Cost of Living in Perth

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 83.50
Rent Index: 40.55
Groceries Index: 78.36
Restaurants Index: 91.61
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 63.14
Local Purchasing Power: 132.65
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 23.85 A$ 15.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 70.00-125.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 A$ 6.00-11.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 7.00-11.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.51 A$ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.22 A$ 2.50-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.66 A$ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.66 A$ 3.79-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.57 A$ 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.42 A$ 0.91-2.04
Eggs (12) 4.93 A$ 3.99-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.71 A$ 3.54-5.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.46 A$ 4.08-7.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.84 A$ 5.90-10.89
Apples (1 lb) 1.91 A$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 2.00 A$ 1.59-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.92 A$ 1.59-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.02 A$ 1.59-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 1.26 A$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.19 A$ 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.14 A$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.19 A$ 2.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.62 A$ 4.00-7.99
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.25 A$ 4.00-9.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 25.00 A$ 20.00-28.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 2.90-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 A$ 80.00-160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.70 A$ 4.00-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.77 A$ 2.77-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.00 A$ 35.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.77 A$ 4.35-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,744.50 A$ 19,900.00-26,990.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 212.05 A$ 114.75-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.31 A$ 0.12-0.70
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 74.59 A$ 60.00-98.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 66.31 A$ 40.00-99.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.24 A$ 15.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.00 A$ 15.00-22.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 96.89 A$ 75.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 73.18 A$ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 135.24 A$ 100.00-175.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 134.61 A$ 100.00-190.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,778.62 A$ 1,500.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,359.21 A$ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,818.21 A$ 2,200.00-3,480.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,863.42 A$ 1,600.00-2,365.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 626.29 A$ 501.67-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 472.25 A$ 371.61-650.32
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 4,271.23 A$ 2,990.00-5,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.67 4.19-5.00

Prices in Perth, Australia

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Last update: May, 2016
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100 Comments so far
#Bam Boo on May 18, 2016 :
I think many of these comments are fiction and are really entertainment for the authors.. I wouldn't pay too much attention to them.. let it be luck water off a ducks back .. or write a humorous review yourself.. at least make it entertaining... :)
#Danny on May 17, 2016 :
Hahahahaha...I have been coming on this website month after month...wait for it...not to compare the cost of living laugh so much after reading comments about need for stand-up comedy at exorbitant prices or funny youtube videos...just visit this website...recently even a local Perth newspaper wrote an article about comments on this website...FANTASTIC! Keep writing more pleaseeee...Over and out...
#Lisa on May 11, 2016 :
Haha oh dear, so much anger!
I think you find what you look for. Perhaps some of the more angry commenters above are simply encountering their own reflections as they walk around Perth complaining about everything.
As for being a boring place; only boring people get bored. There's plenty to do and it's varied. Nature is close, parks are everywhere, the river is surrounded by cycle paths and green grass, the hills are peppered with amazing hiking trails, there are islands nearby that you can reach in a kayak, farmers markets all over the city every weekend, plus the usual plays, galleries, concerts, outdoor cinema etc; it's an amazing place for anyone with a decent attitude to life and more varied interests than just "nightlife". I love it here.
#Jim Porter on May 10, 2016 :
Following on from Ricky's comment bellow, I'm from Nassau County in New York, I was conned into moving to Perth by the computer tech company I worked for at the time who told me it was a great place to live, and that my career in the company would boom here. Well, putting my personal feelings for my previous employer aside, I can honestly say that Perth is a horrible little backward town/city. The place is filled with right wing red-neck bogans who call themselves *conservatives* but they're really just brain dead morons. Here are some of the things I've experienced in Perth over the past 5 years of living here:
1) Racism is rampant, but no-one wants to confront the reality.
2) Denial and delusion is rampant amongst most people who are zombies
3) If you try and be polite by saying hello to someone or acknowledging their presence, they'll either ignore you or glare at you with a blank vacant expression on their face like you're a freak
4) You will only ever receive a pay rise or a promotion if you're a female, size 6-8, with large silicone breasts, and have sex with the boss
5) You can not survive on a single wage, $90,000 per year will rent you a 1 bedroom bedsitter that's 550 years old with no running water and a shared toilet that doesn't flush. Or you can rent a tiny bedroom in some crack dealer's house for $500 per week
6) The entire WA state government is rife with corruption, the mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi and the WA Premier Colin Barnett spend massive amounts of tax payer money on gloating in their own lavish lifestyles yet no-one seems to care that their own state government are criminals and no-one wants to confront the issue.
7) People here have no empathy, and care for no-one but themselves
8) Never go out at night after 9pm or you'll get bashed
9) Perth people view you as 'scum' unless you work in mining or you're a footballer, ironically these same people are brainless bogans themselves
10) Conversations are limited to mining, football, and bunnings.
11) Perth people only ever do 4 things: drink alcohol, hang out at bunnings, hang out at woolworths or hang out at coles
12) Housing prices do not reflect reality, both the greedy home owners asking for unrealistic amounts of money for a dump and the overseas investors buying up the whole country have destroyed it all for everybody, this is similar to what happened in the US when we had the crash a few years back, it's coming here soon, I can see all the warning signs.
#Ricky on May 09, 2016 :
I am from Ireland but live in Oklahoma , USA for all my life. I moved to Perth in 2011 when mining boom was on its peak. Just to let you know that Oklahoma is the poorest and redneck state but Perth is 10 times backwards than Oklahoma . I would like to provide review for all my friends, brothers and sisters in bullet points , so they know the truth..

1) Boring
2) Racism on its peak since i arrived in 2012 . I can imagine those poor asian and blacks who came in 80s and 90s.
3) Can't go out after 10 in CBD. i mean you can but never know any time that coward punch shit happens to you
4) Customer service is the worse.
5) At work, be prepared not to get promotions. Your junior blonde will end up become your senior if you stay more than 5 years at work.
6) 5 years 5 different prime minister . YOU can imagine whats gonna happen at your level at work.
7) Road rage is common part of people's life .
8) Trains are full. You will only find seats next to Asian, indians and blacks. I am white but its heart breaking to see such racism.
9) Beaches are awesome
10) Rents are damm expensive
11) Burglaries are quite common
12) Philip Huges died...i kept my bat outside for tribute . some bogan stole it
13) Everything closes at 5 except on thursday
14) You make lot of money but cost of living is so high that you will always be hand to mouth.
15) Perth people shows they travel a lot but there destination is only Bali.
16) Flight from perth to eastern state will cost you around 400 return
17) Neighbours are friendly only if you live in excellent suburbs
18) People love to hang out in Bunnings, Coles and Woolworths.

So my friends , I would suggest you to move to East instead of west. If you don't mind depression than Perth is the best place for you
#Wig Wam Bam on May 04, 2016 :
Crikey it's a real roller-coaster with positives vs negatives reviews of this here town..

I tend to take a lot of the comments with a pinch of salt.. Sometimes it's a ploy to try and put off immigration into the town by painting a warped and horrid picture of the place, when the reality is quite the reverse.

Anywhere if you're broke isn't going to be a bundle of laughs.. but for people with well paid jobs or plenty of cash in the bank (or both).. then Perth can offer pretty well everything that any developed city can offer.. maybe on a slightly smaller scale..

Actually, if you are a penniless pauper then some cities are better than others in that they offer more support services such as free food, shelter, mobile shower trucks and clothes washing/drying trucks that come around to where outdoor sleepers habitat and provide these free services.

I've read recently that Melbourne is the best city for homeless and broke people because it offers all of these things..

Interestingly, I have also read that a lot of the outdoor sleepers prefer this to sleeping in charity shelters because the shelters can be rough and ugly and potentially dangerous too..

But all that nonsense aside... here's my made up on the spot top 8 list..

Best cities to live, work and play in Australia

1. Melbourne
2. Brisbane
3. Sydney
4. The Gold Coast
5. Perth
6. Canberra/Adelaide/Darwin
7. Hobart
8. Launceston

I didn't include country towns as I don't know enough about them..
#Anonymous on Apr 23, 2016 :
Just in case anyone has concerns about racism in the west, following is a facebook racist attack that shows a typical Bogan and the way they behave:
Sent by

Paul Moony OMG Habib Really! I step out of the room for a minute and Booom out it comes. Why didn't you tell me that you are a camel fucker or dune coon mate. I take it that your very embarrassed about it cause no one likes or trust filthy Lebo's either. This explains why Melbourne appeals to you cause coming from over there anyplace would be a huge improvement. And then considering Melbournes overrun by this shit , you seem to fit in perfectly.
Habib, I can just picture you driving around Carlton in your yellow turbocharged VL commodore with all ya mates and eating kebabs and yelling out
Fully sik bro while wearing a white singlet and black tracksuit pants. Yep a real Aussie

As you can see from this racisism is alive and well in the west
#Anon429 on Apr 15, 2016 :
Response to the comment made by Anonymous, June 20 2014:

"The crazy real estate prices and the high cost of eating out is a fairly new phenomenon that didn't exist
15 years ago ..

