More and more migrants and investors are choosing Perth as their place of choice in Australia.
It’s hustle and bustle feel, brought about by Western Australian economy makes it attractive for business activities and growth. That is despite being one of the most isolated major cities in Australia.
In 2017, Perth has been ranked by The Economist as one of the five most liveable cities in the world. It is home to over 2 million people.
But don’t take our word for it. Here is your guide to living in Perth, Western Australia. Find out about top places to go to and things to do, as well as information on education, climate, and more.
Climate in Perth
Perth residents enjoy a Mediterranean climate. Summer in Perth is mostly hot and dry--a good time to go hit the beaches. This occurs around December through March. February is usually the hottest month.
Summer days are dry with few occasions of rain.
During winter, Perth gets a lot of landfall, so it can be mildly cold and mostly wet. The coldest temperature recorded in Perth was −0.7°C (30.7 °F). It was in 2006.
Attractions in Perth
There is a lot to love about Perth. This is evident by the increasing number of tourists and visitors every year. The city prides itself with its booming economy, its relaxed ambience, and its clean and spacious land, with wide roads and highways.
Culture, arts, and science
You can immerse in culture and the arts by visiting the museums around the city. Scitech and the maritime museums are just some of them.
Scitech Discovery Centre
Kids and adults alike would love the changing exhibits on different topics around science and technology at Scitech Discovery Centre and the Horizon Planetarium, which is just beside it.
Scitech Discovery Centre is an interactive museum that aims to educate, and increase awareness and knowledge on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It hosts different events every year, where it invites guests and participants to across universities and schools to educate.
It is the first large-scale science centre in Australia.
You can also find museums in Fremantle. Among them are the Western Australian Maritime Museum and the Army Museum of Western Australia. Both centres feature different maritime and historic artillery artifacts.
These house the actual famous Royal Australian Navy submarine, the yacht that won the 1983 America’s Cup, three Victoria crosses, and several displays reflecting the army’s role in the old era in Australia.
Markets and stores
Shopping can be an enjoyable activity in Perth. Although the prices are not really that cheap, the busy centre attracts many retailers.
For factory outlet lovers, Harbour Town in West Perth displays a number of products for major brands.
For fresh produce and locally made products, the Fremantle Market presents a large selection of products. If you are looking for organic products, then this is the place for you.
The markets are an avenue for local businesses to promote their products especially those indigenously made, including art pieces and souvenirs.
Swan River and beaches
Perth lies along the magnificent Swan River. Along the riverside are parks and boat rental stores for your picnic, fishing, and kayaking needs.
You can try the relaxing river cruise where you will get a chance to see the beauty of the city.
If you want to go dipping in the water during the hot summer season, there’s a number of beaches for you to choose from. A popular choice is the Cottesloe, which is just 15-minute drive from the city.
City Beach is a child-friendly beach, with its playground and sheds for picnics and games.
Up for more adventure? Whether you are a tourist or a local living in Perth, you and your friends and family can go to Rottnest Island for a fun-filled day adventure.
There’s a dozen of activities that you can do here from hiking, playing golf, skydiving, to dining and drinking.
While you are there, make sure to appreciate the beauty of nature. The collection of plants and animals just naturally living in the area makes for a good learning experience for kids and adults.
Here's a slideshow of these attractions:
Events & Celebrations in Perth
Perth is known for annual events around music and arts.
Perth International Arts Festival has been a long-running cultural event, happening every year since 1953.
Other festivals around music and arts are Winter Arts Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, and Perth Writers Festival.
These festivals celebrate the rich culture of Western Australia featuring classical and contemporary music, opera, dance, and visual arts.
Because of its prestige and the number of visitors these festivals attract every year, local investors and company owners have taken a big part as sponsors and partners.
Sculpture by the Sea
Every year from late October to early November, Perth holds its biggest outdoor exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea. This big event is held in Perth and Syndey.
In Perth, this is held initially just at Bondi Beach but has been recently extended to Cottesloe Beach. This activity features over 100 sculpture artists. Local, interstate, and international artists gather to display their sculptures. Photo enthusiasts also swarm the event to take snapshots of the wonderful gallery and display of art pieces.
Top Colleges and Universities in Perth
Though the cost of living in Perth is not one of the most affordable ones in Australia, the opportunity it has on education and employment makes up for it. Perth ranks #39 in the Best Cities for international students. What with its beautiful beaches, who can ask for more?
There are five big universities in Perth, catering to different fields of studies.
University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia, which was founded in 1911, was the state’s first university. It is known as the leading research institution and was the first free university in the British Empire. It was the first university that promoted equal opportunity to education for all social classes.
It has then grown to a network of campuses, with its main campus residing at Perth. The main campus in Perth has been an attraction in itself because of its architecture design. It was built and carved from big white limestone.
According to QS World University Rankings in 2018, University of Western Australia ranks #93 in the Top Universities in the World.
Curtin's Law School and Graduate School of Business is located in Perth Business District.
Edith Cowan University
This is the only university in Australia named after a woman, Edith Cowan, who was the first woman to be a part of the Australian Parliament. ECU most popular branch of study s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
The second university established in Western Australia, Murdoch University also has campuses in Dubai and in Singapore. In Western Australia, it has three campuses. These are South Street Campus (the largest campus in Australia), Mandurrah Campus (in the subrub of Greenfields in Mandurrah) and Rockingham Campus (in the suburb of Rockingham).
Other universities in the area include the Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, and University of Notra Dame.
The Chinese Community in Perth
Perth and China have had an interesting relationship through the years. Because of the huge deposits of metal ore and coal in Perth, China has been sourcing sourcing its raw materials from the city.
This long-time business relationship has evolved through the years to leveraging each other’s proximity and natural gifts.
Perth’s Chung Wah Association is the first Western Australia’s ethnic association. The group organizes dances and boat races, on top of the regular meetings and gatherings.
The association’s most popular flagship is their Chinese School, which has taught thousands of students through the years.
The community celebrates New Year lavishly with dances, orchestra, and food.
Another Chinese community in Perth is the the Perth Chinese Catholic Community. The community has smaller groups across Australia. They hold regular catholic holy masses for catholics in the region.
Whether you are just visiting or planning to stay long-term in Perth, you will not go wrong with its vibrant culture and supportive communities and organizations.