Perth

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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  • Claudiu August 24, 2016, 2:34 am | Link

    Hi Woj,

    I’ve seen you ‘millions’ of question which I consider is normal.
    I believe you are already in Perth, so how is it?

    Cheers

  • Ed August 18, 2016, 6:09 am | Link

    A triviality but your home page has the headings “States” which declares 7, maybe being the father of an immigrant to Oz I have been told in no uncertain terms there are five states which have their own sub parliament and two Territories i.e. Northern Territories and AC Territories who have not got the same legislative powers. I hope you will reply with evidence to prove my son wrong that I may gain the upper ground

    • BobinOz August 18, 2016, 7:44 pm | Link

      Yes, I can understand your concern with this Ed, and I also fully understand your desire to get the upper hand over your son. I’m not sure I can help you though.

      My home page does refer to “States”, but they are nothing to do with Australia’s states or territories. That’s why they have names like “Or, just go to the Beach” and “How to Move to Australia” rather than Victoria or New South Wales.

      I am guilty of having a main menu navigation title of “Australian States” which does include those two territories in it, but that was just for convenience. Had I changed that title to “Australia’s Seven States and Two Territories” then the link would have hogged a rather large amount of navigation menu space requiring me to drop other important main navigation links.

      I hope you understand my dilemma. And I hope you find another way to get the upper hand with your son 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

  • MN August 17, 2016, 8:08 pm | Link

    Hi Bob. What a great and informative website you have?! Thanks for sharing your insights. I have a job offer in WA and will be moving to Perth soon with my family. I would like to ask more detailed advice about the best neighborhood for living in Perth for a family. Are there any rough neighborhoods to avoid?

    Cheers,
    MN

    • Dave Burcher August 18, 2016, 12:20 pm | Link

      Apologies if my tone sounds narky, but the whole question of best or rough neighborhoods is futile. There are wealthy suburbs and poor suburbs, suburbs with ethnic majorities or minorities, suburbs far from infrastructure and suburbs within walking distance to everything… The question you need to ask yourself is how much can you afford to spend on living and what amenities do you want close by. Perth has no “ghettos” but in lower socioeconomic areas people are doing it tough, subsequently crime rates are high. But these areas are cheap to live in and generally have plenty of amenities. If you know where you will work you should start your search based on commute times then affordability. Or provide more context within your question and i’m sure someone will provide some helpful advice.

      • MN August 18, 2016, 12:28 pm | Link

        Thanks Dave for your prompt reply. I will be working at ECU (Joondalup Campus), hence looking for an accommodation in that area. The neighborhoods I am currently having an eye on include Heathridge, Joondalup and Wanneroo.

        Any insight/feedback on these areas? Thanks in advance.

        • Margo August 18, 2016, 12:38 pm | Link

          Just seen your reply, all those areas are predominantly ex pats, the British and the like as they love the community feel. I have several friends who are looking to move away from the estate like feel but if that’s what you are after North suburbs are for you. But be aware they do have crime there as well, everywhere does, good luck with the job.

          • MN August 18, 2016, 12:41 pm | Link

            Thanks Margo!

        • Corinne Snowman September 20, 2016, 2:07 pm | Link

          Hi, just saw your post. We live in a suburb called Hocking which would be convenient for you if you were working at ECU, it’s about a 10 min drive away. It’s a middle class suburb with a few parks scattered through it. There is a high school and a couple of primary schools nearby. You would be able to rent a 4 bdrm house, possibly with a pool for around $450-$500 per week or pick up a 10-15 year old home for around $480k+ if looking to buy. Wanneroo is also OK but has older homes – I think you would prefer Hocking. If you wanted something a bit more upmarket then Woodvale is also a good suburb. Either suburb is also a 10 min drive to Ocean Reef beach. Handy to freeway and the Joondalup Shopping Centre. Happy to have a further chat if you want to ask more questions! I understand what it is like trying to decide where to live when you don’t know the place – we moved here 4 years ago and went through the same thing. 🙂

      • Margo August 18, 2016, 12:32 pm | Link

        I absolutely agree with your comments. I have lived here in Perth for 4 years and due to the mining decline many suburbs which where very affluent have seen a big shift due to lack of this wealth and the prices of those properties have come down as a result enabling a more demographic group of people to buy these properties, does that mean it is ‘not as nice or safe’ please get a grip MN, do your research to see what you actually want, schools, cafe culture, ocean lifestyle then go from there, Obviously there are new suburbs being developed, Alkimos etc but be prepared to travel and most newcomers to Perth wanting bigger blocks and the ‘safe’ lifestyle are choosing these areas, but really take a good look at where you live now, I am sure there are areas that are not in keeping with your expectations. Perth is beautiful , embrace the people and enjoy what life has to offer you here and stop the negativity, is that not why you want to live here in the first place.

    • Scott September 13, 2016, 12:16 am | Link

      Hi MN

      Subjective to opinion, from someone who has friends/family and grew up in Perth I would not want to live around Armadale/Gosnells/Maddington area, Kwinana and parts of Rockingham plus around Mirrabooka area is not considered that great. If you let us know what areas you are thinking of people should be able to help.

      • MN September 13, 2016, 8:49 am | Link

        Thanks Scott. I am now living in Adelaide. As I said above in response to some comments above, I am planning to live in Joondalup or nearby neighborhood due to proximity to my workplace. I had a visit of the area recently and talked to some residents. They all seemed to be happy about living there and considered Joondalup to be quite safe and good for families.

