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If one needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and would like to escape to the opposite side of the world - then what's the farthest one can go? The antipode (or geographical opposite of the world) of NYC is some lonely place in the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. The closest major city to that location is the gleaming city of Perth.

Fortunately, there are many reasons Perth is worth visiting. Perth is located in Western Australia - a massive state of contracts. It is a place where one can leave the vibing and prosperous city behind and head into the vastness of the Australian Outback. Western Australia is a state that requires a lot more than ten days of road tripping to explore.


Perth - The Farthest City From New York City

At 11,613 miles away, Perth - the state capital of the Australian state of Western Australia - is the farthest city from New York City. Perth is the capital and by far the largest city of the state of Western Australia.

  • Distance: 11,613 Miles from NYC
  • Location: Western Australia
  • Population: 2.1 Million (80% of the State's Population)
  • Livable: Frequently Ranked As One Of the World's Most Livable Cities

Perth is one of the most isolated major cities in the world, located a continent away from the other major Australian city. If one would like to drive to the next major Australian city, buckle up! Its a 28-hour drive down the road to Adelaide in the state of South Australia, 36 hours to Melbourne, 41-hour drive to Sydney, and 46 hours to Brisbane. It was founded in 1829 and grew in the late 19th century because of the gold rush.

Isolation Of Perth:

  • Adelaide: 28-Hour Drive Nonstop (The Closest Major City)
  • Melbourne: 36-Hour Dive Nonstop
  • Sydney: 41-Hour Drive Nonstop
  • Brisbane: 46-Hour Dive Nonstop

Perth is ranked as one of the most livable cities and enjoys warm weather with stunning beaches and vibrant street life. Fortunately, the cool sea breeze easIn and around Perth, the opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, and sailing abound.

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Whiskey Distillery Tour Of Perth

One idea of something to do in Perth is to take the city's first and only whiskey distillery tour (after all, one is going as far away from NYC as possible and would like to relax).

The whisky tour visits four amazing distilleries in Perth, giving people the chance to taste how the beverage is made in the land down under. Enjoy tasting food in 1 to 2 distilleries of the four distilleries with tutored whiskey tasting sessions with whiskey experts.

  • Distilleries Visitors: 4 Distilleries
  • Includes: Pick-Up and Drop Off
  • Transport: In An Air-Conditioned Minibus
  • Duration: 7 Hours
  • Price: $230.00
  • Pick up: 777 Hay Street, Perth
  • Times: 10.15 am to 5.15 pm

On tour, one will see behind the scenes the workings of the distilleries together with "meet the maker" moments. The tour explores in and around Perth, going to East Perth, Bayswater, Armadale, and Fremantle.

Hidden de Tours offers a range of other tasting tours in Perth, including gin tours, wine tours, and other tours.

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Perth Is The Gateway To Western Australia

Western Australia is Australia's largest state by area, taking up around 33% of the land area of the country. The only large city in the state is Perth which has around 2.1 million of the state's 2.76 million inhabitants. At 2,527,013 square kilometers (975,685 sq mi), it is the second-largest country subdivision in the world - making it almost twice the size of Alaska.

  • Size: 2,527,013 km2 (975,685 sq mi)
  • Second: Largest Country Subdivision in The World

Western Australia is the land of the Australian Outback - the vast majority of the state is sparsely populated.

To explore the state, one should get a car (preferably a 4x4 with a tent on the roof or a 4x4 (like a Toyota Landcruiser) with a caravan/trailer). The distances are truly vast, and the state offers unspoiled landscapes, brilliant night skies, and solitude.

The state is one of the extremes. In Perth, one finds a modern and gleaming city and vast outback landscapes beginning not so far out of the city. The state is also full of mining boom towns and is sure to remind travelers of the Old West of the United States.