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Tiny Travel Story: Australia

What's Perth Like?

Perth is one of Australia's best-kept secrets. A sophisticated and international city with heaps of bars, restaurants, and cultural activities, Perth is located on the southwest coast of the State of Western Australia along the banks of the Swan River and bordered to the west by the stunning white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Best known for its clear blue skies, sunny climate, clean white beaches, and friendly locals, Perth also provides convenient access to a wide range of nearby wonders such as Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, and Pinnacles Desert. If you enjoy a dynamic lifestyle and modern conveniences of a big city, yet crave open spaces, Perth could be just right for you!

Region and Population

Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp, Perth is the second most isolated capital city in the world. With almost 2 million people, Perth's population is growing at a rate of almost double the national average. Perth is a very multicultural city, having an exceptionally high number of English and Irish residents, only a couple thousand less than Sydney despite having less than half the population of Sydney.


Perth experiences a Mediterranean Climate, with warm hot summers, and mild winters. Perth is the world's sunniest capital city, averaging an annual eight hours of sun each day. Day time extremes of over 100°F are not uncommon, however on most summer afternoons between 12-3pm a sea breeze known as the "Fremantle Doctor" blows from the southwest, providing relief from the hot weather. The average summer daytime temperature hovers around 86° F, and drops to 63°F during the night, with winter temperatures averaging 66°F during the day and falling to around 49°F at night.
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