        • Scott September 15, 2016, 12:24 am | Link

          Hi MN

          Yes I am also in Adelaide. Joondalup is a nice area, it’s modern and the train line runs all the way into the city. Trains in Perth go 110kph so even if your trip is longer than Adelaide at least you feel you are getting there quicker haha. I know people who have lived around that area and said it’s really nice.

  • Robert Taylor August 9, 2016, 10:53 pm | Link

    Dear people, Before packing your bags,click on Perth to become the worlds first Ghost city where due to it’s dwindling water supply it will be unable to sustain it’s ever increasing population,already the signs are there with dead lawns and councils suggesting that we do not water our verges anymore .The dam i used to visit at this time of year for many years to watch the overflow now has about 15% capacity, and we are now into our last month of winter,food for thought?.

    • BobinOz August 10, 2016, 6:02 pm | Link

      Yeah, they were saying the same thing about Brisbane back in 2007, then we had those floods in the summer of 2011 and they stopped saying it completely.

      We now have more water than we can shake a stick at.

  • Maria August 9, 2016, 11:40 am | Link

    Hello everyone! I was trying to search about australia and found this website in google. I have read very helpful posts from bob and everyone else.

    Im planning to study either in perth (edith cowan university) or adelaide (flinders univ.) for feb 2017 intake. But im still having difficulty deciding which one best suits me. I will be living alone/single. I plan to get a part time job while studying to help myself in my finances there so i will no longer ask help from my family back home. I have read from other posts in adelaide its quite difficult to find a job. So im a bit scared considering ill be living all by myself for a yr or two.

    I would like to think that i am flexible and very patient. Well, most of the people from our country are patient. Im not very picky in choosing jobs but since im taking up bachelor or science in nursing it would be helpful in my part if my job would be related to my field.

    I am not sure also which of the two cities has more accessible to transport. In my case, im not driving so trains or buses would be very helpful. I have been to sydney once.went there last year. Not sure if perth and adelaide are almost same with sydney.

    I hope anyone can give me their advices. It would be very helpful. Thanks! 🙂

    • BobinOz August 9, 2016, 5:48 pm | Link

      Well, I have limited knowledge of both of these cities, but here’s what I think for what it’s worth. Both cities are perfectly safe and both have pretty good transport systems and are easy to navigate cities. Neither city is known specifically for its great nightlife, there will be things to do, of course, but it won’t compare with either Melbourne or Sydney in that respect.

      Accommodation will almost certainly be cheaper in Adelaide, but unfortunately both cities at the moment are not great for finding work.

      If your choice is definitely between Perth and Adelaide, I really don’t think there’s much to choose between the two. So if I were you, I’d be inclined to go to the university that you think will be best, or to the city that you think you might enjoy the most for whatever reason, whether that be because of the weather or maybe you just prefer the look of the city.

      So that’s my view, but I’ve never lived in either city, so hopefully someone local will be able to give you their opinion. Good luck, whatever you do.

      • Maria August 9, 2016, 7:23 pm | Link

        thanks so much, Bob! 🙂

    • Scott September 13, 2016, 12:31 am | Link

      Hi Maria

      Perfect question for me lived in Perth nearly 30 years now nearly 4 in Adelaide. Both cities have a very similar climate and housing areas, with Adelaide being allot cheaper to rent or for student accommodation. Generally Perth is hotter in the summer and Adelaide colder in winter, but in Adelaide you would be living allot closer to the beach. Adelaide has less people and a slightly slower pace lifestyle, so public transport does not run as frequently.

      You will find it really easy to get accommodation near Flinders Uni but if you want to live near Adelaide city it will take you a while to travel there. Flinders is a short drive to beaches like Brighton and Glenelg. Edith Cowan on the other hand is far north but you would be close to beaches like Scarbourough although reasonably far from the city. As you can see on a map Perth is spread very far north and south where Adelaide is more of a square.

      Bob has a really good answer it’s hard to split the two and it’s really what Uni is better, however you would likely find it easier to get a part-time job in Perth although there are plenty of those in Adelaide. Personally I would consider this the most, are you planning on travelling to Melbourne or Sydney during your time here? I know you are a student and there are plenty of nice road trips in both states, but If you want a short break in Melbourne it’s literally $100 return as oppose to about $450 and a 3 hour difference in flight time.

      Perth is very very isolated compared to all other cities here, so I would not plan on having cheap flights and short visits to other cities, everything is at least 3+ hours and $400 return away. So if you think that would not be an issue it’s really up to what Uni has the best offer for you, both have great weather and friendly people with nice beaches. Good luck 🙂

    • Scott September 13, 2016, 12:39 am | Link

      Hi

      Also if you decide Adelaide let me know if you have anymore question about living here, you can even send an email if you want. Fortunately in Adelaide the so called ‘bad’ areas are far north and far south 😀 So not likely you would need to worry about that.

      • Tanha September 20, 2016, 12:21 am | Link

        Hey, is Adelaide good enough for part time student jobs ?

  • ARLENE July 26, 2016, 11:00 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, we are planning to immigrate to Australia and my husband has been offered a job in Perth, we have applied for a 457 visa, so we understand that we will not receive all the benefits such as schooling and medical from the government. I would like to find out how much are the school fees for primary and high school (government or catholic) in Perth. I’ve tried googling the price of school fees, but can’t seem to find much information. I also would like to know how much would medical insurance cost for a family of 5?

    • BobinOz July 27, 2016, 4:14 pm | Link

      I have a lot of information about schools on my page called Which school? Be sure to also check the additional links at the foot of that page, especially the one about 457 visa holders.

      Medical insurance is a little more complicated because it depends on your ages, so you would need to go directly to the various insurance companies for quotes on that. My best guess at the moment would be something like $300-$400 per month, but you really should get some quotes for a more accurate figure.

