Perth is Australia's westernmost capital city and sits on the Swan River, framed by Indian Ocean beaches and Swan Valley vineyard. From lush parklands and the uncrowded beaches to the charming port of Fremantle and nearby Rottnest Island, Perth has it all. What is special or unique about your city? Perth is a vibrant and modern city and is Australia’s sunniest capital city, enjoying a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot summers and cool, wet winters. With an average of eight hours of sunlight per day, it is not surprising that this outdoor lifestyle is quite popular. Many restaurants and cafes overlook the ocean and sitting down to dinner while watching the sun set over the water is a perfect way to spend the evening. What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city? Most people find Perth to be a very friendly city with a relaxed lifestyle, exceptional cleanliness and clear blue skies. Are these impressions likely to change? No, the first impressions of Perth are usually quite lasting. What is the local language? The official language spoken in Australia is English; however the use of colloquial terms or slang is very common and is used by Australians to liven up the language. How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language? Speaking and understanding English is quite important when living in Perth. There are many types of language classes available including classes run by the government, community groups and private training organizations. English lessons can be provided through the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affair. What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city? Perth is a very multi-cultural city and new arrivals need to be aware of other cultural beliefs. How might the local weather affect my daily life? Perth has a Mediterranean-style climate (sunny and temperate) and outdoor dining is very popular during the summer and spring months. Sunscreen and hats are essential in the warmer months. The average summer temperature ranges between 17 to 30 degrees Celsius and winter is between 9 to 18 degrees Celsius. Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people? Geographically, Perth is a very easy city to get around with a good road system and public transport. Traffic jams usually just occur in peak hour traffic, approximately between 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.