A lot of wealthy people with truck loads of cash (how they got it is speculative and a mystery)
and have no problem buying up loads of real estate and businesses at the drop of a hat and that's causing
real concerns for everyday working people who make their living in normal jobs...

Something crooked is happening and it's ruining this country and causing a massive wealth divide.

This divide never used to exist in the 70s and 80s and maybe not even in the 90s

Still, London is crazy with the super wealthy taking over it's city and same with New York"

People should NOT be allowed to use their investment properties as a tax write off, this is nothing more than a ponzie scheme that is indeed destroying not only Perth but our entire country. Economically it is totally unsustainable.
#Anonymous on Apr 12, 2016 :
#Jil on Apr 12, 2016 :
Oh boy! I've never had such a good laugh in a long time. Very funny comments from people so hot under the collar about Perth.

I was born in country WA and have lived in Perth for nearly 40 years. No plans to move any where else. I've travelled extensively around the world and made several trips to Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Each city and state showing its own charm and unique soul.

But I'm glad I live in Perth. Clean air, beautiful weather, flora and fauna in the suburbs, wide streets, continual improvements in public transport system, and maybe a surprise to some of you, I get good service in the shops and restaurants...effective communication helps.

Plenty of arts and cultural activities happening all the time. Fremantle packed with it.
#Drew on Mar 17, 2016 :
The negative comments on Perth seem to be coming form people who have come over here and can't cut it, most likely because they aren't sufficiently educated to get a good job.
Some came over in the mining boom and didn't find enough support.
I get people coming over all the time form the US or Asia for a look and I'm proud to show them around. Sorry if it didn't work out for you. Don't expect to come here and drive a taxi or haul truck and be a winner. There's any number of people who run small food stores, mainly form Asia, who put in the hours and not only get ahead but get their family ahead. So if you're prepared to work had we want you if not you can go back and call sour grapes (you can use all the filthy or rude language you want but it just proves my point).
#Trisha on Mar 16, 2016 :
There sure are some bitter, hateful comments about Perth in this thread. Funny how people talk about how it's boring, racist, etc., but that is far from my experience in the places I choose to spend my time. Most people I know are welcoming, liberal (in the proper sense of the word, not the Australian sense of the word), compassionate people, and would love to see all the racist bigots leave this city.

Funny how the riots by young, racist idiot gangs I've seen on the news lately haven't happened in Perth, but in Sydney and Melbourne, those oh-so-enlightened cities that are so much better than Perth.

All that said, I have no respect for our government, and can't wait for a change - though sadly it seems all the change I could have to look forward to is a change to a Labor govt, which would be pretty much as bad as the current govt is. I do wish that all the people who have ever voted for a Liberal government would wake up to themselves and take a look in the mirror. Evidently it isn't just Perth people who vote that way, though, since we have a Liberal federal govt too.

One last point to address from comments before mine - those people who booed Adam Goodes were Eagles supporters. You can't expect much more from that lot.
#East West Coaster on Mar 15, 2016 :
I kind of sit on both sides of the fence here. I moved to WA in 2007 as an 18 year old and still reside here. Albeit, In 2010 I decided that Perth was not for me (boredom being no. 1 reason) and returned to NSW. I lasted about 8 or so months and returned to Perth. Why? I guess I missed the lifestyle that I had over here- I think I took it for granted. I hung out with people that had a similar mindset to some of those on this forum. When I actually focused on the good it has to offer I found I really liked it. I think there are some great facilities, shops, entertainment, beaches, weather. Google events and entertainment in Perth- you'll find there is a bit on at any one time.

In terms of the 'Perth People', I have to agree to an extent. That has (and continues to be) the hardest thing about Perth. People here just don't have a welcoming nature. It is hard to meet people naturally; you really have to put a concentrated effort into it and even then.... Having said that, of all of my friends in Perth, 2 of them are from WA- the rest are from East Coast or overseas.

As for cost of living, I don't see what the big deal is. Now that the 'mining boom' has dwindled- more so. I am a single female in my 20's, earn 60-65k per year and have just bought my first home (a 2x1 villa) in an affluent, riverside suburb without any assistance. Prices are good for buying AND renting property at the moment. Opportune time. It all comes down to being smart with your money and budgeting. That goes for anyone, anywhere in the world- live within your means.

I say give it a go. I realise it's not for everyone but it might be for you!
#Miss Pissed-off on Mar 14, 2016 :
Goodness you guys are ungreatfull. Being negative doest'n make things better. Its your attitutes that stinks. Go to Africa and then you can see how great it is to be even living in Perth. Those things that you are complaining about is a joke. Thanks for a outrageous laught. BE GOOD!!!!
#Mr Truth on Mar 08, 2016 :
Frankly Perth is back ward, and boring, and down right unfriendly. Hostile faces every where, glum and rude people. Danger on public transport, danger in the streets, danger every where.
Not a safe city at all. One can not even speak on public transport for fear of threat and verbal abuse.
If it was at all safe , then security guards would not be needed, just to go shopping or go to the Pharmacy etc., A terrible atmosphere every where, one feels it is not a place to feel a welcome at all.
Sky high prices, very poor selection of goods when shopping, no variety at all.
I am glad I don't live there. No thanks!
One easily sees there is a sense of hostility all round.
Not for me .
I have seen far better. A terrible place.
## Mr.Realistic on Feb 06, 2016 :
Perth is a gorgeous looking City first of all, having spend most of my life in Northern Europe, I'll find it a relieve to come here. Yes, everything is expensive and nothing is perfect but it's far better then staying on a sinking boat called Europe. Watch where you're going, remember where you've been, that's the way I see it, I'm a simple man.Let's all take care of this great place and country, that would be a good start.
#Andre on Feb 04, 2016 :
"I've lived in Perth for 6,435 years" bla bla bla. look, the place sux. It's a hole. Its a backward cow paddy in the middle of nowhere. Argument over. Now STFU already. Nobody cares about where you've lived, have been to or want to go to. Stop writing your whole life story on here ok,, it's annoying and rude, Like Perth.
#Steve on Jan 26, 2016 :
I have lived in Perth for most of my life. It tends to be parochial, smug and politically conservative.

Many of its people are good (as they are everywhere), but there is too much emphasis on making money.
The quality of rental housing seems quite low and over-priced.
#yusmina on Jan 22, 2016 :
I was looking at moving to Perth but have my doubts after reading comments.

Australia is just expensive to live period! Well, people think Perth has issues well so does Sydney. I came from South east QLD to Sydney and I was in culture shock every nation on the planet seems to live here. I went into a Gloria Jeans in Western Sydney and I was the only anglo-saxon person in the place, I was at a train station were there was 80% Chinese. I'm not racist but wasn't prepared coming from QLD to the multicultural city of Sydney. Also they have no idea how to drive on the highways which are a joke in Sydney!
I've lived in country NSW, and Darwin- but wasn't phased by the aboriginals or culture up there. Lived in England, been to Asia and never experienced what I have in Sydney- I even questioned " what is it to be Australian and this wasn't the Australia I grew up in" There is nothing great about Sydney and can't wait to leave it. Minus the weather I think QLD is one of the better states to live in.
So now I'm left pondering about going to WA?

But I think it is also a reflection of the country, I think similar issues are all over Australia. Being a young country with a short history in the 18th and 19th centuries than thrown into the modern era of the 20th century I think Australia got a little "lost" and left "children" to run the country!

I think the 1990's saw a transition in the wealth and rich and the divide is obvious where ever you go to major towns and cities in Australia. But life was great in Australia in the 1970-1990's never to be repeated I think!
#Delilah on Jan 22, 2016 :
Woah, people really hate Perth, eh?
I've lived here 23 years and I really don't think it's that bad.
For context, I've also lived in Newcastle (UK) and Melbourne (AUS).
There's shitty people everywhere, just got to make sure you're not one of them.
#Malarno on Jan 21, 2016 :
Perth sux. Nothing more to say.
My company sent me here to work for 12 months, it's like living in a backward hillbilly police state. Im counting down the days to go back to Sydney. Its such a depressing place. No substance, very sanitized, artificial everything including the people who are extremely rude, arrogant and intellectually challenged. I'm not sure what exactly whent wrong with this bogan holiday resort but I'd advise everyone to avoid this place at all costs. Stay in Sydney or Melbourne, real people, plenty of substance and real culture, and the people are friendly.
#Harry on Jan 20, 2016 :
I've lived in Perth all my 53yrs and I have to admit Perth has changed for the worse. All the Govt talk about is business (trading hours, building useless quays, House and food prices etc.) There seems no community like it was 20yrs ago.There is no social issues getting raised at all.

Having said that all the people who say Perth is boring need to get a life. Do you need to be spoon fed life?