  • steve addis July 26, 2016, 6:18 pm | Link

    Just to let everyone know.
    I moved to Perth from the UK 7 years ago. Back then Perth as a city was quiet, uneventful, yet economy was booming. Now we have a fantastic food scene, great bars, restaurants, nightlife is in places such as Leederville & Northbridge – excellent. So it can be for singles, thats for sure. However the economy is not great, it hasn’t been officially said, but we are in a recession that is purely Western Australia based (the rest of the states are doing well), will it pick up, probably not for the foreseeable future, however we are what is best described as a “frontier town” we are still discovering ourself and figuring out what else we can be now the mining boom is over, and right now, it seems we are going down the hospitality route – Hotels are being built everywhere……..
    I suppose the question is, do I regret moving here and even with this economy, would I move back to the UK….answer is easy – Not a chance on earth……Western Australia is truly gods country, it’s beautiful if you venture out to see it (drive 16 hours north to Exmouth for the best scuba diving on the planet)…….
    So do come here if you have a job to move for, but dont come here expecting to be sponsored – those days are gone////

    • BobinOz July 27, 2016, 3:52 pm | Link

      Great summary of the current situation Steve, these aren’t the best of times here, especially for Western Australia. As you say though, you are still figuring it out, and I’m sure your state will find an answer.

      I think it’s fair to say that most of Australia is moving towards the ‘service industry’ for the creation of jobs, and hospitality is a big part of that. Western Australia is a great place to visit and with those extra restaurants and bars, hopefully things will start picking up again soon.

      I moved here around the same time as you did, when I arrived in Brisbane it was also booming. Our economy isn’t so great these days either, but no way would I go back, I’m here to stay as well.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Curious July 22, 2016, 12:13 am | Link

    I’m reading a lot about the mining boom that’s cooling down in Perth . So I guess it won’t be a good idea to immigrate there seeing that both my hubby and I work in the mining sector?
    Some advice?

    • BobinOz July 22, 2016, 3:30 pm | Link

      No, it wouldn’t be the best of times to move there, as you say, the mining industry is not in good shape at the moment.

      It’s a big decision though, so don’t take my word for it, do some independent research. My page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship can help with that.

  • Mary July 13, 2016, 11:32 pm | Link

    Hi Bob!
    First of all, I loved your site!!! It has been really usefull for me. I’ve been living in Sydney for 1 year, and I’m considering a change of city due my search for a opportunity of a sponsored job. Anyway, my question about Perth is about the single life in there, it exists? hehe It seems to me that Perth is a really couple/family city. I’m single and young, I like to go to pubs, make friends, etc… Is it a good city for the single ones? Thank you. M.

    • BobinOz July 14, 2016, 9:19 pm | Link

      Yes, I’m inclined to agree with you Mary, I also feel that Perth is more suited to the family set up than is to the single person. I don’t think you will get a great nightlife there, I think you would be better off in either Melbourne or even Brisbane.

      That said, I don’t live in Perth, and I’ve only been there once for a week or so. Hopefully a local will read this and give you more accurate information. Good luck, Bob

    • Anton July 27, 2016, 11:51 am | Link

      Perth is certainly a city more for a family than singles. Even living in the inner city, as I do, options are more limited than perhaps expected if solo. A lot may depend on age of course, as it is still a rather youthful place.

      Still having lived alone in a number of other places, Perth is not a place I would say is easy at all in that respect.

  • Chris May 25, 2016, 2:46 am | Link

    Hi, I’ve been reading around on this website as I am seriously considering moving to Australia after I graduate from college in the United States and I feel as if Perth will be the best fit. I definitely want to get a work and holiday visa at some point to see if I like the area before I make a permanent decision, but I was wondering if there is anything I should do besides put money away and keep my passport renewed? Something to note is that I do not plan to move alone and my partner and I are wondering if we would be able to find work in the same area and if there are any other special circumstances for couples. But thank you very much for making this resource, I have found this website very helpful in influencing my decisions going forward.

    • BobinOz May 26, 2016, 12:22 am | Link

      I think all you really need to understand Chris is that your partner who you hope to come with you will need to qualify separately by putting in their own application. Other than that, as you say, save as much money as possible.

      Hopefully you have see my other posts on this subject, check out Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

      Oh, and I’m glad to hear my website has been useful to you. Good luck and have fun!

  • Tashi wangchuk May 19, 2016, 2:10 am | Link

    I want to work their so how can I apply… I m from bhutan

  • Ibrahim H Ali May 18, 2016, 4:07 am | Link

    Hi how can I make a new life in Australia? I am swedish citizen, special I want move to Perth. Thank you

  • Saad April 28, 2016, 4:31 am | Link

    Hi,

    I am planning to move to Australis soon. Can you give me an idea about the cost of living involved? How about in different states?

    Thanks.

    • BobinOz April 28, 2016, 5:54 pm | Link

      I have a whole category about the cost of living, check my categories list to the right-hand side. I suspect the biggest difference in costs are to do with the price of accommodation in each different state. Sydney and Melbourne are our most expensive cities, Adelaide and Hobart the cheapest.

  • Nannette LaRee Hernandez April 12, 2016, 4:34 am | Link

    Bob: I am an American book authoress re-locating to Perth, AU. I am (like most people who moving to AU) terrified of snakes and spiders, and, in Fact,I have lived 50 years of life in the US without ever once having seen a snake anywhere other-than a zoo. It is my understanding that horrid and deadly snakes will just show-up at anytime unexpected inside your locked home, and this DOES NOT sit well with me. I have also been told snakes hang-out at the beaches. I like to be barefoot and 1/2 naked at the beach—that’s the point. I also like to be barefoot in my home. I can spray peppermint all-over my house to ward-off spiders, but I have no idea what to do about snakes. I really need some solid information and advise here. Thank you much.

