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

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Jimmy August 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

In my experience Perth is the most expensive city in australia, in terms of being a tourist.


BobinOz August 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

With the Australian dollar being so strong at the moment, I would imagine all cities appear expensive to tourists. Cheers Jimmy!


scott March 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

Its now probably the second most expensive city to live in beside Sydney

The reason for this> Australia’s highest average earnings per state topping Victoria, mainly due the the people working on the mines with very high salaries.


BobinOz August 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

For those of you looking for some good inside info on where to live in Perth, check out the comment made by Gekko71 on my page about Western Australia.


andrews aboagye October 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

i want to know is perth beautiful than melbbourne in terms of infrastructure and quality roads?


BobinOz October 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I’ve not yet been to Perth, so I can’t help, anybody?


Walt P May 13, 2015 at 1:45 am

The infrastructure in Perth is great. Almost everything is new and clean compared to some of the east coast cities. The one thing you will notice is that it can sometime feel like a ghost town – think twilight zone where someone has stolen all the people. You can walk through the middle of the town with all these great buildings and roads, and barely any people. I have been here 3 years, and I still don’t know where all the 2m people go.


BobinOz May 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Well, since my short statement in the comment above yours Walt, I have now been to Perth. I have to agree with you, the infrastructure is very good, it’s noticeably better than what we have here in Brisbane, that’s for sure.


CT October 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I live in Perth, and have visited inner city Melbourne 3-4 times in as many years. From what I have experienced, infrastructure is excellent in Melbourne.

Perth’s infrastructure isn’t as developed as Melbourne’s but on the whole, it’s still better than most cities due to its smaller population. Perth congestion issues aren’t as big as the eastern seaboard capitals, but it’s getting worse every year. It is heavily reliant on the car however, and inconvenient traffic jams do occur during peak times like in most major Australian capitals.

Depending on where you stay in the metro area, public transportation is really good too, with an interconnected train and bus network.


Adam September 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I grew up in Melbourne and have recently moved to Perth for a change of life style with my young family.
To answer you question, No the infrastructure and quality of roads are not to the standards of Melbourne but it is a fast growing city and it seems finally the federal government have realised how far behind it is to the rest of the main city’s in Australia.
There is a lot of infrastructure getting built in and around the city at the moment to give tourist a reason to fly 4 hours from the eastern city’s.
This is a beautiful part of the country, Perth city has a very friendly, laid back country town feel to it and once the new apartments, city square and the new stadium plus lots of work to the main roads, airport and new hospitals Perth will quickly catch up to Melbourne and Sydney as one of the most liveable city’s in the world.
I’ve lived in Perth for 2 years and can’t see myself ever moving back to the rat race of Melbourne again.


Kate April 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Hi Adam
Just read a comment from you. It was from September last year. You talk about lots of building development happening around perth. Is that still the case? We are planning on moving to perth September 2015 and hubby works on building trade.
Any advice would be really appreciated! :)


BobinOz April 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Just in case Adam is no longer monitoring these comments, I’ll let you know what I think. Perth appears to be struggling these days, the boom is definitely over.

That said, I’ve just spent 10 days on holiday there and I noticed there was still an extraordinary amount of building work going on. Particularly north of the city around Yanchep.


Damian May 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Hi Bob, just read this string of comments and it has me slightly worried. I’m soon to graduate with a Aero Engineering degree (UK) with hopes of moving to Perth, but you say the boom is definitely over.. any more info on this, think I’ll still be able to move?

Thanks, Damian


BobinOz May 11, 2015 at 11:11 pm

I can’t tell you whether or not you would still be able to move, I have no idea under what conditions your move depends. But if you want updated information on how Western Australia is doing as a state, check out this post…

It’s almost a year old, but at the foot of that post you’ll find a link from which you can get updated information on how the economy is in all Australian states.

Hope it helps, Bob


Michelle November 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

I have heard Perth is very windy…does this bother you? Does it depend on where you live? Is it seasonal? It made top 10 windy cities in the world…just wondering


scott March 14, 2013 at 1:16 am

Not necessarily

I can say Perth south of the river and suburbs are not windy. Anywhere close to Fremantle and you get a nice breeze from the ocean called the “Freo Doctor”. It can get windy in suburbs close to the ocean and Fremantle. But in regular suburbs its barely a problem.


Debbie November 21, 2012 at 6:49 am

Hi, we are looking at moving to Perth from NZ….Please don’t laugh – but I am terrified of snakes (can’t even look at them on the TV), do you get them coming into your house or garden, will the kids be safe playing outside?. I don’t want to clean my house and them Mr Snake is waiting for me under the couch / bed?


BobinOz November 22, 2012 at 1:17 am

Hmm, we’ll, we don’t have snakes popping in to our house every week, but I did have one swing by in the 5 years I have been here. He was a harmless tree snake, I video’d the whole thing and put it on this website somewhere.

You really won’t want to watch it though.

I always say this though; nobody, but nobody, should let snakes, or fear of snakes, stop them moving to Australia, instead, find a way to deal with your fear. On average, we have 2 snake fatalities a year, far more people die falling off a horse!

So, when are you coming over?



Debbie November 22, 2012 at 6:37 am

Hi Bob

Thank you for your feedback – Just one question, what is so harmless about a TREE SNAKE?

I’m just so worried that they will come inside and that I will be so scared to be outside. I have heard about so many stories of people going outside and then finding snakes outside or moving furniture around and they are “sleeping” under a bed / couch / TV cabinet.
Do you want to know what’s funny? – we are actually born and raised in SA – (only been in NZ for 5 years no, but we don’t like the cold here, so we are looking at moving to Aus.).
We are looking at in the next year or so – the only thing stopping me from move to sunny Perth is SNAKES!!! – I just have to find a way of dealing with my fear…. I guess.


Debbie November 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

And is it true that you get the tiger snakes attacking you on the beach?


BobinOz November 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Whilst the occasional snake has been found wandering around the beach, snakes in general do not roam around in gangs intentionally trying to attack humans. Snakes are a part of life here in Australia, but some people can live here for years and never see one. It probably would be a good idea if you do find a way of dealing with your fear if you really want to enjoy living in Australia.

Good luck!


kelsi December 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hay debbie
We moved to perth a month ago and I was worried bout the same thing. But there is no snakes unless you live towards the country. I’ve talked to so many ozs and most of them havnt seen any apart from the zoo. Best move from nz we have ever made. You don’t see snakes anywhere. Just remember they r more scared of you. And they hear your foot steps and run. If you were a snake you’d wouldn’t wanna live in the city. And not a silly qyestion


Eve February 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi Debbie
I am from the Uk and am looking to moving to Perth.
Perhaps you can tell me what you like and dislike about it?
I’m heading that way due to my occupation being in demand. Any feedback would be appreciated!!


johanna December 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

Perth Is amazing, want to come back to work. I’m a French chef. Any contact ? Cheers !!


BobinOz December 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

No, I don’t have any contacts, but you could try searching for jobs in the area via the links on my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Good luck!


vardan November 25, 2013 at 12:58 am

Hi Johanna, did you move to Perth ? I just wanted to ask a question to you concerning tips in Australia. I am moving to perth in the coming 6 month. I used to work as a waiter, but now work as a maître d’hôtel. So, i don’t know where to start in Perth, specially when i also work as a licensed guide in Saint Petersburg and have my small tour agency for incoming tourists. Can anybody give me some more hints, as most of the jobs are advertised without salary, and in russia the questions about salaries and tips and other bonuses are asked only on the last moment, if not skipped quite often. Thanks


daniel garrahan January 14, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hey, I am a joiner moving to Perth in August. Been asking around about the how construction industry is doing over there not had many helpful answer, a lot of people saying its mostly the mining that is big. Do you know if there is as many jobs going as they make out to be? does anyone know if any agencies as well?



BobinOz January 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Daniel, take a look at the employment agencies I have links to on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, that’ll give you some idea of what is about, hopefully someone from Perth might also comment here and help you out.




Stuart Carlton July 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Are you a joiner or carpenter? I work for a joinery manufacturer near Kalamumda (Cedar West) and we are currently looking to hire another joiner.
Let me know if you’re interested.


Amy anderson January 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

My husband is a window cleaner would he be able to get in perth area pretty easily, I,m a accontant


BobinOz January 20, 2013 at 12:45 am

We’d need more information than that, a lot more. Check out my page Would I Qualify?.


Alvin April 21, 2015 at 1:33 am


I am thinking working a fruit (e.g strawberry) picker in Perth as a backpacker.

How do I go about it?

Thank you.


BobinOz April 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm
Amy anderson January 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I’m training as an accountant but I’m a hairdresser and my husband has built up a good window cleaning round . At this point in time I am a carer for my son who has ADHD so hairdressing is something I did straight from school I’m now old lol at 31 .


BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Hi Amy, sorry, we’d need much more information than that. If you’re interested, I have set up a service in conjunction with my MARA agent, if you provide him with about six or seven pages worth of information, he can tell you what your chances. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.


kelly October 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

How did you get on with trying for visa?
I was a hairdresser straight from school, but part qualified accountant at the moment. People have said that i would need to go back to a saloon for 6months to get present experience, i have city and guilds level 3.
Just wondered what response you received.


brian January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Hi bob and all love your website im an excavator operator annd my wifes an nurse we are looking to submit visas at the end of the year and hopfully move to perthin the summer but dont know how hard it will be to get a job hear in the the uk you need to know some one to get a start with a new employer .my wife will have a job to go to i wont just o see if anyone has any info on the jobs front. cheers brian


BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I couldn’t tell you what your chances are of getting a job in Perth Brian, but I’m pretty sure you will find it much easier to get one over there then you have found it to be in the UK. Not sure what kind of excavator operator you are, but there’s lots of mining going on over there, so I reckon you would be okay.

Maybe someone from Perth will pop by and tell you more. Good luck!


brian January 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks bob. it’s civils and new house builds i usualy work in i have ten year experience in operating various tracked and rubber wheeled machines hopfully someone will be able to comment.cheer brian


Devo January 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I know that some of the questions above are a month or two old but just in case someone else has the same questions.
We do have a lot of snakes in WA just like the rest of Oz but you really only need to keep an eye out for them if you live on the outskirts of the city where there is some bush near by. I live in the Swan Valley which is on the outskirts and I have definitely seen a few but they are not interested in attacking. I have never had a close encounter with one, my cat however did kill a baby dugite and got bitten in the process. In short though, I have lived in Perth for my whole life and I’m 42, I reckon I’ve seen a total of 4 snakes in a residential area in that whole time.

Job prospects are quite good here, there is a lot of infrastructure and housing being built as we are still the fastest growing state in the country.

Like everywhere we have idiots but on the whole, it is quite safe here.

I’ll repeat my earlier post and say that we have beautiful and very accessible beaches, mostly friendly population, excellent roads (with no toll roads) and in my opinion, the best weather in the country. Our summers are hot, in fact if there’s a down side, sometimes the heat is ridiculous and it can be for long stretches but over the whole year we just have a lot of clear, sunny days. Yes it is rated as the 2nd windiest city in the world but that is because we are coastal and it is based on average wind speeds, it’s not like it just always blowing a gale. Believe me, on those hot days you’ll be looking forward to that afternoon cooling sea breeze. Even our winters are nice. The mornings can be quite crisp because we have such clear skies, there is no cloud to trap the warmth. It usually warms up by about 11am to a decent temp though meaning that even in mid winter you can get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Hope this answers some questions.


BobinOz January 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi Devo

Thanks for the info, very useful. Always nice to know what a place is like to live in from someone who lives there, thanks for taking the time to add your views.

I’m still yet to visit, will do it this year for sure, but from your point of view Perth gets a big thumbs up.




