Leisure and Convenience
There are many entertainment and leisure activities to take part in:
Kings Park has an area of 4.06 square kilometres which makes it the largest inner-city park in the world. The other major park is Perth Zoo, which is located in South Perth. Perth Zoo has many different animals brought in from all over the world and is a major attraction. There is also an active breeding program which aims to reintroduce endangered species back into the wild.
For history and research lovers, there is the Western Australian Museum, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. The Western Australian Museum displays Aboriginal artifacts and zoological and social exhibits. The Western Australian Maritime Museum’s displays includes a former Royal Australian Navy submarine and the yacht that won the America’s Cup in 1983, Australia II. There are also a number of art galleries within Perth displaying local and international pieces.
Perth has unlimited leisure opportunities. It is known for its water parks, nightclubs and restaurants and cafes.
Performing arts and sports
Perth has a long-standing cultural tradition of performing arts. The city is home to the West Australian Ballet, West Australian Opera and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The Perth Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company are hosted by the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Other theatres include the auditorium at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. There are also numerous musical performances by local performers. Kings Park and Subiaco are just a few of the places that hold outdoor concerts.
Perth has a significant representation on the sporting field. Some of the sporting preferences are football, hockey, soccer and netball. The weather is very conducive for outdoor activity and sports are held year-round. Perth had the privilege of holding the 1962 Commonwealth Games and the 1983 America’s Cup defence. Baseball, hockey and rugby teams participate in national competitions.
Perth has a dominant position in the larger Western Australian economy. This is due to its large population and the fact that it is the administrative centre for government. Perth favours the mining and service industries, and to a lesser extent agriculture. The economy has been growing steadily since World War II due to factors such as a good transport system and industrial employment contributing to suburban growth. Land is relatively inexpensive in the city. Many manufacturing industries have acquired large tracts of land and built single-storey but spacious plants within the suburbs. Since the 1950s, there has been growth in manufacturing industries such as steel rolling, power stations and oil and nickel refineries.
Education helps the economy of the city and is one of the major job-creating industries. Perth is home to four public universities:
- University of Western Australia
- Curtin University
- Murdoch University
- Edith Cowan University
It is also the home of the University of Notre Dame, which is a private university. The universities’ performances are outstanding and The University of Western Australia is considered to be the leading university in the state. It has produced a Nobel laureate and is renowned for its research. Curtin University has also received praise for producing PhD recipients of the AINSE gold medal, among the most respected PhD awards. There is also a system of technical colleges and schools to provide vocational training, including diploma and certificate-level courses. Some of the institutes are:
- Central Institute of Technology
- West Coast Institute of Training
- Polytechnic West
- Challenger Institute of Technology.
The main transport link to the outside world is Perth International Airport. There is also as a network of roads and highways serving the city as well as rail transport and ferry options.
There are many fascinating features that make the city stand out. As an example, Perth offers free travel on trains and buses around the city centre. The climate is favourable, the job market stable and the economy is growing. Perth is a very livable city.