Perth is the largest city and the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia with a population of 2,022,044, making it the 4th most populous city in Australia. The city is extending from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south and it consists of 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs. The majority of the metropolitan area sits on the Swan Coastal Plain, which is a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. It is one of the most isolated major cities in the world; Perth is geographically closer to Jakarta in Indonesia than to Brisbane or Canberra. The city attracts students from around the world to study in one of its prestigious universities, accommodating them in the many student residences it offers.
The Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architecture gave architecture award to The Perth Arena building. The 8th tallest building in Australia, Central Park, is in Perth. The city has an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day, its summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet with rainfalls. Most of the rainfalls are between May and September; however, Perth is considered to generally have a Mediterranean climate.
Famous student attractions in Perth like the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum Perth, the State Library of Western Australia, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) are all located in the Perth Cultural Centre in the area of central Perth.
The ‘City of Light’ has other numerous globally sought-after destinations, like Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Swan Bells, the Northbridge Piazza, Barracks Arch, St George's Cathedral, Burt Memorial Hall and City of Perth Library.
There is also Kings Park which is occupying 1,003 acres, Jacob's Ladder with 242 steps that lead down to Mounts Bay, Perth Zoo, covering 41 acres, and the 4000-acre Whiteman Park.
Perth has 4 public universities: the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University, and one private university: the University of Notre Dame. The University of Western Australia’s monumental neo-classical architecture that is carved from white limestone is a remarkable landmark for tourists in the city. The university is also considered as one of the most leading research institutions in Australia.
Trade and vocational training, including certificate- and diploma-level courses are provided from colleges of TAFE that began as a system of technical colleges and schools under the Education Department and eventually became regional colleges. The Perth metropolitan area has two: North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE.
Transperth provides the city with public transport, including trains, buses and ferries, all considered affordable student transportation. There are links to rural areas provided by Transwa. Perth has 70 railway stations and 15 bus ones in the metropolitan area. It mainly has three freeways and nine metropolitan highways. The Northbridge tunnel, which is a part of the Graham Farmer Freeway, is an essential road tunnel in the city. Perth’s city centre is a Free Transit Zone, as the city offers zero-fare bus and train trips around it among 4 heavy-duty CAT bus routes. Perth is also well-linked to Adelaide and Sydney once per week in each direction via the Indian Pacific passenger rail services.