Tanya January 30, 2013 at 6:26 am

Hi guys, myself and my family are looking to emigrate to Perth soon and we need some good pointers as to where would be good places to live. We have 2 children aged 10 and 13 hence we want good schools in a nice residential area quite close to the beach. All suggestions welcome! cheers .


emily January 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I lived in Safety Bay/Waikiki/Rockingham area since I was about 5, I’m now 19. It has a bad rep but its an amazing place, i live more Waikiki/Safety Bay area and it’s literally about a 5 minute walk from the beach, there are a heap of primary schools around the area as well as high schools and multiple shops with in walking distance.


Alex January 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

Hello Emily , i’ll be in Perth in a few month’s , can you tell me more aboute the young life in Perth? Thanks a lot!


Luke Gwatiringa February 8, 2013 at 1:05 am

Just got a 457 visa this week and looking forward to move to Perth with my wife and children, will be working for a company in Milly Ct. Malaga WA.
Where is the best place to look for a decent accommodation, somewhere close to my work place and also close to a primary and secondary school for my kids.


BobinOz February 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Not one I can help you with Luke. Hopefully somebody from over that side of the country will help you out. Congrats on the 457!


scott March 14, 2013 at 1:46 am

you made need to use “” and you can choose what suburbs you are looking at and surrounding areas with a price range, they have both sale and rental houses with locations and prices.

As for schools you may need to google schools around the suburbs you are in. I am from south of river so can’t help you too much as Perth is really north or south of river with some eastern suburbs as it is west coast. south of river i could tell you every suburb and which schools are good etc.


Daniel Woolf February 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Bob, just found ur website as I was searching for info on Perth.
I was wondering how the hospitality business is doing? And what is the cost of life in Perth in general? I am planning to move there sometime this year from Brazil, and I am a Brazilian/British Citizen. Any ideas on which citizenship is better for entering OZ? Thanks a lot! Cheers, Danny


BobinOz February 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

I have heard rumours that the hospitality business is desperate for workers, apparently there is a real shortage of people to do those jobs here.

Can’t help you with the specific costs of life in Perth, but you might like to check out my page called The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything.

As for which citizenship to use to enter Australia, your guess is as good as mine, I’d use the British one but then I’m British :-) oh, and Australian!


Veljko March 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hello, I am software engineer from Serbia,
currently living in Sweden. Do you think I have some chances to get a sponsorship?

thank you


Amir March 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Hi Bob, I am planning to move to Perth for study purpose. My wife would join me as well. I will receive $28K annually as scholarship for my living expenses. I was wondering if this in enough for two person to live in Perth? Any help would be highly appreciated.


BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I think you would struggle to support one person on that amount of money. How much are you budgeting for accommodation? See my pages The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything and Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia, they should help you work out your budget.


Amir March 12, 2013 at 3:28 am

Thanks for the info. The “living costs” webpage of Curtin University mentions that the average costs for furnished accomodation (for a family of 4) is 400 per week. and I checked the link you provided. It actually does give some results for 300/pw. But I don’t know if this is only for one person or not, since the website doesn’t ask about the number of persons… Any tips ? Thanks in advance.


BobinOz March 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Amir March 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks Bob, The link is really helpful since I can have some kind of immagination of the rental prices before I come. But I am still confused about the number of persons living in the appartmanet. Let me change my question this way, for example when I search for studio appartments in website, and it gives me quite a number of available studios for rent, are these for 1 person, or a couple can also live in studios? There is no information about this in the website. Here in Germany, couples can live in a studio together, but I can immagine that other places the rules might be different. Do you have information regarding this issue? Thanks again for your help! 😉


scott March 14, 2013 at 1:33 am

you can live in the house with as many people so long as they are on the lease and the owner approves. another thing to google search is “shared accomodation gumtree perth” and people advertise rooms for singles or couples for $150 per week upwards, sometimes free wifi etc. There are many suburbs near Curtin Uni such as Bently and Victoria Park that have many student accomodation. renting a house would be very hard depending on where, there is a stupid law here which you have to pay 1 week rent for each appliaction, then if you get the place that is fine, but if you get it and change your mind they keep the money. Now imagine this, if you see 4 places you like at $300 per week, that means you need $1200 just for all applications, problem is you can’t do that because if you get accepted for all you lose $900. Be aware that if you look at a place viewing time there would be another 10 people there, its very hard to get onto a lease unless the place you are looking at is in a bad neighbourhood etc. Gumtree is your best bet, most times you don’t need to sign a lease because someone owns the house or is renting already. Any other questions let me know as I live here and know the rental game.


Amir March 14, 2013 at 1:41 am

Thanks Scott! Here in Germany we pay application fees only if an agency helps us with finding accommodation. But, when we look at websites and contact the landlord in person and sign a contract then we pay no application fees. Is it the same in Perth?
Back to my first question (above), since you are living there, do you think we can survive as a couple with an income of 2300 $/month in Perth? Given the situtation that University might (should) have some facilities for students and their family members for discounts on transportation, insurance, etc. which can reduce the living costs of students compared to others. What’s your opinion?


scott March 14, 2013 at 2:03 am

Most real estates you will need to be at the viewing to recieve an application but some (and probably few) you can do online with no application fee. I have only ever come across one real estate who did that. So that really depends on the real estate.

Because i am in allot of debt right now my situation is different but without my loan repayments for one person my basic expenses per week would be $350. That is $150 rent, $100 food, $50 fuel and i have health and car insurance and small phones bills to make up $50.

Its hard to say, the biggest expense you will have is rent unfortunately, it never used to be this expensive. It has literally doubled in 10 years. Are you able to get part time work on your visa? I can say that finding part time work would probably be relatively easy as there are many jobs offers for students etc.


Andrea December 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hi Amir,
I lived in Perth for three years, working at Curtin University. I moved to Germany recently. I can only suggest you not to leave Germany for Perth, especially to Study at Curtin.
In any case you will not able to make a living with your scholarship if you move there together with your wife.
If you have decided to move, I strongly suggest you not to live in Bentley. It’s crappy place and too isolated and dangerous in the night. I would suggest you to try Victoria Park. Moreover don’t rely on Curtin housing services. They’re sloppy.


Ali September 1, 2013 at 3:15 am

Scott and all other contributors on this forum, I am planing to move to Perth on 23rd of Dec this year. My husband will be leaving a very good senior management job . I seek advice with my following queries:

1. I plan to live in a suburb closest to the Perth City not more than 10-15 min drive
2. The area should have good primary schools with easy access to schools, recreational areas, shopping areas, etc.
3. We are looking for a 3 bed house with atleast 2 toilets/bathrooms.
4. The suburb should be safe with good neighbourhood with cultured and educated class.


brian March 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi bob just see what you think i have been looking to move from the uk to perth over the last few years but cant believe how expensive it is to live in perth. unless you work in the minning sector it would not be the life us poms would be looking for i think i have to look at other places in oz that are less expensive.


BobinOz March 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I have never been Brian, not yet anyway, but I think Perth has always been a little more expensive than the rest of Australia on account of it being so isolated. It adds to transport costs for some goods I suppose.

Since the mining boom, apparently it’s got even more expensive, so you are probably right, may be a good idea to look elsewhere.


scott March 14, 2013 at 1:27 am

it is now probably the 2nd most expensive city behind Sydney

people don’t know it but perth population and cost of living is inceasing in high amounts. the pop increase is not as high as Sydney but as a percentage of people per year to the total popultaion it is. Approx 60,000 per year.

the mining sector is what has caused it because WA has the highest average annual income, its clear out in the lead over Victoria last time i checked.


brian March 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi scott your bang on i was comparing house prices in say rockingham to the same size of house in victoria and the houses are 150.000 cheeper than wa .same distance from cbd. Im an excavator operator but i didnt want to move to perth area to work in the mining sector on a rota of 3 to 4 weeks away from home and to be honest the pay for non mining work is the same rate through out australia. Thanks for commenting scott and bob.


Jon April 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hi. I’m in the process in getting a job in Perth with a relocation package attached (they’ll pay for all visas and flights out there etc, no housing allowance though). They have said I will start on $100,000 per year which I thought was good, but now I’ve read some of your comments on hear I’m not too sure. I was planning to emigrate with my wife and three children and I was hoping we would be able to live comfortably in Perth on my wages alone. Is $100,000 a good wage for this area? I work for the oil and Gas industry in the UK and I want to stick to the same industry in Australia if possible. My reasoning to move to Perth is to give my kids a better life and better prospects, but I don’t want the family to struggle financially in doing so. I’m not expecting a high flying life just a comfortable one


Rachel April 10, 2013 at 7:10 am

Hi all, just joined the site. We all (me, hubby and two small boys) arrive in Perth in just 8 weeks! We’re so excited but very nervous. Staying in Port Kennedy for the first three months. Couldn’t believe it when we were granted our visas, its an amazing feeling! Hubby is an electrician but no job lined up yet, thats the worrying part :-(.


BobinOz April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Yes, a big move like this is always going to be exciting and yet nerve wracking at the same time. I hope your husband finds a job quickly and you all settle in to your new home fast.

So welcome, and good luck!



Sarah Lawson June 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hi Rachel,

So excited for you move! Hope you’ve already settled well in Perth. There are a lot of job opportunities available, so be persistent. Check out the online listings to get an idea.


Laura Hill April 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Hi Bob and all others!
My family and I are in the process of deciding if we can bear to leave friends, family and pets to move to Australia for, well, basically an adventure! My husband is an Anaesthetic Technician and I’m a Primary Teacher, and we have two girls currently 6 & 8.
We are in the lucky position of not needing a visa as my husband is originally from NZ and therefore we can travel on NZ passports. Our concerns are more about finance and finding a job in a ‘good’ suburb which has a nice school for the girls.
I’m a bit confused about the Rental situation of applications, fees etc. How can we secure ourselves somewhere to stay for the first few weeks/months until we find somewhere more permanent, if we aren’t in the country?
Any advice on areas to look at or avoid, would be hugely helpful!!
Thanks everyone – I really enjoy this site and am grateful for all the information I’ve gained so far!!


BobinOz April 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

If Perth is anything like it is here in Brisbane, and I’m sure it is, the rental market is very competitive and I think it would be quite difficult to secure a rental before you get here. I’d allow at least a month whilst you are here to find a suitable place to live.

That means you are going to need some kind of short-term rental, and that’s exactly what I would be searching for in Google, “short-term rental property in Perth”. And I’d be prepared to take anything if you can secure it for a decent price for a month, and then start your search properly when you get here.

But maybe it is different in Perth, hopefully someone from over that way will give you their thoughts as well.




Vijay Kumar April 17, 2013 at 12:16 am

Hi Bob,

I am Vijay from Bangalore, India. Next month I am applying for State Sponsorship program. I am applying through Electronics Engineering Technician category. Could you please tell me how are the opportunities for Electronics domain in WA? Like one who has experience in Component Engineering, Product Engineering, Hardware Engineering etc.
I am very excited to settle in Western Australia. I hope I get an invitation soon!

Expecting your reply


BobinOz April 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hi Vijay

Check out my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and search for what it is that you do using the three links to Australia’s top employment agencies.

That should give you a good idea of the kind of opportunities available to you.

Good luck!


Vijay Kumar April 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the response. I am already in the final process of lodging my application for the State Sponsorship.

If possible please tell me how is the market situation in Perth for Electronic/Electrical engineers. I would be glad to hear from you. And how are the people in Perth?


BobinOz April 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

I’ll leave that one for someone in Perth to answer for you Vijay, I’ve never been there, not yet anyway.


