Living in Perth

Perth Western Australia

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is Australia’s fourth largest city. It has a population of around 1.97 million people and is located on the south west coast of Australia. It is known as the world’s most isolated city because, well, it’s isolated!Perth Location

Perth is so far away from the rest of Australia it’s sometimes difficult to remember that it is part of the same country. The nearest major city to Perth is Adelaide, yet according to Google, it would take about one day and eight hours to drive the 2,696 km between the two cities.

In the past, it used to be a little more expensive to live in Perth because of the extra costs involved in transporting goods to the area. Yet today, Perth is thriving and Western Australia is the country’s fastest growing economy thanks to its vast supply of mineral resources.

If they are short of anything over there, its workers to keep it all going. So these days, prices in Perth are more in line with the rest of Australia.

It seems the isolation isn’t such a bad thing either. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey places Perth the 9th most liveable city in the world. That’s not bad!

The city itself is located on the banks of the Swan River, which is quite wide in places. But if you want sandy beaches then you’ll need to travel around 10 km west from the city where you will find the Indian Ocean.

As you can see from the photograph in my banner, it is a glorious coastline. Turn either left or right and you will be spoilt for choice for beautiful beaches.

Waterman Beech, North Beach, South Trigg Beach, Scarborough Beach, Brighton Beach, Floreat Beach, City Beach, Swanbourne Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Mosman Beach, Leighton Beach and Port Beach, to name just a few.

That’s all without leaving Perth; I think you get the idea.

What’s the weather like?

Perth Annual WeatherHot, for the most part. Perth may well have the best summers in the whole of Australia. Well, that’s if you like 36° heat, 10 hours of sunshine a day and hardly any rain.

Like Brisbane, winters are mild and the rest of the time it’s hot, sunny and clear blue skies for the best part of it.

But as with most parts of Australia, sometimes the weather can be extreme. Perth can experience high winds and fierce storms, certain areas are at risk from flooding from the Swan River and the city is also close to Australia’s most active earthquake zone.

But mostly it is hot and sunny.

The Districts of Perth….

Map of Perth Western Australia

Perth can be broken down into five main areas:

  • Inner Perth – including City, Inner North, Inner South, Inner South West, Inner East and Inner West
  • North Perth – including Northern Perth and Outer North
  • South Perth – including Outer South, Outer South West and Frementle
  • East Perth – including Outer East
  • West Perth – including Western Perth

Questions about Perth?

If you have any question about living in Perth, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • David Harrison January 17, 2017, 1:19 pm | Link

    For me Queensland is the best place to live in Australia and I moved to Cairns nearly 16 months a go. I grew up in Hobart Tasmania and I’ve lived in most major cities except Perth, Alice Springs and Darwin, but personally I think Australia is quite overated when it comes to being able to make a good life. Hard to find work and to make friends. High crime and a lot of deadbeats! No real culture and run by heavy laws. I’ve lived and travelled in China and have family and many friends there. A more friendly people and cultural country and far more efficient in getting things done. China is definitely where I prefer to be, especially south east China.

  • Chakshu behl January 16, 2017, 11:06 pm | Link

    I am planing to move to Perth on study visa with my wife and 2 kids . Suggest the best but economical area to live nearby ECU.

    • BobinOz January 18, 2017, 12:17 am | Link

      ‘Best’ is hard to help you with because it depends what you want from a suburb. Economical is easy though, you just need to find a suburb close to where you will be studying where accommodation is cheaper than elsewhere.

      My page Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia can help you with that.

    • vale January 18, 2017, 3:50 am | Link

      ECU Mount Lawley or Joondalup? Mt. Lawley itself is a good place to live and quite economical as well plus it is very close to perth city..cheers

  • Faye January 16, 2017, 4:52 pm | Link

    Hi I’m contemplating to move to Perth with my hubby an kids from Darwin. My hubby currently works for inpex an is concerned about gettin work that won’t mean leaving for days. Guess I’m wondering if the mines are close so he could come home everyday.

