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

Rent or Buy…

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If you are looking to rent or buy a property in Perth, LJ Hooker can help. Please click the links

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Properties for rent in Perth

Properties for sale in Perth

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with office and mobile contact numbers. Alternatively, you could email the agent for further


Or, if you have a question about this area, please ask it in the comments below…

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Woj December 18, 2015 at 4:17 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best, Woj

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

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


BobinOz December 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Hi Woj

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

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

Can anybody help with this?


Mariam Okoro January 23, 2016 at 12:34 am

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




Clare Glover December 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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


BobinOz December 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm

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


Stuart December 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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


Caro February 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

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


amanda September 29, 2015 at 2:09 am

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


BobinOz September 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm

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

Good luck, Bob


Wazz October 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

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


Scott December 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm

A bit late but for anyone who wants to read.

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

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


Esther September 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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


BobinOz September 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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

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

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

Cheers, Bob


Marie September 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

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


BobinOz September 7, 2015 at 10:59 am

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


Marie September 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Thank you Bob and Anton.


Marie September 6, 2015 at 5:54 pm

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


Anton September 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

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

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

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


Alvin July 31, 2015 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.


Anton September 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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


Alvin July 29, 2015 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.


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


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 :-)


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


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.


Anton September 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

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

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

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


Alvin June 11, 2015 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


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.



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


Yvonne December 10, 2015 at 7:42 pm

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


Farhad April 28, 2015 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.


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


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
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.


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.



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.


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?


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


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


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