Daniel May 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hi Bob, first of all thanks for all the info you have on your page, it is great and very useful!!
I’m a 30 years old Electronic Engineer with experience in project management and business planning from Colombia, and finally, after three years I receive my permanent visa subclass 189. I’m planning on moving to Perth with my wife, we don’t have any children (and we are not planning on having), and we are working in our budget for us to settle during our first months while we find a job. We are not looking for something expensive, just a good, clean and safe place to live while we find a job. Appreciate if you have any suggestions on suburbs or places that you think can work for us, or what do you think is the best option. Thanks!!


BobinOz May 2, 2013 at 1:06 am

Well, I don’t know Perth at all, so I will leave it to the people who do to answer your question. But I would suggest you go back and read all the comments above yours, if you haven’t already done so, as I’m sure you’ll find plenty of tips about where and when not to live.




Lukas May 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

First of all I wann introduce myself. My name is Luke (or Lukas-whatever) and currently I live in Europe. Althought we don´t know each-other, I hope this e-mail was not annoyed.
I´d like to go „Down Under“, specifically , to Perth (WA).
Can you answer on my questions/thanks
1st What is the nightlife in Perth like?

2nd Which clubs are the most popular there?

3rd Is it true that Perth is dull? I heard that people are only on the beaches and the rest of days is empty -bored

Why do you love Perth. What is so special about that city in comparison with other cities f.e. Sydney or Melbourne?????????????
I really appreciate your time-I know this World, which is so fast and everybody has not so much time but I hope you will help me
Thanks in advance
Sincerelly Luke


BobinOz May 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Luke

Not a question I can answer for the same reason I couldn’t answer the previous comment, but hopefully someone from Perth will come in here.

Can anyone who knows Perth help Luke out?


Snadip June 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hello everyone, I am new to this site and found quite interesting. Thanks to all who are sharing the thoughts and views. I am a senior engineer from Oil and Gas industry, I would like to relocate to Perth. We got the permanet visa recently. Would like to know what is current market trend in O&G industry in Perth? My wife has done her masters in socials works- how about the job opportunity over there?


BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

This is one I will need to leave it to those who live around Perth and work in the O and G industry. Anybody?


Arun June 26, 2013 at 1:24 am

Hello , Could you please tell me about Oil and gas Industries in Australia. I would like to take masters in Oil and Gas.


BobinOz June 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Sorry, that’s not something I know very much about, other than we do have them :-)


Kris June 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

G’day Bob,

I find your blog quite informative and humorous to read through comments and replies. It is well engaging. Great job! We are a couple relocating to Perth, may be Fremantle area, from Cairns, FNQ. We have checked and gumtree as well. We are a bit confused in terms of renting. We can see real-estate agents renting share house as well. it is not the fashion in FNQ. I am in education management (Admin, Marketing, Recruitment) and my partner is an internal accountant and bookkeeper. What are the chances of exploring jobs in these two areas? What locations would be more preferable for both of us? I know the questions sound a bit hilarious but some discussions might bring us a few catchy and important clues. Thank you.

Looking forward to hearing from you and/or all friends in Perth.



BobinOz June 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Kris

Glad you like my website :-)

I think I will have to leave your question to those who live over that way, I know about as much as you do on this one being as I live in Brisbane.

Can anyone help here?


Peter July 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm


I moved to Perth 2 years ago from the UK and live in Fremantle and work in Perth. My advice to anyone coming to Perth is expect it to be expensive!

If you want the best transport links live near the trains – the western suburbs and Fremantle have a good train service to Perth but this pushes up the prices of property for buying and rental. If you go further north, south and east the prices do come down but may not be as close to work etc

There is work for good people – but you have to look for it

Its a great place to live…



Stuart January 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Great post. This post hits the nail on the head.
Live in a nice area where you want your kids to go to school and you will pay for it.
If you don’t have kids, IE, are flexible to locations Perth is a great place to live.
With regards to work be prepared to chase it as it wont come to you.Work hard and you will reap the benefits. For a family you need to be pulling in 100k+ to live a good life.


parshant June 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

i am a international student from india planning to study in australia sir i want to ask you which city would i prefer to study brisbane or terms of getting part time jobs and the cost of living.


BobinOz June 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

I couldn’t tell you for sure, but my gut says Brisbane. Perth is very expensive these days, so you’re only decider is the availability of part-time jobs. I can’t imagine there’s much difference between the two cities, there’s lots of work in Perth but it’s mainly for skilled full-time workers. So I’d go Brisbane, but don’t take my word for it :-)


Bluemoo July 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Perth is a beautiful place to live and bring up a family. I don’t think I would recommend it to a young single person who likes nightlife and partying though. Someone asked if 100k a year would be enough to live on? Well I have single friends here on that wage and they manage quite comfortably, I also know families with that income and they ‘get by’.


BobinOz July 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Bluemoo, good info.


Sunil July 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hi Bob,

I will be moving to Perth very soon. I live in India currently in a very densely populated city where every source is available. Would be happy if you can comment on the following things.
1) Scope for Mechanical Engineer: I heard that there is a lot of scope for mechanical engineers in Perth on the web but would like to know from you if that is actually true since you will be aware of actual facts. I am design engineer who has worked in Aerospace and locomotive domains (Planes and Trains).
2) Primary education for kids: By the time I settle down in Perth my kids(Twins) will be of 2 years each. So please let me know if the education facilities are good for my kids.
Will be very thankful If you could comment on this.

Sunil G


BobinOz July 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I know nothing much about Perth Sunil, I’m way over the other side on the east coast. These pages may help you though…

Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

Which school?

Thanks, Bob


Sunil August 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Bob


Holly Power August 3, 2013 at 2:29 am

Hello everyone,
I’m thinking of moving to Perth with my family, from Ireland. I’d like to know what part of Perth is the most ideal place to live, my two girls, love swimming so I’d like to be close to the beach, though is it too windy there? Which part of Perth is the most friendliest, and neighbourly, I’d like to live in a safe part, but also with lots of activities and parks etc. but not in the inner city. If you can help, thanks.


BobinOz August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ll have to leave this question for somebody from Perth Holly, anyone from Perth got any ideas on this one?


Scott September 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I will not link this site to my email. Its a bit late but…For some reason all of Irish people and British people love North or the River?? I have no idea why, its slightly more modern. I am from South of the River and I can say most of Perth is great with only a few suburbs to avoid.

North I can’t help :)

South avoid: Armadale, Thornlie and parts of Kwinana or Yangebup


BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Just for the record, nobody should place their email address as a link on this website, email addresses should remain private. People can post a link to their website if they have one, in much the way that Pablo has below in the next comment.

When you fill in your email address in the email section (required) it remains private, unfortunately some people also put their email address in the URL box, and that becomes public. I do delete them when I see them though.

Anyway Scott, sorry for the ramble, but thank you for your tips on Perth and for taking the time to help a few people out here.

Cheers, Bob


Layla Turner October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hi Holly
I’ve just spent 2.5 years in total living in Perth, I’m now in NZ and I’m in Wellington……Perth is calm as, compared to living here. The wind literally knocks you over here, you can’t even use an umbrella! (I’ve tried – it broke).
Don’t worry at all, it does get a but windy on the odd day in Perth but it’s definately not an issue. And when it’s 35 degrees and it’s “breezy” whilst you’re melting on the beach – you’ll love the wind! :)


Pablo Oruê August 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Bob, my name is Pablo. I’m a 32 brazilian drummer and e-commerce consultant moving to Australia for 6 or 12 months and I’d like to meet good rock bands from Australia to play around on pubs, etc.
Do u think Perth is a good place for that. I’m asking you because I’ve heard good words about young musicians on Peth like the guys from Tame Impala, Pond, etc.

Hope to hear from you or someone else.


BobinOz August 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I don’t have a rock band :-) Pablo, but I would be surprised if Perth was the place to go. It is the most isolated city in the world and I have heard it doesn’t have a huge nightlife scene.

In Australia, Melbourne is the city with a reputation for having a vibrant nightlife and it is also known as the city that produces the most artistic talent here. I’m not advising you against Perth, I’m just saying I’d be surprised if it were the best choice for you.

Incidentally, a friend of mine is in a rock band and he regularly goes abroad to tour Europe and the USA, something it’s impossible to do here in Australia because there just aren’t the volume of venues that the other continents offer. It’s a long way from Melbourne, to Sydney, to Brisbane, to Perth etc; not ideal for touring.

Good luck and sorry I’ve probably given you more questions than answers.

Cheers, Bob


Pablo Oruê August 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Hey Bob, thank you so much dude!
Yesterday I just decide to go to Los Angeles instead of Perth or Melbourne. For sure your answer help me to feel that I’ve made the best choice for me right now.


BobinOz August 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

That is quite a massive and sudden change in direction Pablo, I hope it works out good, especially as it seems in part to of been my idea; it wasn’t really the intention of this website to talk people out of moving to Australia :-)

Anyway, LA will be a better place for a rock band than Perth, I’m pretty sure of that.

Good luck!


Pablo Oruê August 10, 2013 at 3:18 am

Hey Buddy, no worries at all, really! I´ve never been to Australia and I´ve been to USA so many times and for now Australia would be a “shoot in the dark” you know 😉
Let´s keep in touch and your blog is so cool man!!


Pablo Oruê


BobinOz August 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I’ve just checked out your website Pablo, played a couple of tracks, really good stuff. Australia’s loss is LA’s gain. I would have definitely come to see you live if you were gigging in my town, your music is right up my street.

Yes, we should stay in touch, especially if ever you come to Australia touring, I certainly would want to know about that.

If anyone else has no idea what I’m talking about, click on Pablo’s name in his comment above, and play some tracks on his website.

Cheers Pablo, Bob


Chandul August 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I wish to come to Perth for a trip from Sri Lanka and hope to stay 2 weeks there.I would like to know what are the interesting places we can visit and how can we enjoy the 2 weeks in Perth.



BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 1:06 am

So would I actually, I’ve never been to Perth :-) So hopefully someone from over that way will answer you Chandul, I’ll be interested to hear what they have to say as well.

So, can anyone help us?



Scott September 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

In Perth: Swan River/Kings Park and the city.

In WA: Margaret River wine region, The pinnacles desert, Wave Rock, Albany, Esperance…The list goes on :)


Mital Tank August 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Hello, I am about to stay near murdoch university!
Is it easy to find livings near by?
I am a student and looking for a rental stay.
Is it tough to find a rental house there?


BobinOz September 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

This is one I will need to leave it to my Perth readers, anybody?


Scott September 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm


Yes it should be easy and no its not tough. You want to search “Shared accommodation gumtree Perth” and “Melville” area or farther away. There is a train station 5 minutes walk from the University now. The University itself has accommodation but you could find a student room in the surrounding suburbs for about $150 per week.


Layla Turner October 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

Try guntree for houseshares/shared accommodation. The further you live from the city, the cheaper it will be. There are usually many houseshares near Murdoch uni.


Jooles September 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

I was wondering if anyone could advise.
We are at the very beginning of emigration process, IELTS just completed (8.5 overall).
I am a Mental Health Nurse and the OH is a scaffolder, in terms of wages v’s bills, food and rent etc, I am looking to compare some cities, mainly Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane to find out which one has the potential to be the most affordable based on wages we could possibly earn and cost of living.
Any help from people who live in these cities would be great,


BobinOz September 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

From the cities you have chosen, I’d say that Adelaide would be the least expensive to live in, followed by Brisbane which sits in the middle and then the most expensive city would be Perth.

So I suppose it depends what kind of job offers you get and what the wages are before we can look at this any further. Cheers, Bob


Scott October 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

Hi, yes Adelaide is the cheapest, followed by Brisbane than Perth. Although WA has the highest average wage so can make reasonable money. The 2 jobs you described I would be looking at Perth or Brisbane really, sometimes it takes time to find employment. Adelaide is lovely, a nice slow and laid back city although I am still unemployed here (from Perth), but even had difficult time finding employment in Perth. Its really a skilled labour force, no one is willing to train you unless it is at a minimal level, without the right skills or relevant experience seeking employment is difficult in most cities.


