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Cost of Living in Perth

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 88.30
Rent Index: 43.33
Groceries Index: 81.94
Restaurants Index: 94.99
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 67.13
Local Purchasing Power: 132.78
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 22.00 A$ 17.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 70.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 A$ 5.50-11.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 7.00-11.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.52 A$ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.25 A$ 2.50-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.60 A$ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.89 A$ 3.79-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.62 A$ 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.32 A$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (12) 4.96 A$ 4.00-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.93 A$ 3.63-6.35
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.22 A$ 4.08-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.60 A$ 5.44-10.89
Apples (1 lb) 1.91 A$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.85 A$ 1.36-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.89 A$ 1.59-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.07 A$ 1.79-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 1.31 A$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.08 A$ 0.68-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.27 A$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.96 A$ 2.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 14.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.92 A$ 3.50-9.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.01 A$ 4.00-9.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 25.00 A$ 22.00-29.00
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) 4.60 A$ 3.75-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.77 A$ 2.77-3.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.00 A$ 35.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.70 A$ 4.35-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,999.50 A$ 21,490.00-26,990.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,987.50 A$ 22,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 204.52 A$ 125.00-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.46 A$ 0.12-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.09 A$ 60.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.97 A$ 40.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.28 A$ 12.50-25.00
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) 97.38 A$ 70.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 71.00 A$ 50.00-99.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 131.57 A$ 100.00-165.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 129.68 A$ 100.00-180.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,796.46 A$ 1,450.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,304.09 A$ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,799.88 A$ 2,200.00-3,480.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,856.62 A$ 1,566.00-2,365.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 578.24 A$ 371.61-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 438.75 A$ 343.74-557.41
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 4,362.90 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.62 4.00-5.00

Prices in Perth, Australia

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Last update: August, 2016
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100 Comments so far

#Tom Thumb on Aug 24, 2016 :
Some comments are very entertaining and obviously the authors spent a lot of their time hovered over their keyboards typing away with stories from the depths of their minds..

The question is...

What is Perth really like...
#carol on Aug 20, 2016 :
i have only a few words to describe Perth a back ward shit hole full of meth heads.
#Truth Hurts on Aug 19, 2016 :
Perth is a total SHITHOLE.

People are completely and utterly BRAINDEAD.
They have absolutely NO IDEA what's going on in the world and they don't care about anyone but themselves.

Want to have some fun once in a while and go out with your partner, family or friends? FORGET IT. Sit your ass back down because everything closes at 5!
Don't want your child to grow up as a decent human being with a great childhood? Don't worry, Perth will take your kids childhood completely away. With no places to meet up with friends, watch as your child sits on the sidewalk and plays with ants all day, while all other children are locked away in their prison homes after school hours.
Don't want your child to have a decent education? Don't worry, Perth doesn't provide education. People go to school to get bullied and have their creativity and spirits broken to end up braindead just like their parents!

Thinking of opening up your own business one day? Screw you! Perth is ruled by big, mainstream corporations, and they will do everything in their power to make sure you will never. EVER. succeed :)
Don't want to work or do anything productive with your life? Don't worry! Just have 5 children and live off centrelink like every other female here does!
Don't like internet? This country will not give it to you, even if you pay $360 and wait 6 months for it!

With racists and bigots infesting this soulless and corrupted excuse of a city, prepare to fall into depression on the very first day of your arrival.
#CJ on Aug 12, 2016 :
Perth has to be the most boring place to live in he world. There are no independent shops, it is all run from big business. Every suburb has the same totally shit shops. Architecture is dead and buried. Everything is run by big business. Perth is a nanny state it is just a short step away from Stepford Wives
I have never felt so depressed since I moved here from the UK. It is racist, boringly conformist and as dead as a dodo.
Many of the people who are happy here are deadbeat ignorant bogans. Brainless idiots who think they have "arrived" because they can suddenly afford a 4 bed house. whooh with even an ensuite. i totally regret moving to this hell hole full of ignorant racist twats.
Yeah you may ask why I did it, hmmmmm looking for better weather than the uk, but we could have had that in Europe.
I think Perth is a hell hole, and if any of you are considering trying this place to live, well you have to look at what is important to you. If you want maybe 100" TV's you will be home and arrived. If you value you culture, friends and family. which we did not realise was so important, hey come to Australia. I so regret what we did, France would have been a better bet, but hey we all have to make our own mistakes.....
I hope I have helped some people to see the realism.
#Jeff on Aug 06, 2016 :
Please don't say I didn't warn you - Perth really is as bad as the comments say. For some people, it will be worse. But, if you enjoy the company of selfish, deluded, racist, rednecks, then live in Perth.

