Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the banks of the Swan River. Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Light" when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated the act as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998. The nearest city to Perth is Adelaide, South Australia, which is 2,104 kilometres (1,307 mi) away.
Kings Park, located in central Perth between the CBD and the University of Western Australia, is the largest inner-city park in the world, at 4.06 square kilometres. Perth Zoo, located in South Perth, houses a variety of Australian and exotic animals from around the globe, and is home to highly successful breeding programs for orangutans and giraffes. The Western Australian Museum holds an extensive display of Aboriginal artefacts as well as numerous zoological and social exhibits. The new Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle displays maritime objects from all eras and includes a former Royal Australian Navy submarine.
Celebrity musical performers from Perth have included the late AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott. Famous actors and media personalities hailing from the city include Heath Ledger, Tim Minchin, Sam Worthington and Isla Fisher.
Accommodation in Perth’s residential colleges and halls
Perth is home to four public universities, the University of Western Australia, founded in 1911, Curtin University, Murdoch University, and Edith Cowan University, and one private university, the University of Notre Dame. Some of the universities' residential colleges and residences offer casual accommodation during the vacation periods. It should be understood that these residences and colleges are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, they do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting around Perth
Perth is served by Perth Airport in the city's east for regional, domestic and international flights. Perth has a road network with three freeways and nine metropolitan highways. Perth metropolitan public transport, including trains, buses and ferries, is provided by Transperth, with links to rural areas provided by Transwa. Perth provides zero-fare bus and train trips around the city centre (the "Free Transit Zone"). The Indian Pacific passenger rail service connects Perth with Adelaide and Sydney via Kalgoorlie.