24 hours in Perth
Written by Peter Rigby Illustration by Patrick Hruby
The first things most people notice when they arrive in Perth are the dazzling light, open spaces, vibrant colours, and fresh air
Welcome to a dynamic, modern city in one of the world’s most pristine places. Perth started out as a tiny British colony on the banks of the Swan River (named after its famous black swans) just over 180 years ago, but has grown into one of Australia’s most vibrant and lovely cities. /p>
Western Australia, the country’s largest state, prospers due to vast natural resources, and this has given its people – only 2.4 million in all – among the world’s highest standards of living. Most of the population lives in the Perth metro area, and their bountiful, yet isolated, location has helped form a friendly and welcoming spirit. Life’s good in Perth, and while the city is not as large as Sydney or Melbourne in the east, Perthites make up for its size and far-flung setting with positive energy and a refreshing joie de vivre.
The Transperth bus system is modern and efficient. There are also free CAT buses which circulate the CBD.
Perth’s Fast Track suburban train system links most major areas. The trains are electric, quiet, clean, fast, and run on a regular basis.
A stroll is undoubtedly the most pleasurable way to see the sights, and the best for discovering some of Perth’s lesser-known highlights.
Plenty of cabs are available in and around the city and suburbs. The vehicles are clean and reliable and the drivers generally well informed.