Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, lies on the Swan River 20 kilometers from the Indian Ocean coast. Festivals, recreational activities, parks and restaurants all revolve around the river, making it very much the center of Perth life.
In addition to the city center, outer Perth includes four distinct areas. Swan River Valley is one of Western Australia’s oldest wine regions with more than 40 vineyards. Sunset Coast is full of relaxing beach towns, safe swimming beaches and choice surf spots; it also includes the Sunset Hinterland—the bushland—home to the Yanchep National Park which house kangaroo, koalas, and the stunning Crystal Cave. A short train ride south of Perth is Fermantle, a port town with a growing artists community. Rottnest Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth, is a popular destination for cycling, snorkeling and golfing; no cars are allowed.
With a population of over 1 million, Perth is one of the most isolated metropolitan areas in the world; the nearest city of comparable size, Adelaide, is over 1,300 miles away.