did you know? Perth interesting facts
Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world - it's over 1,300 miles to the next large city.
Some of the largest surfing waves in the world can be found in Western Australia's Margaret River region
Five thousand years ago, you could actually walk from Perth to Rottnest Island. The only way to Rottnest now, is by plane or boat.
Western Australia, with 12.5 thousand kilometres of coastline, is the largest state in the largest island in the world, which is also the smallest, flattest, lowest & driest (excluding Antarctica) continent.
The waters of Western Australia are home to the largest fish in the world. The Whale Shark grows up to 13 meters long and is completely harmless.
The world’s oldest form of living organisms called stromatolites can be found near Shark Bay in Western Australia. Shark Bay also has the largest breeding population of dugongs (manatees) in the world with 12.5% of the world’s population.
Perth is known as the "City of Light". This came about when residents lit their house lights and street lights as American astronaut, John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on "Friendship 7" in 1962. This was repeated in 1998 as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle.
Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day and around 3,200 hours of sunshine annually.
Perth has the largest inner city park on earth; Kings Park is even bigger than Central Park in New York.
Perth has the greatest concentration of Aboriginal art in the world at the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier. There are more than 10,000 ancient rock engravings some dating back 10,000 years.