Perth is the capital of Western Australia and with about 1.7 million inhabitants also the state's largest city. With it's location on the far western end of the otherwise empty state of Western Australia, it's one of the world's most isolated metropolitan areas. The nearest city of similar size (Adelaide) is more than 2000km / 1200mi away over the endlessly empty Nullarbor Plain. The region of Perth was first sighted by the Dutch in the 17th century, but it were the British that colonized the area in early 19th century. Perth proved to be a strategic location when Western Australia, a state rich in natural resources, attracted many people to the region.
This photograph was taken from across the Swan River at dusk.