Living in Perth

Thinking about relocating to Perth? We’ve done a lot of the hard work for you and have put together this page of useful information for your upcoming move!


Perth CBD viewed from the banks of the Swan River


Perth enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. During summer rain is unusual, but winter can bring downpours of rain and thunderstorms.

Summer (December – February)
Average temperatures range from 17.5 – 30°C. In the afternoons a sea breeze called the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ provides some relief from the heat.

Autumn (March – May)
During autumn Perth experiences warm, sunny days and cooler nights with average temperatures between 13.7 – 26°C. During autumn there can be occasional showers and some humidity. Evening temperatures rarely drop below 10°C.

Winter (June – August)
Winters are relatively cool and wet with temperatures ranging from 8 – 19°C. There are occasional storms, characterized by downpours of rain and thunderstorms.

Spring (September – November)
During spring, days are warm and sunny with average temperatures ranging from 11.7 – 23°C. There is little rainfall at this time of year.

Understanding the Suburbs:

Inner City Living:

  • Mount Lawley; alternative & arty
  • Leederville; arty, café culture
  • Subiaco; wealthy, cosmopolitan, bling!
  • Inglewood; family friendly
  • Mt Hawthorne; family friendly, café culture
Left: Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley Right: Leederville Café Strip

Left: Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley Right: Leederville Café Strip


  • Cottesloe; west, beach culture
  • Scarborough; north, beach culture
  • Fremantle; cafes, culture, outdoor life, beaches

Southern Suburbs:

  • Applecross; south, family friendly, professionals
  • Victoria Park; cafes, bars and restaurants
  • South Perth; apartment living, cafes and amazing river views

Northern Suburbs:

  • Joondalup; family friendly, good schools, close to beach and easy train to CBD
  • Sorrento; Family friendly, coastal
  • Karrinyup; great shopping, close to the beach, good transport links

Top 10 things to see and do:

  • Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery at Kings Park
  • Take a day trip to explore Rottnest Island
  • Cruise the Swan River by boat or bike
  • Test your fitness on Jacobs Ladder
  • Explore Fremantle for the day; take a prison tour, visit the iconic Freo markets and end the day with a beer or three at Little Creatures brewery

Left: Fremantle Markets Right: Rottnest Island

  • Check out Perth’s new Elizabeth Quay waterfront complex
  • Feeling Lucky? Visit Perth’s Crown Casino and have dinner and drinks at one of their many restaurants
  • Immerse yourself in the natural, scenic and gourmet wonders of the Swan Valley
  • Needing some retail therapy? Check out Murray Street and Hay Street. If luxury is what you are after visit King Street.
  • Cheap Eats? Check out Northbridge and Victoria Park!

Left: Elizabeth Quay Right: Little Creatures

Top Schools and Universities:

  • Curtin University
  • UWA – University of Western Australia
  • Perth Modern School
  • Hale School
  • Christ Church Grammar School
  • Methodist Ladies College

Transport Information:

For all bus, train and ferry information visit the Transperth website.

Perth is also a very bike friendly city, with extensive cycling networks and picturesque cycling routes around the Swan River.

Average Rental Cost:

According to recent statistics released by the median rental property prices for Perth are as follows:

  • House – $410
  • Unit – $350

Best Beaches

  • Cottesloe Beach: Best for – everyone
  • City Beach: Best for: families, body surfers, beach walkers, sun-downers
  • Scarborough Beach: Best for: cool dudes, surfers, people watchers
  • Leighton Beach: Best for: everyone + dogs (except surfers)

Left: Cottesloe Beach Right: Leighton Beach

Population Size: 2M

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