday Times (Western Australia), The Sunday Times, WAToday from Nine Entertainment and other outlets like TweetPerth on social media.


Culture and sport


Arts and entertainment

The Perth Cultural Centre is home to many of the city's major arts, cultural and educational institutions, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, State Records Office of Western Australia, State Records Office, and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is also located there, and is the home of the Black Swan State Theatre Company and the Perth Theatre Company. Other performing arts companies based in Perth include the West Australian Ballet, the West Australian Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, all of which present regular programmes. The Western Australian Youth Orchestras provide young musicians with performance opportunities in orchestral and other musical ensembles. Perth is also home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, from which many actors and broadcasters have launched their careers. The city's main performance venues include the Riverside Theatre within the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, the Perth Concert Hall (Western Australia), Perth Concert Hall, the historic His Majesty's Theatre, Western Australia, His Majesty's Theatre, the Regal Theatre in Subiaco and the Astor Cinema, Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Mount Lawley. The largest performance area within the State Theatre Centre, the Heath Ledger Theatre, is named in honour of Perth-born film actor Heath Ledger.
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can be configured as an entertainment or sporting arena, and concerts are also hosted at other sporting venues, including Optus Stadium, HBF Stadium, and Perth Oval, nib Stadium. Outdoor concert venues include Quarry Amphitheatre, Supreme Court Gardens, Kings Park and Russell Square, Perth, Russell Square. Perth has inspired various artistic and cultural works. John Boyle O'Reilly, a Fenian convict transported to Western Australia, published ''Moondyne'' in 1879, the most famous early novel about the Swan River Colony. Perth is also the setting for various works by novelist Tim Winton, most notably ''Cloudstreet'' (1991). Songs that refer to the city include "I Love Perth" (1996) by Pavement (band), Pavement, "Perth" (2011) by Bon Iver, "Perth" (2015) by Beirut (band), Beirut and "to Perth, before the border closes" by Julia Jacklin (2020). Films shot or set in Perth include ''Japanese Story'' (2003), ''These Final Hours'' (2013), ''Kill Me Three Times'' (2014) and ''Paper Planes (film), Paper Planes'' (2015). Due to Perth's relative isolation from other Australian cities, overseas performing artists sometimes exclude it from their Australian tour schedules. This isolation, however, has helped foster a strong local music scene, with :Musical groups from Perth, Western Australia, many local music groups. Famous musical performers from Perth include the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, whose heritage-listed grave at Fremantle Cemetery is reportedly the most visited grave in Australia. Perth-born performer and artist Rolf Harris became known by the nickname "The Boy From Bassendean, Western Australia, Bassendean". Further notable music acts from Perth include The Triffids, The Scientists, The Drones (Australian band), The Drones, Tame Impala, and Karnivool. Other performers born and raised in Perth include Judy Davis and Melissa George. Performers raised in Perth include Tim Minchin, Lisa McCune, Troye Sivan and Isla Fisher. Performers that studied in Perth at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts include Hugh Jackman and Lisa McCune.


Annual events

A number of annual events are held in Perth. The Perth Festival is a large cultural festival that has been held annually since 1953, which includes the Perth Writers Festival, and has since been joined by the Winter Arts festival and Fringe World. Perth also hosts annual music festivals including Listen Out, Origin and St Jerome's Laneway Festival. The Perth International Comedy Festival features a variety of local and international comedic talent, with performances held at the Astor Theatre and nearby venues in Mount Lawley, and regular night food markets throughout the summer months across Perth and its surrounding suburbs. Sculpture by the Sea showcases a range of local and international sculptors' creations along Cottesloe, Western Australia, Cottesloe Beach. There is also a wide variety of List of public art in Western Australia, public art and sculptures on display across the city, throughout the year.