    • Dave Burcher April 12, 2016, 11:26 am | Link

      Nannette, seriously, don’t believe everything you have seen on the Simpsons.
      1. Yes, Perth has snakes, but maybe you’ll see one on average every 4 years, and usually on a walk around a body of water during summer.
      2. 1/2 naked is probably too conservative for Perth beaches, no one worries about snakes on beaches.
      3. Perth has spiders, they are prolific, but unless you are a small child who likes to stick their hands in small dark corners outside your home, I doubt you have anything to worry about.
      4. You have more to worry about drop bears than anything, nasty things drop bears…

      • Nannette LaRee Hernandez April 12, 2016, 11:50 am | Link

        I don’t watch The Simpsons. This is information given to me in serious conversations with Western Australians. I’m not worried about Koala Bears. I am worried about snakes.

        • BobinOz April 12, 2016, 11:20 pm | Link

          Just a heads up Nannette, they are not ‘koala bears’ they are just koalas. I called them koala bears once when I first arrived, got in all sorts of trouble 🙂

          As Dave has quite rightly pointed out, don’t worry too much about snakes, you will hardly ever see them. I’ve seen about one year in 8 years and I pretty much live in the countryside, if you live in the city, then probably one snake every four years would be about it.

          And I don’t watch The Simpsons either.

          • Nannette LaRee May 1, 2016, 7:04 am | Link

            Mmmmm, just Koalas, hu….well, it’ll take some time for me to get used to how things are said and done in Australia, but most-of my charm will be that I am American—-Aussie men love that about me. I have every intention of respecting the country, but remaining wholly myself. Thank you for the info about snakes. In the US we use Peppermint to keep away the spiders, by spraying all corners and doors, etc. Will Peppermint work on AU spiders? Cheers!

            • BobinOz May 3, 2016, 5:27 pm | Link

              Well, I’ve never actually heard of that, but it does seem to be the case. I just did a quick Google to see if peppermint can repel spiders, and it looks like quite a few people think it can.

              If you Google it, you’ll find recipes for making many non-toxic mixtures using essential oils, lemon, peppermint, mint leaves, tea tree oil and all sorts. If it works for you in the US, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work here.

  • Nour April 1, 2016, 2:45 am | Link

    Hi. I just got engaged few days ago to a guy that lives in Sydney. I live in Perth with my family. He lives alone in sydney and works as a HR truck driver delivering stuff for companies. We are looking for the best city to live in from Sydney and Perth. I don’t mind where as I don’t work but he is concerned about me if I live in Sydney it would be hard for me as I don’t know how to drive yet. He lives a little further away from Sydney city and pays $300 a week. My fience want to maybe work aa a truck driver in mining jobs but it seems that mining jobs in perth are declining dramaticly so is there a place ouf of sudney and perth. Can you help is by telling us what is the best city to live in that have HR truck driver jobs for my fience.
    Cheers

  • Woj December 18, 2015, 4:17 am | Link

    Hello Bob!
    First of all Im sorry to torment again! But I feel that Im stuck on this one 🙂 I was pretty much sure that Sunshine Coast is the way to go for us (we are moving next year, My wife and me, along with our two small children aged 5 and under 2), but have finished talking to somebody who has been to Perth..

    First of all I perfectly know, that it will be difficult to obtain an objective opinion wether Sunshine coast or Perth is a better location for living, seeing as this part of the forum is Perth orientated, but I thought I would ask anyway, maybe somebody has been or has had similar querries and will be able to give some usefull info?

    For a longer period of time I have been taking two destinations into account.The first destination was the Sunshine Coast Queensland, and the second has recently become PErth again. I have a few friends who have been (I never have) and absolutely loved it!

    The reason these two places I feel are ideal are that I am 42 next year,. My wife is younger but we have two great kids. We are not looking for party life, we want a very laid back lifestyle, sun, beaches, and just an affordable lifestyle meaning that the wages are normal in comparison to expenses (if I told you what it looks like in Poland at the moment you would be suprised why we are still here). So in short – sun, friendly people, and a place which is safe, sunny and most importantly – family orientated. Im looking for a place where we will be able to get to love and a place which will be a great home for my wife, our kids and me.

    Does anybody have a compariosn of Perth to the Sunshine Coast? I know that the job scene on the sunshine coast isnt that great, I dont know what it looks like in Perth. On the SC there are about 330thou people living. In perth – a LOT more. I have heard various theories. One is that in Perth the water in the ocean is a lot colder, true? Also the nights are a LOT colder. True?

    Job wise for us I think it would be ok here and here (allthough am not sure as I really dont know for certain what the job scene is in those places). My wife is very well organised and has pretty vast experience in office work and I am sure she would do great in a job like that. I am an experienced coach who has been teaching tennis for the past 15 years, so for us I am sure we would find something here and there. On the other hand I just came to thought – if in fact there is a LOT less people living on the sunshine coach, unemployment is bigger there, than am wondering if I would have a lot less possible clients for court play? Also am interested in doing a lot of sporting after school activities for kids. Which market do you think would be better? Do you think that in Perth there might be more people willing to spend on sport for themselves or their children? Or generally does every place in Oz have people willing to go into that sort of stuff?

    Also weather wise. Is it true that in perth the summers, even thjough they can reach 40degrees, the air is more dry and the summers arent as harsh?