    • BobinOz January 18, 2017, 12:08 am | Link

      Yes, I believe the mines have been closing, but the consequences of that are higher unemployment in the area which means that jobs are harder to find. The danger then is that your hubby doesn’t find a job at all and is home every day, but doesn’t earn any money.

      I would suggest doing some research into this, to see what kind of job opportunities might be available to your husband before you make a move, particularly if he currently does have a job in Darwin.

      • Vicki Edwards January 21, 2017, 8:37 pm | Link

        The mines are not closing but the majority of the construction phase has beeen completed and the mines are now in production mode where less staff are required. Depends what skills your husband has but Perth is a wonderful place to live!

  • Nicolina Leone January 6, 2017, 5:42 am | Link

    Hi Bob, thanks so much for the information. I’m moving to Perth middle-to-end of March and am looking into areas I’d like to live. I think Inner or West (because of proximity to the beach) would be great. I’d love to be as central as possible but still in a reasonably priced area (doesn’t everyone?). If you have any suggestions on where to start, that would be so helpful!


    • BobinOz January 11, 2017, 8:27 pm | Link

      I’m afraid I don’t know enough about Perth to help you with this, I live in Brisbane and I’ve only been to Western Australia once for a holiday. Hopefully a local will see your comment and help you out though, but it may also be worth you having a quick look through the comments already made here as there is some chatter about the suburbs.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Charmaine December 31, 2016, 2:01 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    How are you? My husband and I have recently been granted a 190 visa to Western Australia and we are plannung on moving soon. My husband is a hotelier my profession and we were wondering which regions in WA would give us better job opportunities. Would appreciate your advise.

  • Sandy December 28, 2016, 7:35 pm | Link

    Hi there. We are immagrating to Perth from South Africa my husband my two kids and I. I am looking for nice areas for us as a family and any other information 🙂 thanks so much.

    • Paul Truebig December 29, 2016, 12:05 pm | Link

      Hi Sandy
      We live in Cairns it is a great spot for family, it is like paradise. The ocean has salt crocs so we have a number of public pools. It is hot and can be humid. Lots of professional South Africans in Cairns.
      Lot of the work is fly in and fly out pending on the occupation.
      Good luck with your migration.

      • BobinOz December 29, 2016, 9:52 pm | Link

        Cairns is a long way from Perth though Paul? 🙂

        Sandy, Perth is very much a family orientated city so you will probably need to be more specific about what you’re looking for for someone to be able to help you. Alternatively, have a good skim through these comments, you will find lots of talk about what it’s like to live in various parts of Perth.

  • sherri December 23, 2016, 5:08 pm | Link

    Hi there
    I currenlty live in Christchurch New Zealand and am thinkg of moving to Perth in a few years time. Can anyone please recomment good family suburbs to live in we have two primary school age

  • Ashleigh December 9, 2016, 9:27 pm | Link

    Hi. I’m looking at relocating to Perth region from Melbourne and al looking for advice on suburbs/places that aren’t overly expensive. I’ve heard Mandurah is okay, but I really have no idea. Any tips would be helpful 🙂

    • BobinOz December 12, 2016, 6:34 pm | Link

      Mandurah has had a couple of mentions in these comments, it has been said it’s a bit far away from the city I think but nobody has said anything bad about it. That said, hopefully a local will be able to give you a better answer than I have.

      Anybody know Mandurah?

      • Julia December 17, 2016, 6:02 pm | Link

        I live in a suburb just outside of mandurah, as with any area there are some lovely parts and not so nice parts…on the whole though we love it. If you like water sports it’s a great place to be. Coastal town so always close to a beach. About 50min train journey to the city from mandurah. Not a great deal of work in the area though so may end up having to commute.

