When it comes to Australian cities, Perth may not be the first place that comes to mind. On the opposite side of the country to the well known east coast, Perth is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. And we’re not the only ones saying that – just this year our beautiful home was declared the world’s 7th most liveable city for the second year running.
With a diverse population, vibrant cultural scene, world class beaches and amazing eateries there’s plenty to love and plenty to do if you decide to make it your home.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 things you need to know about Perth if you’re planning to move here.
1. The Beaches
Perth is blessed to have some of the most incredible beaches in the world. Our poster child, Cottesloe Beach is by far the most well known, with it’s clean white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and beautiful grassed terraces where the iconic Indian Teahouse building is nestled between the Norfolk Island pine trees. It’s also home to the famous Sculptures by the Sea outdoor exhibition (sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe), well worth visiting during the month of March.
Other local hotspots include the Basin on Rottnest Island, Leighton Beach and City Beach. All of them come with the standard Perth beach guarantee of white sand, clear blue water and beach weather to boot!
Speaking of Perth’s weather..
2. The Weather
Perth has a very reliable and enjoyable climate. Most of the year can be spent in sandals and shorts thanks to our long Summers, and temperate Spring and Autumn, so if you love the outdoors than Perth has the right climate for you!
3. The Brunch
Brunch is a favourite pastime for Perth people and the buzzing culinary scene more than delivers. Being touted as the ‘new dinner’, cafes and eateries that serve inspired brunch dishes (more than just your standard eggs on toast!) can be found all over our fine city. Some of our favourite hotspots include Mt Lawley’s Mary Street Bakery, Victoria Park’s Harvest Espresso, Voyage Kitchen in Sorrento and the Attic in Fremantle.
Of course bruch is nothing without being paired with amazing coffee!
4. The Coffee
If you enjoy your morning cup of black gold, then Perth is undoubtedly the place for you. With a reputation for being both experimental and particular about the quality of the coffee we drink, most Perth cafes feature their own specialities and flavours so you’ll always have something new to try.
5. The Lifestyle
Perth is an incredibly relaxing and laid back city to make your home. Year round you can take the family down to the beach, meet some friends for lunch by the river, take your dog for a coastal walk or visit any of the cafes that represent the exciting food culture.
6. The Culture
That’s not to say that we don’t have an amazing cultural scene as well though! Perth boasts an incredible mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance and visual art in cultural hotspots like, Northbridge, Subiaco and Fremantle.
The pinnacle of the Perth cultural scenes is the spectacular Perth Fringe Festival that runs every year from January – February. Fringe brings a huge mix of entertainment (from comedy to puppet shows!) to the city. And the best thing about it? The Perth Fringe Festival is suitable for all ages, so you don’t have to leave the kids at home. With shows scattered around Perth and the surrounding suburbs it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside, and see some of Perth’s local talent.
7. The Education
No matter the age of your children, Perth has many great options for childcare and schools. Currently there are over 600 schools in Perth it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing the best school for your family. There are three categories when it comes to primary and secondary education in Perth and they are Government Schools, Religious Schools and Private Schools.
For post-secondary education there is a wide array of options here too. There’s TAFE (Community College) which offers courses in hospitality, business and trades. Aside from this there are five, world-class universities including the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and Murdoch University.
8. The Housing
Whether you are looking to buy established house or building your own, Perth has the right option for your budget. Currently the government is offering a $10,000 when building your first home. And with the low interest rates, there’s no better time to build a property in WA!
Of course you can’t move to Perth and build your home right away but this is where the current rental market works in your favor. Right now there is high rental availability all at low prices giving you time to get to know the city, fall in love and decide where you can to live.
Not sure if you are eligible for a home and land package loan? Get in touch with us and we will see if you qualify.