Quality of Life in Perth, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 121.60   Very High
Safety Index 56.24   Moderate
Health Care Index 78.09   High
Climate Index 95.71   Very High
Cost of Living Index 75.60   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 6.61   Low
Traffic Commute Time Index 37.39   Moderate
Pollution Index 23.54   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 191.35   Very High

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100 Comments so far

##Emily on Apr 20, 2019 :
I’m going to have to agree with the comments on here (and no I’m not conspiring with anyone and don’t have a fake account) I’ve been in Perth four months.

Perth is beautiful, some of the people here are the nicest I have ever met! If you get the right job you can be paid pretty well, rentals are reasonable.


> Food, eating and drinking out is very expensive, if you want to live the dining out lifestyle; you will end up spending all of the additional money you are making at your fairly well paid job, so you are no better off
> If you decide that saving money is the better option, you will find yourself bored at home, isolated in suburbia
> it takes so long to get anywhere you often end up staying at home
> There are only so many coffee dates, walks and beach trips you can do to alleviate the boredom
> I’m afraid there is plenty of racism, homophobia, sexism in Perth.. I was actually just walking down the road and some guy hung out of his pick up similulating a blowjob at me. At a dinner party I attended this week, a senior member of a mining company started to express his hatred for the ‘gayboys’ on the make up counter in Myer. I honestly felt sick
> WA just hasn’t caught up with the rest of the Western world in terms of social conscience, equality, acceptance

If you have a young family, love the good weather, beach life and BBQ’s I’m sure you will really enjoy Perth. But just don’t kid yourself that that’s enough.. sorry Perth!
#Grant on Apr 18, 2019 :
Have to agree with what I see here...I've been here 3 years. It's like 50% of it is the inspiration behind Mad Max. A bunch of ferals milling around screeching at the world's most aggressive drivers in clapped out V8s. The other half just walked off the set of some vapid CW teen vampire drama. Oh and don't work in IT unless you like getting shanked in the back, like you're in some sort of amateur hour school production of Game of Thrones ..

Heard a French girl on the train the other day asking her friend why no one smiled here. Now *that* made me smile.

It's a shame really because the place itself is gorgeous.
#Jaysus on Apr 16, 2019 :
People cut in front of you to get on public transport.
#Steve on Apr 12, 2019 :
My experience with living and working in Perth over the last 11 years is the decline in social behavior and empathy for others. People don't give a rats a@s about anyone other than themselves and their so called circles of mates. They are quick to shoot down any one with some brains and skills except only when they can benifet from you. There are some good people here but they are far out numbered by the other brain dead, two faced, back stabbing leeches. They are a breed upon themselves and the longer you stay here you WILL start to behave the same, think the same, treat others the same. It is a vicious cycle that no one realisizes they are on because they don't know what normal is anymore. Perth is a great city, it's just a pity that the people here don't realize that there is a whole other world out there and they need to act and behave accordinly.
#jimmy on Mar 07, 2019 :
I will tell you the worst things about Perth born and living here for half the average human life (but travelled many times overseas)

1. Worst ignorant drivers
2. The non stop wind and over the last few years lack of a real summer
3. Shitty nightlife (everywhere you go drunk bogan idiots)
4. closing times of restaurants and shops, you could walk around the street naked after 10pm in Perth and no one would know
5. ridiculous prices for food and drink
6. just brain dead racist bogans (although the younger geneartion are better)
7. last but not least its a cultural vacuum , unless you want to talk about master chef or some reality tv show or a bunch of meathead closets chasing a funny shaped red ball on a big field there's is nothing to converse about
#bob on Mar 05, 2019 :
hey everyone i think perth is the best place on earth its such a homie and one of the best place to live its ranked in the top 10
##PerthLover on Mar 05, 2019 :
perth is really good. Everyone is super nice. There is nothing better than walking through the city at night and going to eat in yagen square. You should stop being so negative. Back off. Everyone here is welcoming (except the druggos) because everyone knows everyone. you should join a sport club because they have such good communities. Love perth and you should to. You should all look at postive reviews instead.
#sophie on Mar 05, 2019 :
perth is a beautiful place!!! I have lived here my whole life and its been great. The wheather is amazing, obviously everyone on here just chosen the wrong suburb to live in. Its not dull ur just dull minded and not open to the differences each cities have. Adapt to the perth life and stop complaining or no u wont enjoy it. Remember everyone on here has a bad opinion on perth because the article is about why perth is depressing. search up WHY to move to perth and you will get thousnads of reasons why its amazing rather than 100 comments why its crappy. how is perths people unfriendly, we just dont have a massive population so there is more variety in other cities. Some of the most famous cities in the world would have reviews way worse that this, please look on the brightside , its lovely here #out #child #LOVETHISISOLATEDCITY
#Ms Kat on Mar 03, 2019 :
Hi everyone, I know I am late to the party. My partner is 100% set on moving to perth from sydney we are originally from London having lived in Sydney for 16 years.. in fact he is driving from sydney to perth as I type this and has secured a job there..I am joining him when I get secure a job there within three months. I get a deep feeling in my gut about perth and there are no positive remarks here really.. I am nice kind person with tanned skin.. and I am getting worried about moving here now... is it really that bad..
#mark on Feb 02, 2019 :
I am a first generation migrant from Asia. I have lived in Perth for the past 10 years. I absolutely loved the first 5 years of it, while falling out of love in the latter 5 years.

