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March 2015

Living In Perth, Australia

Published: Monday 30 March 2015

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So, you've decided to consider living on the opposite side of the Australia, away from the Golden Coast in what may be a more relaxed and quieter way of living: in Perth. Perth is Australia's fourth largest city and is the capital of Western Australia, with a population of 1.97 million people. It's easy to forget about Perth because it's so isolated from the rest of Australia, but it has actually been placed as 9th most "liveable" city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit 2014!
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The city itself is located on the banks of Swan River, originally named by a Dutch explorer in 1697 due to their famous black swans of the area. To find the sandy beaches, you'll need to travel 10km west of the city. Here, you'll find the Indian Ocean that offers spectacular beach views. The cost of living in Perth used to be more expensive than the rest of the island because of extra transport of goods from the East side of the island, but in recent years costs have actually balanced out.


Weather in Perth

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Ifyou like 10 hours of sunshine a day, hardly any rain and 35 degrees Celsius then Perth is the place for you! That's their summer, of course. It can be argued that Perth has the best summers in the whole of Australia. As if it couldn't get any better, winters are mild.  Weather in Perth can sometimes be extreme, with strong winds and scary storms. Some areas can be at risk of flooding and the city is also close to Australia's most active earthquake zone. But mostly, Perth is hot and sunny!


The Districts in Perth

Perth can be broken down into five separate districts:
  1. Inner Perth
  2. North Perth
  3. East Perth
  4. South Perth
  5. West Perth
No matter which District you live in Perth though, you are always close to the beach and never too far away from the city, so you can always enjoy both a city and beach lifestyle.


Property in Perth

Unfortunately, property in Australia is pretty expensive. However, you do tend to get more space for your money compared to UK and a higher quality of life. You can find out more about property in Australia in our Australia section in the blog, or by clicking here.


Things to do around Perth

margaretriverObviously you can explore the city by food or by bike and visit the many sandy beaches, but once you understand the Australian lifestyle a little better, you'll know that Australia is very keen on good food! So, if you're visiting Perth or considering living here then it's worth researching some great restaurants for some high quality food and wine. Speaking of wine, Margaret River isn't too far away, which is a preferred holiday destination for many Australians, boasting beautiful scenery, vineyards, great surfing waves and again, amazing food! Adelaide is also very close to Perth, hosting the Adelaide Arts Festival every two years, attracting tourists from all over the world. Find out more about things to visit in Australia and also find out about Australian lifestyle in our Australian section of the blog.