    I am so sorry for these millions of questions, but am trying to get more and more info as I feel that the next 6 months will fly past very quickly. I need to more or less know my destination before I get on that plane, and I can only do it mainly from opinion of people who have seen this and that..

    Of course, if there is anybody who has an opinion, I would appreciate it if they threw it on here 🙂

    All the best, Woj

    p.s.
    I also put a copy of this post on the SC section, as I am sure there would maybe be some people who would have an opinion there. If that is a problem and am rubbishing too much on the forum, feel free to delete one of them.

    Thanks and once again well done for such a great forum!

    • BobinOz December 18, 2015, 9:27 pm | Link

      Hi Woj

      As you know, I don’t live in either of these places, although I have been to both. That isn’t enough though to be able to help out with your questions, so I think I’ll need to leave that to the locals of each area.

      Posting the same question twice isn’t something I normally like to see, but I am happy to leave both comments up on each of my pages about Perth and Sunshine Coast on this occasion.

      Can anybody help with this?

    • Mariam Okoro January 23, 2016, 12:34 am | Link

      Hi Woj,
      My husband and I are considering moving to Perth within the next few months too and although, I may not be able to help with your questions, what caught my attention is that you are a tennis coach. My husband and I have always wanted our older daughter to get tennis lessons and it’s one of the goals we hope to achieve when we get to Perth. Can we contact you if you make the decision to settle in Perth?

      Regards,

      Mee

      • Mariam February 25, 2016, 10:26 pm | Link

        Hi,

        We are also planning to move but I am very confused which suburb is good and safe. Can you help regarding this.

        Thanks
        Mariam Jamal

        • Clare February 25, 2016, 11:39 pm | Link

          Hi Mariam,
          We decided on Hillarys in the end. A nice suburb close to the beach and about 20kms from the city.
          We also looked at areas like Sorrento and Scarborough and a few other northern suburbs.
          We haven’t been here long but finding the area great.
          Clare

  • Clare Glover December 13, 2015, 5:31 pm | Link

    We are moving to Perth in the new year from Brisbane and would like any advice on what suburbs are good for a young family? Not too far from the city and quite close to the beach. We like a village/high street community (like Bulimba in Brisbane).
    Thanks for any advice!

    • BobinOz December 14, 2015, 7:31 pm | Link

      I will have to leave this one to the locals Clare, anybody got any suggestions?

      • Luke March 6, 2016, 3:04 pm | Link

        Just browsing the Web and reading some of you’re posts. To any one considering moving to Perth don’t ask about the good safe Suburbs as this is most of them. I have lived all around Australia, and born and bred here. I have travelled the world with work and recreation and can’t say I’ve found better beaches that can be enjoyed 365 days a year. Myself I would not live with my family in South eastern suburbs excluding the Perth Hills area due to highest crime and lowest socio economic levels. Some areas just north of Perth such as mirrabooka, girrawean, balga and marangaroo would avoid for the same reasons. Tennis is huge in Perth with many clubs and of course international completions held here. Other things to consider are the deadly box and painfully blue bottle jellyfish in questing, and the 3m tidal movement at Sunshine Coast vs under 1m tidal movement in Perth.

    • Stuart December 14, 2015, 11:13 pm | Link

      You could try Kalamunda which has a nice village sort of vibe or even somewhere like Darlington.
      Mt Lawley, Inglewood have that high st sort of vibe but are a bit more city.

    • Caro February 6, 2016, 6:19 pm | Link

      I wouldn’t recommend Kalamunda or anywhere near the foothills if you want to be close to the beach. Perth is very suburban. Cafe strip locations include Leederville, Fremantle, Mt Lawley, Subiaco and North Beach.

    • Lovely Cat June 9, 2016, 4:35 pm | Link

      Doubleview and Scarborough may be what you want if you are looking for an affordable family-friendly suburbs with great schools, and is around 10km from the City and within 2km from the beach.

      If your budget allows, try to pick on the South of the Scarborough Beach Road as the area will fall into the local catchment of Churchlands SHS (and has more parks too).

  • amanda September 29, 2015, 2:09 am | Link

    hi, not sure if this has already been asked, tried to look through but not finding anything. I am moving to perth in November and looking at the different suburbs but its difficult to tell which ones are good and which are not so good. iv seen comments on other sites that some NOR are pretty rough so was just wondering if anyone had advice on which areas are worth avoiding?

    • BobinOz September 29, 2015, 9:31 pm | Link

      I will leave that one to the locals of Perth Amanda, but you may also find this post useful…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17938/what-are-the-bad-areas-to-avoid-in-australia/

      Good luck, Bob

    • Wazz October 10, 2015, 1:15 pm | Link

      Amanda,
      Like every city in every country there are areas that you dont want to live,
      I have been in the outer east subs for many years and many people says its rough and again there are pockets that are, price of property will dictate the areas people and demographics. Try looking on http://reiwa.com.au/ and that should help give you an idea of price V standard of people and area.
      Good luck Wazz

    • Scott December 22, 2015, 10:23 pm | Link

      A bit late but for anyone who wants to read.

      Suburbs to avoid SOR (Perth is basically south of river, north of river and eastern suburbs which are up in the hills).

      Thornlie, Armadale, Gosnells areas and Coolbellup, Hamilton Hill, parts of Spearwood areas based on living SOR for 30 years.

  • Esther September 24, 2015, 1:12 pm | Link

    Hi, we just got back from Perth for a week holiday and realized there are plenty of mosquitoes and they are vicious! We r planning to emigrate there next year from malaysia and would appreciate any advice on suburbs that have the least problems of mosquitoes.thanks

    • BobinOz September 24, 2015, 7:48 pm | Link

      Were you, by any chance, close to a water source? Stagnant water, like a pond, or even being close to a river or a lake can increase the numbers of mosquitoes.