Perth is currently in a very deep economic recession, with the highest unemployment rate in many years, and people are leaving like you wouldn't believe.
#JOE on Jul 30, 2016 :
I believe that having hotels/motels with in- house breakfeast specials would be invaluable for Perth
from a tourism perspective; Since it is truly isolated and more time/expense to fly here, I feel that the public should be getting better deals from shoppping/restaurants/ and the whole business sector. When people go to Asia and North America, deals are constantly pouring in like water so now people are being financially more choosy due to the global recession of 2007; and are choosing these places as they give everything for a great package deal. Perth Airport needs to look at Dallas, Texas. Their train system(Dallas Area Rapid Transit) is awesome. Dallas, Plano,and Fort Worth are remarkable afforable cities with plenty of jobs as people in New York and California are moving to Texas as their state is tax free. I think Perth is pretty for beaches but affordability and job skills recognition are of damn paramount importance if you want to live here successfully.
#Joe on Jul 30, 2016 :
I first came to Perth in 1982. nice city. I went back and visited family/friends in Louisiana. I have to admit that I was surprised that customer service is still strong as ever there. I did not have to tip either if I did not want to. I come from a family of NightClub Managers/Hospitatlity. My belief is that if price deals were made to better attract people at affordable means the public would be more likely to respond. Since the 2007 global recession, people are questioning and being more conservative in everything. I stayed in Dallas, Texas and service was fantastic.I believe skill recognition is very important as it determines how your quality of life here will be able to earn based on that. I picked up a Time Magazine on Texas. My brother lives in Plano,TX(Salary-75,000)healthcare claims administration/training/ Rated one of the top cities to live and work-Affordable. I am ex-military(11yrs) and trying to use skills in civilian life here is very hard in Perth as they don't seem to understand/recognize our value in eliminating waste and yet being productive/proactive in achieving tasks. I believe Perth's customer service desperately needs an overhaul as I was at a shop waiting to be served and after ten to fifteen minutes of being ignored two shop ladies were idly chatting small talk- I left in disgust. Granted some places are better than others. I just think that if you are going to charge alot for basic items then good customer service should always be given. I believe the high house prices should immediately come down as mining in Perth has falling dramatically in iron ore prices have slumped and people are extremely cautious about the economy and job security. I will say that Lakeside Shopping Center in Joondalup is my favourite. service there is tops and I go there for shopping as they offer more than south of the river locations. I firmly believe that with having the right customer service mentality backed up by proactive staff in serving customers, Perth can come out shining as people are being fussy about it now as twenty years or so before; they just accepted it and did not complain. We need to improve our customer service as Asia/North America are giving exceptional customer service and we in Perth are lagging behind. Great service means having secure jobs for everyone and is a good measuring stick for improving business being big or small in the world. Remember the saying-There is more than one white horse?-believe it with the power of the internet!
#Danny on Jul 14, 2016 :
Hi Bogdan,

Studying in Perth won't be a problem...living and being ripped off for almost everything is a huge problem for me so I left and will be coming back there again next year and by that time Australia will be in a deep recession heading to depression...so enjoy it while it last this year and be out as much as possible because one thing I miss is the weather and those big, blue and clear skies.

Now some history... for many years a lot of people have been complaining about all things bad about Perth but since the end of the boom this website has the attention of media outlets in Perth and recently data collected on this website was presented on the local news! And it is about time...I once gave back a bottle of water to a grumpy Chinese man in the centre of the city who asked $5.50 for it! I paid less in Zurich! It appears that inhabitants of this city are so detached from reality and the rest of the world! Yet, with recession will come adjustment and that will be disastrous for the city and the state but it has to happen to teach avaricious a lesson!

Regards
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jul 10, 2016 :
Yes they do reek of a b-grade Hollywood direct to VHS movie :)

Also, people love to rant and carry-on over the internet.. so you have to take some things with a pinch of salt (or pepper in many cases...)..

Actually, I would probably recommend Melbourne over Perth because there are so many more options from work to leisure .. but that aside, Perth is fine.. pricey for housing (isn't everywhere..) and for eating out .. but there are ways to cut costs .. (sharing house, learning to cook etc..)

Remember, it's up to us as individuals to make our own social lives and circle of friends..
#BOGDAN on Jul 09, 2016 :
I'm going to study in Perth, so could someone tell me how it is there?
The stories that I read here sounds like from Hollywood movie scenarios.
Thanks
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jul 09, 2016 :
Some of the stories here are massively exaggerated and veer towards fantasy..

Perth is a modern city and urban environment with many high paying jobs, comfortable and spacious housing and generally quite a safe place to live.

