The Perth and Peel Region W.A.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and life in the Perth/Peel region revolves around the water.
The Swan and Canning Rivers cut winding waterways through the city, finally discharging in the historic port city of Fremantle, while the magnificent white sands beaches of the Indian Ocean lie just to the west.
Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world and it has developed a unique personality and independence from the eastern seaboard.
The rivers are large and clean and host an assortment of recreational activities. The river systems of many cities hosting a population of 1.7 million are no longer able to support edible seafood but the rivers of Perth continue to serve up a feed.
The beaches are pristine and beachside culture flourishes with sun baking, snorkelling, surfing and fishing all playing an important role in the lifestyle. Just off the coast lies Rottnest Island, named for the local 'Quokkas' - wallaby/rat like marsupials. The island has some stunning bays and with a 'no car' policy - transportation is mostly by bicycle.
75km to the south lie the Peel region consisting of the seaside towns of Mandurah and Rockingham, also renowned for the ocean going lifestyle while both the Perth and Peel regions are flanked by the Darling Range to the east. The 'Darling Escarpment' is home to numerous freshwater dams and Jarrah forests with small towns populating the South West Highway.
Both regions have all the trappings on a modern metropolis - fine dining and shopping, world class entertainment venues, top shelf and casual accommodation and a wealth of activities.
Blessed with great weather, a clean, safe environment and plenty to see and do, Perth is an easy launching pad for the rest of Western Australia.
Facts about Perth and Peel
Population: 1,800,000 approx.
Climate: Mediterranean style climate, warm dry summer, cool wet winter
Geography: Riverside plains beneath low range escarmpment, limestone and low coastal sand dunes
Flora: Bottlebrush, Wattle, Acacia, Eucalypt, Jarrah, Paper barks and Tea Tree shrubs
Fauna: Perth's famous Black Swans, numerous water birds and abundant natural birdlife. Quokkas, Possums, Echidnas, Woylie, Quenda, Chuditch and many small marsupials, Western Grey Kangaroo, Emu, numerous frogs, snakes and other reptiles
Perth and Peel Attractions
- Art, culture, shopping and cuisine of a modern first world city.
- Historic and bohemian Fremantle
- Pure white beaches and crystal blue water
- Fishing, crabbing and dining in Mandurah
- The dams and Jarrah Forests of the Darling Escarpment
- Riverside living from Ravenswood to Perth
- Parks and gardens including Kings Park and Queens Park
- Rottnest Island
- World class golf courses
- Bibbulmun Track
Perth, Fremantle, Baldivis, Cooloongup, Rockingham, Golden Bay, Karnup, Keralup, Peron, Port Kennedy, Rockingham, Safety Bay, Secret Harbour, Waikiki, Warnbro, Barragup, Coolup, Dwellingup, Fairbridge, Keralup, North Dandalup, Yunderup, Pinjarra, Ravenswood, Coolup, Pinjarra, Hamel, Lake Clifton, Nanga Brook, Preston Beach, Wagerup, Waroona, Kwinana
Getting Around Perth and Peel
Perth is serviced by both an international and domestic airport and the city itself has plenty of transport infrastructure. Buses and trains are cheap and plentiful and will get you anywhere you want to go while modern freeways take you to all ends of the city reasonably efficiently.
In the Perth city centre free buses can drop you around the CBD while hiring a pushbike is a relatively easy affair with plenty of bicycle paths and lanes.
If you are comfortable driving in any other major city then Perth itself shouldn't be a problem - Perth is widely spread out and roads and signs are logical and well sign posted. Peak hour traffic gets hectic but long traffic jams aren't the norm.
A quick rail system runs through Fremantle onto Mandurah with plenty of regular services and a bus service mirrors the trains.
Taxis are plentiful but not as cheap to use as some of the nearer Asian countries.
Best Time to Visit
Spring (Sept - Nov) and Autumn (March - May) are the best times to visit the Perth Peel Region. With temperatures averaging between 12 and 26 degrees Celsius the days are usually dry and clear.
Summer can get hot with temperatures creeping into the low 40's and the summer weather pattern of warm breezes from inland followed by the cooling afternoon sea-breeze (the 'Fremantle Doctor') makes for a great beach experience.
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