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Perth City Guide

Experience Perth - All the essential ingredients for a great new life. With some of the country’s best beaches, plenty of nightlife, bustling markets, inner city parks, outdoor dining and amazing marine adventures Perth has something for everyone.

Whether Perth is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city visit the websites listed at the end of this profile.


Perth is the capital of Western Australia which is the fastest growing state in Australia. With a population of 1.5 million it is home to three-quarters of the state's residents.


Perth is located in the south west of Australia between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River.


Perth has a booming property market which is partly due to the number of new migrants moving to the area. Perth is the second most expensive city behind Sydney in terms of house prices (August 2006).


Perth has a booming economy and with just 10% of the country’s population, Western Australia contributes nearly one third of the national export earnings and has the lowest unemployment record in the country. Perth has a world-class infrastructure and provides excellent business and investment opportunities.

Local Transport

Transperth operates Perth's public transport network, which is comprised of buses, ferries and trains. It is a good value way to get around the city and there is free transport in the central area. Public transport can be a quick and convenient option for many trips, yet only 6% of trips are made this way as most people choose to drive.


Ultra chic King Street is the centre of Perth's sophisticated West End. Numerous suburban shopping centres offer a wide variety of stores. With late night and seven day shopping, Perth has become a shopping mecca for its northern Asian neighbours, who take advantage of the local designs and value for money.

Dining Out

Perth has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia. You can dine out on sumptuous fresh cuisine, sample beautiful Western Australian wines and join the friendly locals at one of the many great restaurants, alfresco cafes and bars in the city and on the water’s edge.

Performing Arts

Perth has a rich cultural life offering a full range of world class performing arts opportunities. The Perth Concert Hall is the premier venue for fine music and is home to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His Majesty's Theatre is Australia's only remaining Edwardian theatre and is an favourite venue for musicals, drama, ballet and opera. There are a range of city venues offering cultural events and experiences to suit all interests and tastes.

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

Perth’s lifestyle varies from inner city living to the more relaxing beachside suburbs. To the west of the city is Kings Park which has over 400 hectares of natural Australian bush.  The Swan river provides an ideal opportunity to participate in many different kinds of water sports such as boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing or swimming. The temperate climate allows for a wide range of outdoor sporting recreation. Perth is rated as the fourth best city in the world to live in for expatriates as it has a clean city centre, pristine beaches and beautiful parks.


Perth offers a wide variety of schools, colleges and universities with highly qualified teaching staff. There are tertiary, technical and vocational courses and a concentration of business and English language colleges and schools for hospitality and tourism. A popular choice for international students, Perth is rapidly positioning itself as a strategically located city offering high quality international student education.

Perth on the Net

City of Perth

Western Australia


Average maximum temperature in Summer

Average maximum temperature in Winter

Bright daily sunshine hours

Mean annual rainfall

32 degrees Celsius

17 degrees Celsius

7.7 hours



Perth operates on Western Standard Time which is 8 hours ahead of GMT.


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