Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Perth, Australia's coastal boomtown
"And why not take it easy in this city with a sunny Mediterranean climate and miles and miles of coastline where even on a busy summer weekend, you have a good chance of having a big stretch of beach all to yourself.
Closer to Asia than it is to Australia's main population centres on the continent's east coast, Perth is often described as the most remote city in the world with the Indian Ocean at its doorstep and miles of Outback at its back.
Correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit.
FRIDAY 5 p.m. - Arrival and hotel check in. The central business district is a convenient and central location to stay, with more public transportation options on offer, including the free Central Area Transit (CAT) buses if you decide not to hire a car. There are several hotels along the Swan River with beautiful views. Coastal neighborhoods such as the ritzy Cottesloe neighborhood and the less exclusive Scarborough offer beachside accommodation.
6 p.m. - Head over to the Old Swan River Brewery. Beer is no longer made onsite, but the restaurant does have several tasty house brews
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