And I'm after the overhyped mining boom things will settle down and prices will fall back.
#Lay on Jan 17, 2016 :
Perth people have huge egos, self centred, narcissistic, highly aggressive, mega paranoid, money hungry, extremely shallow, superficial and materialistic, self indulgent and common. Very sad and sorry city.
#Wardas on Jan 17, 2016 :
Perth is horrible place. I move back to Sydney because the place is filled with brainless moron. Good luck.
#Dan on Jan 14, 2016 :
Have lived here in Perth over 30 years, having travelled most of Aus and lived in different countries I would have to agree with most, if not all of the negative comments about this place. A so called city of progress, couldn't be more backward if it tried and it's pricey no doubt about it. In order for me to earn money, I depend on people to build new homes which just isn't happening these days unfortunately. Building and construction is in a slump and the mining sectors bubble has burst, all in all it doesn't look good. Nobody can say with certainty if or when it'll get better.
#Sam on Jan 14, 2016 :
Staff from the City of Perth public relations dept. obviously get on here in an attempt to bump up the moral. However, all the negative reviews are 100% true unfortunately. The old "if you don't like it leave" comments are another perfect example of the articulate folk we have here (not). Part of the reason Perth folk have limited cognitive ability, is that the education curriculum is different here in Western Australia; it's the only state in Australia where schools do not have poetry and English literature in the curriculum. When kids do these subjects, the creative articulate parts of the brain become developed. When these parts of the brain are not developed (I.e. as in the Perth education system), you end up with a mediocre cognitive disposition. When you have an entire society with zero ability for cognitive articulation, you have Perth. Very sad, unfortunate, insular little place.
#Thefinalrace on Jan 05, 2016 :
Perth... What can I say. It's pretty BS. There is nothing to do. Catch up with people and all they talk about is watching TV or money. It's just... God... I'm never going back. I spent 20 years there. Left. Realised that it looks good on a postcard and that's about all. Worked. Came back for a couple of years and left again. No thanks. I don't want to spend my life sunburnt and isolated from humanity. It's surprising just how many people in Perth who work at the post office or catering and somehow they have an opinion on resource taxation and negative gearing. They are lost in their own world happy to breed amongst themselves as long as no one tells them the truth.

That said I was back there over Christmas visiting family and Jesus Christ... Even high school students talk about buying property or trying to get jobs on the mines. Didn't meet a single person who didn't want to drink or talk about working. They are thick as sh!t and I'm so glad I got out. Never again.

Fantastic place to go and retire if you're rich. Terrible place to try to start a new life or live if you're in your younger Years.
#Perthsux on Nov 15, 2015 :
It's a long way to the shop if you wanna sausage roll
#Keg on Nov 06, 2015 :
I was born in Perth and have lived here for the best part of 35 years and also lived in Brazil,Africa and the USA and I'm very disillusioned with Perth. We have the most arrogant premier and government who does not give
a shit about the people of WA and how many people can retire with the benefits these government assholes have
and entitlements no one I know of. I agree with the fact Perth is very hard to get employment and I must admit there are a lot of people that do not want to work and some of the ones that do want everything and in
Perth there is a huge discrimination against older workers here you feel if you reach 50+ years well you are
finished that's it you have done your bit no go away and die.
Yes Perth is very expensive to live if you have not got heaps of money everything from a coffee to buying
everyday food.I'm a water person and agree the wind after 10am kills any chance of a good day at the beach I am now looking at moving out of Perth.It was once a sleepy hollow now it is a crime ridden, drug infested
#Peter on Sep 11, 2015 :
There are great variations in food prices in Perth.
The 2 large grocery chains (Coles & Woolworths) have had a monopoly on prices for about 3 decades.
This is now finally being addressed with a number of other chains opening in Perth.

Example:- Coles & Woolworths_____ new food chains

Apples (kg)_____ AUD $6.98__________ $2.00
Oranges kg_____ $5.98__________ $3.00
Bananas kg_____ $4.98__________ $2.50
12 eggs 800g_____ $6.98__________ $4.00
Milk 2 litre_____ $3.50__________ $2.00
Lettuce__________ $2.98__________ $0.50
onions kg__________ $2.98__________ $1.00
spring onions_____ $3.50__________ $1.00
Bread__________ $3.00 (800g)_____ $1.00 (600g)
#shirl on Sep 08, 2015 :
Re Sean Byrne. Your Foul Language reminds me of those use speak about Violent, Bogan, Idiotic with a huge chip to boot.
#Bing Bong on Aug 28, 2015 :
Hello my friends,

I moved to Perth 2 years ago and find it a very peaceful and relaxing city with beautiful parks and lakes and an ever increasing cosmopolitan city that caters restaurants, cafes and food for all tastes and budgets.

Accommodation is now less expensive than what it was and if you want an affordable overseas holiday then Bali is not too far away.

Sun, Sea, Surf and a relaxed way of life - That's Perth !!
#Enough of this place on Aug 26, 2015 :
Oh man where to start! I gotta agree with sean barns on all levels and i got to be honest he is 100% correct on what he is talking about. The best response from people who think perth is the best place in the world (HAHA what a joke) is "if u don't like the place fukoff".. that says alot!!! They have nothing to say besides that because they obviously haven't even left the state! Ive lived all over the world the last 10 or so years and omg i never thought such a selfish backwards annoying way below average place existed. The list is honestly endless. BAD SERVICE, LUDICRIOUSLY OVERPRICED, ALMOST ALWAYS FELT RIPPED OFF ON ANY PURCHASE, BAD ATTITUDES, RUDE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, MALLS AND SUPERMARKETS DON'T OPEN TILL 11AM ON SUNDAYS WWWTTFFF! TRANSPORT IS SOOO BAD AND EXPENSIVE, TRAFFIC IS SHOCKING AND GOVT ARE WAAY WAY BEHIND A REAL SOLUTION IF THEY EVEN CARE AT ALL! BORING AS HELL NOTHING TO DO HERE, BEACHES ARE SOO OVERATED EXPECT TO FILLUP YOUR CAR WITH GAS BEFORE THE HUGE JORNEY JUST TO GET TO THE COAST. conclusion the place is a trap with the illusion of a beautiful city etc honestly if you are considering moving here - DON'T! I can promise you will be sadly mistaken if you think perth is a nice place to visit/live.
#Mymeatpie on Aug 18, 2015 :
Perth people suck!!
- mean, shallow, rude, egotistic, prejudice/racist, untrustworthy, petty, paranoid, self centred money hungry people here, and they call themselves aussies waving their big ass flag. They don't know the first thing about being aussie and being fair dinkum mate!!!
Its about the people that make a great society and if the people in perth are like this then no matter
how beautiful perth is, it will still be a shitty city, unlike the east coast of Aust.
Like Darren Hinch says.. Shame on You..people of perth!!
#Downtown Dreams on Aug 02, 2015 :
Now Sean they were the good points.. now tell us the real nitty gritty of Perth's underbelly and what makes things tick over there..

If you're wealthy and rarely venture out of your secured walled estate/compound - where would you choose to live.. Peppermint Grove, Dalkeith, Orange Grove ?

Can you fly direct out of Perth to London or Los Angeles or New York?

If you're filthy rich can you create a paradise on earth life in Perth?
#Sean Byrne on Aug 02, 2015 :
Admittedly my earlier comment was probably a bit over the top, but having just come back from spending a week there after many years of being away, it finally dawned on me how much of my precious time I wasted in that place, hoping in vain that something, ANYTHING interesting would happen and it never did, because *newsflash- Perth is FUCKING BORING. I mean, sure, I made a shit ton of money, just like everyone else but at what expense?

Anyway, while we're talking I have to admit that I honestly do find it funny that in the face of usually just criticism so many Perth people retort with shit like "if ya dont fuken like it cunt, leave!" -because in doing so they provide a more accurate representation of the Perth bogan and their redneck attitudes then a million funny posts slagging off them and their sunburnt shithole of a town ever could... BUT- in their own retarded way, those hayseeds do make a valid point. If you live there and you don't like it and you have the means- you most definitely SHOULD LEAVE because that place not only sucks balls but it will suck the sanity and reason right out of your head just by virtue of being there. Seriously. One of my main regrets in life was that I didn't get the fuck out of dodge years before I mustered the good sense to do so.

However in fairness, there are people who come onto this site for genuine information so if you want some straight shooting, here it comes.

The place is boring as fuck, public transport there is a joke, you will NEED a car, the people are backwards, stand off-ish and comfortably racist (if you don't believe me ask Adam Goodes), the CBD shuts down at about 6pm, the beaches everyone is always banging on about get blown out by wind at 3 o clock everyday, everything costs way more than it should, all anyone ever talks about is the weather, the footy and money, the pubs and clubs are shit and more often than not filled with dazed looking slutty chicks, which in and of itself it not really a bad thing, however the drooling gangs of aggressive monosyllabic Ben Cousins wannabes they attract is a bad thing, if only because Ed Hardy shirts en masse tend to hurt my eyes when I am on ecstasy- which I might add is almost always effective and readily available but this is hardly a surprise as most one horse towns tend to have wildly out of control drug problems and Perth is no exception because that motherfucker is about as one horse as they come.

