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!

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Perth CBD viewed from the banks of the Swan River

Climate:

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

Coastal

  • 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
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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!
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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 www.realestate.com.au the medium 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)
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Left: Cottesloe Beach Right: Leighton Beach

Population Size: 2M

Other Helpful Links:

Rental Accommodation: www.realestate.com.au

Transport: http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/

What’s on: http://www.experienceperth.com/

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