Guide to Perth
Perth, Western Australia's cosmopolitan capital, has all the ingredients for a great holiday. While visiting for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, take the time to explore some of the many delights Perth has to offer. It is home to some of the country's best beaches, exciting nightlife, bustling markets, designer shopping precincts, inner city parks, alfresco dining and amazing marine adventures.
Perth sits beside the widest stretch of the meandering and magnificent Swan River. Locals are renowned for their friendly hospitality and enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, as do those in the neighbouring port city of Fremantle, which also boasts a bustling cafe and market scene.
Wine lovers will appreciate the picturesque Swan Valley, which is renowned as being Western Australia's oldest wine region. Visitors may enjoy lunch or dinner at vineyards or restaurants in the region, which is located about 40 minutes drive from the city centre.
Located 30 minutes south of Perth, Fremantle has been referred to as the best preserved 19th Century seaport in the world, with more than 150 buildings classified by the National Trust. But "Freo", as it is known to locals, is much more than an architectural time capsule. It is a lively maritime street celebration bubbling with character, culture and coffee shops.
The best way to get a feel for Fremantle is to relax at one of the many alfresco cafes on the "Cappuccino Strip". When Fremantle hosted the 1987 America's Cup Defence, the city was treated to a facelift and the festivities have never really stopped.
The Port of Fremantle has developed a reputation for augmenting the quality of major events with its rich maritime history, stunning historical architecture, strong ethnic community and a way of life distinct from the commercial intensity of major cities.
For more information about Perth and Fremantle please visit www.westernaustralia.com