So in closing, if you are a the kind of person who digs crystal meth, working, pulling cones, working, hanging out in the burbs or at the beach before 3 pm, talking about the weather, taking drugs and paying upwards $13 for a pint of beer and then drink driving home because there are so few taxis- Perth is the place for you and if you're a fan of obnoxious, loud mouth, Mancunian douchebags, I have a feeling you will LOOOOOOVE Joondalup.
#Plod on Jul 30, 2015 :
I'm sure it's not as severe as some posts humorously suggest .. I think there's a bit of a sport in poking fun at Perth - mainly because of it's isolation and reputation as a fly in / fly out kind of place.

There's probably little difference between living in a suburb of Perth to living in greater London or suburban Los Angeles except that the weather in summer can send the mercury rising 40 - 50 degrees and that's HoT !!

Housing in capital cities all over Australia is expensive and Perth has a reputation as an expensive place to set up home .. but really, probably no more so than living in Croydon South London, San Francisco or LA in California or Potts Point Sydney.
#Gimme It on Jul 27, 2015 :
Sean your comments resonated with what I have heard too..

It's a town full of bogans, chavs, rednecks and nasty locals who spit and yell abuse at people walking down the street and then quickly break into your car when you're not looking and steal whatever they can get their hands on and if that's not enough, smash the windows and slash the seats...

While you're grappling with the damage and theft that happened with you're car, someone else is breaking into your home and snatching whatever they can get their hands on... then they write graffiti all over your walls and smash up your kitchen and bathroom with a hammer...

And if they can get hold of any of your credit cards .. they'll go on a spending frenzy.. fags, booze, drugs and red light district.

It's a lovely place that's for sure.....
#sean byrne on Jul 23, 2015 :
"if ya dont like it, leave.." bla bla bla

guess what? I did leave and I still don't like it, so fuck you.

I was born and raised in Perth and put in nearly 30 years in that god forsaken vermin preserve so I feel I am more than qualified to say that the place is a "city" in name alone. The harsh reality is that Perth is just one massive dull fucking suburb, the residents are greedy, backwards, generic, insular, boring, uncultured, violent, racist, alcoholic bogan idiots and seem to be almost proud of it- not all of them obviously, but what passes for 'acceptable' behaviour in that flea hatchery is quite simply fucking staggering when compared to civilized societies and in all honesty there is absolutely NOTHING on the planet that could convince me to live there again.

Fuck Perth and fuck anyone who says otherwise.
#Bill on Jul 04, 2015 :
Well said Clare 17th April. Perth is one of the best cities in the world. If you don't like it then leave!!!!
#Jimbo on Jun 30, 2015 :
When I arrived in town, I was at a major shopping center riding the escalators and my wallet was pick pocketed from my back pocket and I was left stranded.. I went to security and they said they're too busy dealing with drunks and shoplifters to deal with a thing like pick pocketing.. Anyway,, I had my phone on me so I called my sister who came to my rescue. A week or two later after I got my credit cards replaced and other cards.. I was in a cinema watching a movie when the people behind me started to dribble onto the top of my head.. I could feel wetness there and when I turned around there was some dude with a silly smirk on his face and trouble in his eyes... So I had to shift seats away from this.. Another time I was on the way to the beach and crossing the road and someone tosses out an empty bottle of beer from their car window as they sped passed me and missed my head by an inch as it smashed into pieces on the footpath.. Really, it's a lovely place !!
#Flo on Jun 29, 2015 :
Came to this site last year when I was thinking of moving over & was glad to hear the feedback. Well, I moved after not having visited Perth. It's a lovely place: beaches, sun, laidback lifestyle. But the place is full of bogans (I thought bogans were limited to certain suburbs but here they're EVERYWHERE!!), racism is evident just riding public transport & going to footie games. People say how expensive it is to live here but I've lived in major cities & it's just the same to live here. You have to be prepared to give the place a real crack & not go crying home to where you came from. I think the benefits outweigh the cons - at least for now.
#Podi on Jun 18, 2015 :
When I arrived here from the airport I was spat at by a local and told to get out of their city..

I decided I would still give it a shot as I had given up my previous home back east to be here..

Then trying to find a place to live was an endurance test in itself... eventually I rented a room in someones house for $400 per week but they were trouble people, always arguing and then trying to come on to me.. so I had to get out... especially when they would sneak into my room at night and stare at me..

I managed to get myself a one bedroom flat in the city for $600 per week but my finances were beginning to run dry and the only work I had managed to get was working part time at a local cafe for $15 an hour ..

Long story short.. I lasted 6 months and was always being accosted and set upon by those desperate for romance.. I just had to get out of this place.. the sun might shine but the place has a dark center where craziness lurks..

Now I am back east and making over $20 an hour and my rent is less than $300 a week.. plus I don't get the headaches of the craziness that Perth gave me..
#expat on Jun 13, 2015 :
Just caught onto to this blog. Am expat from US, degreed professional. Lived and traveled extensively oversees. Many aspects of Perth are lovely: clean city, few bums, nice climate, beautiful beaches, no guns and no religous freaks. If you look at it from that perspective, one can almost overlook the absolute lack of local intelligence, technical capacity, and professionalism. If you have a brain at all, get a lobotomy before coming here.
#panvin on Jun 09, 2015 :
It's been more than 2 months and I would have to agree with the negative reviews. Perth no doubt is a beautiful city but it lacks soul. Getting a job in Perth is very very difficult. No one even bothers to give you a chance. You can only get a job if you know some one. Overall a very boring and indifferent city.
#tantrum on Jun 02, 2015 :
Beautiful beaches and river
Some good pubs
Some good university programs

Racism - holy hell its ugly here
Housing - what is cheaper than eastern states is literally falling apart
Living costs - expensive
Food choices- I kinda find it dull/overpriced
Employment- not merit based its who you know ( old money)
Education - mediocre
Social/arts - its isolation shows
Business - if you run a small business ie lawn mowing you'll do OK. There are few MNC here and this means suffocation for many white collar workers and a lack of global awareness.

I'm WA born and bred and I'm more than happy to jump this ship as soon as I can.
#Frio Freeze on May 22, 2015 :
G'day from WA,

How to explain without subjectivity is impossible.

Perth is no doubt one of the more beautiful cities in the world. One of the more expensive and isolated yes. Fantastic for families and outdoor adventurers. Upon returning from extensive global travelling in 2005 I have found the city has transformed predominately for the worst.

It has become very materialistic and unsafe. Upon observation the Earth has devolved to this state. I have concluded this from all people that I have talked to in the part-time job I work driving cabs in Perth for the past 15 years.

There is a huge meth/ crack/ ice epidemic that caused a social huge social change. Additionally, a binge drinking culture causes massive crime/ aggressive behaviour.

It saddens me that the city has turned this way. Nevertheless, the majority of citizens are fantastic people. In regards to the anti-social manner of the city it is due to the fear of the general population. People are scared of strangers as there are so many reports of violence on the news and antedoctal reports.

W.A and Australia earn most income from mining and building houses. When mining slows, houses are built. A little like the U.S.A thtoughout the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Yes, it is the wild west here. I had to adjust myself when I returned here as I am no Ali and learnt very quickly that I could not be an outgoing peace loving Lone Wolf McQuade as I would get hurt if I was carefree and loving.....

It is tough out here socially, I do find it challenging after living overseas adjusting to the independent fuck you get out of my way wild west frontier attitude that is self-perpuatating.

Despite all the mole hills it is one of the better cities on Earth to raise a family.
#John Thatcher on May 06, 2015 :
Perth is a fantastic place to live if you have money.
RIP off house prices and a never ending list of people wanting to licience you for everything possible.If you as much as scratch your arse in Australia someone will want to sell you a training course and a licience to do it.
An aging population with a getting hotter by the year climate I think what was a great place to live may become a nightmare.
I love Australia and Perth but I worry about its future.
#Doodle on May 04, 2015 :
Feels like a hole in the ground, there's just nothing here. I've wasted 29 years of my life. And it is pretty isolated, and there are few people around much of the time, except the elderly or mothers and children. The people are ordinary, the food is ordinary, the places are ordinary, nothing ever happens. It's just bland. The beaches or shops are alright, except when they are too crowded during school holidays or weekends (there's nowhere else to go), the weather is usually good, except when it gets way too hot in summer and bloody cold in winter. The people are generally rude, unfriendly and miserable a lot of the time. Customer service is hopeless, no one wants to serve anyone. It's hard to find a job unless you're highly skilled or experienced in everything, there are very few single women around ANYWHERE (and those that are, are fat or stuck up) but plenty of single men everywhere you look, hanging out with their mates. Tatted up bogan guys hanging out in v8 utes, doing burnouts at traffic lights, fights in northbridge, getting drunk or high at Scarborough. The traffic is crap, it takes half an hour to get anywhere. The drivers are the worst in the world and dont know how to give way or indicate. Everything is too expensive here that no one ever goes out or does anything. All people do here is work 7 days a week, and when they don't, that's what they talk about. It costs $12 for a beer at the nightclubs. The only suburbs where you can buy or rent a house are far away in the middle of nowhere. Public transport is terrible and is better off avoided. Most people just travel to Bali and nowhere else, because everywhere is too far and too expensive. Perth is a great place if you're a parent raising kids, or if you're retired. But if you're a single guy/girl in your 20's or 30's, you might as well pack up and move because there's just nothing here.
#Clare on Apr 17, 2015 :
I can't beleive all the negative comments about this beautiful city. If you don't like it then leave give some one else the chance to experience what perth has to wingers don't know when your well off.
#Sammy on Feb 04, 2015 :
It really depends on one's life style.I don't like clubbing and shopping so Perth is the best place to live I've been to so far given I have been to all other Australian states but NT, some parts of the US and many Asian countries. Europe has never been on my travel list as I don't fancy architects.

