Living in Perth
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 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?
Hot, 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….
Perth can be broken down into five main areas:
- Inner Perth – including City, Inner North, Inner South, Inner South West, Inner East and Inner West
- North Perth – including Northern Perth and Outer North
- South Perth – including Outer South, Outer South West and Frementle
- East Perth – including Outer East
- West Perth – including Western Perth
Questions about Perth?
If you have any question about living in Perth, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.