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Perth and Fremantle are two bustling cities with lots of attractions and some good shore and boat diving offshore.
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The modern capital of Western Australia Perth and the historic town Freemantle, separated by the Swan River, are two beautiful cities located on the Sunset Coast of West Australia. Founded in 1829, with most old buildings built by convicts, it was during the gold discovery in 1890 that Perth really grow. The smaller town Freemantle became economic thriving when they decided to built an artificial harbor, making it the harbor of Perth as well. Today both are bustling cities and popular destinations for tourists around the world. There are excellent shopping malls, art exhibits and entertainment in the form of aboriginal culture and dance. At night you can explore some of its many bars, clubs and restaurants, especially at Northbridge district with its superb nightlife. There are a whole wide range of museums, including the Shipwrecks Museum, Western Australian Maritime Museum and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
The lush vegetation and wildflowers in Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot to go for a picnic, stroll around or watch time go by. Perth and Fremantle offer tens of interesting architectural landmarks such as the Perth Mint, Perth Bell Tower (Swan Bell Tower) and the Old Perth Mill. Other attractions are the Perth Zoo, Stirling Gardens, Lake Monger, historical tram tours and some of the favorite surfing beaches Cottesloe Beach, Leighton Beach and Swanbourne Beach. You can learn about its former prison capital in the world at the Fremantle Prison. At the Fremantle Markets on South Terrace you can find everything from cheap jewelry to fruits and handicrafts. Further away are the wineries of the Swan Valley with its excellent wines and the Perth Hills where you can explore its breathtaking scenery and skylines across the bay and city. The picturesque Rottnest Islands is laying just offshore and makes for a very popular weekend 'get away from the crowds' destination.
There are several popular spots for scuba divers. Another popular attraction is the Alkimos Wreck, a Greek freighter that sank in the 1960s near Eglington Rocks, just north of Perth. Around its shores you can dive the wrecks RMS Orizaba, Saxon Ranger or popular shore dives near North Mole and Point Peron near Rockingham. However, if you are interested in diving for a few days, we suggest visiting Rottnest Islands.
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