Living like a robot ? That's how I describe my life in Sydney. But here in Perth, hell no, my life is great far from it.

I moved to Perth from Sydney in March 14 because I was sick of Sydney. Sydney was dead boring to me, nothing much to do but clubbing and shopping. Not to mention all the traffic jams and air pollution ... Forget about swimming, the ocean is too cold to swim. Being a CPA accountant, I am fed up with routine activities. I was looking for a life where I have varied activities to do, that's when I decided to move to Perth and it didn't let me down.

My life in Perth is top notch, working 8 hours a day, take me only 15' to go to work (compared to an hour and a half in Sydney), dine out during winter as there are restaurants open 24/7 or going to the beach BBQ with friends during the summer, or just for some cool fresh air or seeing the sunset. We go swimming every other day now that it's summer time. Perth has the so many beaches that can kick out the boredom of repeating activities. They are as nice as Gold Coast beaches but with greater variety. Melbourne is also beautiful but the beaches are not for swimming though, so Perth is an absolute winner for beach lovers.

We go crabbing, fishing, boating or camping at the weekend as you can easily find nice quiet camping spots surrounded by trees with rivers or ocean nearby, with just an hour away from the city. Perth is also beautiful at night with hills looking over the rivers (but hidden, so you really have to explore Perth to find your favorite spots). There is no way I can afford this lifestyle in Sydney as by the time I get home it's already too late.

There are rivers running around the city and suburbs along with all the parks so those people saying Perth is not green perhaps they have never gone out of their house nor the shopping center. Seafood is fantastic, a lot fresher than in Easter states because it's easier for us to go crabbing or fishing every week.

People claiming there is no place to go and nothing to do in Perth probably don't like travelling or even if they do travel, they do as tourists, not as somebody who love travelling and love the nature. Western Australia outbacks have a lot to offer. It's different every direction you go in every seasons. On the other hand, those eastern states, the scenery are quite green and scenic but remain the same over time, which made me bored. Worst part is you can't really do anything but sightseeing in eastern states. Even with sightseeing, there are too many people, simply destroyed my enjoyment of the nature.

Because I travel a lot in Perth, it's easy for me to make friends here, travelers are a lot more friendly than city people.

I am buying a house here. It's great to have a house with backyards which you can hardly find in Sydney.

Perth is plain in winter though, but winter is short here, last for only 2-3 months. As soon as the sun starts to set earlier, I can go enjoy the beach, and the flowers. WA is the state of wild flowers.

Regardless, the cost of living is above the roof, double that in Sydney, but the pay is higher and entertaining cost is so low given all the beaches, rivers, bushes, national parks are almost free to go. With my lifestyle I've the same savings but much more fun in Perth. Absolutely a great place to raise up kids if you care about their enjoying outdoor activities more than sticking their eyes to the iPads. People here are no IT geeks, I haven't touched my laptop ever since landing Perth. There are more things to do than going online. Even typing this comments, I'm at work, having break, looking for info to convince my brother in Sydney to join me in Perth.
###Texan on Jan 21, 2015 :
@###lovingperth, It looks like it is time for you to leave SF !! don't blame it on Immigrants or homeless people, just grow some balls and leave SF!
#3 years in perth on Jan 10, 2015 :
I make about 90K and my wife makes 80k a year. We are both Professional's in our late 20's, we do not have kids and rent a basic apartment in the city. We are both from Europe, in Perth about 3 years. By far, I now have the highest disposable income I have ever had. We easily save 6k every month (not to mention the 9.5% super that is accumulating also) . I understand I do not have a mortgage and we have no kids however comparing to our home countries Perth still offers so much more. I have learned that the average Australian's cost to live is higher than needs be. New cars, meals out every week, flash phones, credit card bills, boozy night out, etc. FACT: If you smart, plan/budget your spendings, live within your means, are willing to WORK HARD, Perth can be a huge money spinners for most.
#Alessia on Dec 27, 2014 :
Thanks for all this comments, i guess its all about learning how to live in a place.
None has mentioned anything about STUDYING in Perth? Any comment?
#shawn on Dec 19, 2014 :
perth resider: I've traveled, i've traveled a lot. All over Europe, lived in Tokyo for 3 years, lived in London for 2 years and Ireland for 1 year.... Perth sux ass dude, no amount of traveling can change that reality.
#perth resider on Dec 14, 2014 :
I understand that Perth has been very difficult to live in since 2003. It has changed for the worse.

I get up in w.a. so I have been dealing with the rude loudmouth violent behavior for years and have learned how to live with it.

Perth will get it's dues when the money dries up. As is currently happening now..

I have spent time overseas in Europe. I have never been to bali and I can easily say that London rents are much higher per wage and living costs than perth rents and living costs.

The only people that say that perth is worse than everywhere else are those that haven't travelled.

For all of those raving about Melbourne. There is just as much violence just as many bogans and a housing shortage coming their way. Because Melbourne residents like to boast about how good it is so much that all of the people who moved to perth for work went there to live when jobs faded in perth.

Now Melbourne will know the living he'll of foreign investors buying up all the real estate and inflating rental prices because of a shortage of leased housing.

There are over 10 000 homeless people living in perth largely due to Singapore investment and the state governments decision to sell off and wind back public housing.

In scarborough a room in a house can cost upwards of 300 dollars a week in rent.

As a local I would like to say please please please please do not come here to live and exacerbate the problem.
#Mac on Dec 03, 2014 :
I moved to W.A from Melbourne 3 and a half years ago, at the time I had a little money (maybe $10,000) in the bank. being a H/D diesel mechanic. I found work easy and then because I was then earning good money I was able to enjoy everything this great state has to offer. I worked hard, had fun and saved. because of this I was able to buy the small business I worked, for when the boss retired. now I do fairly well for myself. was it easy... NO but it was possible, which is the point I'm making. I don't think I could have done as well back east. a few things to consider: W.A does NOT have a people shortage, we have a skill shortage. so not think because you now have a loader/bogger/truck/etc. ticket that you got doing a 8 day training program that you will get a job easy and earn big money. you need a trade! or degree.
#jay on Nov 20, 2014 :
perth is a hole, what the hell is wrong with people in this place? retardation capital
##lovingperth on Nov 13, 2014 :
You guys don't appreciate what you have in Perth. I'm from San Francisco. I spent July and August 2014 in Perth and just loved it. I've traveled around WA and also spent 3 months on the East Coast of AU about 5 years ago. Perth is fantastic, I would move there if I could. Perth is clean, people have homes, transportation is good, food is great, sport is great, weather is great. SF is declining, it's dirty, many homeless people and we are getting overrun by illegal immigrants. The only problem in Perth is people are horrible, dangerous drivers.
#Blokebloke on Nov 05, 2014 :
Also, google Perth, Curtin University, Professor, 170k turn down job.

When a senior professor in city planning and urban development from the US comes, has a look, turns around and turns down a 170k job because he would be sacrificing quality of live and extreme costs of living you know the city is screwed.
#Shane on Oct 30, 2014 :
Just think of the worst place in the entire universe and multiply that by about a thousand- that's Perth
#Matt S on Oct 28, 2014 :
How to spot a Perthianoid-

Signs & Symptoms:

1) is a loose cannon, resorts straight to aggressiveness, obscene profanity & extreme violence. No build up process, just a massive explosion of excessive aggression and extreme violence.

2) maintains a false sense of patriotism which re-enforces their allegiance to a hillbilly state which cares nothing for them, only for what resources the state can bleed out of them i.e money, election votes etc

3) Is mostly vacant and stupidly docile until such an event occurs which causes them to outburst in a complete violent outrage (usually caused by something which challenges their patriotism or idealistic narrow point of view)

4) is a frequent drug user, very heavy drinker- bordering on alcohol dependency.

5) Goes to Bali 50,000 times per year, Bali feels like home to a Perthianoid who feels safe in a familiar environment due to there being more Perth bogans in Bali than actual Balinese people. This way the Perthianoid gets to experience a holiday without actually leaving the familiarity of the Perth bogan social dynamic.

6) is always talking about their next trip to Bali and how different Bali is from Perth.