BobinOz October 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

Hi Scott

There is definitely a relationship between the cost of living/available jobs/wages in most of our cities (and almost certainly the rest of the world). Seems if a city is expensive, then wages are high and there is work to be had. In cheap cities, not so much work, lower wages.

That makes sense, if a city was cheap and had loads of jobs available with high wages, we would all want to live there.

Thanks, Bob


Mohammad Nabil Al Saty October 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Hi all;
It is a great aria for sharing ideas , I like it very much .
Actually I am Syrian living in UAE. I am working as an interior decoration contractor & general maintenance planning to relocate to Perth soon for a better living for my family , but I like the dry not hot climates , also I am looking for the post graduate education options for my kids , is it the right choice for my migration . !
Thanks .
Nabil .


BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Not sure really, Perth is quite hot mostly and I would not describe it as dry.


Mohammad Nabil October 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Humidity in the Arab gulf aria is almost 90-95% if compare with Perth ! ! Perth is dryer , temperatures here are 30 – 45 in summer times and 18 – 30 in winter ! !
For me Perth is nice ! !


BobinOz October 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

In that case, yes, I think you will quite like Perth, and most of our other cities as well.


Scott October 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

Yes Perth is Hot, Adelaide really had the dry heat and Brisbane the humidity.


Stuart January 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

It’s dry, trust me.


demoncleaner October 24, 2013 at 12:57 am

Perth has a dry heat and it’s hot most of the year, winters are mild. As for winds, I live in the southern suburbs and as Im typing this the winds are pretty strong, more so than in most areas of Perth I know so yes it’s very widy especially in the south. It’s actually quite annoying. As for infrastructure, it’s sorely lacking in parts that need it, compared to Melbourne it’s very poor but Melbourne is a great city so it’s unfair to compare the two. Public transport needs improving, Perth is a car city because of this as well as the fact that trains are a bit dangerous especially at night


BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

What’s dangerous about the trains? Are we talking late-night violence?


Michael November 12, 2013 at 1:22 am


You have a very informative website, thanks and keep it up

My girlfriend and I are thinking about moving to Perth in the new year. I already have a job that pays me over 130k a year. She is a registered nurse in Canada and i was reading another part of your blog saying that Aus is in dire need of experienced doctors and nurses. Is this still true and would you know what kind of salaries would they be getting paid there?



BobinOz November 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Michael, glad you like the site.

Nurses were in big demand here at one point, but not quite so much these days. That doesn’t mean your wife will not be able to find work though, there are still opportunities for people with the right experience.

How much will she earn? If you take a look at my page about Australian and UK Salaries Compared you’ll find a couple of links to websites that give some good information about how much each profession can earn.

Hope that helps, cheers, Bob


Stuart December 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I live in Perth, it is very expensive due to the uneducated mine workers coming back and paying any price for what they want. I have a friend who works for a removal firm, they are booked up for 6 months by poms going back to the Uk because they can’t afford to live here.
So to conclude, don’t move to Perth unless you’ve got a well paid job in mining.


Layla December 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

Stuart, that may be your own opinion but I don’t think it’s fair to others who want an unbiased view. I lived in Perth on a 20 hour a week job and lived OK. Yes, sometimes it was hard, like at Christmas or when I wanted to save for a flight somewhere or a holiday, but working full time, no problem, as the wages are usually pretty high in this state.
It’s a beautiful state with stunning beaches accessible to anyone and one of the largest coastlines, with some unspoilt places topped by some of the hottest, most stable weather in Australia.
Unfortunately you don’t get all this AND mega cheap living costs. It’s kind of like the price you pay for being in a slightly less populated, beautiful and unspoilt state, we can’t have everything can we, otherwise everyone would want to live there. It’s great economy wise for WA and though times may be tough now, it can only mean good things for the state.
I genuinely DO understand things can be ridiculously pricey and sometimes you have no choice but to pay them, but with some careful planning and budgeting, you CAN spend reasonably. I did it, I’m very resourceful and determined and I’ve never got anywhere by expecting things to be easy all the time.
You just have to find ways around it, budget, stay away from eating/grocery places in CBD, look for nightly specials in restaurants/bars and spend more time doing free things like the beach for e.g, rather than spending time in expensive bars/restaurants for instance.
I know people living here get grumpy about the cost of living and start to resent Perth, (even I got gumpy and resented it sometimes), but having to move away made me realise how amazing the place is.
Personally I’m interested to see how well WA will do and if after a rough, costly time within the mining boom, how things may get better and beneft the people more. :)
Miss you Perth :(


Stuart December 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

Thank you for your input Layla.
Please read all the comments on this page, you will find that they are all bias. Isn’t that what these sort of pages are about.
Your opinion, to add to bias, is contradictory to say wages are high and relative to costs but if you budget you can get by.
Australia is an expensive place to live and after Sydney Perth is the most expensive place to live oz. That’s not an opinion.
Did you have children etc when you was living on 20hrs a week?


Scott January 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Just a poor and inappropriate comment


Stuart January 2, 2014 at 3:08 am

What’s inappropriate Scott?
‘ it’s just opinions’


Layla December 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

Whether I have children or not is none of your business Stuart. And please don’t troll on here, just because I disagreed with your opinion.
I’m not on here to debate, only to offer advice, so don’t even think about starting a “debate” on here with me, that will not fly with me. It’s also very immature.

And no I’m not contradictory, I’m saying yes it’s expensive in Perth, but if you budget, it’s possible to live happily here. Your negative comment stated no-one can afford to live here, unless they have a job in mining. My job wasn’t in mining, it was part time and I could afford to live in Perth – that is a fact.
I was trying to offer another perspective, your comment was very bitter and negative. I was offering a perspective from someone who isn’t bitter and pessimistic and from someone who can see it from both sides, hence “unbiased”.
So people get to see the positive views of Perth, this page is not for trolling or complaining, that’s what Facebook is for.
And for the record, Stuart, “So to conclude, don’t move to Perth unless you’ve got a well paid job in mining.” That IS your opinion, not a fact.


Stuart December 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Your contradicting yourself again by saying you not going to debate and the debating my points.
In my second post I did state that it is all opinion and therefore bias in some way. However objective we like to think we are, we always fail to be entirely.
Peace x


Ollie December 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I’d like to point out that it gets much hotter than 36°C in Perth, gets up to around 45°C.


Udy December 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm


I am looking for some guidance from any of your readers regarding the our options as HR Professionals in Perth (WA) and Canberra (ACT).

Me(31) and my wife(29) are in the process of moving to Australia but are unable to decide on the State / City we would like to settle down in. We would need your help for us to decide on the best city. We both are HR professionals and and want to know our job prospects in Perth (WA) and Canberra (ACT) as our personal research on the web wasn’t of much help. We would like to know the pros and cons of these 2 places and how easy/ difficult for us to settle down in our profession. Please provide us with any information (links/ emails) that will give us in-depth knowledge about these places. Any information is helpful.

Also, let us know how the convenient & economical is the public transport in these 2 cities. We also saw some news about the commute in the night being dangerous on few occasions. If that’s the case, please provide info on the ‘Hot Spots’ that need to be avoided.



Scott January 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Never lived in Canberra but have in Perth, only been to Canberra. You are comparing 2 completely different cities here. I would have to point out that Canberra can get very cold in the winter and Perth does not at 18 degrees average. Big population difference meaning far more job opportunities in Perth, although it is the second most isolated city in the world.

In Canberra however you are able to travel and see more as most of the cities in Australia are on the east coast. Perth public transport is great.

You know when moving to a city here I believe you should consider at least these things: Job opportunities, weather and lifestyle/location.


Udy January 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Hi Scott,
Thank you for your inputs ! That gave us some better understanding. As you rightly mentioned, one should consider the Job opportunities, weather and lifestyle/location while choosing a place to settle. You have made it clear that the Job Opportunities are lot better in Perth and that’s what we were hoping for.

We are fine with Perth’s weather conditions although it would have been better if it were to be cooler by 5 degrees. And traveling to the East Cost being an expensive affair, we might have to look for options like near by Asian Countries for holidays.

You also mentioned that Perth public transport is great. However, I heard otherwise. Could you let us know how convenient it is for us to travel ‘every day’ to work by Public transport? Couldn’t get the info I was looking for on the Transperth site.

I was also thinking about getting my car over to Australia. From the basic research I did, it looks like lot of work and still couldn’t find if its worthwhile making all the effort. I want to see if its better to import my 2 year old VW Polo to Australia or is it better to buy a new car once I come over. I am assuming that I won’t be able to afford a new car until an year after I reach Australia. So, if you could help with any info related to this or about the site where they provide some easy to understand comparison between Importing a car vs buying a new/ used car in Australia.

Sorry for such a lengthy post.



Scott January 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Compared to larger cities the public transport is not the same frequency. mainly because its 2 million unlike Sydney which is over 4.5 million.

Where I live south of the river public transport was easy, the government is a bit all over the place but they are even looking at making more good changes.

It really compares to which city you compare too, I have never been overseas although if you compare it to London its probably not that great. However that said I believe you can travel around on public transport no problems, I never had too many issues. It depends where you live though really.


Udy January 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Thank you for the info Scott


rod December 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

thanks bob for this very informative site!

we are a young filipino couple working in the middle east. we wish to migrate to australia and is currently searching the most suitable city for us.

few questions, while we heard locals are very welcoming, is there some sort of racial discrimination when it comes to salary and job opportunities? we are currently in a country where british and french are paid more than the rest. are average salary posted on some sites applicable to all races?

hope im not being offensive.



BobinOz January 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

I don’t think so, but I am not the person to ask. I’m self-employed and have no experience of this sort of thing. You should ask this question on my page about jobs and sponsorship, maybe someone else can help.

Australia is an equal opportunities country though, so I don’t think so.


Mike February 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

I know this is late Rod but I was reading it and thinking back to my time in the middle east. My wife if Filipino, we live in a small country town with a good Filipino community, a number of my work mates are also Filipino, some are paid more than me some less, depends entirely on what their job is. My wife does complain about the amount of tax she pays, which is part of Australian life..we all complain.

In Australia you are paid for the work you do, The government is pretty strict with equal pay for an equal days work, so if a job pays $50 a hour it is $50 an hour no matter what nationality you are. Though anyone that is considered a foreigner by the government (non-permanent visa) pays a higher tax rate but again the government doesn’t care if you are European, Asian, American or Aftrican all foreigners pay the higher rate.


Mars January 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

I’ve been in Perth three years ago with my family in Januari and March 2011. It’s a hot and windy city, with relaxed people and a great place to visit and to live. Capital of Noworries! I think it applies to all WA.


Solo January 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I moved over to perth 3 years ago from NZ and I love it!! Haven’t seen a snake yet in perth- not even at the local reserve where there are huge boards saying “beware of snakes” =P Guess all the buildings scared them away =D But yeah – its hot, not as scenic as NZ but alright. Beaches are great, Freindly and laid back people. As for nightlife, probably not as great as other cities but still some nice pubs and clubs etc. If you love suburbia then perth is for you – its all about the beer, the beach and the 4wd =D. lovin it.. Oh and good money too..


BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Great to hear you have settled into Perth and the beer, beach, 4WD culture. As for those snakes, you may not have seen any, but they are there. They’ve seen you :-)


aravind reddy January 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

i am looking forward for moving to is the economy over there and what about the employment opportunities for electrical or software engineers in perth…


BobinOz January 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The economy is buzzing from what I hear, but hopefully someone from over there can answer you more accurately than I can. Anyone?


solo January 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

Job prospects for engineers are not as great as they used to be… but its getting back to normal now after about a year of reduncy and mines shutting down issues…so be wise before you move over about job prospects… but the good thing is with the right attitude you will find work in a different industry subject to visa issues… good luck


Mit Sengupta January 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hey Bob, is Perth more expensive than other Aussie cities aside from Sydney?


BobinOz January 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I couldn’t tell you for sure, but it might be.


Scott February 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Yes it is the second most expensive in Australia


Paul January 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

My question is, would a retired American SWM skilled machinist, be able to support himself and retire on $20K a year guaranteed pension, in Perth, W.A. Perhaps thinking of living in my airstream trailer? And I would love to find some good folks to possibly sponsor me? Anybody? Please let me know. Thankx Paul from Milwaukee.


BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

You won’t be eating out much, that’s for sure :-)

You would have to live a very frugal life, I would think, to survive on that amount of money, and much would depend on where you put and how much you have to pay for where you are putting that airstream trailer.

I can’t sponsor you, not sure who could really, but good luck with your plan.

Cheers, Bob


Paul February 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thank you, Bob.
I appreciate the answer. I would only have to survive on the 20K for the first 2 years, then it would be roughly double that.
Have a Great Day, and feel free to contact me anytime!
Paul in Milwaukee


BobinOz February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

My pleasure Paul, good luck with your plans, hope it works out.


Donna February 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Hi again

Does anyone no much about the mines in Perth? My husband is a plumber.



Mike February 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

You would need to check Job sites such as
there are a large number of mines that do fly in fly out (fifo) from Perth. All sorts of Different mine types are represented. The Mines will generally fly the worker from Perth Airport to the mine site somewhere in WA where they would live on site for their work period. These days Fifo jobs tend to be in groups like 7days on 7 days off, some are 14 on 14 off.. It all depends on the conditions at the mine and the job that is being done. I am a geologist and most of us did either 8 on 6 off, or 7 and 4. With different hours worked on particular days to make up the hours. It’s not a great life for a father, as he misses time with kids


Paul Sinclair February 5, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hi there. I’m also thinking about moving to Perth Aus from Aberdeen, Scotland. My friend & his wife/kids moved there just over a year ago so at least we’d know people.

I’m a floor layer (Carpets, vinyl, safety flooring etc) and heard my trade was in high demand in Oz. My girlfriend currently works for Maersk Oil doing SAP (my friends wife does same job for Apache in Perth Aus so said she’d probably get a job with her)
Any advise would be brilliant !!
Thanks :)


Scott February 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm


Perth is now around 2 million in population and if the mining boom and population growth continues at the rate that it has, it could be likely to overtake Brisbane in population size and be 3rd most populated city in Australia.


BobinOz February 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Wow, I think my figures are from about three or four years ago, but that’s a pretty big increase over a relatively short period. Surely it can’t continue at that rate? Some people I’ve spoken to seem to think the Perth boom has peaked?


Scott February 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Hey Bob

I left Perth only 8 months ago. The mining boom has definitely peaked and they are using allot of workers on the 457 visa because they can pay them less and the have little working rights as Australian citizens do so you are right. From about 2004 onwards the population really began to increase in numbers.


BobinOz February 16, 2014 at 1:05 am

So maybe Perth won’t overtake Brisbane then, not if it has already peaked which it sounds is the case. Cheers Scott!


Samira February 15, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I am planning to migrate to Perth, with my spouse, two kids of 5 and 6 months, this year. I do not have any idea about staying, I mean the better area in Perth, with lesser cost for a rent.
What is the cheap traveling mode?
Average cost of living per month?
Appreciate your idea.


Kieran February 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I’m currently in the coal game in mackay qld and am over doing the longer hrs I’m a bricklayer by trade I’m looking to relocate to perth as there is a high demand for bricklayers I’m doing abit of research now weather it’s going to be cheaper to sell and start over I have 1 3yo and 1 due anyday now and I don’t really wanna sell just seeing if anyone has done the move from east to west and if anyone has any idea where the houses are booming and if I could get an opinion on a nice place to live? Not to far from the beaches would b nice.

P.s thanks for your quick response bob these question are there for the locals or anyone who has done the move.thanks in advance. Kieran


BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

My pleasure Kieran, sorry I couldn’t help you, hopefully someone who knows Perth will be able to give you some advice. Anyone?


khaled mustapha February 27, 2014 at 2:07 am

hey there. i graduated as a civil engineer and im planning to move to Perth. i have a 2 yrs experience in this field. im moving in 7-8 months. can u advise me about the job opportunities? how hard is it to find a job in my field or the mining field?

appreciate ur help and advise



Kasia Morris March 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Are there any couples/family who are relocating to Perth, WA soon, as we are planning to take an extended holiday and our fully furnished house would be available for 4-6 months for a monthly rental fee.


Vardan March 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hello Kasia, i would love to know the dates you are going to take your holiday ! Actually we plan to move to perth by the end of july but we might arrive earlier. I am moving to perth with my wife and our 3 years old son.



Margo March 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I have been in Perth for a year now. Husband came over for his job with the same company he worked for in UK so we were sponsored on a 457 visa. We are just in the process of applying to become permanent residents. Yes it’s expensive compared to the UK but what you get is a beautiful lifestyle. Harder for families with young children and schools, daycare etc so bear that in mind but plan carefully, do your homework on areas, beware the expat communities in North Perth as you get large plots but lack infrastructure to the city and may sit in traffic for over an hour and it’s no joke in summer. What you gain are the carefree weekends, no worries is the local saying and it is just that, no rush take your time and enjoy Perth. It has lots to offer so come with an open mind. It’s not for everyone but life is what you make it, what’s the worse thing that can happen, you cannot afford the lifestyle, miss home, miss family then go back, you tried and went back. Better to have tried and failed then have regrets. By the way where in the Uk in Autumn can you sit outside, typing an email, glass of champers in hand and the barbie on with king prawns sizzling, I rest my case Converted pommy


BobinOz March 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Sounds like you are having fun in Perth Margo.

I agree with you, you can’t put a price on the lifestyle and that’s what you get when you move to Australia, a beautiful lifestyle.

The beaches and the sunshine are always free.

What I agree with you most about though is giving it a try if you get the chance. So many people ask me whether they should move to Australia or not, and I always say that if you don’t, you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering “what if?”

Anyone considering Australia who has the opportunity to come should definitely give it a go. As you say, what’s the worse that can happen? You try it and you go back home.

I don’t see many people doing that though :-)

Enjoy your champers, Bob


Sophie April 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm


I am a trainee primary teacher but have been told that this doesn’t qualify anymore- it’s only secondary- is that true?
Also, my husband is an aquatic ecotoxicologist and has a doctorate.
We are considering a move to Perth but we’re concerned about job opportunities!

Any help would be gratefully received!



Sophie April 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Although after reading your blog – I’m changing my mind to Brisbane!


BobinOz April 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Hi Sophie

I don’t keep up with what does and what doesn’t qualify, I leave that to my MARA registered migration agent. If you want an accurate assessment of your chances, then consider going through my Visa Assessment Service.

As for Brisbane or Perth, my preference is obviously Brisbane, but I think you need to go where the work is. Good luck Bob


Scott May 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Bit late,

No specific to your industry I can say that both Brisbane and Perth are booming cities, more so in Brisbane.

The real question I would give you is that can you live in a humid climate? Or do you like 18 averages over the winter. Brisbane winter in sunshine and 23ish although the summer rains allot and is humid. Perth is very hot and dry heat in summer


Hyeok April 11, 2014 at 11:53 am


Thank you for your website. I’m so glad to see you here.
I’m preparing for going for Working holiday visa (417visa) to Perth Australia at 27th May. So I need a wonderful area in perth that I can get a job. I’m looking for a kind of the job in the factory. (and I’d love to use a transportations)

where is the best area to live as working holiday visa holder in perth?


BobinOz April 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Hopefully someone from over that way will help you out here, I don’t know Perth well enough to advise. Good luck, Bob


Scott May 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Perth have many great areas,

Allot of factories and industrial areas are Canning Vale, Osbourne Park, Willetton, Welshpool, Fremantle and too many to list actually.

To be simple, North of the river and all the suburbs are slightly more modern and South of the river is older although has more character.

Definitely avoid Midland, Armadale, Maddington, Thornlie and around South Lake, Yangebup areas. From a non-biased opinion these are areas of high unemployment and crime regardless of what anyone else will try and tell you.

North of the river I do not know the bad areas although I can tell you places like Willetton, Bullcreek, Kardinya, Riverton and that kind of area of nice places to live :)


felix May 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

Nice job you doing here bob! I have gained a lot of information reading through people’s comments here. I do think as with everything, there are both advantages and disadvantages in trying something new, and is up to individual to decides what will be best for them. For me, I made up my mind already about studying in perth, and see what follows next. Again thanks for the good job here.


BobinOz May 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hi Felix

Great to hear my website has helped you in some way to decide where to go. Yes, everyone is different, and each of our major cities offers something different as well. Hope you fall in love with Perth when you get there.

Good luck, Bob


Kamur May 4, 2014 at 3:38 am

Hi Bob,

Firstly, I appreciate your great website. I’ll come to Perth to study my PhD. I have 25K stipend/ month. For now I’m planning to come alone. Do you think it’s enough to live there.


Scott May 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm


That works out to about $520 per week. Should be ok, you can get a shared room for $180ish bills included and so you would need to buy food and what not with what you have rest.

Its possible, although if you could secure work a few days a week also you could save some money and travel around too see the sites in WA if that is what you wanted to do.


Kamur May 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

Sorry Bob,
The stipend is 25K/ year


BobinOz May 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I don’t know for sure, much depends on how much you need to pay for accommodation and food. You may be better off finding some part-time work to earn additional income to help support yourself.


Kurt May 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

Hi all
I think of studying part of my phd at the UWA in Perth round 2017. I was looking around on google earth for neighbourhoods I’d be interested. Beeing a sportfishing-addict I would love to live somewhere near to the ocean and river. So what most caught my attention was North Fremantle, but by the looks this might be a very expensive area right? Or can one find cheaper places, house or flat, also in more expensive neighbourhoods with a bit of luck? What other areas can you recommend for somebody like me? How is Perth for getting around with a bike? Thank you for any help!


Scott May 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Perth is expensive in most places, I lived there for 30 years. There is a bike path that runs up the freeway right along the swan river, such a great ride and there are many bike paths around so I guess its kind of bike friendly.

Most public transport would get you to UWA fairly easily, and as for suburbs I could only say that some parts of Mosman Park and Victoria Park are a bit run down and a little unsafe, however most of the suburbs around UWA in a large circle radius are good places to live.

If you live fitness then you should try Jacob’s Ladder, its near Kings Park and 242 steps with a very steep angle, great for exercise.


Kellie June 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Hi Bob,

I’m looking at moving from Brisbane to Perth. I’m a single woman in my mid 30’s. I work in Administration. Just trying to figure out the best suburb to live, I’ve read so much. I guess what I’m ideally looking for is a nice suburb that isn’t too pricey. Needs to be near the beach. But close enough to public transport. I would be hoping to rent a room. I don’t want to have to travel too far for work. Close to all things.
In the reviews that I’ve read, the following suburbs seem appealing but would like to get your thoughts or ideas that I could also consider.
1. Rockingham
2. Applecross
3. Armadale
4. Claremont
5. Inglewood
6. Mount Hawthorn

Thanks for you great website, very informative.