Tourism and recreation

Tourism in Perth is an important part of the state's economy, with approximately 2.8 million domestic visitors and 0.7 million international visitors in the year ending March 2012. Tourist attractions are generally focused around the city centre, Fremantle, the coast, and the Swan River. In addition to the Perth Cultural Centre, there are List of museums in Western Australia, dozens of museums across the city. The Scitech, Scitech Discovery Centre in is an interactive science museum, with regularly changing exhibitions on a large range of science and technology-based subjects. Scitech also conducts live science demonstration shows and operates the adjacent ''Horizon'' planetarium. The Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle displays maritime objects from all eras. It houses ''Australia II'', the yacht that won the 1983 America's Cup, as well as a former
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submarine. Also in Fremantle is the Army Museum of Western Australia, situated within a historic artillery barracks. The museum consists of several galleries that reflect the Army's involvement in Western Australia and the military service of Western Australians. The museum holds numerous items of significance, including three Victoria Crosses. Aviation history is represented by the Aviation Heritage Museum (Western Australia), Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, Western Australia, Bull Creek, with its significant collection of aircraft, including a Avro Lancaster, Lancaster bomber and a Consolidated PBY Catalina, Catalina of the type operated from the Swan River during WWII. There are many heritage sites in Perth's CBD, Fremantle, and other parts of the metropolitan areas. Some of the oldest remaining buildings, dating back to the 1830s, include the Round House (Western Australia), Round House in Fremantle, the Old Mill, Perth, Old Mill in South Perth, and the Old Court House, Perth, Old Court House in the city centre. Registers of important buildings are maintained by the Heritage Council of Western Australia and local governments. A late heritage building is the
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. Yagan Square connects Northbridge and the Perth (suburb), Perth CBD, with a 45-metre-high digital tower and the 9-metre statue "Wirin" designed by
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artist Tjyllyungoo. Elizabeth Quay is also a notable attraction in Perth, featuring Swan Bells, a panoramic view of Swan River, and the sculpture ''Spanda'' by artist Christian de Vietri. Retail shopping in the Perth CBD is focused around Murray Street and Hay Street. Both these streets are pedestrian malls between William Street and Barrack Street. Forrest Place is another pedestrian mall, connecting the Murray Street mall to Wellington Street and the Perth railway station. A number of arcades run between Hay Street and Murray Street, including the Piccadilly Theatre and Arcade, Piccadilly Arcade, which housed the Piccadilly Cinema until it closed in late 2013. Other shopping precincts include Harbour Town, Watertown in West Perth, featuring factory outlets for major brands, the historically significant Fremantle Markets, which date to 1897, and the Midland townsite on Great Eastern Highway, combining historic development around the Town Hall and Post Office buildings with the modern Midland Gate shopping centre further east.
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's central business district is largely a shopping and retail area lined with townhouses and apartments, and also features Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. Joondalup was granted the status of "tourism precinct" by the State Government in 2009, allowing for extended retail trading hours. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs can be found in the entertainment hubs of Northbridge (just north of the Perth CBD), the west end of the CBD itself, Elizabeth Quay, Leederville, Scarborough, Western Australia, Scarborough and
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. The Crown Perth, Crown casino and resort is located at Burswood, Western Australia, Burswood. The Swan Valley (Western Australia), Swan Valley, with fertile soil, uncommon in the Perth region, features numerous wineries, such as the large complex at Houghton Winery, Houghtons, the state's biggest producer, Sandalfords and many smaller operators, including microbreweries and rum distilleries. The Swan Valley also contains specialised food producers, many restaurants and cafes, and roadside local produce stalls that sell seasonal fruit throughout the year. Tourist Drive 203 (Western Australia), Tourist Drive 203 is a circular route in the Swan Valley, passing by many attractions on West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway. Kings Park, in central Perth between the CBD and the University of Western Australia, is one of the world's largest inner-city parks, at . It has many landmarks and attractions, including the State War Memorial Precinct on Mount Eliza, Western Australian Botanic Garden, and children's playgrounds. Other features include Kings Park, Western Australia#DNA Tower, DNA Tower, a high double helix staircase that resembles the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecule, and Jacob's Ladder, comprising 242 steps that lead down to Mounts Bay Road. Hyde Park, Perth, Hyde Park is another inner-city park north of the CBD. It was gazetted as a public park in 1897, created from of a chain of wetlands known as Third Swamp. Avon Valley National Park, Avon Valley, John Forrest National Park, John Forrest and Yanchep National Park, Yanchep national parks are areas of protected bushland at the northern and eastern edges of the metropolitan area. Within the city's northern suburbs is Whiteman Park, a bushland area, with bushwalking trails, bike paths, sports facilities, playgrounds, a vintage tramway, a light railway on a track, motor and tractor museums, and Caversham Wildlife Park. Perth Zoo, in South Perth, houses a variety of Australian and exotic animals from around the globe. The zoo is home to highly successful breeding programs for orangutans and giraffes, and participates in captive breeding and reintroduction efforts for a number of Western Australian species, including the numbat, the dibbler, the Western Quoll, chuditch, and the western swamp tortoise. More wildlife can be observed at the Aquarium of Western Australia in Hillarys, Western Australia, Hillarys, Australia's largest aquarium, specialising in marine animals that inhabit the western coast of Australia. The northern Perth section of the coastline is known as Sunset Coast; it includes numerous beaches and the Marmion Marine Park, a protected area inhabited by tropical fish, Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, and traversed by humpback whales. Tourist Drive 204 (Western Australia), Tourist Drive 204, also known as Sunset Coast Tourist Drive, is a designated route from North Fremantle to Iluka, Western Australia, Iluka along coastal roads.