7) votes for the Libral party regardless of what their policy, due to familiarity and being brainwashed and indoctrinated since birth to always vote libral- even if they have no policy, vote libral. That's the logic behind a Perthianoid. Mindless.

8) is either over the top violently aggressive or is a complete passivist slob, with no in-between. These personalities fluctuate multiple times daily, similar to Bipolar.

9) has very little ability to exercise logical thinking or rational decision making, mostly due to the massive amounts of Fluoride in the public water supply which has eroded vital brain cells (of which one of the symptoms of Fluoride poisoning is ironically Over Aggressiveness & Irrational Behaviour).

10) has strong narcissistic tendencies, an -"im always right"- attitude of complete ignorance and anyone who's view differs from theirs they will attempt to punish using extreme violence and by screaming obscene profanity in a violent rage. Their ongoing trips to Bali also forms part of their narcissism due to the inexpensiveness of Balinese services such as items made in sweatshops, in Bali they can live like gods and be worshiped whilst exploiting Balinese people without spending much money. Bali is one of the only environments in the world where a Perth bogan feels semi-important. This false sense of importance keeps them returning to Bali multiple times per year.

11) has a belief that the rest of Australia is completely economically dependent on Perth for its economic stability, yet in reality, Australia is rather embarrassed by Perth due to the obscene behaviour exhibited by many Perth people which is frequently broadcasted on News reports interstate and overseas, shocking normal humans beyond disbelief. This false sense of economic burden forms a part of the Perth bogan's narcissistic personality evident amongst Perthianoids. A delusion which implies "i am pulling everyone else's weight, therefore the world owes me".

The Perth bogan species needs to be studied in greater proportions if we are to grasp any further understanding of this Neanderthalic phenomenon. Science has revealed recently that there are several precursor species of the Perth bogan, one example is 'The British Perth bogan' (relocates to Perth from England, thinks Perth represents all of Australia. Never ventures outside of Joondalup).
#topside on Oct 22, 2014 :

You're from Darwin? You'll love perth. It's not as hot but not as cold as sydney or Melbourne. Clear skies 3/4 of the year.

All the negative comments are right unfortunately. Perth is not exactly a bustling hub as some wold have you believe. There's a LOT of old money in Perth.

It's one thing to say 'the average house price in perth is XXXXXXX' wait and see what you actually get for that much....

I was literally at a home open on Sunday where they were trying to flog off a 'character' 2x home built in the 40's falling apart and full of asbestos for 800k on a 350m2 block of land 1 hour from the city in peak. Prices in perth have zero foundaion its all made up and random.

Youth unemployment in mandurah is just over 25% atm it's bad.

Jobs are fairly hard to get too.

There are a lot of low paying jobs.

You'll like mandurah coming from Darwin. It's not too busy and it's 'cheap' relatively speaking.

There's quite a severe housing and jobs crash in progress at the moment. Every office space is empty half the homes have no tenants or they are in the process of leaving.

I'd say stay in Darwin for at least a year. Earn a bit more save then cone to perth.

Just remember 'average price does not equal average quality.'

Maybe try out the gold Coast of regional nsw first.
#susannesarah on Oct 16, 2014 :
Hi, I'm planning on moving to Perth ( mandurah ) next year. But after reading all those comments I'm a little worried. Are you sure it's that expensive? The houses seem insanely cheap to me (please consider I'm currently living in Darwin) so I'm very surprised by all those negative things everyone has to say. I thought except for Adelaide it'd be the cheapest place to live in Australia.
#Skyport 7 on Sep 23, 2014 :
Hi Racq, good and interesting comments..

I am based in Melbourne and apply much the same approach to dinning out and meals - except I am semi/mostly vegetarian...

I have found good Indian restaurants in the south east of Melb where a Veg Thali is $10, Masala Dosa $7.50 and Samosa's $2

Also in the city of Melbourne there are cheap vegetarian restaurants like OM $6.50 with an all you can eat menu,
Crossways $7.50 all you can eat menu and Gopals $9 - $13 (no longer all you can eat).

Also, when cooking at home it pays to know where to buy your fruit and veggies... supermarkets can be costly.. so shopping around
##Racq on Sep 22, 2014 :
Just want to share some views bout the food expenses in Perth. I lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada Switzerland, and now Perth. Forget bout Switzerland and Northern Europe which basically not cheap, Perth (and Melbourne too) is the most expensive city to me so far. I understand the cost of living and average salary rate are different, but just let's take a look bout the figure. In Malaysia, I paid $1-3 for a main course (local shops); in Singapore, I paid $2-$5 for a main (local hawker place); in Canada I paid $8 for a main Chinese meal... In Perth, I paid $12-15 just for a Chinese main, excluding $2-4/rice so ended up you gotta pay $14-20.

I love to eat, I love hanging out at the restaurants like I used to do back in all these countries. But when comes to Perth, it easily costs me $100 and above for a 3 course+1-2glasses of wine. Therefore, I started myself from a beginner/very simple "chef" until I think I am pretty bravo right now in cooking. Just google recipe and set my menu over the weekend. However, this is Perth, this is not any Asian country which you can find shops/restaurants easily.

Dining out all the time for sure it is always expensive. Why can't just make yourself a simple breakfast, lunchbox (or dine out), plus cooking your dinner? It doesn't mean it gonna take few hours for it, just leave the meat from the freezer to the fridge, heat-up oven just the moment u get home, baked it while u were in the shower, and viola you can enjoy a good dinner? or spend another 5-20mins to add on a pasta, potato or a salad?

I understand that housing and bills and whatever are expensive, but since we are in this city, we can play around with the figure~ I paid less than $30 at local market with 4big bags of food, with $1 for a giant lettuce~ Last weekend, I host a dinner with 4A2C a 4 course huge portion Chinese food in less than $30, fish, prawn, chicken, tofu+vege, all fresh local seafood but not frozen foreign seafood~ If you divided into 6 person, that only costs $5 per person. Or the day before my husband and I bought 2 pieces of nice salmon (bout half kg @ $14), plus some boiled small potatoes and salad, it only takes 20mins to serve. There is no way I am gonna pay $30-40 just for a small piece of salmon down the restaurant.

Even though it is expensive, but I do still dine out whenever I can which definitely kills my budget. But since I am already here so there is no way I can complaint about, just play with the figure or get a 2nd job are what you can do.

A death city? yeah, if you compared with those 24hours happening big city life. Btw, what do you expect? Party and clubbing 7days a week? If you were into that kind of life then probably you can move out from here. Bogans and crime.... er... no comment as I haven't see anything yet. We lived in the west, this area seems pretty cool and quiet so far.... :)

Oh ya, the only thing I hate most bout Perth is.... Why almost all the travel/airfares deals are either ex-Sydney or Melbourne? LOL~ This is the one I hate most :p

ps: the cheapest outdoor activity: make your own picnic day to the beach, park, or wherever, get friends along and bring their dish~!
#Alex on Sep 16, 2014 :
Live in Perth. 30 years now off and on.
Kids grew up here mostly.
All working, traveling and/or studying at Uni now.
They are true world citizens.
Love it.
Can't beat the lifestyle, people and climate.
This is a great place to live.
Lots of people from all over have made wonderful lives here.
Best advice, come over and have a look. Temper unrealistic expectations and try to understand the challenges of living in the most isolated and beautifully unique modern cities in the world.
#Timbar on Aug 29, 2014 :
From reports I have read - things should start to improve with the cost of living in Perth because the crazy money mining boom
has slowed down and economic fundamentals are slowly going towards reality.

So housing should become more affordable and that's the main cost of staying alive in Perth.

Food and drink you can economise easily by cooking and eating meals at home and taking your lunch to work with you.

Don't waste you money on buying $4 cappuccinos as crumbs make a loaf very quickly

Share your house with others and share the Electricity, Gas and Water bills .. really, even in this expensive town..
you can live quite cheaply if you are willing to put your mind to it and be more flexible.

It's fund and inventive to live cheaply and save money..
#winternight on Aug 15, 2014 :
Oh! The rent index is right. It's cheap. BUT what you don't see is the quality.

A rental in Perth is something with four walls and a roof that does the leak. That's it. I've seen abandoned houses in Detroit in better condition than rentals in Perth.

Have a browse. The 'cheap' rentals are like living in 3rd world conditions.

Take the average rent and multiply it by 1.5 to get an OK place. 2-3 if you want a place you don't have to worry about crime or a 1 hour drive to work.
#Winternight on Aug 15, 2014 :
I'd have to agree with 99% of these comments.

