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Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world. Despite its isolation, or because of it, Perth has developed into a dynamic and prosperous city with many diverse attractions for the visitor. Basically, the city is divided in two by the Swan River estuary. For many people, the Swan River is what defines Perth. On any fine weekend, the wide waterway teems with yachts, powerboats and paddlers. The walking paths and cycleways that run along its banks are well utilized and families flock to picnic locations in shady parks. Boat cruises take tourists up and down the river, and ones that call into riverside wineries in Middle Swan are particularly popular. With its superb beaches and location on the banks of the Swan River, it's little wonder Perth has become famous as an outdoor playground.
The most popular and well known of Perth's magnificent white beaches are Scarborough and Cottesloe beaches. City Beach and Floreat Beach are other family-oriented beaches while the best waves close to Perth occur at Trigg Beach.
The best known and loved park in Perth is undoubtedly Kings Park. It protects a large area of natural bushland and during September, at the height of the wildflower season, is a blaze of colour. Jacobs Ladder, a set of nearly 300 steps, rises steeply from the base of Mount Eliza to Kings Park.
At the mouth of the Swan River is bustling Fremantle, a busy port with a lively restaurant, bar and caf? culture. One highlight is taking a guided tour of the historic convict-built Fremantle pr