Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get the biggest Weekly Travel stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The first ever non-stop passenger flight from the UK to Australia arrived in Perth today - and Mirror Online was on board to witness this piece of aviation history. Qantas launched the first direct service from London to the Western Australian city — a distance of just over 9, miles. The flight was supposed to take 17 hours, but Captain Andrew Simpson managed to shave more than half an hour off the anticipated flight time. Whilst the journey itself took just over 16 hours, this particular piece of history has been a long time in the making. The Boeing Dreamliner replaces the need for a traditional stop over and is likely to be a precursor to direct flights from London to Australia's eastern cities. The Dreamliner is regarded as the ideal choice for such a long flight because of its lower cabin noise, larger windows, better air quality and advanced technology to reduce the effects of turbulence.
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Perth Concert Hall The strength of Perth's economy lies in its diversity, with a balance of large companies, the public sector, a broad range of small and medium-sized enterprises and many self-employed business people. The development in renewable energy , insurance , manufacturing , leisure , health and transport is stimulating employment. The largest employer in the city is Perth and Kinross Council which employ 6, people. The leading international transportation company, Stagecoach Group also has its global headquarters in the city. Perth's city centre is situated to the west of the banks of the River Tay. Since the credit crisis, growth has slowed considerably though still remained above the Scottish average. This contains the major collection of the works of the artist John Duncan Fergusson.
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History of Perth, Western Australia The area of Perth contains the Whadjuk people , who are one of several groups in south-western Western Australia which make up the Noongar people. Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Perth area for at least 38, years, as evidenced by archaeological remains at Upper Swan. The Noongar people occupied the southwest corner of Western Australia and lived as hunter-gatherers. The wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain were particularly important to them, both spiritually featuring in local mythology and as a source of food. Boorloo formed part of the territory of the Mooro , a Noongar clan, which at the time of British settlement had Yellagonga as their leader.
Initial exploration for hydrocarbons in the Perth Basin began in the late s with an onshore field survey and evaluation of water drilling commissioned by Ampol and Richfield Oil companies and gravity surveys by the Bureau of Mineral Resources. The onshore portion is extensively explored with over wells drilled. Offshore exploration began in