Perth is one of the most isolated major cities in the world. The nearest city with a population of more than 100,000 is Adelaide, 2,130 km away. Only Honolulu, 3,841 km from San Francisco, is more isolated.
Perth sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. The CBD of Perth is bounded by the Swan River to the south and east, with Kings Park on the western end, and the Perth City Link to the suburb of Northbridge to the North. Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. To the east, the city is bordered by a low escarpment called the Darling Scarp. The Perth Arena is a building in the Perth City Link area. Hay Street and Murray Street have most of the retail and entertainment facilities.
Explore the Perth Cultural Centre which is home to the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, the Black Swan State Theatre Company, and the Perth Theatre Company, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Alexander Library and the Western Australian Museum. Other performing arts companies based in Perth include the West Australian Ballet, the West Australian Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The Perth Cultural Centre also has eateries, cafés, and open spaces suitable for picnics & the many outdoor activities.
Perth suburbs stretch along sandy beaches along the coast to the north and the south. Take a train or ferry to Fremantle & then the ferry to Rottnest Island to visit the adorable Quokkas and enjoy one of it's many beaches & historial sites. Take time out in Fremantle to enjoy a look into the history of Perth & Fremantles settlement. To the east is the Darling Escarpment, home to many national parks and dams, including some that you can recreate in. Or take a leisurely cruise up the Swan River to sample some of their best wines.
Summers are generally hot and dry, lasting from December to March, with February generally being the hottest month of the year. Perth has an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day, about 138.7 clear days anually, making it the sunniest capital city in Australia. Perth receives moderate though highly seasonal, winter based rainfall. Winters are wet but mild, with most of Perth's annual rainfall being between May and September. Temperatures at or below zero are very rare occurrences and it seldom gets cold enough for frost to form.