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Perth: Australia’s sunniest state capital.

2000 miles from the nearest city, Perth is infamously isolated, but with plenty of beaches (19 in the metropolitan area alone), a vibrant night life, good wines and a claim to fame as being the sunniest state capital in Australia, it’s a city with plenty to offer.

Thanks to its blue-sky climate, much of life goes on outdoors. There are beaches to suit all tastes; Cottessloe Beach, easily accesible by bus or train, is great for families, whilst serious surfers can head further up the coast to Scarboroug or Trigg, and skinny dippers will be happy at the nudist beach at Swansbourne, reports the Telegraph.

Take the ferry to Rottnest Island, where you can cycle, snorkel, play golf or take a scenic flight. Less sporty types may prefer to hit the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail just 25 minutes from central Perth, where you can tour the restaurants, cellars and breweries of the Swan Valley.

An interesting excursion for all is a trip to Fremantle, just 19kms away. Unlike Perth it has retained much of its colonial past, boasting impressive architecture and distinct attractions of its own such as the Old Fremantle Prison, where the state’s most dangerous prisoners were kept, or the WA Maritime Museum.

And with the third Ashes test to be held here from the 16th-20th December, at the height of the Australian summer, it’s a great time to escape the cold, watch some cricket and enjoy the sun setting over the Indian Ocean.

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