Sport

The climate of Perth allows for extensive outdoor sporting activity, and this is reflected in the wide variety of sports available to residents of the city. Perth was host to the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, 1962 Commonwealth Games and the 1987 America's Cup defence (based at
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). Australian rules football is the most popular spectator sport in Perth – nearly 23% of Western Australians attended a match at least once in 2009–2010. The two Australian Football League teams located in Perth, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Football Club, have two of the largest fan bases in the country. The Eagles, the older club, is one of the most successful teams in the league, and one of the largest sporting clubs in Australia. The next level of football is the Western Australian Football League, comprising nine clubs each having a League, Reserves, and Colts team. Each of these clubs has a junior football system for ages 7 to 17. The next level of Australian rules football is the Perth Football League, comprising 68 clubs servicing senior footballers within the metropolitan area. Other popular sports include cricket, basketball, association football, soccer, and rugby union. Perth has hosted numerous state and international sporting events. Ongoing international events include the ATP Cup (replacing the Hopman Cup in 2020) during the first week of January at the
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, and the Perth International golf tournament at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. In addition to these Perth has hosted the Rally Australia of the World Rally Championships from 1989 to 2006, international Rugby Union games, including qualifying and pool stage matches for the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the Bledisloe Cup in 2019. The 1991 and 1998 FINA World Championships - Long Course, FINA World Championships were held in Perth. Four races (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010) in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship have been held on a stretch of the Swan River called Perth Water, using Langley Park as a temporary airfield. Several motorsport facilities exist in Perth including Perth Motorplex, catering to drag racing and speedway, and Wanneroo Raceway for circuit racing and drifting, which hosts a V8 Supercars round. Perth also has two Thoroughbred racing in Australia, thoroughbred racing facilities: Ascot Racecourse, Western Australia, Ascot, home of the Railway Stakes (Perth racing), Railway Stakes and Perth Cup; and Belmont Park, Western Australia, Belmont Park. Daniel Ricciardo is a Perth-born Formula 1 driver who is currently driving for the McLaren Formula 1 team. The WACA Ground opened in the 1890s and has hosted Test cricket since 1970. The Western Australian Athletics Stadium opened in 2009.


Infrastructure


Health

Perth has ten large hospitals with emergency departments. , Royal Perth Hospital in the city centre is the largest, with others spread around the metropolitan area: Armadale Kelmscott District Memorial Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Subiaco, Western Australia, Subiaco, Rockingham General Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands, Western Australia, Nedlands, St John of God Murdoch Hospital, St John of God Murdoch and St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Subiaco Hospitals, Midland Health Campus in Midland, and Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, Western Australia, Murdoch. Perth Children's Hospital is the state's only specialist children's hospital, and Graylands Hospital is the only public stand-alone psychiatric teaching hospital. Most of these are public hospitals, with some operating under public-private partnerships. St John of God Murdoch and Subiaco Hospitals, and Hollywood Hospital are large privately owned and operated hospitals. A number of other public and private hospitals operate in Perth.


