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Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia and is the fourth largest city in Australia, with a population of 1.65 million.

In 2009, Perth tied for fifth place in The Economist's list of the World's Most Livable Cities.

For 40,000 before European settlement, the Perth area was inhabited by the Whadjuk Noongar people and the place where Perth is now situated was called Boorloo.

Perth is one of the most isolated metropolitan areas on earth. Perth City is situated between the Darling Ranges and the Indian Ocean, and along the banks of the Swan River, 12 km from the ocean. Fremantle sits at the mouth of the Swan River and is home to many restaurants and lovely architecture.

The population of Western Australia is around 2.5 million people and of these, 85% of whom live in the south-west corner of the state (inlcuding Perth).

Astronaut John Glenn called Perth the 'City of Lights' after his historic fly-over in 1962- standing out as the bright spot on planet Earth.



  • Perth has the highest population per capita of self made millionaires in the world
  • Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world, with an average 8 hours per day sunshine 365 days per year.
  • Perth is the only city in the world where aircraft can land in the central business district.

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