First 5 years:
I came here for uni. I was staying in student housing and made many good friends of different nationalities. I also had a group of local Perth friends I made from my undergrad course. I had an absolute blast going on road-trips down South to Albany and Margaret river and up north to Exmouth. Every Friday and weekend was spent at Curtin tav and MetroCity (back when it was full of asians lol). I spent every summer gyming and going to Cottesloe and City beach with my housemates and life could not get any better.

Latter 5 years:
I graduated and started my professional life. This was the beginning of my downward slide. I got along extremely well with my colleagues (who were bogan as hell), but nobody ever seemed interested in socialising after work. I have changed companies 3 times, and the trend is pretty similar. I have tried hobbies (dancing for 3 years), going out, and sports, but nothing I do seems to be able to shake off my feelings of disconnect. I spent 1 year working in various regional WA towns (I work in healthcare), and the level of insularity, cliquishness, shallowness and racism I got exposed to was through the roof!! My dating life is just as dire. I have tried dating apps, going out, hobbies, parties etc but nothing seems to work. I keep getting the "I'm not into Asian guys" line thrown at me till I have almost given up. The only positive development in this period is Perth Fringe Fest, it's bloody awesome.

What do I think?
Most of my good friends from student housing have left, and I was left with my local Perth friends. No offence to them, but I found them to be insular, afraid of change, cold, distant and uninterested in involving me with their inner circles. This is in stark contrast to my student housing friends, who were open, friendly, warm and always there for me. I definitely agree with the comments in this thread about Perth people being that they are friendly but do not want to be friends. I have spoken to Europeans from my travels and while out in Perth, and they say the same thing. Unfortunately, it seems that if you do not grow up here in Perth, it is very hard for you to be seen as relevant by the locals. Add in the fact that I grew up overseas, being "fresh off the boat" is unfashionable apparently. I speak with a pretty Aussie accent (I spent a few years of high school over East), I am pretty social, and I fully believe in integrating with the locals wherever I am in. In spite of this, I still feel like an unwelcomed outsider after all these years.

Maybe I should stop bitching and try harder. But there is only so much a person can do. I have resolved to move out of Perth and try my luck over East or overseas as soon as possible. I think Perth is great if you are married, crave stability and have kids. But if you are single, adventurous and looking for dynamic opportunities, then Perth may prove to be a frustrating and fruitless place.
#Ben on Jan 26, 2019 :
Let's face it, Perth women are the worst. If you are not a Eagles or Dockers player then you don't stand a chance having a relationship in Perth. Such shallowness epitomises the Perth mentality.
#SirFrank on Jan 15, 2019 :
It's a nice place, lovely weather and a good looking city. Just make sure you wear earplugs in traffic and smile directly at the old folk till they squirm. Also avoid most parks, Murray St and Hay St. That's where the crazies are, they like to shout in a really nasal and oddly high pitched way. I suppose maybe they're shouting at the loud cars? It's actually a legal requirement in WA to drive an obscenely loud vehicle.
#Sam Person on Jan 14, 2019 :
What people are describing here is our experience of Australia overall. Not just Perth. White Australians over 35 are the most hostile, insular, scared, aggressive, xenophobic people we have ever come across as a family- and we have lived in many countries.

