The largest city on the Western front.
Perth is the largest city in Western Australia. There are many folks who think that Perth is boring and is a place for retiring, the reason for this is that Perth is the most isolated city in the world. It’s quicker to fly to Bali than it is to Sydney or other cities on the East coast. However, this is far from reality. One thing to note is that Perth is very spread out and does not offer world class public transport like Melbourne but, if you do drive, there is plenty that Perth could offer.
Perth has some of the most beautiful beaches Australia has to offer. Coming from Scotland, one cannot complain about the weather in Perth which is sunny almost all of the time throughout the year. Australians from other states may complaine that Perth's weather is too hot but to me it's a novelty especially when snow had been forecast to hit Scotland. Sitting on the beach and watching the world go by and witnessing a magnificent sunset is what life is all about; taking time to enjoy the small moments. The lifestyle of Perth is very relaxed; if you like the fast pace of city living than Perth may not be for you. Perth has plenty of vineyards you can visit for wine tasting. Australia does produce some of the best wine in the world. The city centre is surrounded by new and historic buildings which demonstrated how much Perth has changed over time and what the future holds as Perth continues to develop. The parks and lakes within Perth are full of local flora and fauna. I was lucky to see wild kangaroos at Pinnaroo Cemetery, the kangaroos were able to roam around freely. I was also able to observe many local bird species such as Kookaburras; Black Swans; Perth Galah Cockatoos; Black Cockatoos and the Australian Raven. Western Australia has sophisticated and unique flora and fauna so even food and animal products from other parts of Australia are not allow to be carried though customs, to protect local species. One thing that all tourists visiting Perth have to get used to are the files. The flies are annoying and their numbers increase during the summer months. On the plus side, at least they don't bite like the swarms of midges in Scotland. My advice in dealing with the flies is not to wear black as somehow the flies are attracted to black. You could also use some form of insect repellent; I would recommend not to use an artificial one but a natural one such as a lavender based repellent in order to protect environment.
One place not to be missed while visiting Perth is Fremantle. I was fortunate to visit Fremantle while the maritime and beer festivals were on. Visiting Fremantle does take you back in time due to its colonial building and it's Round House is the oldest permanent structure in Western Australia. Fremantle is surrounded by many cafes and restaurants but what it's most famous for is the markets. There is an old market and there is a newer market at E Sheds beside the docks. The Fremantle markets are only open on Fridays - Sundays during the hours of 9am to 6pm. The E Sheds market is located at Victoria Quay and offers shopping and dining against the backdrop of Fremantle port. The E Shed Market is where you want to go to get cheap souvenirs for family and friends. Fremantle Markets gives a more local vibe where it offers a huge selection of local produce and food stalls. It is also home to many independent vendors such as artists, crafters and businesses. Fremantle Market is great place for some shopping and grabbing a bite to eat and has something for everyone.
Perth is therefore not as boring as one may think and there is plenty to see and do.