Perth is the largest city and capital of Western Australia with 2,022,044 people living in Greater Perth. The majority of the metropolitan area, located on the Swan Coastal Plain, is where the first areas were settled by the founder, Captain James Stirling in 1829, with the Fremantle Port and central business district later founded downriver. Perth gained city status in 1856 and named after Perth in Scotland due the influence of the then Member of Parliament, Sir George Murray.
As a result of the gold rushes in Western Australia during the late 19th century, the city’s population grew substantially. After the war an influx of immigrants, mainly from Britain, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece, led to further population growth. A surge of economic activity due to several mining booms from the late 20th and early 21st centuries turned Perth into the regional headquarters for several large mining operations.
Today Perth is home to more than 2 million people, and ranked 7th as the most livable city in the world. It is a major industrial centre with diversified manufacturing plants, including petroleum refineries, concentrated largely in the suburban zones of Fremantle, Welshpool, and Kwinana. Many East, Southeast Asian, and Italian immigrants live in Fremantle and the northern parts of Perth. There are a number of universities in the Perth area, including the University of Western Australia, the Curtin University of Technology, the Edith Cowan University, and the Murdoch University. The campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia is situated in Fremantle (one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Perth).
Perth was the site for the British and Commonwealth Games in 1962. Tourism grew in importance after the America Cup Yacht Race was hosted by Fremantle in 1987. The city is easily accessible via the international airport, the Fremantle port, the transcontinental railway, and several highways. It is situated on the norther banks of the Swan River with suburbs stretching in all directions to the Indian Ocean in the west and the Darling Range in the east.
Some famous Hollywood stars were born, raised or educated in Perth, including Sam Worthington (Avatar), Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby), the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight). The famous actor Hugh Jackman spent time in Perth while training as an actor.
According to local businesses, the city is famous for its climate as it enjoys more sunshine hours than any other Australian capital city. The climate is moderate for approximately 8 months of the year, but it can get quite hot in January and February with the weather becoming cool and damp during June and July.
Driving from Osborne Park to Westcoast Blinds
- Get on Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2 from Hector St W
3 min (1.5 km)
- Head northeast on King Edward Rd
- Continue onto Hector St W
- Turn left onto Hutton St
- Use the left lane to take the State Rte 2 ramp
- Follow Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2 to Neerabup Rd in Clarkson. Take exit Neerabup Rd from Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
16 min (25.1 km)
- Merge onto Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
- Keep right to stay on Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
- Take exit Neerabup Rd toward Neerabup Rd
- Take Ocean Keys Blvd to Key Largo Dr
4 min (2.4 km)
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Neerabup Rd
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Connolly Dr
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Ocean Keys Blvd
Go through 2 roundabouts
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Key Largo Dr
Destination will be on the left