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Panoramic Views of Perth

Aug 17, 2007
Perth City Centre is located alongside the peaceful waters of the Swan River, twenty Kilometres inland of the Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia.

Originally Perth was located for the safe inland position during colonial times, while the river provided an excellent means for transporting supplies from the coastal port to the fledgling colony. Much of Perth was originally built using convict labour and this can still be seen today in some of Perths remaining historic buildings. These days however, the river and surrounding area provides a scenic outlook for the city of Perth as well as a place for recreational activities.

The area around the city also had significant historical meaning to the Aborigines of the region, and according to Aboriginal folklore the Swan River was created by a large mythical snake known as the Waggyl, which slithered its way through the area creating the bends and gullies which shaped the river. In winter came the rains which filled the empty channel with water, and the river we know today as The Swan came to be.

For spectacular panoramic views of Perth and the river, visit Kings Park and Botanic garden and take advantage of the many lookouts and vantage points available to the public, or enjoy a relaxing picnic in one of the many recreation areas of the park.

The Perth City Centre also offers tourists a wealth of great shopping opportunities. Whether it is souvenirs, Aboriginal Art and crafts, fashion, swimming and beach wear, jewellery, cameras and high tech items, the vast array of shops available offer an extensive range of choices, from shopping malls and department stores, to cafes, restaurants and food halls. Some of the most popular shopping areas to visit include the The Hay St Mall, Murray St Mall, Raine Square, Forest Chase, Barrack St and Kings Street, however there are many other malls to visit as well.

While in the city visitors can also visit some or Perths main tourists attractions including the Perth Zoo and the Old Mill, both just a short ferry ride from the city, as well as Barracks Arch and Kings Park both of which are located just on the edge of the Perth city centre, and are easily accessible by public transport.

Perth has a number of beautiful sandy beaches to choose from and while swimming at Perths beaches is generally very safe, there are some things you should know, particularly if you have not visited Perth beaches before. Rips and strong currents can develop.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Villa Perth Site
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