The Facts That Matter.

While the Life On Perth fact sheet might not see you through to the last round of Mastermind, you can still impress your friends with useless bits of information.

Population and Isolation.    

Perth is the capital city of the state of Western Australia.  Western Australia is the largest state in Australia with an area of 2 525 500 square kilometres.  Over 2 000 000 people live in Western Australia, and an amazing 1 500 000 of these people choose to live in the Perth metropolitan area.  Now that must say something about the place.  With a land area larger than Western Europe, it means most of Western Australia is very sparsely populated. Perth is the world's most isolated continental capital city.  We are closer to Jakarta (3007km), the capital city of Indonesia, than Australia's own capital city of Canberra (3905km by road).  Sydney is over 4 400 kilometres away by road.  This explains why we are so friendly to visitors.

 

Where Are We?

If you are flying down on a cheap flight you will find us at, 3157 Latitude South, 11552 Longitude East (just in case the pilot asks). Otherwise knowing that we are situated 16 kilometres from the mouth of the Swan River, should suffice.  Being on a sweep of the Swan River, we are bordered by it's waters to the East and South.  Kings Park, a 400 hectare natural park and botanical garden, overlooks Perth on it's west side. 

 

Perth - Western Australia.

Floreat Beach located north of City Beach

Sun, Sand and Summer.

Perth experiences a Mediterranean Climate, with warm hot summers, and mild winters.  Perth is the world's most sunniest capital city, averaging an annual eight hours of sun each day.  Mix this together with our great beaches, and you are guaranteed of having a good time.  The average summer daytime temperature hovers around 30 Celsius, and drops to 17C during the night.  Day time extremes of over 40C are not uncommon.  Our summer months are technically from December through to February.  In reality the long stretch from November through to April is usually pretty warm.

Another 8 hours.

 

Sea Breezes, Fresh Air and Wind Surfing.

Life could become rather uncomfortable during summer, however two soothing influences help us out.  Firstly, the humidity is generally quite low.  Secondly, we receive a regular afternoon sea breeze from the Indian Ocean, known as the "Fremantle Doctor".  It can last for a couple of hours.  Perth is the third windiest capital city in the world, mainly due to the frequency of the Fremantle Doctor.  Our beaches are very popular with wind and kite surfers, who make a great spectacle on summer afternoons.  The wind also keeps the air fresh and vibrant.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Budd.

Taking advantage of a windy Perth afternoon.

Mild Winters and Low Rainfall.

The influence of the Indian Ocean keeps our winters quite mild.  Winter temperatures average 19C during the day, falling to around 9C at night.  Perth has been lacking in the rainfall department in recent years, so water restrictions are now enforced for gardening purposes.  This might explain why our front lawns look a little parched during summer.  We are always looking for alternative sources of water.

 

Restaurants and Cars.

Perth has the most number of restaurants per head of population in the world.  We like to eat out.  Finding somewhere to eat at night should not be a problem, unless you like home cooked meals.  The Perth metropolitan area is very spread out.  As a consequence Perth has one of the highest ratios of car ownership in the world.  On any one night there are bound to be a lot of people driving in their cars looking for one of our abundant good restaurants.

Beach Inspector

 

Driving to a restaurant after a long day at the beach.

PERTH ALERT:  Show me the money!  Decimal currency to be exact.  Our basic unit of currency is the Australian Dollar.  One hundred cents add up to one dollar.  Paper notes come in the $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 variety.  Coins are in the $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c formats.  There are no one and two cent coins, so all cash transactions are rounded to the nearest five cents.  That $19.99 bargain will actually be $20. 

Perth power outlets are of the three pin variety and pump out an impressive 240/250 volts AC 50Hz.  Unless you want to blow more than hot air from your hairdryer, it might be worth buying one locally.

 

FACT SUMMARY

 
FACT 1 GREAT SUMMER CLIMATE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE
FACT 2 HEAPS OF SUNNY DAYS WORLD'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL CITY
FACT 3 PRISTINE WHITE BEACHES WORLD'S BEST BEACHES
FACT 4 FRESH CLEANSING BREEZES WORLD'S THIRD WINDIEST CAPITAL CITY
FACT 5 ABUNDANT RESTAURANTS WORLD'S HIGHEST RATIO OF RESTAURANTS PER PERSON
FACT 6 DECIMAL CURRENCY MAKES GOOD SENSE
FACT 7 240/250 VOLT AC 50Hz POWER SIMPLY STUNNING
FACT 8 FRIENDLY PEOPLE WORLD'S MOST ISOLATED CONTINENTAL CAPITAL CITY
FACT 9 GEOLOGICALLY STABLE REALLY OLD GEOLOGY THAT DID ALL IT'S SHAKING EONS AGO
FACT 10 POLITICALLY STABLE NO CIVIL WAR OR REVOLUTIONS

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