Despite being the capital of the fastest growing state in Australia, Perth has remained one of the most laidback cities in the country. With warm weather most of the year and dozens of beaches within easy driving distance, it is no wonder the surfer lifestyle is alive and well in suburbs like Scarborough and Cottesloe. The recent resources boom in Western Australia has made Perth a city with money to spare, so paying around $10 for a pint of beer has become the new normal. As Australia’s sunniest capital city — with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year — Perth is the perfect city for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors.