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Perth,WA Travel Guide

by our Australia expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethySituated a dozen miles inland from the mouth of the Swan River, Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is actually closer to Indonesia than to Sydney or the national capital Canberra. It was a first landing place for many immigrants and the actual port, Fremantle, became a city in its own right. The maritime heritage led to Perth becoming the first ever successful challenger for yachting’s America’s Cup and hosting the defence in 1983. The surrounding area was rich in minerals, including gold, and now holds many of the country’s fine wineries. The original mint still operates and visitors can create their own precious metal medallions. Other visitor attractions include the Swan Bell Tower, the 1835 Old Mill, and Kings Park & Botanic Gardens which unusually includes a large area of natural bush with indigenous wildlife. Amongst the latter is a tiny endearing marsupial, the quokka.
 

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National Flag: Australian Flag
Language(s): English/ Aborginal native languages
Currency: Australian Dollar
Dialling Code: +61
Time Zones: Cocos Islands : GMT + 6.5
Western Australia : GMT + 8
South Australia : GMT + 9.5
Northern Territory : GMT + 9.5
New South Wales : GMT + 10
Queensland : GMT + 10
Victoria : GMT + 10
Tasmania : GMT + 10
Lord Howe Island : GMT + 10.5
Australian Capital Territory : GMT + 10
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