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Living in Perth, Australia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

15 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Perth, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 15 people living in Perth what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It is one of the most expensive cost of living cities in the world 🌎 and the most remote city geographical distances from any near city.

Trevor, says: 2023

Perth is the most isolated city in the world as it is a relatively new city, too. Put yourself in the shoes of this city: what would you do if you were isolated and inexperienced? You spend your days dreaming of the travel you’d do elsewhere, and take inspiration from other cities to build your local culture: this is Perth in a nutshell.

You’ll experience dry heat in summer up to 40 degrees centigrade. Winters can even be 0 but no snow.

If you are moving to Perth, you need to be prepared for hot summers.

It’s the safest city to live in. It’s very small, only about 1.5 million people. The land size is massive, the climate is hot and dry and it’s very expensive. All the beaches have white sand and massive big waves. Not all places are safe to swim or surf. The best thing about Perth is it’s very safe, it’s wet and cold in winter and the day light hours are much shorter than in summer. It’s also a very clean city.

Be aware of Perth’s utter lack of cultural identity. The arts sector is largely underfunded, most probably due to Perth’s individualistic culture, which disallows a sense of community spirit. The white-sanded beaches of Perth are a sight to behold; however the raging urban sprawl and the absence of effective infrastructure services make for painful accessibility and transportation. Factors such as the significantly aging population and deficiency in cultural appreciation and refinement contribute to Perth’s seemingly unanimous closed and conservative mindset; which presents a whole range of issues as well.

Teresa, says: 2020

People moving here should know it can get very hot in summer. On the flip-side, the beaches are great and the lifestyle is relaxed. The community is very multicultural and, as a result, there is all kinds of food to eat. Perth is a good place.

The beach’s are the most beautiful in the world. The city is divided into North and South by the Swan River. April is the best time of the year with regards to the weather. The Australian’s are very welcoming and friendly to newcomers who arrive on the shores of Perth.

Anyone moving to Perth must know that we are the most irrelevant city. No artists travel here and we are the least developed out of all Australian cities. It’s the type of city you would want to retire. However, there are so many opportunities and places to explore.

Mujtaba, says: 2020

Perth is a sprawling city in Western Australia (WA) with a wonderfully mild climate for most of the year. Public transport is very easy around the city, however, many people have a driver’s licence for convenience as commuting can take longer than expected. WA has a rich variety of natural tourist attractions that are highly sought after by adventurous people, but be warned! Distances between places are much further than they seem on the map! Perth is also renowned for its beautiful white beaches that offer a refreshing cool sea breeze on hot summer nights. These beautiful beaches stretch right up the coastline and are close by to many suburban areas. For people looking to make the move to Perth, it is handy to know there is a strange divide between the suburbs north and south of the Swan River. Suburbs within 10km of the city tend to have very expensive housing, although city living does accommodate for smaller apartments reminiscent of other capital cities. There is a laid back appeal to the Perth lifestyle that you can’t find anywhere else, and once you arrive, it’ll be hard to leave!

Perth is a beautiful place, with stunning white sand beaches lining the coast, to towering skyscrapers. The swan river runs right through the CBD with regular ferries running from one side to the other, giving you access to the Perth Zoo, and the many wonderful cafes and bistros that Perth has to offer.

Mahendra, says: 2020

Don’t believe anyone who says Perth is a boring place! Perth is an amazing city with stunning views, the best and most beautiful beaches, the friendliest people (and animals, i.e., The ever-smiling quokkas) and affordable housing options, unlike larger cities in Australia. However, know there is limited public transport available, so it is difficult and time-consuming to get around unless you own a car. There are also some less-than-friendly residents in the form of snakes, red-back spiders, and the infamous swooping magpies, so watch out for these guys!

Courtney, says: 2020

Perth is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world. Often described as a large country town, it can certainly feel that way. The lifestyle here is far more relaxed than you would expect in any other major city. Few people who grow up here move away, and many who move here find themselves settling permanently.

Sabena, says: 2020

Perth is an upcoming city that’s becoming more interesting with time. The urban infrastructure is developing at a fast pace. Far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities, it offers reasonable cost of living and a pleasant climate. It is favourable to people who love slow paced life and want to be away from crowded cities.

Perth is one of the regional cities in Australia. Many indigenous people of Australia live here. People can lead a peaceful and happy lifestyle here since the population is less compared to other major cities in Australia. The state is known for mining and this helps for the rise in economic status of Australia.

Suzette, says: 2020

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