Anton June 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

You’ve got a real mix of suburbs there covering a massive area. A lot depends on where you will work. If it is the City, then Inglewood is fine as is Claremont (expensive) or close to me in Mt Hawthorn.
Armadale is the end of the line. Perhaps you wouldn’t feel too comfortable on public transport after hours on that line? If at all appropriate. It also has very mixed reviews, which I’m sure you can locate with a little research.
Rockingham has improved and now has rail connections but known as a little on the bogan side. Still by the beach and cheapish for our standards.
Hope that helps.


Girish June 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

You go to the beach only on the weekends (which is normally not more than 30 minutes drive away) so make your shortlist based on the other 5 days which is where you will work. River views and suburbs near the river command a better premium. Admin jobs are primarily in the city. Suburbs at a distance of greater than 10-15 kms from the city don’t offer much in terms of smaller apartments/units also. So these should be the better options – Mt Lawley, East Perth, Highgate, Subiaco, Maylands, South Perth, Burswood. These tend to be single friendly also and are all close to the city. Don’t know much about Claremont and Mt Hawthorn but they can be expensive. Applecross is also very pretty. Avoid Rockingham (bogun) and Armadale (dangerous) completely.
If you live within 5 kms to the city you can bicycle also as there is a reasonable bike path. Public transport is good and neat with reasonably good security during work hours.
Rent first for 6 months only and then rent again in a different place just to try out something else. Lookup or for rentals and the transperth website for public transport which gives an idea how quickly you can get to the city.
Best way is to spend a week in a hotel and travel everywhere on the train network.


Kellie June 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

Thanks Girish,
So much information. It’s great. Is there an employment shortage over there at the moment? What about robberies? I’ve also read that the people can be rude and lots of drink drivers. Would love to more.
Thank you all for the information you have provided me.


Girish June 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

It always takes time to find a job in any new place. Perth is no different. Best way to start in Admin is to temp. Don’t try to find a job from there as the recruiters won’t respond unless you are here. The difference I saw with the recruiters in Perth vs Sydney is that the Perth ones gave a polite response generally. The Sydney one’s don’t even reply. Get a foot in somewhere, keep working hard and keep your expenses down till you stabilise. Employment is slowing off due to – state govt budget cuts, local government amalgamations, slowdown in mining and construction. I find that if you are good and know a few people, then you can get a break somewhere.
People are generally quite nice including the tradies and miners who for some reason don’t get a good press in the eastern states. A lot guys who have a bone with these guys is that they are young and have too much money to splurge.
Downtown Perth is newer than Downtown Sydney and Melbourne and so much neater. Have a look at Streetview on Google maps to get a better feel. If you work in the City, everyone dresses smart. Food is generally more expensive than the other cities but you get used to it. The supermarkets are the same – Coles and Woolworths.
Robberies happen if you don’t take precautions like locking your doors. If you live in an inner city apartment with a swipe card, then no one can get into the lift either. These tend to be expensive though. Crime is sporadic and is similar to other cities but the lower population translates to lower crime comparatively.
Perth is a very family friendly place with generally a park within 500 metres of wherever you live. You get to work in a decent place if you put in enough time and you get enough time for yourself after work. It is very multicultural also. In Perth, European does not mean British or Irish only. Includes – Greek, Italian, Portugese, Polish, Swedish, Russian, Romanian, German, Dutch, French. Asian doesn’t mean – Chinese and Indian only. Includes – Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese. You get the picture. I find Perth more friendly and diverse than a lot of other cities in Australia.
Driving is a breeze here. No issues during normal hours. As long as you use GPS, you can find your way around when you are new. Drink driving is as bad as any other city. Nothing special. The trains and buses are neater than Sydney and Melbourne. Lot less scratches on the glass and lot less tagging because they have Transperth security officers and cameras everywhere.
It takes time to get used to shops opening only from 11am to 5pm on a Sunday (which is better than a few years ago when they used to close on Sundays). So come with an open mind and you will not regret it. It took me 2 years to get a job I liked but was worth the effort. Till then you get by with what you can land.


Vardan June 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Hello Girish, thanks for such this great piece of information. I just want to ask about the cars in Perth. This is going to be my new car and i guess i don’t want to spend more then 3k AUD buying it.Though i ‘ve learned to drive on mechanical cars, it must be an automatic one, as i guess it would be difficult for me to get used to the left site driving. We are just a family of 3, our son being over 3 y.o. Also what is the culture with tipping in the restaurants ? Do you know how the staff is sharing the tips; it goes only to the waiter or they gather it and share with all the staff members ? Thanks


Girish June 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Look at or to see what you can get for that price. There are a lot Manual transmission cars available also. Car dealers on Albany Highway in Victoria Park will have a few options.
Am not sure about the tipping culture but understand that it is quite different to the American one where wait staff depend on tips. Here they will get at least minimum hourly wage. That is however something you need to check with people who know about it.
Driving on the left side will be fine. There are a lot of Americans and Canadians here who seem to get along fine. Take time to get used to it.


Stuart June 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hi Kellie,
Rockingham and Armadale are certainly not appealing.
Inglewood isn’t too bad, although it is away from the beach. It is accessible and there is a nice sort of vibe around Mt Lawley (good area for a thirty something), which is next door, with a live music etc.
Unfortunately you won’t get near the beach and cheap at the same time, unless you go north to Joondalup area. It tends to be a bit characterless up there though as it is new developments.


BobinOz June 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for answering this for me Stuart, being a Brisbane bloke I know absolutely nothing about the suburbs of Perth.

Good luck in your search Kellie, hope you find somewhere suitable and I’m sure Stuart has helped you with that.


Kellie June 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Thank you both for getting back to me.

I’ll check out Mt Lawley. Is there much work in the Mt Lawley area? How is the transport system?


Anton June 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Work in Perth is definitely on the decline. The good thing about that though is that rental are easier to obtain and declined a little in price.
Still Perth is shockingly expensive. Social life in the way of eating out and pub life all generally very poor value.
A lot of us long time locals critique the changes to this city both in the positive and negative.
Positives are the city has improved over six years remarkably in developing more of a vibe and a buzz. It has happily become far more cosmopolitan and dare I say worldly. Certainly more tolerant.
The city is rather small. Most live in the ever sprawling suburbs with ever increasing traffic jams and infrastructure failing to keep up with the population growth.
I’d check out work availability prior to arriving as things have slowed down. Bring enough capital to last several months in the advent that a job takes longer than assumed.


Anton June 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

For the question on Mt Lawley. I know it well. Not much work there but it is close to the city. I used to walk from there. It depends which part of the suburb you would be living as it does sprawl somewhat.
Buses are frequent and there are two train stations within possible walking distance. Owing that it is an inner location you’ll find rents to match though.


juliet June 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I my husband and I are thinking of moving from Sydney to Perth. I wanted to open a hair extensions Salon in Perth. Can anyone tell me is there too much competition and which place would be a good place to do this. Also my husband is a wall and floor tiler, works for himself, would there be demand for more tilers?
Some advise would be appreciated.




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Sarah June 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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Hannah June 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

Hi I’m looking to come to oz for a year to work but I have no idea where to start I’ve started applying for my visa but don’t no how to go about finding somewhere to live or work I’m a dental nurse but don’t no if it’s best to get out there and look for a job or try and do it before I get there

Hannah :)


BobinOz June 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Hi Hannah

Have a look at my pages Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia, one of them definitely has some tips on finding work here.

Good luck



Gethin July 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Hi I am 26 and looking to relocate to Australia, I have been told there is a job opportunity in Northam which is east of Perth. Would it be feasible to commute from Perth to Northam, or is the distance too far? What would be the best part for a young single person such as myself to live in Perth, good social life etc. I have looked at Northam but the town looks very small and not much going on.

Any help much appreciated!!


BobinOz July 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Hi Gethin

Hopefully someone who knows Perth well will help you out with your questions, but I just wanted to say that apparently Google directions, through Google maps, is apparently very accurate to work out commute times, just be sure to put in the time of day you would be travelling.

Good luck, Bob


G July 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Northam seems too far away for a 26 year old. Even for a 62 year old. If you are intending to live close to Perth then look at a 10-15 km radius. Most suburbs in this radius are liveable. Ideally within 5km radius.
Look at the Transperth website for travel times and distances. Gives an idea on how far you would be willing to live. or for rentals. Also look at suburb rating. Look at google street view to see if you really want to live in a particular area. Good luck.


Gethin August 4, 2014 at 2:10 am

Thanks very much for your reply! Can you recommend anywhere in the east of Perth that is nice to live or that would suit my needs? I seem to trawl the internet and still come up with no answers!


G August 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Hi. Midland is probably the last stop on the eastern train line that can count as a suburb. It is still about 70kms from there to Northam if you are planning on going there. Midland is green and should be reasonably priced. Tick the surrounding suburbs option on when you look for rentals. Have a read of what people think on the below link. Cheers.


Shaunna larvin July 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Hi everyone. We are moving over to Perth in January on a Permanent Residency visa. My husband is a mechanical engineer(project/design) anyone have any idea how the job market is in this field at the moment we have been told it’s not too great and is a little worrying. Thanx


BobinOz July 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Hopefully someone from Perth will help you out soon, but you can always use the links to employment agencies on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to search for suitable jobs in the Perth area to see what comes up.

Hope that helps, Bob


Johnson William July 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Guys, what do you think about Colombo? Will you ever visit that place? Sri Lanka is cheap and cheerful, it’s a treasury island, and the apartments are very cheap here like provides the best luxury apartments.


BobinOz August 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

I’ll put it on my ‘holidays to do” list :-)


Katie August 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Hi there, your website is very informative- thanks!

My boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to perth in January. He has a job lined up, and I am hoping that I will be able to get contract work once I arrive (with the working holiday visa). I am hopefully going to be a qualified accountant by then, and have been advised that finding work won’t be too tough.. Fingers crossed!

My question is more to do with whether perth is a fun place to live for people of our age? We are both 25… With that in mind, do you have any tips for the ideal areas to live? I understand that Fremantle is the beach area. Do people live there? It looks great! Any tips for two 25 year olds would be great!



BobinOz August 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi Katie

I’m afraid Perth is one of only two (the other being Canberra) major cities that I have not yet visited yet here in Australia. So I’m afraid I can’t help, but hopefully somebody who knows Perth well can give you some advice here.



G August 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Perth City, East Perth, South Perth, Subiaco, Mt Lawley, Leederville etc are within about 5kms of the main city dependant on your budget. Look at transperth website for public transport options, REIWA or for rentals and google street view to judge an area. Look at a radius of 10kms from the city. The younger crowd prefers to stay in or close to the city. The rents can be more expensive but travel times go down and a lot more for your your age group to do in and around the city.


Katie August 18, 2014 at 3:02 am

Thank you everyone for your comments.

All have been extremely helpful, and some have been eye-opening!

We will have a look at the suggested locations and hopefully find somewhere in our price range.

I am slightly alarmed to hear about the drug and fighting issues, but I imagine every city has their share of problems and you just have to do your best to avoid them. Having said that, we will definitely bare this in mind!

Thanks again to everybody who has written,



G August 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

The fighting and drug issue is overstated. Take a trip down for a week first and get a feel of the place (not just the city). Travel on the train network (rated to the best in Australia) during the day . The Urban sprawl extends 50kms each way.
Stay in a gentry suburb and indoors after dark and you’ll be fine. If you go to the noisy spots you will see trouble as in any other city. The younger crowd should stick to sport than pubbing and they will be safe.
Perth is a nice place if you are starting out in life and planning to have a family. Don’t listen to nutters. They are out to upset you.


