Perth is my city and I love it.….for those who live in Perth have you heard or known that song from Channel 7 commercial ad, haven’t you? 🙂 I’ve been living in this city for almost 15 years now and it has changed a bit since the first time I landed in 1999. Not much. Came from super crowded and noisy Jakarta, I found Perth was so lifeless and sleepy. Though now Perth is busier and more traffic than before, still this city is pretty laid back. Below are ten facts that I can thing about Perth, that you may or may not know.
1. Perth is situated between Darling Ranges and the Indian Ocean along the bank of Swan River. The river is named after the famous black swans which you can find along the river.
2.Perth’s CBD is quite small compared to other cities in Australia such as Sydney and Melbourne. Shops are (now) open Monday to Sunday, usually from 9am to 5.30pm on week-days and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. Once a week shops are open until 9pm, which is called late night shopping, every Thursday in the suburbs area and Friday in the city. There are only three major supermarkets, Coles, Woolworth, and IGA. Sunday markets are everywhere around the suburbs. David Jones and Myer are our two major department stores along with Target, K-mart, and Big W. There’s no Starbucks, Crispy Creme etc, very few American chain restaurants too.
3. Perth is the second most windy city in the world, after Chicago.
4. Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world.
5. It has the largest inner city park in the world – Kings Park is 400 ha of natural Australian bush over the looking the city. It’s even bigger than New York’s Central Park.
6. There are lots of beautiful beaches around Perth ; Cottlesloe beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, and many more.
7. Dolphins can be seen regularly in the Swan and Canning rivers and inshore coast line.
8. The Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in the world.
9. Perth is the sunniest city in the world, so Perthians should not worry about the lack of vitamin D! 🙂
10. Perth has the highest per capita number of self-made millionaire in the world. Thanks to the mining industry!