Perth, capital city of Western Australia, gently unwinds from the mouth of the Swan River down along the Swan coastal plain, trailing its fingers in the Indian Ocean as it reclines against the Darling Scarp. Perth’s mineral-rich micro-economy has flourished on the fruits of its uranium and coal deposits, and its plentiful oil reservoirs.
This unhurried, uncrowded city is resplendent in its outdoor beauty. It is fronted by an 80-kilometer stretch of white sandy beach that gives way to abundant parklands and, beyond, outback wilderness.
Even as it thrives on the spoils of its fossil fuel legacy, Perth is striving to be Australia’s most eco-friendly city. The Western Australia capital is ploughing investment into vertical gardens that cascade from gable ends, edible balcony gardens designed to feed a family, smart new residential complexes wired for charging electric vehicles, to name a few initiatives.
Getting around this gorgeous city is a breeze. Free buses service the central business district, while a comprehensive – and growing – network of buses, trains and ferries service the city and outlying suburbs.
The cost of living in Perth is significantly higher than elsewhere in Australia. This is due to a combination of its remote location (and the need to transport food and goods from a greater distance), and the higher per capita income owing to its thriving mineral extraction sectors.
Many who live here would opine that it is worth the cost. Aside from the odd raging bushfire, shark attack, and a vivid assortment of deadly flora and fauna, life in Perth is nothing short of idyllic.
On the weekends, you can take your pick of beach and riverfront cafes and bars for a long, lazy lunch, or barbeque with your buddies. Walk off lunch with a browse through the city’s plethora of chic boutiques and street markets. Or head to any number of uncrowded, pristine beaches to swim with dolphins or snorkel around the rocks.
Its catchphrase is "City on the Move' and Perth is certainly one city worth moving to.
What is special or unique about your city?
Perth is a vibrant and modern city located on Australia’s western coast. It is situated on the Swan River, with the Indian Ocean to the west and the Darling Ranges to the east. Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city and enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot summers and cool, wet winters. The city is famous for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and isolation from the rest of the country.
Perth is surrounded by wonderful beaches, creating a beach culture enjoyed by all. 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.
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.
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?
English is the predominant language and a basic knowledge of English is required. English lessons can be provided through the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
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.
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.