If you are white, generally conservative and British or American or it is probably an OK nation to migrate to.
Otherwise, stay away until the current middle aged Australian start retiring and the younger ones take over. A lot of the younger ones are OK.
#Eve on Dec 31, 2018 :
Happy New Year, everyone! I grew up in country Victoria, and moved to Melbourne after high school, and found it too fast paced and stressful, it's like everyone is racing around at the speed of light, on the verge of having nervous breakdowns! It's become a 24 hour city that never sleeps with the most atrocious unstable weather throughout the year that wreaks havoc on people's health. This is due to Victoria having all the drastic temperature changes within a matter of hours from hot as oven heatwaves and bushfires to flooding and storms - and this is in the past few weeks in December! Take a ride on an overcrowded jammed like a can of sardines tram or train and it's like something Biblical with the plague, people coughing and sneezing throughout the year. People look and sound sickly and it's outright dangerous for the very young and elderly and people with asthma. Hospital emergencies are filled with patients suffering from health problems - respiratory conditions/heat exhaustion brought upon by the damned weather. I make sure I go to Perth for a long weekend at least a couple of times a year to de-stress and breathe some clean air and absorb the sunshine. Just a day here and it's like the complete opposite to Melbourne, stable pleasant weather, relaxed healthy people, no rushing around. It reminds me of Seymour where I went to high school, in country Victoria except for warmer weather and beautiful beaches. I find people a lot friendlier in Perth, as in Melbourne people are constantly competing with each other, in study, grad jobs, work and even for car park spaces. The two cities are complete opposites in every way. I also found Melbourne, despite marketing itself as multicultural, is still very segregated in regards to where different communities live. I have a mixed background and I'm considered an oddity still in Melbourne. In Perth I noticed a lot more people of mixed backgrounds, and a lot more mixing in friendship groups and relationships which makes me feel more at home in Perth. I believe the segregation in Melbourne is even causing problems now with people of different backgrounds feeling an 'us vs them' mentality contributing to the current gang problem. Anyway, I hope I can move to Perth one day - my happy place. I always feel homesick when I'm away from there, and feel sad having to go back to dreary, doom and gloom Melbourne, or as I call it Gotham City witb its bats, constant cloudy weather and gothic people dressed in black. Always looking forward to coming back to Perth - the place of the beautiful outdoors and beautiful people! And it has the best outdoor music festivals - Origin Fields, Falls Downtown to name a couple. Even Cardi B recently was upset she had such a fun time playing at Origin Fields, but had to leave straight away to play in Sydney. She's a stressed out New Yorker that would need a relaxing environment occasionally! Actually, since Melbourne is like New York, Perth is like a Californian towm - laidback relaxed with beautiful beaches, weather and people. Definite East Coast vs West Coast similarities. Hopefully I can move there after I graduate from my course this year!
#Malcolm on Dec 18, 2018 :
A bubbly woman on the train from Perth to Mandurah yesterday kept asking "Why is everybody so grumpy? Smile!" Her friends insisted she keep quiet. She asked again and again but nobody cared or said anything. I don't know what's wrong with people in this city but I've had enough of it.
#Dan on Dec 09, 2018 :
Just read your story below Rob and I'm really sorry to hear you've got through some tough times and mental health battles, but it's not you it's this place that will do it to you.

I'm a similar age to you mate, 37 years old and have been in Perth 20 years. I think about leaving every day and wish to God I could. Problem is I've got a mortgage and kids now... And even if you want to sell your house the market has crashed so bad you need to be prepared to wear a 100k loss or walk away from the house.

My partner wants to live in Perth for the rest of her life and won't move, so ive prepared myself mentally that the marriage may at some point end.. And I'm just waiting for the kids to be a bit older and understand, and hopefully make a choice to come with me and if that happens I'll be on the first plane outta this shit hole, clicky pretentious dump and head back over east where people are normal and friendships are easily come by.

I like to think I'm a decent easy going bloke and after 20 years of being here id be lucky to have 5 decent mates and 3 of them are originally from over east or overseas.. Unless you went to school here you can kiss goodbye any meaningful relationships. I too have experienced the clicky pretentious competitive vibe you get from people here, or the blank stares you get. It's a weird place Perth, and very isolated. I hope I can last here for a while longer for the sake of my kids but in the meantime I'll be planning as many holidays as I can over east.

Just know its not you Rob... Some days I feel extremely depressed and helpless living here... And lonely. Keep counting down and stay positive mate and before long you will be on a flight outta here for good.
#Rob on Dec 07, 2018 :
Almost cried with joy reading this thread this morning. I left Victoria 15 years ago for Perth hoping for a new start and also to see some of the state. Came here excited at the prospect of meeting new people and having great new experiences. 18 months later i was so lonley the thought of suicide started to pop into my head. I hadnt managed, despite attempting to join several clubs or sports teams, to make any connections. People were polite - but i found they seemed to "forget" me if there was a party, bbq, or just catch up... even if i was standing right there hearing them make the arrangements. Never once did i get the "would you like to join". It made it impossible to make friends.

