About Perth

Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia, with a population of approximately 2 million. It is located on the coast of Indian Ocean and Swan River winds its way through the city.

Perth area has been inhabited by aboriginal Australians for at least 38,000 years based on archaeological remains found at Upper Swan.The area of Perth is inhabited by the Whadjuk people, who are one of several aboriginal groups in south-western Western Australia which make up the Noongar people.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status in 1856 and was named after the city of Perth in Scotland.

Travel advice

Driving side: Left

Calling code: +61

Currency: Australian dollar

Electricity: In Australia, power plugs and sockets are of type I. Standard voltage is 230 V and standard frequency if 50 Hz.

Perth has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and moderate, though highly seasonal, winter based rainfall. November is in spring season, with average high and low temperatures of 26.7 °C and 14.3 °C.


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