Perth on the banks of the Swan River is the Capital of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia. Perth is known as one of the world's most livable cities. The central business district and metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1.74 million. Western Australia, being endowed with rich mineral resources, is the fastest growing state in Australia.
Perth was founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the Swan River Colony.
Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Light" when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated the effectagain as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.
Perth on the meandering Swan River, sets the scene for great holidays – beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, plenty of dining facilities, parklands and marine adventures.