    • Ali December 18, 2016, 12:41 am | Link

      Close to where you will be working would be ideal. North is comperatively expensive as compared to South of Perth. Willeton and Rossmoyne have one of the best school’s. Byford is a new fast growing housing which is 30min drive to Airport and 37min yo the City with good primary and high scools. Cockburn is also a very good suburb not far from Perth city

  • Flyaway December 9, 2016, 5:02 am | Link

    I’m going to live as a student in Perth and would like to now what is the cheapest accomodation there?
    Thank you

    • BobinOz December 9, 2016, 6:56 pm | Link

      Google gumtree and then try searching for rooms to rent on there, that would the about as cheap as it might get.

  • CHIA HUI MING December 7, 2016, 12:03 am | Link

    HI, I plan want go Perth travelling next year. do not know how to plan my routes. Perth look like very big.

    • BobinOz December 7, 2016, 7:06 pm | Link

      Perth is not really that big, Western Australia is though. I think this is something only you can plan though, because only you know the kind of things you want to see. A good travel site like Lonely Planet would undoubtedly help you with that. Good luck, Bob

  • Olive December 3, 2016, 4:38 pm | Link

    I’m planning to move to Perth next year as a student. I would like to find out how easy would it be for me to get a job to support me financially. Then secondly, how friendly are people at Perth considering I’m an African. I am also looking for new friends over there so that we interact more. Your feedback will be appreciated. TIA.

    • BobinOz December 4, 2016, 11:55 pm | Link

      I don’t live in Perth, so I’ll leave it to the locals to answer you more fully, but I do know that it is very hard to find jobs over there at the moment, so there really are no guarantees you will find enough work to fully support yourself.

      You can search for job opportunities on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Good luck, Bob

      • Ibrahim H Ali December 5, 2016, 5:37 am | Link

        I like to move perth in Australia but I don’t know how

        • BobinOz December 5, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

          The first thing you will need would be a visa, see my page about Visas.

    • Stupot December 20, 2016, 3:07 pm | Link

      You will never hear anyone say West Australians, what a nice bunch of people. They’re not open to change or difference. You will find yourself mixing with other immigrants weather you want to or not.

      • BobinOz December 21, 2016, 8:42 pm | Link

        That’s a rather silly comment Stupot, I’ve been to Western Australia and I met many a bunch of nice people. You just can’t pigeonhole an entire population like that.

        • Stupot December 26, 2016, 9:38 am | Link

          Sorry Bob, i’m not being disagreeable. I’ve lived here for a while now and have also met some nice people. The nice ones tend to be East Coasters, Kiwi’s, poms etc though and not West Australians so I do stand by my statement that West Australians aren’t known for being ‘nice’ (there is nice people here tho’).

          • Scott December 26, 2016, 12:49 pm | Link

            Although Bob is correct, did you ever remember that quote by Abraham Lincoln? “As a man thinks, so shall he be”….or something like that. You are quite delusional to think everyone from WA is not nice, but you can live your life like that it’s your choice.

            • BobinOz December 28, 2016, 9:23 pm | Link

              That is right Scott, I believe Abraham Lincoln’s quote is also similar to a ‘self fulfilling prophecy’. If you think it is the case, it will be.

      • Scott December 26, 2016, 12:45 pm | Link

        Every city I have lived you can sort of generalise people, but it’s really not that correct. And if that is what you think those types of people will keep showing up. To be honest, having grown up there it stems from the mining boom and population boom, Perth is so far away it has little influence from other states and cities, when the population boom hit, the real estate prices and availability sky rocketed, like a rental doubled in price literally over 8 years, yet the house was the same. All the small mining towns were used and abused by so called FIFO workers from overseas and interstate, and at one stage there were 1000 people moving to Perth every week. This created chaos for busy intersections, and working on the percentage of population to new arrivals and people departing, it was growing two to three times faster than Sydney. Some people who lived in Perth did not like this at all, but there was nothing they could do about it. So that is probably why you have met people who are like that, some people enjoyed the city for what it was but now it has changed allot, and by that I don’t mean the buildings and houses, I mean you could feel like a stranger in your own suburb that you grew up in because you now hardly recognised people you knew anymore. That is what my experience was.

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