      They do come and go, councils normally spray bad areas to get rid of them. You might also like to read the following post…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/15794/preparing-for-summer-part-one-mosquitoes/

      I will leave the locals to help you out about Perth suburbs, I just don’t know the area well enough to help on that one.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Marie September 6, 2015, 10:14 pm | Link

    Thanks Anton for your message.my message and your reply doesn’t show on general chats. Thanks for taking the time to reply and for your advice on areas. I did check Subiaco but wasn’t sure of Leederville. Thanks and much appreciated. Will definitely check on Leederville (not sure if the spelling is right). Found that there are a few new developments coming up there. Thanks again.

    • BobinOz September 7, 2015, 10:59 am | Link

      Thanks Anton for stepping in here and Marie, good luck with your search.

      • Marie September 7, 2015, 12:40 pm | Link

        Thank you Bob and Anton.

  • Marie September 6, 2015, 5:54 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, thanks for setting up this chat and have read a few of the posts which are great. Glad that this chat group has continued for years. I am in Melbourne and intend being in Perth. May I please know of a safe a good area to live in. Prefer an apartment and noticed a few close to Subiaco. I live close to the city and prefer to see people around than a quiet area ?. Thanks

    • Anton September 6, 2015, 7:35 pm | Link

      Marie,
      Bob doesn’t live in Perth so will answer on his behalf. The suburb I live in Leederville is great both in location and for being close to the action.
      Very safe with great transport links with the CBD being very walkable.
      Subiaco is not fat but further from the city. I cycle there sometimes from here.

      I would imagine Subi is more expensive with lots of newer apartments in that location. Still a good place all depending on preference and amount willing to pay.

      You could also try West Perth/East Perth/Highgate /West Leederville/ Mt Lawley or a bit further afield but cheaper, (if perhaps not quite as safe) Maylands.

  • Alvin July 31, 2015, 1:20 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thank for your reply. Btw do you know any good reliable real estate website for my reference?

    Thank.

    • BobinOz July 31, 2015, 6:54 pm | Link

      It was Anton that answered you Alvin, not me.

    • Alex July 31, 2015, 6:55 pm | Link

      Hi Alvin,
      take a look at http://www.realestate.com.au.
      They also provide a mobile app for iOS.

      Cheers, Alex

      • BobinOz July 31, 2015, 7:28 pm | Link

        Thanks Alex.

        Alvin, there are also links in my above article towards the end for you to look at properties to both rent and buy. Just click on the links, all the latest properties in and around Perth will be shown.

    • Anton September 6, 2015, 7:26 pm | Link

      Alvin,
      There are non particularly good as to be recommended ,especially from a buyers point of view.
      Remembering they represent the seller and their earnings come from the higher they can sell the property for.
      Just bargain and don’t accept over priced property as which most is. It could even pay to wait to see how things pan out as prices are still way to inflated for a city like Perth.
      You will obviously get better value looking further out but travel can be a problem. A lot will depend on where you will be working and distance to get to work.
      I would rent first and see if Perth is even for you. Rents are in decline so should manage to find something in your price range perhaps in a suburb where you could not afford to buy in.

  • Alvin July 29, 2015, 1:21 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I would like to stay in Perth and would like to purchase a small house. However, we are in a tight budget. Hence, we would like to seek your advice for instances , do you know any place in Perth whereby the property price is reasonable or a few good property agent?

    Thank you.

    • BobinOz July 29, 2015, 8:50 pm | Link

      No, sorry Alvin, I’m in Brisbane so I don’t know enough about the area to help you out here. Hopefully somebody from Perth reading this will give you some advice though.

      Anybody got any ideas for Alvin?

    • Anton July 30, 2015, 3:27 pm | Link

      Alvin,
      Perth is not a cheap city as you may be aware. It does appear some help is on the horizon though with the ever declining mining boom as house prices went down some 1+% last quarter.

      Your best hope to get affordable housing would be as anywhere further out. There are a number of estates that may suit your needs.
      You could check as far as Mandurah even. I don’t have any particular good sites to look just check out affordable suburbs Perth for starters. Good Luck.

  • Anton July 28, 2015, 6:39 pm | Link

    Perth is slowing in immigration arrivals rather rapidly. From some 32,000 arrivals a few years ago to only 19,000 last financial year.
    This reflects the ever declining boom conditions and need for less labour. Quite a number have left the state as well. Good news in that rents have declined, but not as much as perhaps should and places are far easier to obtain than a year ago.
    House prices also down over 1%..but don’t rush.
    City centre still rather active. Lots of people out and about. Still a lot of development in progress in the centre about two plus years worth.

    • BobinOz July 29, 2015, 8:31 pm | Link

      Yes, I recently did a State of States update and Western Australia has gone from our top performing state last year to fourth position this year, so the boom is definitely over. As you say though, still lots of development going on over there, I saw loads of housing estates popping up about an hour north by the coast.

      Cheaper houses won’t be such a bad thing though.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Greg k July 26, 2015, 10:58 pm | Link

    City surrounded by space…waterways beaches and vineyards…after 16yrs here from sydney its a resort without the gates..luv my Perth!

