48 hours in Perth: street art, small bars, quokkas, beaches and Bon Scott

A wave of construction is transforming the West Australian capital, while Rottnest Island and Fremantle continue to delight

The first thing you notice about Western Australia is the light; light so piercing that the late David McComb, from the Perth band the Triffids, once noted that no foreign pair of dark sunglasses could ever shield you from it. It’s a dazzling place, all the more so when reflected from the glass towers of the capital’s central business district.

Perth is also isolated: once you get over the Darling Scarp, the low range of hills lying to the city’s east, the next big centre, Adelaide, is well over 2,500km away.

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