Benson Ferraro August 17, 2014 at 12:37 am


I’ve been living in Perth for about 15 years and thought I’d give you my observations. When we first arrived I would describe Perth as a big, very clean country town. On the first weekend we couldn’t find a chemist open after 10.00pm, anywhere! Fast fwd to 2014 and things have changed. With over one thousand people arriving per week for the last two or three years things are more crowded, vibrant and … congested. Night life is still lame with poor choices for quality entertainment. Bogan’s and backpackers from the UK reach their figthing best at around 1.00am and start glassing and king hitting each other. Many end up in hospital or arrested. Drugs are a major issue because of the disposable income of FIFO workers.

Have I put you off yet?

Here’s the other side of Perth if you have young kids and want a healthy lifestyle. As Bob has said, we are spoilt for choices of clean, uncrowded surf beaches. At any surf club you will find Scots, Poms, Yanks, Sth Africans etc fitting right in with their kids. Over the weekend you will be spoilt for choice with sporting clubs catering to all levels of capability. The philosophy is, get involved and have a go. Things are definitely expensive but no where near as bad as the UK or europe.

Perth is quite multi cultural with numerous expats, asians, indians and africans to name a few. Ironically, the racism I have experienced has been from newcomers from india or the UK with their “born to rule” mentality . We definitely have bogans who are racist but my experience is that every country / culture has them. Those that are threatened by anything different or new.

As for snakes… Any bike ride or walk arounf Herdsman lake in summer will bring you into contact with numerous tiger snakes and dugites. Both extremely poisonous but no threat unless you antagonise or corner them. You are more likely to get injured by a car if you are stupid enough to play on a busy freeway if you get my point.


Margo August 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

How dare you label all Uk and Europeans as backpackers and bogans that cause trouble, you are such an arrogant git. Perhaps you should take a walk down Northbridge on a Saturday night and see who exactly causes trouble, well it’s the local Aussie lads who have no jobs, no money are are envious of the youngsters who can afford to take time out to travel the world. Pity you don’t think before you write. Where did you live before you arrived in Perth? I wonder what the locals thought of you when you moved in. Do not judge a book by its cover.


G August 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I wouldn’t waste my breath on the useless comments which seems to have upset you. What’s clear is – avoid whatever suburb he and his kind live in. He’s probably a loser.


Myths September 22, 2014 at 1:56 am


There is no nationality for Bogans and troublemakers. Hence called Bogan because he can be from any part of the world, you need not get excited from some weirdo commenting about people from your part, guess what you can turn these people off by being a good person which I am sure you are already doing so.



Stuart August 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

Perth is generally a safe place. There is definitely a very high proportion of steroid using young men which have inflated egos and testosterone to equal it. You will find this sort of demographic in most small towns and this one fits the bill. These people are not backpackers or immigrants, they are the Perth born and bred Aussies (still only a minority though).


Simone October 1, 2014 at 12:24 am

Hi there, my girlfriend and I will be soon in Perth.
Reading the last comments regarding vandalism and poor job opportunities we are now a bit frightened about our journey.
is there anyone who can encourage us with some good news?



G October 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi. Vandalism is overstated. Don’t stay in a far out suburb. Too many guys look at the beach as the driver to come here. Then they end up in Rockingham and Mandurah which nice and bright but because they are so far from the city don’t attract the office crowd. Would you have enough time to go to the beach after a long day? So stay in a place closer to the city and you’ll be fine.
If you have the right profile you will get a job. It takes time so get enough resources to tide you through the intial difficult time. Look for contract jobs to get a foot in the door and keep the cashflow going. Good luck.


anton October 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Jobs are becoming far less easy to obtain in Perth than this time a year ago. Well worth keeping in mind it is a high cost city as well.

Ideal place for young families not so good in my view for those wanting a less urban and more a city vibe. It certainly has limitations.

Plenty of online info on Perth from many forums. Probably the most debated city in OZ on pro and cons. It is not for everybody so do your homework folks as the expense of moving between states is hardly cheap.


BobinOz October 2, 2014 at 12:39 am

Sound advice Anton, people should do their research. They were saying about a year ago that the boom was over in Perth, sounds like it might now just be beginning to bite a bit.


simone October 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Thanks guys for the quick reply!

The ticks are ready so the die is cast.
We have a strong background in the design area ( furniture and clothes)
Maybe we must going to Sydney or Melbourne but only after the 88 days of farm work..(WHV rules, you know)
And probably before this changement we also need to improve our english 😀


BobinOz October 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

I don’t know Simone, I think your English is pretty good, I giggled a bit when you used the word “changement” and I was going to politely correct you, but then I checked (didn’t want to make a fool of myself) and it really is a word.

See, you’re teaching me English now :-)


Simone October 2, 2014 at 3:54 am

Thank you very much mr.Bob 😉


Kazi October 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hi! Loved your site – it is really helpful!

My wife and I are planning to move to Perth from Bangladesh this February/March. I work in the not-for-profit sector and my specialization is in designing and managing community development projects. My wife is an anthropologist who mostly works on research projects related to sexual and reproductive health rights. I can’t seem to find any specific information about job prospects for us in Perth. Would greatly appreciate it if you could share any information, suggestions regarding this.

My second question is about being able to keep a pet if we live in a flat/apartment in the city areas. We have a dog who is part of our family and we will take her with us to Perth. But I am concerned whether the flat/apartment owners in the city areas will allow keeping her.



BobinOz October 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Glad you love my site, thank you.

I can’t help you with your job searches, other than point you to my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship which has some links to Australia’s top online employment agencies.

As for your dog, I think you will struggle to find a flat or apartment in the city that will allow pets, although that decision is down to each individual landlord, depending on the property. You would have more luck if you were to rent a detached house with a garden.

If anybody local to Perth can help Kazi, please do jump in.

Cheers, Bob


Jim October 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Bringing a dog into perth or anywhere in Australia will be difficult, time consuming and expensive. Australia has some of the strictest animal quarantine rules in the world. It is possible to do it; but expect to need a lot of paperwork and testing prior and for the dog to live in quarantine for weeks after arriving…..on your penny. That being said; WA is a lovely place to own a dog. Getting a rental in perth with a dog will be difficult. I rent my place out in the city through a real estate agent (while im overseas) and the issue of pets didnt even come up. The agencies which manage the properties will simply say “no pets” on your behalf.

As for living in the city…. general thread of this post. Im an Australian. I grew up in Perth; lived there for 30 years; went to school there, went to University and worked there for 10 years. Im away for a few years on work and i miss it terribly. There is nowhere like it.
But it isnt for everyone. It can be a hard place to navigate as an outsider; but once you settle in….its wonderful. The weather is beautiful; hot and dry. The people are generally friendly and pretty; Australians can seem abrasive and obtuse to foreigners but the intentions are good….we’re just kind of simple….u can actually miss knowing where you stand with people when ur an aussie abroad…. its never an issue back home.

Beaches are amazing. The weather is crisp and clean and dry. Perfect for sitting outside and having a drink. The drinking can be an issue; arrogant drunk people are an issue everywhere in the world. Perth is no exception. Its not a violent place on the whole. There are disenfranchised suburbs and areas as with every place on earth.

It is expensive; i wont deny it. When u grow up there you get used to navigating it. It wasnt until i travelled that i realised how cheap the rest of the world is. But; wages are high there; if u work full time, it isnt an issue. DO NOT go in without some capital to set you up… will be miserable. If you have an ok wage you will soon forget it and having expendible cash in perth means more than other places. The weather is nice enough that a free walk on the river or beach will be as nice as an expensive dinner out.


Kazi November 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Thanks a lot Jim. This was helpful! I checked the websites for rental and there wasn’t any in the city areas that allow pets. But in the suburbs there seems to be a few places that allow dogs. I guess I will have to take my chances.


Gethin October 22, 2014 at 6:27 am

Hi everyone. I’ve just signed contracts to start a job in Northam early next year and I’m looking for advice on suburbs to the east of Perth. My first thoughts are somewhere around midland/bayswater. I’m a young single male so looking to be vaguely near some people of my own age. Have done a lot research but not coming up with any answers. Any advice much appreciated!!



Bluemoo November 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Gethin, if you’re prepared to drive over an hour from Midland to Northam then you may as well drive another 15 mins and look for somewhere in Mount Lawley. Plenty of apartments there, decent transport links, good nightlife with a fairly young crowd.


Bluemoo November 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Been here a couple of years now, will try and answer a couple of points I’ve seen pop up.

Weather – Its hot in summer 33-40 deg. You soon get used to it though. Rest of the year its really pleasant with maybe a few weeks of rain mid winter. I hadn’t actually ever thought it a windy place so was surprised by comments on here.

Wages – I wouldn’t want to be living on anything below 100k for a family personally, 150k and you’ll have a comfortable lifestyle.

Areas, I can only comment on what I know which is north of the river, Subiaco, floreat, wembley, churchlands all nice areas close to the city, good schools and 10 min drive to beach. If you choose to live further north bear in mind the traffic is horrendous on the freeway in the peak hours.

Jobs, check out for local jobs. Lots of jobs obviously connected to mining. Lots of jobs are fly in fly out to the mines which are up north (fifo), 2 week on 2 week off etc. I’ve been up there and its very very hot and full of flies but although not for me some people love it. Its also its a good way to earn good money and get some savings together but lots are stuck in the trap of fifo because they are living the lifestyle associated with that kind of income.

Check out the skilled occupations list to give you an idea if you’re in demand

Wildlife, don’t worry. If you bomb/spray your house regularly you won’t see spiders often. I see snakes a few times a week because I walk around a nature reserve, trust me they are not interested in us and I’ve never seen any around the house. The wildlife is actually one of things that makes this place fantastic along with the weather and the beaches.

If you want a laid back lifestyle then Perth is worth checking out, if you want nightlife, parties, clubs and restaurants I’d probably suggest Sydney or Melbourne.


rusty November 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

Hi I’m thinking of moving to somewhere in Perth and was wondering if there is much work available for a ceiling fixer with 18 yrs experience and also have 5 yrs experience as a renderer or would I be better off trying to get into the mines as that is what I am doing at the moment in south australia


East Coaster November 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Are you Serious? Perth is a retarded over-priced city full of pig-headed Bogans !!! It is the WORST place I’ve ever lived in Australia in some 50 years ! I’ve lived in Melbourne, Sydney & Canberra. Every east-coast or town city beats Perth hands-down !!! No Contest !!! The only people that like Perth are the brain-dead people that were born here ! (and boy are the people weird here or what!)). The Restaurants are OVERPRICED CRAP !!! Not one good one in the whole State !! The SERVICE IS CRAP !!!!! The Crime is MASSIVE – NO POLICE whatsoever !!!! Food shopping costs an arm and leg and the quality is GARBAGE !!! The Kwinana Freeway is horrific – every 2nd light pole has been knocked over by another brain-dead Monkey at 2am. They can’t merge for crap – the right lane is the slow lane – the left lane is the fast lane – they cannot drive for peanuts. The TV covers 2 AFL teams – the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Football Club – no talk of any other team. They hate East Coast Australia and think of them as the enemy – and they think they support all of Australia with just 2M people. Nah People – stay away from this backward boring retarded city full of halfwits !!!! The East Coast is the Place to Be !!!


Bluemoo November 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Yeah Nah


BobinOz November 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Sounds like you need to relocate back to the East Coast Mr East Coaster, Perth doesn’t sound like the kind of place for you. That said, and even though I’ve not yet visited that city, it does sound like you are being rather harsh.

It seems to me to be a city that suits many people, just because it doesn’t suit you, there is no need to be so aggressive in your dislike of it.

It’s fair enough not liking a place, but your views would be taken much more seriously if you cut out the obscenities, which I spent a bit of my own personal time doing on your behalf. For example, your post now says ‘halfwits’ instead of your choice of word there, and even though you did use an asterix or two to get it past my filters, it’s not the kind of language I like to see in my comments.

