Historically, the Perth region was one of the first in Australia to be discovered. Due to its numerous mines, it is currently the most prosperous city in the country. Perth is also known for being the most welcoming Australian city, thanks in large part to its friendly population. Perth has a city center partly reserved for pedestrians, creating a calm and pleasant atmosphere. Beautiful parks are abundant, enhancing your activities whether you're going to work, shopping, or engaging in sports. The city has multiple advantages - it is beautiful and pleasant, with the sea nearby and the meandering Swan River adding a special charm. Each neighborhood in Perth has its own character and holds surprises during your language stay.
1.9 million inhabitants
20 hours 00 minutes from Geneva
The city of Perth is located in the southwestern coast of Western Australia, on the banks of the Swan River and near the Canning, Serpentine, and Murray Rivers. Its city center is bounded by the Swan River and Darling Scarp to the south and east, the railway lines to the north, and Kings Park to the west. The city enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate: hot and dry summers cooled by a sea breeze known as "The Fremantle Doctor," and mild and humid winters with temperatures rarely dropping below 7°C (45°F). The annual sunshine hours are also high, averaging around 3,200 hours per year.
The city was founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling under the name Swan River Colony, the first in Western Australia. However, the region had already been inhabited for at least 40,000 years by the Noongar Aboriginal people, and the arrival of Europeans led to violent conflicts, including the Battle of Pinjarra in 1834, which resulted in the British victory. The city experienced significant growth during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the Australian Gold Rush, which still contributes to the city's economic prosperity along with the exploitation of other mining resources in the region and trade with Southeast Asia.
Visit the Perth Cultural Centre, which houses attractions such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, the Alexander Library, the State Records Office, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Perth Zoo is home to a remarkable collection of 164 species spread across 17 hectares, including dingoes, orangutans, monitor lizards, and other fascinating exotic animals! Make the most of the stunning and pristine coastal areas in the suburban regions for picnics, leisurely walks, or simply sunbathing. Lastly, explore typical Australian sports such as their unique football, cricket brought by the British, and of course, surfing!
Perth has an efficient public transportation network comprising trains, buses, and ferries, ensuring convenient travel both within the city and beyond. The cost of living in Perth is roughly equivalent to that of major Swiss cities like Bern or Zurich. Expect to pay around 70€ for a meal for two at an average restaurant. For your shopping desires, you'll easily find shopping centers in and around the city center, particularly on King, Murray, and Hay Street...
Perth Tourism Office:
Level 9 - 2 Mill St., Perth, 6000, Western Australia.
Phone: +61 8 9262 1700