Perth is where our ship arrives. With a population of 1.7 million it is Western Australia’s largest city – and its capital. We a shocked by the price of things, not helped by the astonishing exchange rate – as we arrived we find that the Australian dollar is worth more than the US dollar, and the massive resource base in the 2.5 square kilometres of Western Australia is one of the main reasons why. We spend just a day and a night in Perth, and are happy to leave when we do! It is not really our kind of place…
We have arrived in Australia, we think...?!
We have definitely arrived in Australia.
Given their piles of cash and not much else to do, people seem to spend their day shopping in the pedestrianised outdoor malls. These are rarely to be seen in South East Asia, but here it is significantly less humid.
There are a couple of interesting smaller streets with big surprises.
Modern architecture, fairly nice urban planning and free bus services puts Perth in the top ten of The Economist's most liveable cities in the world. However, to us it seemed like a big country-town which brought with it a slightly narrow mentality... Enough said!