The impression I get from some of the posting is that they're trying to deter others from moving to Perth because quite possibly they want to keep it purely for themselves, and thus painting a bleak picture that distorts the reality.

Compared to loads of other places, Australia is like heaven on earth .. yes it's not perfect .. but it's a damn sight better than so many other places..

Now of course if you're rich then none of this matters because the rich can live in their own paradise behind gated walls anywhere...

Anyway.. all that aside.. I recommend you come to town and give it a shot and learn to be adaptable, entrepreneurial and integrate into the Australian way of life and ideals.
#Annie on Jul 06, 2016 :
Anonymous ..you are full of lies. May be you got Lotto . Please don't give false information to people overseas who are coming to our Perth. Perth is full of Racism and Meth . I would suggest if people need peace life try to go other east. Perth has changed a lot. British people are one to blame. We do have racism problem but thats not our fault we were raised liked them . I recently started to think that we ourselves are immigrant to aboriginal land , then why we became racist. I was never thought about stolen generation when I was a kid. BOTTOM LINE.. TO PERTH BETTER ONLY THREE THINGS SHOULD BE KICKED OUT FROM PERTH..
1) ALCOHOL
2) DRUGS
3) RACISM

ALL THESE THREE THINGS ARE VERY HIGH IN PERTH. IF WE DIDNT CONTROL IN COMING YEARS PERTH WILL BE MORE IN CRIME AND RECESSION. PEOPLE WILL START MOVING BACK TO OVERSEAS AND WE WILL BE LEFT WITH BOGANS AND TRADIES.
#Anonymous on Jul 02, 2016 :
I have lived in Perth my entire life, first in the suburbs and now in the city. Perth is a large spread out metropolis and you cannot imagine how big this place is until you get on your walking shoes and try to dash from one place to another, Australia overall is massive, Perth is not built up like Sydney but the city spread can take a few kilometres to get from one end to the other.
Perth has beautiful parks and offers an easy way of life but wait until you get here to see how big this place is and because it is so big you sometimes see nobody.
Perth people are generally reserved but don’t let that fool you as deep down they are ready to help and Perth is one city where youngsters respect elderly and will offer their genuine help if needed. People of Perth can feel somewhat threaten if approached by a random stranger unless we can tell you are not from Perth and are asking directions, I think most people in most countries would be the same, we do tend to conform to the norm so to speak, most people do the same thing, act and behave in the same way, nobody wants to draw attention to themselves or be laughed at and embarrassed so for that reason Perth people may sound reserved or even unfriendly.
Anyone thinking of coming to live in Perth will find that the initial settling in stage is rather easy, Perth has plenty of services and finding a mover, home to rent or buy, enrolling children into school and searching for work is not difficult and if English is not your first language people in Perth do take the time to help as much as possible, overall Perth people are nice people but I must warn you that unless you have a regular income coming in you really need to come to Perth with around $20 to $30 thousand dollars to last you 3 months and to pay for all the settling in cost as Perth like most modern cities is not cheap.
Racism is not a problem in Perth, Perth people say what is on their mind and sometimes without thinking but they can take back as much as they give out, if someone said something racist or prejudice to me I would tell that person off and in most cases the person understands that they did wrong and walk away. In some countries you clearly see how the majority of people are racist, Perth people overall don’t have racism in their culture and so long as you behave well and are friendly that is the same way you will be treated. Perth people also don’t like confrontation and will rarely complain about bad service or argue.
Public transport in Perth is the safest you will find in Australia, very clean and reliable but it can be slow during non-peak periods but, because Perth is so big it is not unusual to travel 20km or more to reach your destination and you can expect to double your travel time using public transport instead of a car. Parking your car is expensive and expect to pay up to $4 per hour, fines are high and running a car could cost around $1000 per month
Perth is a safe city, you can walk anywhere day or night and nobody will bother you, in fact at night you will most likely see nobody as Perth people tend to live a simple life of working Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, weekends are spent shopping, attending school and sporting events and Sundays people tend to go driving and perhaps have a meal out of the house, weekdays people stay home, watch TV, surf the internet and do hobbies. You can find that living in Perth could be lonely or even a culture shock for many as it is a reserved quiet lifestyle mostly on your own and it can be difficult for some people to make friends as most people like their privacy and prefer to be alone.
Perth medical would have to be one of the best in the world, I highly doubt any other country could match the high level of advanced medicine found in Perth, I highly recommend you pay for private medical insurance as soon as you arrive in Perth as all medical treatment in Perth is very expensive and the average cost of monthly medical insurance for 2 adults and 2 children is $200 per month
Perth also has a lot of rules and this is how we keep such a high standard of living. When you rent a house you would not be able to rent a one bedroom apartment for a family of five, you cannot fill a sedan with 6 people if it only has seating for 5, you must carefully follow all the road rules or risk big fines. Law and order is paramount and breaking the law is not forgiven if you plead ignorance
Advice for coming to live in Perth, have a good savings to fall back on, get a job quickly even if it is a job that is manual labour or not what you would normally be looking for to start, rent a place near schools and a train station preferably within walking distance or even close to the city and once you are settled try to save money to go overseas during your holidays so you can have a break from Perth and you will appreciate Perth and all it has to offer when you return.
#Anthony on Jul 02, 2016 :
Moved from UK with family, grew up year, did all schooling here - a perth pom

