Perth, Western Australia
Population: 1,162,716 *
Dialing Code: 08 (+61 8 from overseas)
Time Zone: AWST - Australian Western Standard Time (UTC+8)
Current Time: 23/05/2013 10:11:54 am
* Source for population data: 2001 census figures
Situated in the south-east coast of Australia on the Indian Ocean lies Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Founded as a colony on the Swan River in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, Perth is now a rapidly-growing city housing over 75% of all WA's population. Prior to European settlement, the area had been inhabited by the local Aboriginal Noongar people for over 40,000 years.
The weather in Perth is seasonal, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. The hottest temperature recorded in Perth was 46.2 degrees celcius (115 degrees farenheit) in February 1991.
Perth is sometimes referred to as the most isolated city in the world due to it's remoteness from other major cities in Australia. It is in fact closer to Indonesia or Singapore than it is to Canberra or Sydney.
Perth has five universities: The University of Western Australia, The University of Notre Dame, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University of Technology.
The most popular sport in Perth is Australian Rules Football and the city has two teams in the AFL: The Freemantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles. Perth also hosted tne 1962 Commonwealth Games.