Perth, Western Australia
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, which at 2.5 million square kilometres (1 million square miles), is the largest state in the world. The city is home to 1.38 million people, who enjoy a sophisticated yet uncomplicated lifestyle and are the envy of people around the world. Perth has more hours of sunshine than any other city in Australia and its pristine beaches and relaxed way of life cannot be beaten.
Offering a lifestyle as diverse as the people who live here, Perth has a vibrant café and multicultural restaurant scene, is a distinguished arts centre, is the centre of the Swan Valley wine region and is just a few hours drive from the Margaret River wine and surfing region.
Families enjoy quality schooling and entertainment opportunities. Diverse outdoor pursuits range from internationally renowned wind-surfing and surfing breaks, world-class golfing, bush walking, fishing and motor sports.
Western Australia is bordered largely by desert to the east, with 12,500 kilometres (7,813 miles) of the world's most unspoiled coastline to the west, north and south. The state is so big that it has several different climatic zones: the north is warm and dry throughout winter, while it is cool and wet in the south.
Adored for it's brilliant blue skies, warm sunny climate and white sandy beaches, Western Australia is blessed with some of the world's most precious natural phenomena, including the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia, the 350-million year old Bungle-Bungle range and the towering karri forests of the south-west.
Western Australia is a primary producer, with a wealth of natural resources including gold, iron ore, gas and minerals.
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