It wasn't until I started travelling that I realised how the isolation of Perth really makes it an unwordly place.

Racism is acceptable, it really is hard for anyone who isn't white to be accepted, largest hate is towards aboriginals, then asians, and now africans. In other countries, I experienced Racist attitudes however these were always in whispers, in Perth you can get away with being quite vocal, without consequence because everyone agrees.

Cost of Living is extremely difficult, you need to be on about 90k+ to live comfortably, below this you will struggle to have much left over, beer, meals, fast food, electronics, grocerys - you pay more and more - I feel rich when overseas, everything seems like its on sale!

Complete cultural void - Its empty - dry - Freo or Dockers? yes football is the talking point, lack of museums, art scene, etc - A cultural experience is going to IKEA or a newly opened fast food chain, people get excited - - really really excited when Krispy Kreme opened, when seven 11 opened.

Conservative and Backward - Bogans rule - Utes, High Vis - daylight savings is a threat to people, people dont understand why anyone would want to go shopping after 5 - People go home and watch tv - theres no after work culture - like going to the pub or community activities - there arnt any.

Elitism is rampant -

Huge Drug and Drinking Problem - that has lead to crime and violent assaults - the subway in new york, the tube the metro any hour I feel no fear, in Perth I feel scared on a train after 7pm even worse on a bus.
Meth is destroying the city

Corruption

High rate of Murders for a western city , and gruesome crimes, serial killings - usually related to underground groups and drugs

People can drive - though everyone has a dog eat dog attitude on the road, merging? be careful just let them go in front of you - youl be in accident -

Traffic in Peak Hour is bad for a city of only 2 million -

Long Commutes - Perth is a massive city in terms of Size it stretches all the way down a long coast line, you can expect to live up to an hour or more from your place of emplyment.

You need a car - no one can survive without one. Public transport is non existant and cant be relyed on.
#Greg on Jun 23, 2016 :
So disappointed to read many of the negative comments posted in relation to Perth.
A good broad look at any city or town in Australia should have people feeling a whole lot luckier than many others throughout the rest of world.
Australia is one very pleasant place to be & I could never bring myself to be just another SAD-SACK KNOCKER.
Australia's people have a fair level of choice on where to live & it comes down to a host of influences & choices. So, if one is not happy about any particular issue in any town or city then we are relatively easily able to make a change. No matter what all the knockers say, people happily live in cities like Perth & many other cities & towns throughout. So, putting the boot into Perth or any other place will no doubt offend a fellow Australian.
The only real horrible thing about Australia is it's population of knockers, thankfully they are relatively few.
I've recently moved from Sydney to Perth for work, yes Perth is more expensive in areas of entertainment, restaurants, bars etc, BUT, Perth did provide me employment @ this moment in my life. I've enjoyed being here & i find the city & it's people & all other things to be like all the rest of this beautiful country _ just FANTASTIC.
I may or may not stay but I'm very thankful for all it does for me & my family.
Thank you Perth, thank you Australia!

My message to all the knockers out there of this very beautiful country _ take a look in the mirror & you'll see the real problem for the land of Oz.

Cheer up folks.....Greg (Perth)
#Tony on Jun 17, 2016 :
Lived here all my life and just turned 70 years. Travelled and lived all over the world as a teacher. Art is one of my passions. The 60s and 80s was a great time to be living in Perth. Now Perth has become a cultural void. I am moving down to Albany for a year maybe retire there. For an elderly active person Perth is definitely not the place to live. If you are cashed up go to the Eastern States... anywhere... most of my friends of the same age have moved to Cairns and Sydney. I am most disappointed that my home town has become what has been mentioned by others in this group. Most of it is very true. The state government is in a dreadful mess. Then so is the Australian Federal Political situation. Good save Perth, because Colin Barnett will not, unless there is some kind of devine intervention. Is Perth sustainable is my concern and a lot of others who grew up in this nice town (was) All you living in Perth be happy and be happy if its just for a few moments a day.
#Freddie Phantasy on Jun 16, 2016 :
Look I think so much of the wild stories posted here is just dramatic fiction from the minds of the authors and often written for their own ammusement.. The only element of truth about Perth is that it can be an expensive place for housing and food.

