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A continually growing and embryonic municipality, Perth is one of Australia’s most unique cities which has been described as one of the most isolated in the world! The metropolitan area can be divided into four main areas, each with its own special characteristics:
The Perth city center is also known as the Central Business District (CBD) and the main business area centers around St Georges Terrace or simply “The Terrace.” As the name suggests the CBD is where the business day starts and ends, and you’ll find numerous modern skyscrapers that evoke a style that is its own. Among the tall buildings are the larger international hotels, but tucked in between are some of Perth’s most beautiful and treasured historic buildings. The CBD is also home to the cultural institutions including the Perth Concert Hall, as well as offering a variety of upscale shopping at the Hay and Murray Street Malls. The international designer shops tend to be towards the "West End" of Hay Street, as well as trendy cafes, and nightlife on a Friday and Saturday night. There are many bars and pubs around the King Street area. High end shopping is found around King Street as well. It's no coincidence that this is also where the Australian head offices of several big international Minerals and Energy sector companies are located. Only 1.5 kilometres from the city centre is King's Park with quiet pathways through hectares of parklands and walkways for cycling, jogging or meeting friends.
When it's time to relax, take a stroll down Riverside Drive. This is one of the best places to be every January 26 for the Australia Day celebrations complete with a massive Skyshow fireworks display. Riverside Drive features paths along the Swan River, and from here you can take in the scenic beauty of the city or catch the ferry from the Barrack St jetty to the South Perth foreshore. South Perth foreshore boasts many restaurants, the Perth Zoo and the best night view of Perth. Northbridge is the restaurant district of Perth. It was originally home to many of the immigrants who came to Western Australia post war. The district officially was named in 1977, and it is known as the place to go for some of the best choices for food in WA. It ranges from ethnic food. In Chinatown to almost every world cuisine, reflecting the range of immigrants who have since established their home in Perth.
Subiaco ("Subi") is located on the western side of Kings Park, next to West Perth. Subiaco is a chic place of designer fashion, hairdressing salons, bars, restaurants and coffee havens. The main hub is around Rokeby Road and Hay Street. There are many coffee places around and unlike the CDB area you will can have good coffee in Subi on the weekend. On Saturday mornings there is a farmers market just off Rokeby Road, a great chance to experience local produce. Woolworths is open until 9.00pm on the weekdays and is next door to the train station. During the AFL football season, Subi comes alive when there is a game playing (the oval is 5 minutes from the city centre) and if you want to experience the atmosphere of passionate Australian's, book a ticket!
Perth residents often describe themselves as living "north of the River", "south of the River" or "in the Hlls".
North of the River: The Northern suburbs are renowned for their white sandy beaches. Access routes are parallel to the coast, including the Mitchell Freeway and Marmion Avenue
South of the River: The Southern suburbs include the historic port of Fremantle and the main access routes are the Kwinana Freeway and Leach Highway and Canning Highway (immortalised in the ACDC song, "Highway to Hell")
The Hills: The Darling Range escarpment is known for its national parks, trees and larger house blocks, often with lovely sweeping views back towards the coast and over the city and airport.