    • BobinOz July 27, 2015, 7:41 pm | Link

      I agree Greg, I had a great time in all those places you’ve mentioned when I went on holiday there earlier this year. And all the pubs selling pints, just how it should be 🙂

  • Greg K July 26, 2015, 10:55 pm | Link

    16 in yrs in Perth from sydney…beautiful beaches and vineyards 20 mins from an ever growing and changing city..weather amazing but you need ac for jan-mar…also Fremantle and stunning marg river…plus sesn river and very friendly people…if u are only a city person maybe not for u…but if u r broader then its a resort without the gates….it isnt cheap anymore however to live here…luv it

  • Hermann June 26, 2015, 2:27 pm | Link

    With respect I find Perth and basically Australia over priced and not due to the dollar but due to unrealistically high entry level salaries. Perth in general is flat and so too is its excitement factor, but here we are because there are jobs. I have hope for Perth but it needs to get more unique attractions to wow an international audience.

    • BobinOz June 26, 2015, 8:31 pm | Link

      I’m not sure where the problem is here Hermann, you have recognised we have high salaries here, even at the entry level, so prices are a little higher but we can cope with that thanks of those high earnings. It’s people coming here on holiday that struggle.

      I will agree with you though that Perth is very flat, that’s something that surprised me. I struggled to find any half decent hills.

    • Anton September 6, 2015, 7:47 pm | Link

      Hermann,
      I fully agree Perth is a very over priced and hard to get value sort of city. This wasn’t always the case though but the so called ‘boom’ created a scenario as if we were all paid resource industry rates.

      It rather devalued the Perth experience with very high rates to dine out or for alcohol.

      On the other side more development has occurred over the past seven years than preceding thirty or more. Not all good of course but at least life has returned to the city somewhat and definitely far more cosmopolitan.
      Of course it is not Europe in the social and street energy stakes and as such not a city for everybody.

  • Alvin June 11, 2015, 1:37 am | Link

    Hi Bob.

    Please let me know which reliable real estate specialized in farms and mines for sale?

    Thank a lot

    • BobinOz June 11, 2015, 6:11 pm | Link

      Sorry Alvin, I don’t know of anyone at all, but I’m sure Google will have a few ideas 🙂 there can’t be that many to choose from. Good luck, Bob

  • Alex June 11, 2015, 12:04 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    what do you think is the most family-friendly area to live in perth with a salary of around 100k per year?

    Thanks a lot!
    Cheers, Alex

    • BobinOz June 11, 2015, 6:09 pm | Link

      Hi Alex

      This is a question I will need to leave to the locals, I don’t think my spending 10 days on quality in the area qualifies me to pick out kiddy friendly suburbs 🙂 Hopefully someone from over that way will help you out.

      Anybody?

  • Arvin May 27, 2015, 8:47 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Where can I get information regarding demographics of migrants in Perth and which suburb they are concentrated etc. This website is great!…

    Cheers!
    Arvin

    • BobinOz May 27, 2015, 11:57 pm | Link

      Try my page called Which Suburb?, it’s got some useful links on it to other websites that talk about demographics of suburbs.

      Cheers, Bob

    • Anton Millidge June 11, 2015, 7:35 pm | Link

      Try the SBS page Where Immigrants Where Born. It will show you top three migrant groups from all areas of Australia.

    • Yvonne December 10, 2015, 7:42 pm | Link

      Domain. com.au has all the demographic info you seek plus real estate.com.au
      Remember WA does not have daylight saving and not much manufacturing so most goods have to come from eastern states therefore a component of freight price is added on
      Perth has a juvenilles Crime problem as there is not much entertainment

  • Farhad April 28, 2015, 3:30 am | Link

    Im planning to move to Australia. Its hard to choose between the cities :S perth is isolated and sydney is to expensive. i just want to be able to find a job and live in a good area. Any thoughts?

    • BobinOz April 28, 2015, 11:10 pm | Link

      I get thoughts all the time, you don’t get me to list all of them, do you? 🙂 Try this page…

      A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia

      • Alvin May 13, 2015, 2:11 am | Link

        Hi Bob,

        May I ask whether a small farmland cheaper in Perth, if not, which state is better in term of price and climate (e.g averse weather)

        Thank you.

        • BobinOz May 13, 2015, 5:22 pm | Link

          I don’t know anything about farmland prices Alvin, but I will warn you that many farmers are doing it very tough at the moment, huge swathes of the outback are going through a devastating drought at the moment. They are struggling to keep their cattle alive.

          On the plus side, you might find a cheap farm, but that’s because there is a massive negative side.

  • Rhys April 22, 2015, 3:56 pm | Link

    hey,
    im 21,
    any advice or tips on moving to Perth for a totally new start.
    is it hard to find jobs if unqualified. take on new learners?
    Good or bad move?

    Best living area of Perth?
    anyone know of any pages like this where i can ask questions also?

    Thanks

    • BobinOz April 22, 2015, 6:39 pm | Link

      Well hopefully somebody local to Perth can help you out here, but I’ve just got back from a 10 day holiday in WA, they seem to be going through quite a hard time at moment when it comes to jobs.

      So I’d do plenty of research first if I were you, especially if you don’t have qualifications. Have a read of this as well…

      Australian jobs update 2015

  • Reza April 14, 2015, 2:04 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Hi everyone,
    Finally got our visa and through to this got the tickets to Perth on 2th of Jul,our visa is subclass 190 so we had to chose Perth or Adelaide to live for almost 2years,and we chose Perth,I hope we made a good decision.I think the next important step is finding a place to stay till we can rent our own place,in this regard i found the hotels too expensive and i was thinking to share a place for few days and then decide to rent and move to another place.
    actually we(me and my wife)are not familiar with districts in Perth and we really don’t have any idea which areas are good to live for new comer like us!to be frank we can’t afford to buy a car on our arrival and i think we have to live somewhere that don’t have problem in the next morning when we want to begin our life and using public transportation.regarding to this i found following websites:
    realestate.com.au and airbnb.com
    i will appreciate if someone know/introduce any other useful links to find a good/reasonable place,
    keep in touch guys,
    and thanks in advance for your help and comments,
    Reza

  • andrew March 29, 2015, 8:35 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    what like is perth area for families my wife and i have a new born who will be nearly 1 year old when we emigrate form the UK ,i am looking towardS getting a sponsor as i am a VEHICLE SPRAY PAINTER .