But everywhere you go you get the good and bad of life and the grey area inbetween..
#Clive on Jun 16, 2016 :
Wow.. so many responses in here from people with an obvious chip on their shoulder or some weird hang-up about Perth. I've lived in Perth essentially all my life, and according to these people I should likely have been killed a long time ago. I've never been spat on, never been the subject of road rage or random fights, I find the people laid back and friendly and helpful.

You know, I lived in Sydney for a year, and its the only place I had a car stolen and my life threatened... but I don't hate on Sydney because of that. Judge... book... cover... ?

Personally, i don't mind it when people hang this type of crap on Perth. The less people here the more jobs for us and less traffic on the roads etc etc. So yes, stay away from Perth because we are those horrible people, just like those described in peoples rants on this forum. We're like those Australia depicted in the Simpson's Australia episode... just waiting to get ya!

Oh yeah and by the way... for those that think we are 20 years behind the rest of Australia... I certainly hope we are... you know, just like the good old days hey... LoL.

For those people searching this site for true opinions about Perth, I would suggest you go elsewhere as the negative comments in this forum are just laughable.

Cheers
#Anonymous on Jun 10, 2016 :
It would truly be insane moving to Perth from anywhere else in Australia. I certainly wouldn't live here. I'm from Sydney and I'm here in Perth on holidays at the moment (big mistake) and this place is the absolute pits. What is wrong with all the people in this city? I've never seen so many disenfranchised, deluded individuals in my entire life. No rhyme or reason behind any of the exuberant and totally unrealistic prices of things here. There's no consistency with anything here, including the people of Perth and their attrocious attitudes, Perth drivers (very bad). It's a city filled with greedy, selfish, self ritious a/holes. There's absolutely no community spirit whatsoever, no sense of any type of community whatsoever really. No one wants to help anyone else but themselves, and they'll do this by whatever means necessary, be it robbing you, defrauding you, verbally abusing you or physically assaulting you. Perth is the very definition of a rude, arrogant, unwelcoming and totally un-australian city.
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
#Yaron on Jun 09, 2016 :
All of the hate reviews on this page are indeed regretfully spot on. Nasty people in Perth and very shallow, it's like the epidemic of the walking manakins but in real life. My hypothesis is that there is either something tainted in the water supply which turns people into mindless subservient self policing minions of the state; or there is an epidemic of some type of mild to moderate autism. There is definitely something going on with the Perth population.

Oh, and in response to all of the sharp and witty "if you don't like it leave" remarks; I already have left and I still hate the place :-D
#Mike on Jun 04, 2016 :
Perth is horrible, absolutely horrible. Unfortunately the negative comments on here are accurate i'm sorry to say.
#Lee on May 29, 2016 :
Australia is a beautiful place especially Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I have notice one thing while my 20 years in Perth. Australians are lovely people however recent migrants from England have spoiled the image of Australia. They brought there racism from England to Perth. If you visit outskirts of Perth. Those farmers are very nice people. However, if you talk about Perth especially if you are working in Perth. Its just horrible. British has taken all the jobs from Australians. Once a company hire them on 457 visa, they keep on bringing only there mates from England with 457.
#Ryan on May 26, 2016 :
Hey Benton... i guess u missed the most hilarious one from Rick

''People love to hang out in Bunnings, Coles and Woolworths''.
#Benton on May 26, 2016 :
15) Perth people shows they travel a lot but there destination is only Bali.

Rickysss comments are the best . .hahahha lol hahhahahahha . Damm can't stop laughing. You are the best Ricky
#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 but...to laugh so much after reading comments about Perth...folks...no 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 ..lol...
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 https://m.facebook.com/cameron.hay.18?tsid=0.5297182777430862&source=typeahead

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 :
STOP WRITING YOUR WHOLE MISERABLE LIFE'S STORY ON HERE PERTH, NO-ONE CARES ABOUT WHERE YOU'VE LIVED OR TRAVELED. Miserable Perth Cretins. Typical self absorbed Perth.
#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
nightmare.
#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 :
Pros:
Beautiful beaches and river
Sunshine
Some good pubs
Some good university programs

Con's:
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 offer.you 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".

Conclusion:
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 :
@Susanne

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
pays...
##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.
Enjoy.
#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.

Perth
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.