Relocating to Perth
Perth, the sunniest capital in Australia
Are you thinking of relocating to Perth? Great choice! Perth is a beautiful city with an intimate community-centred feel, making it unique to many larger cities where you may feel lost in a sea of strangers. With the closest Australian city to Perth being Adelaide almost 3,000km away, this capital of Western Australia is surprisingly isolated for a major city. Interestingly enough, the city is closer to the Indonesian capital Jakarta than to Sydney!
In 2017, Perth was ranked as the seventh most liveable city in the world. This doesn’t come as a surprise when you think about the city’s incredible beaches and warm climate. Perth is surrounded by some amazing natural wonders and vineyards that harmoniously merge with the urban landscapes. The city is a melting pot of street art, local cuisine, fascinating museums and serene parks — a place where anyone can feel at home.
Perth was established by the British in 1829 and was home to the Aboriginal Noongar people for around 35,000 years before the Brits’ arrival. In the city precinct, the traditional owners are known as Whadjuk Noongar people.
Perth experienced its second mining boom in the 1960s and hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1962. Mining has predominantly driven the development of the city and many companies are now choosing to make Perth their home. With its tranquil outdoor lifestyle and proximity to many nearby attractions, this is also a popular destination for families who are relocating to Australia.
What is the climate like?
Perth’s climate is warm and dry with mild winters. Summers (December to March) are quite hot with average temperatures of around 31°C. Rainy season arrives with winter, when temperatures vary from 19-22°C, dropping to 7°C at night. With around 140 clear days every year, Perth is the sunniest Australian capital. During summer afternoons, the sea breeze has been dubbed the “Fremantle Doctor” and is a welcome relief for the heat!
Perth’s proximity to Indonesia is a massive plus-point. Not only will you be a stone’s throw from the dreamy Indonesian islands, but you’ll also find that flights to many Asian cities and other destinations such as Johannesburg and London are often much lower priced. This makes Perth an easy point of entry and exit for regular travellers since it also operates in the same time zone as major Asian cities.
To get around the city centre, the Free Transit Zone conveniently offers zero-fare bus and train services. There is also a widespread network of trains, buses and ferries that link to areas outside the city, so travelling to other Australian cities like Sydney and Adelaide is highly accessible.
What is the city like?
Perth is a dream home for nature lovers. Weekends in and around the city are filled with hiking, exploring nature trails, visiting a National Park or relaxing at one of the nearby wineries. The Swan Valley is home to several wineries, microbreweries and rum distilleries thanks to the fertile grounds. This region has a lovely laid-back feel to it with its restaurants, cafes and fresh produces roadside vendors. Dolphins are known to live in the Swan River and can be spotted as you walk along the water’s edge — truly a beautiful experience!
In the CBD, you’ll find the spectacular King’s Park, which is a go-to lunch spot for people working in the inner city and a must-visit for anyone looking for a quiet spot to spend the afternoon. The beaches lining the city’s coast are another major benefit to living in Perth. Each beach is loved for different reasons, and by chatting to the locals you’ll quickly figure out where the best place is to snorkel, surf or perhaps take your kids to build sandcastles. Something worth mentioning is the breathtaking outdoor gallery hosted on the Cottesloe foreshore in March every year — something you won’t see every day.
For music and arts enthusiasts, the Perth Cultural Centre houses a plethora of must-visit galleries and museums such as the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library of Western Australia and more. The theatres regularly host ballets and music performances, often with the spotlight on local talent and young, emerging artists. Another highlight on the cultural calendar is the annual Perth Festival, a tradition that has been alive for almost 70 years!
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