Transport

Perth is served by
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in the city's east for regional, domestic and international flights and Jandakot Airport in the city's southern suburbs for general aviation and charter flights. Perth has a road network with three freeways and nine metropolitan highways. The Northbridge tunnel, part of the Graham Farmer Freeway, is the only significant road tunnel in Perth. Perth metropolitan public transport, including trains, buses and ferries, are provided by Transperth, with links to rural areas provided by Transwa. There are List of Perth railway stations, 70 railway stations and List of Perth bus stations, 15 bus stations in the metropolitan area. Perth provides zero-fare bus and train trips around the city centre (the "Free Transit Zone"), including four high-frequency Perth Central Area Transit, CAT bus routes. The ''Indian Pacific'' passenger rail service connects Perth with Adelaide Parklands Terminal, Adelaide and Central railway station, Sydney, Sydney once per week in each direction. The ''Transwa Prospector, Prospector'' passenger rail service connects Perth with Kalgoorlie railway station, Kalgoorlie via several Wheatbelt (Western Australia), Wheatbelt towns, while the ''Transwa Australind, Australind'' connects to Bunbury railway station, Bunbury, and the ''Transwa AvonLink, AvonLink'' connects to Northam railway station, Western Australia, Northam. Rail freight terminates at the Kewdale Rail Terminal, south-east of the city centre. Perth's main container and passenger port is at Fremantle, south west at the mouth of the Swan River. The Fremantle Harbour, Fremantle Outer Harbour at Cockburn Sound is one of Australia's major bulk cargo ports.


Utilities

Perth's electricity is predominantly generated, supplied, and retailed by three Western Australian Government corporations. Verve Energy operates coal and gas power generation stations, as well as wind farms and other power sources. The physical network is maintained by Western Power (networks corporation), Western Power, while Synergy (electricity corporation), Synergy, the state's largest energy retailer, sells electricity to residential and business customers. Alinta Energy, which was previously a government owned company, had a monopoly in the domestic gas market since the 1990s. However, in 2013 Wesfarmers#Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, Kleenheat Gas began operating in the market, allowing consumers to choose their gas retailer. The Water Corporation is the dominant supplier of water, as well as wastewater and drainage services, in Perth and throughout
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. It is also owned by the state government. Perth's water supply has traditionally relied on both groundwater and rain-fed dams. Reduced rainfall in the region over recent decades had greatly lowered inflow to reservoirs and affected groundwater levels. Coupled with the city's relatively high growth rate, this led to concerns that Perth could run out of water in the near future. The Western Australian Government responded by building desalination plants, and introducing mandatory household Irrigation sprinkler, sprinkler Water restrictions in Australia, restrictions. The Kwinana Desalination Plant was opened in 2006, and Southern Seawater Desalination Plant at Binningup, Western Australia, Binningup (on the coast between Mandurah and Bunbury) began operating in 2011. A trial winter (1 June – 31 August) sprinkler ban was introduced in 2009 by the State Government, a move which the Government later announced would be made permanent.


See also

* Plan for the Metropolitan Region, Perth and Fremantle, 1955 Plan for the Metropolitan Region, Perth and Fremantle * List of islands of Perth, Western Australia * List of Perth suburbs * Western Australian Planning Commission


Notes


References


External links


Watch historical footage of Perth and Western Australia
from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's collection.
Historical photos of Perth
from the State Library of Western Australia
Tourism Australia Page

Metropolitan Region Scheme
– The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (Western Australia), Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Metropolitan Perth LGA boundaries
– The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development {{Authority control Perth, Western Australia, Populated places established in 1829 1829 establishments in Australia Metropolitan areas of Australia Australian capital cities