Perth, on the Swan River, flanked by the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range, has plenty of city attractions: museums, art galleries, a very popular zoo, theatres, Kings Park overlooking the city and entertainment in the restaurant and nightlife suburb of Northbridge.
Perth has just become the first Australian capital city to offer free public Wi-Fi internet access in the CBD. Now as a visitor you can check your email, stay in touch via social media and send photos around the world. You can access this service via your phone – tablet or laptop without the need to find local Wi-Fi hotspots.
Perth’s port of Fremantle, considered by many to be the world’s best-preserved example of a 19th-century seaport, boasts a convict-built police station, courthouse and prison. Visitors to Fremantle Prison can spend a few minutes in the cells, then enjoy a cappuccino at the Convict Cafe. (The original inhabitants spent longer in the cells and never even smelled coffee.) During the 1980s, the port took on new glamour when it became the centre for the America’s Cup Regatta.
Today, the salty sea air, weekend markets and European-style outdoor cafes draw the crowds from Perth, especially at weekends. Cappuccino Strip is the place to hang out – or sample boutique beers with names like Redback and Dogbolter at some memorable pubs. Little art and craft galleries and several fine museums are further diversions.