You will also notice I’ve changed the names of those two AFL teams back to what they should be, I wasn’t too keen on your names for them.

Everyone is entitled to their views, and I love people expressing them here, but it is a family blog, if you do come back to comments and more, please bear that in mind.


Margo November 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Well said Bob, I have replied once before when an individual posted derogatory reports on Perth and its locals, as I have said before it takes all sorts to make a city, capital, town or just the plain outback. If somewhere really doesn’t suit just move away the grass might be greener somewhere else, but you know what you have to feel sorry for that guy, he obviously has a very shallow life. Keep up the good job Bob.
Margo x


BobinOz November 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Hi Margo

Yes, you can’t pigeonhole a whole city by declaring everyone Bogan, that clearly can’t be the case anywhere. I’m sure East Coaster will be moving out of Perth as soon as he can, and as you say, that’s what anyone should do if they really hate a place.

Cheers, Bob


Zeeshan November 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Hi Bob,

I hope you are doing well. Please be informed that I have done my BS in Biomedical Engineering and have more than 4 years of working experience as a sales & service engineer. I am planning to move to Western Australia, please advice me the average cost of Living in Perth and please suggest me 2 more cities that are suitable for my career.

Appreciate your favorable response.


Zeeshan Sherazee November 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Dear Bob,

Please confirm me the cost of lving in Perth for one single Person.

What is the scope of Biomedical Engineering in Perth.

Awaiting to your kind response I remain.



BobinOz November 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

You are probably not getting an answer to your questions Zeeshan because there are not a straightforward answers. First, there isn’t some kind of magical $$$number that fits all. How much you spend and what it costs for you to live depends how you lead your life.

Similarly, knowing the scope of a biomedical engineer in Perth is not the sort of general information people tend to have, it’s very specific. I suggest you read my pages Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything and maybe How much do you need?, you may pick up some useful information.

Good luck, Bob


Kazi November 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

Hi Zeeshan,

You might want to check Numbeo for getting an idea about the living cost in Perth. This site allows you to compare with other places as well.



rocky November 24, 2014 at 4:45 am

Hi bob

this is rocky actually i am very cconfused about perth and sydney so please tell me where should i have to go in perth or in sydney because i get an admission in perth university or in sydney also so please tell me where are more oppurtunities for my future and also where i can find easily part time job so which city is good between both of them in the way of job oppurtinities… I will very thank fyll to you i will wait for your reply.


BobinOz November 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I have no idea which city would be best for you, or which would give you more opportunities, it would be impossible for me to even try and guess. They are two very, very different cities, I suggest you read my pages about each of them and all the comments as well, you’ll learn quite a bit and it may help you make your mind up.


Matt November 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I love Perth. It has the best beaches I’ve ever seen in the world. Seriously, they are the cleanest white sand and bluest blue water. It’s a dream for a city really. But as the author states it is isolated. So to get a flight to Melbourne or somewhere it can be $500 return airfare at least. In that way changing opportunities from Perth could be difficult, its harder to just have a look around in a car like you can on the east coast. That said, I think Perth is all about lifestyle. Sydney is way more expensive than Perth for a renting a place. You will kill yourself over it if you are studying, or at least live in a dive of a place. In Perth young kids kinda live in Fremantle, or closer to the city, in a suburb like Northbridge. Nightlife isn’t as good as Sydney or Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth are probably all on par or the same for entertainment and nightlife. I consider them to be equal next bests for Aussie cities. I live in Melbourne, which is amazing, for the first time you live here, there’s so much to uncover in this city for years and years. You could probably say the same about Sydney. But it’s all about where you build up your reputation I guess, and for me thats been Melbourne. But to be honest, I’d like to move. I don’t really know how to deal with Melbourne’s insane real estate market, so I think about moving all the time. Renting an buying houses in general is becoming too expensive in Australia I think. My pick of the cities would be Brisbane – east coast, close to great beaches, decent night life and music scenes (which are growing), and I think its an evolving city, not like Sydney and Melbourne which are maxed out population wise. Adelaide too is a little isolated, but a beautiful vibrant city too, which probably has the best arts festival season of all the cities. I think, in Australia its best to get educated in either Sydney or Melbourne, you’ll create the best network that way, and have a respected reputation. Then, when you’re ready for that sea change, or smaller, more affordable town to raise a family, you will have the qualifications and hopefully land a job in a smaller city that you like, like Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart or Darwin. Australia is a safe, beautiful country, its just a shame the cost of housing is so crazy these days. It makes you have to be crafty and careful about your decisions, rather than just happy-go-lucky like it used to be.


BobinOz November 27, 2014 at 12:31 am

Matt, thanks for your roundup, very good. I just wanted to add that you are absolutely right about the growing music scene in Brisbane, I’ve only been here seven years and already I can easily see how much this city has changed in that time.

Music bars are springing up all the time and our nightlife options are getting better and better, it really is an emerging city. And property prices are still very reasonable, maybe it’s time for you to jump in?

Cheers, Bob


Kay December 11, 2014 at 6:35 am

Hi bob, love your website! So useful. My husband and I along with our 2 children are hoping to relocate to perth late 2015. My husband works in construction as a fibrous plasterer (dry liner) and he really needs to be near development. Such as hospitals, schools, commercial buildings etc. It feels a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack! Any tips/help to find out where this work is? Any help or advice would be much appreciated!
Many thanks!


G December 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

Bit of information in the link above. Commercial construction market is quite tight at the moment and commercial buildings are primarily in the CBD (Perth city) with a few of the industrial / commercial areas such as Welshpool also having such requirements. Apartments also use plaster boards and they seem to be within a 5 km radius of the city.



BobinOz December 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Hi Kay, looks like G has given you a pretty good answer (thanks G), and it’s a better answer than I could have given :-) I’m about 3000 kilometres from Perth, so my knowledge of the area is grim. Good luck with your move, Bob


Dave December 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hi all,
Some ‘Perth’ commentary for those that don’t live here, and from the point of view of a ‘economic refugee’.
Western Australia’s economy is intrinsically linked to the resources sector. Consequently with Iron Ore, LNG, Oil and Gold all declining in value the State no longer reaps the rewards it has previously enjoyed. In the past 10 years there has been an economic boom that has provided rejuvenated arterial routes, trains, modern buses and inner city apartments galore. Consequently it feels like a very new and shiny city. However it is safe to say that some have missed the boom and the gap between the haves and the haves-not has widened. WA (Perth) will slow down as migrants return home, or seek job opportunities elsewhere (read slow down in construction). It will still grow in population but the pressure on the cost of living should abate. Jobs will be less plentiful with wages going lower, but that is a market correction that everyone has been waiting for.
But, Perth is still a good option for families or anyone wanting to escape the big cities. It is noticeably quieter than everywhere else, more conservative and a bit hipsterish, but it far more relaxing and well maintained than the other capital cities. And as everyone rightly points out the weather is pretty awesome.
As for myself, when I see a more attractive proposition elsewhere i’ll be off, but for now living in a nice area of Perth suits me just fine.


Kay December 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Thanks for the information guys! We have concentrated our search to perth due to construction and house prices. To be honest we are not tied to anywhere so feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment! Good to have some honest insight!


G December 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Good insight from Dave. If you are looking at a spot for your family (with young kids) Perth is a strong option. It will take a while to land a decent job / steady job but is worth it in the long run.
Think where would you like to start when you are starting new with young kids and away from faily support. A place which is busy or one which is still family friendly. The housing option here are still plentiful and affordable in comparison to Sydney, the train network is newer and safer than the ones out in the eastern states, the weather’s good and schooling good. Once you sort out employment you are sweet!


irene December 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Hi. Im planning to consider looking for a job in WA. Im from philippines originally but is working and living in Singapore for 6years now in f&b and hospitality industry.But i dunno if my qualifications and skills will help me land a job over there. Any insights, tips and recommendations for a newbie like me? I know WA is far different from where im currently living right now in terms of lifestyle and nightlife but the laid back living and the beaches really fascinates me. People here are nice and friendly as well.


anton December 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Well the declining dollar should certainly be in your favour. A number of folk from Philippines are already located here, although more over East. Some 17,300 Philippine born listed from the 2011 Australia Census in WA. NSW has over 70,000 as a comparison.

Sadly appearances can indeed be deceiving. For an often alleged laid back place there is an incredible amount of stress here. Be that connected to financial issues, relationship problems or loneliness (quite a factor) they are all here in greater than perhaps expected numbers.

As for work you’ll need to consult the requirements for your particular field, keeping in mind jobs are not always easy to come by in certain fields even if advertised.


anton December 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Interesting how many have/or are in the process of leaving to more profitable climes. All makes Perth a bit of a mercenary type place I’m afraid.
Plenty for lease signs around my inner city area as well. Unheard of in modern times. Changes are certainly happening.
Hopefully this may reflect on Perth’s affordability issues.


Anton December 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Perth is a possible option if able to score a job. Whether it is better or indeed more affordable than East Coast is highly debateable.

Each individual is best left to work out for themselves the living style advantages. Sunshine alone will sadly not be the cure for all ills nor a beach styled life, lived by less and less people. In fact few I know even go to the beach. I do though.

The lack of variety on top of high cost of housing and declining job market including the casualization of the workplace along with pay rates falling behind the cost of living are all factors to be considered.

It is normal those wishing to come only want to hear about the positives but they are churned out with a constant repletion. Better get the whole picture and work from there.

Remember immigrating is a costly business. And business it is. It is a product sold without a lot of warning as policy. No one cares if you return in a month or a year, as plenty more for now all too willing to buy your place and give it a go.
Hardly cheap moving across Australia these days either

Good luck..


Bethany January 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

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 at 12:08 am

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


Amanda January 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

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


BobinOz January 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Yes, I have a couple of pages about that, firstly Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and then there’s How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

Good luck, Bob


hilda January 17, 2015 at 1:53 am

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


Sarah Carroll February 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

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 at 5:23 pm

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


Brandon February 16, 2015 at 5:19 am

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 ?


BobinOz February 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Take a look at my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.


Fernando March 1, 2015 at 6:03 pm

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 at 12:02 am

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.



andrew March 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

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



BobinOz March 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

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 at 12:18 am

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.


Reza April 14, 2015 at 2:04 am

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: and
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,


BobinOz April 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm
Rhys April 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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?



BobinOz April 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

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


Farhad April 28, 2015 at 3:30 am

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 at 11:10 pm

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 at 2:11 am

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 at 5:22 pm

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.


Arvin May 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

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



BobinOz May 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm

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 at 7:35 pm

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


BobinOz June 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Yes, very interesting information on the SBS page Anton, thanks for posting about it here. I thought it was so good I’ve written today’s post about it…

Who Lives Where? Migrants Settling in Australian Cities
Thanks for the inspiration, Bob


Alex June 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

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 at 6:09 pm

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.



Alvin June 11, 2015 at 1:37 am

Hi Bob.

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

Thank a lot


BobinOz June 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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


Hermann June 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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 at 8:31 pm

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.


Greg K July 26, 2015 at 10:55 pm

16 in yrs in Perth from sydney…beautiful beaches and vineyards 20 mins from an ever growing and changing 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


Greg k July 26, 2015 at 10:58 pm

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 at 7:41 pm

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 :-)


Anton July 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

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 at 8:31 pm

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


Alvin July 29, 2015 at 1:21 am

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 at 8:50 pm

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 at 3:27 pm

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.


Alvin July 31, 2015 at 1:20 am

Hi Bob,

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



BobinOz July 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

It was Anton that answered you Alvin, not me.


Alex July 31, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Hi Alvin,
take a look at
They also provide a mobile app for iOS.

Cheers, Alex


BobinOz July 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

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.


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