Take eastern states prices x2-x3.
You MUST have an income of 200k to live comfortably in a nice suburb and house. This is NOT exaggeration. Many many people do not realize the standard of living sacrifice. I've lived in both Sydney NY and Houston in the last 2 years and that's just the way it is.
Do NOT be lured to Perth by a 10-20% raise. You need 50-100% rates food insurance petrol all cost that little bit extra.
Crime is a problem due to many propel having nothing now the economy has turned.
The ONLY industries you might get a job in are - retail 40k a year. Or mining and oil and gas but you will only get a job if you have experience 5 yrs+
There are many many empty houses. A lot of people are land banking in Perth. There's almost no community.
You will do and see everything Perth has to offer in 6 months or less. Saving for 5 years to go on holiday to Bali isn't how people should be living...
I have seen a LOT of people come here get a job. Find out the cost of living and rates and taxes absolutely destroy your pay packet. There is a group of elite older generation living west of the city to the coast who seem to get the good deal every budget.
Just be aware - you were warned about moving here. The 'affordable houses' are 1 hour from the city in peak. You will work 6-6, 6 days a week because there's nothing else to do.
Your kids will never become actors, lawyers, doctors, musicians, engineers. That's reserved for the local well off's
They allow lots of immigration for anyone wanting to be a cleaner or a cook or brickie which means there's no starter jobs.
Just do your research listen to these comments and don't waste your live giving to a city that only takes.

Oh and the racism. .. wow. Extreme. You actually get spat at. Called n or c. Get told to go back to where you came from. Amazing. It's 2014...

If your rich (20 million) have a high income - 200k+ and rising or your famous and white. You will LOVE WA. If you're not... prepare to be a slave to supporting and servicing them.
#Odyssey on Aug 01, 2014 :
The huge cash wealth that's entering Australia (often via Hong Kong) is largely from very wealthy Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese families.

Yes they can afford any property at almost any price .. sometimes over a million dollars over the reserve.

Residential Property in capital cities around Australia is considered a good and safe way to park and hold your wealth and
preserve your wealth in these uncertain times.

For many it doesn't matter that so many of these properties are empty and remain off the rental market - many of the high-rise towers
in cities in Australia are owned outright by foreign buyers and have no one living in them and the owners are happy with this because their intention
is about property banking and not part of the rental investment rationale.
#Don on Jul 28, 2014 :
Most Chinese nations from China are pretty "cash" rich I would say. They buy houses using cash only. And then they will buy and run businesses.
#TamTam on Jul 16, 2014 :
The Asian-isation of Western Australia?

Whereas 69.1% of the Australian population was born in Australia this figure falls to 62.3% for Western Australia. As for Perth, 40.8% of the metropolitan population were born outside Australia. Comparable figures for Melbourne and Sydney were 37.4% and 40.7% respectively. In simple demographic terms, then, Perth is more multicultural than Melbourne and Sydney.

However a close look at the top three countries of origin across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney shows that in Perth the list is dominated by people from the UK (11.3%); New Zealand (3.0%) and South Africa (1.7%).

Slightly more than one in four British migrants who live in the Perth metropolitan region, for example, can be found in the adjoining outer local government areas of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

The UK population is the largest overseas born group in both Melbourne and Sydney but they only account for 4.1% of the metropolitan population in both regions in 2011.

The Chinese and Indian communities are comparatively larger in Sydney (3.4% and 2.0%) and Melbourne (2.3% and 2.7%) than in Perth (0.9% and 1.6%).

However, Perth’s Chinese population grew by 210% between 2001 and 2011. This is compared to 154% in Melbourne, 81% in Sydney and 123% nationally.

Some of the other fastest growing overseas born populations in Perth included: the Philippines (209%), Korea (177%), India (129%) South Africa (117%) and Thailand (116%). All of this is a clear sign that the so-called “Asian century” is gathering demographic and economic momentum in Perth/WA.
#Alisia on Jul 09, 2014 :
We are contemplating to move to Perth from SA - is there other south africans here ??
#SunnySam on Jul 08, 2014 :
That's why Melbourne is the magnet .. more inbound migration comes to Melbourne than any other Australian city.

Melbourne is diverse, exciting, beautiful, colourful, multi-cultural, lot's of Indian and Chinese low price restaurants,
cheaper housing options, great city, café society, coffee lane culture, art, musicians, writers, internet content and technology makers..

You may like it in Perth but you will Love iT in Melbourne...
#Don on Jul 08, 2014 :
Perth isn't looking very well these few years. Job vacancy has been greatly reduced. Job prospect is pretty bad as well, virtually flat.
Cost of living is sky high as well. I have been living there for 6 years and I can easily feel the cost has been increased to at least 25% from the day I touched down. The urban sprawl also affect the high cost of living as govt requires more money to build the infra-structure and amenities. It's totally not sustainable for the next 10 to 20 years.
Crime rate is pretty high consider Perth is a small city and only 1.5 mil people. Car thief and break-in are the most popular crime activities.
To live comfortably, you will need dual income at least 150K per annum otherwise you don't dream about it.
#ZigZag on Jul 03, 2014 :
Here's something good to know..

Govindas Vegetarian Restaurant in Northbridge Perth

194 William St, Northbridge, (Perth), Western Australia 6000

Mon – Fri
Dine-in/Take-away from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Budget take-away from 03:30 PM to 07:30 PM

We would like everyone to come and try our delicious vegetarian feast at a low cost as usual.
Also please bring along friends and family for the feast.
#ZigZag on Jul 03, 2014 :
Hi Flo, firstly good luck on your soon to be new life in Perth WA

I am based in Melbourne and haven't spent any time in WA so I only really know what I read and see on the news..

Everyone says it's damn expensive and a little tedious / boring .. but really it comes down to what you make of it..

Please post your thoughts and observations once you've landed and let us know what you think...

The main things I' heard are:

1. housing is really expensive (to rent and to own)
2. Going out for food/meals is really expensive (except for the usual fast food joints...)
3. Going to clubs/bars - drinks are really expensive

Everything else is probably much the same as Sydney and Melbourne I would imagine.

Mind you, Melbourne and Sydney aren't exactly cheap either ... most of Australian cities are rated
as the most expensive places in the world to live ...

But hey, it could be a great adventure for you - Life in the Wild West !!!
#Flo on Jul 02, 2014 :
Heck, I am about to book my ticket from Melbourne to Perth, (go west young son!) as it's really hard to get work here & now you have all scared me. Is it really THAT BAD?? I have a contact to put me up whilst I look for work (accounts stuff) & would hope it wouldn't take too long to get something. Am I dreaming? Is it really boring & $9 for a coffee??!

Comments please!
#Aly on Jun 28, 2014 :
Love it or hate it, living in Perth or anywhere in WA is great. That's if you don't have to eat or drink, and fresh air and water is all you require to live. If you need anything more than that, then you'd better be earning at least $200,000 per year, because if you don't, then join the 95% of the population who have to pay the exorbitant prices charged here...all because the rich 5% dictate it. Those of you new to WA, just remember to multiply the cost of everything by 3x what you'd pay in the Eastern states, and you'll be right.
#Anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 :
Sharon you made some really insightful points from your own experience. Australia is an expensive country and
Perth is an expensive city, maybe more so than Sydney and Melbourne.

The crazy real estate prices and the high cost of eating out is a fairly new phenomenon that didn't exist
15 years ago ..

A lot of wealthy people with truck loads of cash (how they got it is speculative and a mystery)
and have no problem buying up loads of real estate and businesses at the drop of a hat and that's causing
real concerns for everyday working people who make their living in normal jobs...

Something crooked is happening and it's ruining this country and causing a massive wealth divide.

This divide never used to exist in the 70s and 80s and maybe not even in the 90s

Still, London is crazy with the super wealthy taking over it's city and same with New York.
#SHARON on Jun 19, 2014 :
Perth is beauiful.We are a large family who moved to Australia independently from the UK to offer our children a better future. It has proved to be very hard ,we came with money but could not buy because my husband was only on contract now two years later the cost of living has swallowed almost everthing as we have had to rent and it is like starting all over again. We have made the right decision to be here yet at the same time worry that Australia will make the same mistakes as the UK a concern held by a true Australian decent elder citizen when we had to camp two years ago due to the rental market!!!!!!!! Completely different story two years later.Alot of money has been made by those moving here ,buying goods renting and then leaving due to a great deal of propaganda .This is a beautiful country ,PLEASE STOP BEING SO GREEDY and allow decent law abiding citizens to live and also have the opportunity to enjoy life by being able to occasionally go out with their family. The radio the other day spoke of Wa becoming a rust city/country. lOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING .DESPITE BEING A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE i WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE OTHERS NOT TO UP ROOT AND COME HERE unless they were extremely wealthy. WE WORKED HARD AND THOUGHT AUSTRALIA HAD VERY HIGH STANDARDS ALSO WHEN IT CAME TO THEIR POINT SYSTEM TO BE ALLOWED TO LIVE HERE but this also does not seem to be the case.From A HARD WORKING FAMILY.THANKYOU.
#Alex on Jun 15, 2014 :
Perth is a very disorganized city with an amazing unbalance in salaries, yet with similar expenses for everyone. This brings up great differences in classes and poverty shockingly shows in the street. The city relies heavily on the mining industry, which is volatile. Some engineers can make close to $200,000 per year, flying to the mines weekly.
I have lived here 3 years for the money - but socially and culturally Perth is dead. The city is also being developed by the least forward thinking people on the planet - things are built to last a few years, and then they have to be rebuilt because they don't serve their purpose anymore.
Family life is great but expensive. If you live here alone you'll be bored to death - unless your intention is just to get drunk, which most people seem to be very good at here.
#www on May 31, 2014 :
people , slow down
you are being so tough on perth. calm down
whenever the city is expenive ,poverity for sure will be of high rate and crime also.
#Anonymous on May 25, 2014 :
Perth is a fantastic fun filled sunny paradise where you can enjoy the following..

cup of coffee at a sidewalk restaurant $9.00
cheese and tomato toasted sandwich at beachside cafe $16.50
cheap takeaway or sit in basic meal at fast food joint $14.50 per person
can of Coke from a general store $3.40
rent a 2 bedroom unit within 15 km of city $760 per week
bananas $8.00 per kilo
strawberries $9.00 per 250 grams
#Anonymous on May 23, 2014 :
Spare yourself the disappointment that Perth offers and re-schedule your flight to Melbourne because you will love it in Melbourne.
#The Doktor on May 22, 2014 :
When moving to Perth I would strongly suggest that you go with sufficient money to see you through for 6 - 12 months while you find a suitable home to rent and look for a job and settle down.