    Any information would be great

    Many Thanks

    andrew

    • BobinOz March 29, 2015, 9:49 pm | Link

      I’ve not been to Perth yet Andrew, I’m going in a couple weeks though, but just for a holiday. From what I’ve heard though, it’s a great place to bring up kids.

      Can’t help you with the sponsorship, but you might like to read my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Scott August 3, 2015, 12:18 am | Link

      Bit late but you will have no trouble getting a job in that field (As I used to work in the industry and from Perth). Here is a piece of information for you, Perth has the HIGHEST amount of people born in the UK, higher than Sydney and Melbourne which has 2+ times the amount of people.

      So obviously that is telling a story, my theory is that it has the most amount of sunshine days over any capital city, and yes that includes ‘sunshine coast’ and ‘gold coast’. Obviously Darwin is the capital of NT, not Alice which would have more.

      My advice is to frig off Seek and those crap website (use them as a backup), just go around to your local shops dressed is business attire with a CV and ALL your papers etc. to drop in resumes, this method would not fail you. You should be able to get upwards of $25 to $30 per hour or go onto sub-contract.

  • Fernando March 1, 2015, 6:03 pm | Link

    Hi Bob and everyone

    I am living in Melbourne for almost three years now, but we dislike the weather very much, and we are seriously thinking in moving to Perth. I have been there last October 2014 to check it out, but still didn’t t had the courage to make the big step. I have been reading all info that I can find about Perth and its regions, but I am still trying to find the excuse to go for it. We are a family of four and we are very concerned that is too isolated from the rest of OZ. Anyway! any advise would be most appreciated.

    • BobinOz March 2, 2015, 12:02 am | Link

      Well, it is isolated from the rest of Australia, I don’t think there’s any denying that. Whether that would be a problem for you or not, I suppose only you can answer. Hopefully you have already read the many comments here about this city and it’s given you a good idea of what it’s like.

      Maybe somebody from Perth would also help you out with your question, but as someone who lives in Brisbane, I can tell you that the weather is great where I live and it’s not isolated, might be worth considering although it doesn’t have the beaches that Perth has. Good luck in your search for somewhere new to live.

      Bob

  • Brandon February 16, 2015, 5:19 am | Link

    What sort of jobs could I have in Australia that pay we’ll I have a bachelors in business administration managemnt degree or if I could work in the mines in it lay we’ll how would I find jobs before I move to Australia ?

  • Sarah Carroll February 12, 2015, 3:49 pm | Link

    Hi,
    me and my partner are both 19yo considering on moving to Perth, from a small dying town with barely any job opportunities going on the east coast. We are both very determined but my concern is whether I will be capable of getting a job. I am open to all sorts of work and have previous experience in bar tending at a busy local club over the christmas break, retail for a year and also cert 2 in hospitality and cert 3 in business admin.
    I would just like some reassurance that this move is a possible one, that I can have a a stable job and also provide my share for rent on a weekly basis. The economy growth looks promising but would love advice from a local or experienced person on the area, thank you.

    • BobinOz February 13, 2015, 5:23 pm | Link

      Being a Brisbane boy, this is one I will need to leave to the locals Sarah, can anybody help out with this?

  • hilda January 17, 2015, 1:53 am | Link

    Hello Bethany. With regards to pet insurance, my vet advised that i would be better off just putting money aside for medical emergencies . As Bob said, they will wriggle out of anything they can and theres plenty of fine print to help them to legally do so. Also apparently the premiums change and increase over time. This may not be true. Its heressy but worth checking. Good luck

  • Amanda January 15, 2015, 7:44 am | Link

    Hi Bob I have been looking through your website and it’s one of the most helpful I’ve found! Me and my partner (from England) are thinking of coming to work in Aus for a year. I am a recently sport therpy, massage and rehab graduate but am going to pursue a teaching career. My partner graduated as a sports strength and conditioning coach and is completing his PGCE teaching degree. We are really interested in Perth but I was wondering if you could give me some information about how to go about finding a job in a school as a teacher/assistant. We wouldn’t want a boarding school as we would want to find a place for ourselves outside of work. we have applied for holiday working visas which have been accepted but wanted to secure a job before paying and finalising arrangements. I know this is quite vague, but my main concern was finding a job! If you could give me and pointers then please let me know. Many thanks, Amanda

  • Bethany January 13, 2015, 11:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    Such a hilarious website; thank you:-)

    My family and I are making the move to Perth this year and I have a question where I cannot find the appropriate area to comment,lol.

    What is the vet procedure over there? Do you get Pet Insurance for example, like here?

    Thanks again Bob; it is so reassuring reading your factual hilarity.

    Bethany 🙂

    • BobinOz January 15, 2015, 12:08 am | Link

      Hi Bethany

      Sounds like I have made you laugh, which is good. Thank you.

      Vets here are quite expensive, so pet insurance isn’t such a bad idea. I wish I’d had it when our dog ate her indestructible toy which resulted in a bill of about $2800 for the operation to remove it from her intestine. That wasn’t hilarious 🙂 She nearly died, so it was serious stuff, but expensive.

      I’m sure pet insurance would have covered most of it, but like all insurance is everywhere, if they can duck out of anything, they will.

      Cheers, Bob

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