Do not take on any loans or borrow money from people - personal debt is bad except when take to obtain a mortgage on a house and even then
you must not over stretch yourself.

If you do take out a loan, only do it through a reputable bank - but like I said .. try to limit debt to a manageable mortgage for property should you decide to buy.

Having said that, it is likely we will see house prices fall in many areas around Perth while the economy starts to cool off after the mining boom
subsides... so tread carefully..
#Anonymous on May 18, 2014 :
Sounds perfect......... any local sponsors to get me there asap?
#Jjo on May 18, 2014 :
Perth people fork out money for the fat-rolls on on Barnet's and Buswell's knecks and their alcohol and drug road rages. Thats why poverty, crime, drug use, alcoholism are so out of control in this shit hole. No one can afford to eat let alone live. Except for the bloated stomachs of the pollies. Someone, somewhere, somwhow is going to snap one day and shoot those sob's point blank, Barnett first, then Buswell, then Scaffidi. And that person will be a hero in my book.
#Kelly on May 11, 2014 :
I wanna know where these people go in Freo to be offered drugs so readily! Obviously I go to the wrong parts haha
#Scaredy Cat on May 11, 2014 :
Dam, I moved to Perth because of a job offer and I was horrified at the morbid state of human life there.

You walk down the street and people spit and curse at you just because they don't like anyone and have this pent up
angor and agression. Alcohol abuse everywhere .... drunks and idiots everywhere.. go to a restaurant, get second rate food
but pay Mayfair prices and then get spat at as you leave .. that's Perth.

It's hot as hell and rednecks go around bashing up foreigners as their night time sport .. (and daytime too..)

You park your car outside McDonalds to buy an over priced under cooked Big Mac and return to your car only to find
someone's smashed in the back of it and done a runner.. or the window's been smashed and someone's snatched your
wallet, backpack, sunglasses and CD's.

You're at the beach and in the water, when you return to where you had your towel you discover your mobile phone has been stolen
and your shorts and T-shirt are missing too .. and you have to walk into town with just your swimming briefs on .. while you get abused and
spat at by the locals..

Man I couldn't wait to leave this hot bed of dysfunctional behaviour and it's dam dangerous too ..
#perth sux on May 09, 2014 :
Perth is terrible-worst city in the world. corrupt state government which bleeds people dry. bogan capital, racist blacks everywhere, if you a white person and walking in the street you will get spat on by a black. Nuke it, wasteland full of wackos. even the state's o called leaders are wackos. wild west on crack is righht.
#Swetv on May 08, 2014 :
watching cashed-up bogans desperately attempting to defend their shit hole of a town is always funny and initiates much entertainment
#Dominic H on May 08, 2014 :
Comments on here are so funny because yes they all true! Perth is crap hahahaA
#Sphinkta Victa on May 07, 2014 :
to mstarty

You forgot 2 add a few things to your list lmao..
-Crashes their car into your house
-People all look the same
-Serve thyself first an d everyone else can get stuffed mentality

Awesome post m8 . Pissn myself laughing on May 07, 2014 :
#get lucky

So let me get this straight; your whole logic is that unless you love perth, you have no right to express an opinion on a public forum. Is that correct?

A classic example of the species known as : Agressive Perth Bogan.

How to spot a Perth bogan:
> loose cannon, resorts straight to aggressive, obscene profanity. No build up process, just a massive explosion of aggression and violence.
> False sense of patriotism. Vilifies their allegiance to a state which cares nothing for them, only for what resources the state can bleed out of them i.e money, election votes etc
> Mostly vacant and stupidly docile 99% of the time until such an event occurs which causes them to outburst in a complete violent outrage (usually caused by something which challenges their patriotism or idealistic narrow point of view)
> Frequent drug user, very heavy drinker- bordering on alcohol dependency.
> Goes to Bali 50,000 times per year, Bali feels like home to a Perthianoid who feels safe in a familiar environment due to their being more Perth bogans in Bali than actual Balinese people. This way the Perthianoid gets to experience a holiday without actually leaving the familiarity of the Perth social dynamic.
> Always talking about their next trip to Bali and how different Bali is from Perth.
> Votes for the Libral party regardless of what their policy states due to familiarity and being brainwashed and indoctrinated since birth to always vote libral- even if they have no policy, vote libral. Thats the logic behind a Perthianoid.
> is either over the top violently aggressive or is a complete passivist slob, no in-between. These personalities fluctuate multiple times daily, similar to Bipolar.
> very little ability exercise logical thinking or rational decission making, mostly due to the massive amounts of Fluoride in the public water supply which has eroded vital brain cells (of which one of the symptoms of Fluoride poisoning is ironically Over Aggressiveness & Irrational Behaviour).
> Strong narcissistic tendencies, an -im always right- attitude of complete ignorance and anyone who's view differs from theirs they will attempt to punish using violence and by screaming obscene profanity in a violent rage. Their ongoing trips to Bali also forms part of their narcissism due to the inexpensiveness of Balinese services and items made in sweatshops, in Bali they can live like gods and be worshipped while exploiting Balinese people without spending much money.
> a belief that the rest of Australia is completely dependent on Perth for its economic stability, yet in reality, Australia is rather embarrassed by Perth due to the obscene behaviour of many Perth people which is frequently broadcasted on the News interstate and overseas, shocking normal humans beyond disbelief. This false sense of economic burden forms part of the narcissistic personality evident amongst Perthianoids. A delusion which thinks "i am pulling everyone else's weight, therefore the world owes me"

The Perth species of the Humanoid needs to be studied in greater proportions if we are to grasp any further understanding of this Neanderthalic phenomenon of the Perthianoid.
#NYOB on May 06, 2014 :
Literally having an aneurism from laughing reading the comments. All funny because they're all so true lmao. The WA Police commissioner's son runs his own illegal clandestine pharmaceutical empire in downtown suburbia next to little primary school kiddies, then one day his little meth lab goes KABOOM and almost nukes us all out of existence... And he's still the WA Police comissioner.

The WA Transport Minister goes on a drunken crash bandicoot, destroying innocent peoples motor vehicles parked on the street, almost catapulting his car into various suburban homes which could have killed many people in the process, and then he attempts to justify this behaviour by jumping on the mental health bandwagon. This is all after coming back from a luxury holiday in fire island using taxpayer funds.. And he's still the WA Transport Minister.

Perth people are so cognitively challenged that they simply accept all of this as *normal*
LMAO disdaining in my pants.
#JM on May 06, 2014 :
The place is a hole filled with government corruption, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, aggression, racism towards whites, ignorance & blasphemy. But you've got to see it to believe it. Its good for a laugh, but i definitly wouldn't live there. Much nicer people in Australia elsewhere such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide. Perth seems content with it's own style of a strange ficticious reality that its created for its self. Like i said, good for a laugh but a very unhealthy place to live long term. Financially unsustainable and mostly insane social dynamics. Has a major methamphetamine and alcohol issue which is probably a major contributor to the aggression, violence and lack of basic common sense evident amongst the perth population.
#Em on May 02, 2014 :
I love living in Perth - a beautiful city with plenty to do. Don't let the overly negative comments scare you off.
#CoCo The Clown on May 01, 2014 :
Think of it like this ..

Melbourne is kind of like London, Los Angeles, New York, Medellin, Cali, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo.

Perth is kind of like The Sarah Desert, Cape Town, Some of the soulless places in the middle east .. flashy mansions
with no joy and way too much heat ..

Perth is fine for the cashed-up bogans (chavs) who just wanna drink beer and site bored out of their pea sized brains
in their over sized energy consuming houses.

ooh, aren't I naughty with these musings... it was slightly tongue in cheek !! :)

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