Then I met someone who i was to be in a crappy relationhip for the next 10 years with - thats a whole diffrent story - but by the time it was over i realised i had been here almost 12 years and had not 1 person i could consider a mate. Again, i threw myself into all sorts of groups hoping to make those mates i craved. Didnt happen. Apparently Perth people never stop hanging around their old high school friends so its even more difficult at 35 than it was at 25!

4 years later and ive seen the things and done the activities amd tried to have the experiences i came here for... all alone. Ask anybody to join in and its the same response. "Im busy". Or being cancelled on at the last minute. So im leaving. Fuck Perth and all its insular inhabitants.

In 235 days (and counting down) my current lease will expire and i should have the money to relocate back east and away from this ass of a city. Its nearly killed me, and shattered my mental health. As the years have gone on ive convinced myself that I must be some sort of special loser to be spending every weekend alone. Suicidal thoughts are daily and if anything derails my plans to leave - i have decided to kill myself rather than continuing to "live" in this city.

It has a lot of great aspects this city... but the isolation and loneliness, coupled with the cost of living, added to crap weather (sorry but it is - too hot in summer, to cold in winter, and the wind - my god the constant wind!) Make it unlivable unless you were born here or grew up here and dont know any diffrent.

After reading of others having the EXACT same experiences im now full of confidence that when i relocate things will be diffrent. I will mmeet people who are inclusive and want to get to know me... its not necessarily me - its the sandgropers!!

I am esppecially looking forward to meeting people from perth and treating them like crap so they know how it feels. I wpuldnt piss on someone from this city if they were on fire, would never help anyone from here in need. I would happoly watch a Perthite suffer rather than step in to help.

My advise to anyone thinking of moving here - especially solo - DONT. JUST DONT.
#Ren on Dec 07, 2018 :
Perth? What a dreary place! other than some sun, Perth is filled with staring faces.
What the hell do they expect to see, with those stares?
Not even a grimace of a smile or hello.
Strangers over seas are much more friendly and welcoming and also more interesting too.
Keep it.
#Bill on Dec 06, 2018 :
What is wrong with this place? Go look at any other city in Aus and the reviews are so positive. Makes me think twice about moving to Perth
#Tin on Dec 06, 2018 :
Perth must be the developed city with the most negative reviews ever! Something is obviously amiss?
#Tommo on Dec 05, 2018 :
I've lived in Perth for 47 years out of 56, have attended four primary schools three tafe colleges and twice at a university. My personal opinion is that whenever people, and especially white people, are feeling depressed or miserable they'll try and flog the closest foreign person. I think its called displacency in psychology.
#Scotty on Nov 24, 2018 :
Perth: A herd of plastic people competing to see who has the biggest Armani shades and whose primary interests are opulence and relaxation. If you can find somebody in Perth who isn’t an Asian tourist, you’ll quickly discover that conversing is like pissing into the wind because nobody wants to know anybody. Perth is like a film set — just as pretty and just as fake. Trying to find culture in Perth is like trying to find life on Mars. You suspect it might be there on some molecular level, but by and large you’re better off getting drunk and watching YouTube.
#James on Nov 21, 2018 :
What a miserable monoculture. Everyone here is stuck up and apathetic. Your success ostracises you from the community. Then you realise the city is just a pretty graveyard so you spend most of your time at home. If you do go out, don't make eye contact unless you're looking for a stand-off. Ask any local what's good about Perth and you'll get the same answer: "The weather and the beaches." That's all they appreciate. Shops and restaurants are never open when they should be. Nightlife is non-existent because apparently everyone goes to bed at 6. The art scene is like chewing gum stuck under a table and everybody is terrified of change. If you like small bubbles and tall walls, move to Perth. Otherwise put it out of your mind for the sake of your soul.
#Mickey on Nov 20, 2018 :
I moved to Perth with high hopes and I have hated it the whole time. The main thing that gets me is how horrible the people are! Everyone is so mean and stuck up. It's almost like everyone is competing with each other to see who is the fairest of them all. You can't talk to anyone, everyone's so standoffish and it makes you feel like you're not good enough. From living here, I became a hermit. I barely leave my house, and when I do I get such bad anxiety because when you go into public spaces people glare at you judgementally. It's the worst. It's an expensive place to live, too.. obviously not as bad as Melbourne or Sydney but not far from it! And everything is so far away!! It takes a million years to drive anywhere. The nightlife is abhorrent, rude drunk bogan idiots rabbling round in mobs in Northbridge every weekend. Absolute chaos. I hate it here, I want to leave.
#Hi Ravi on Sep 13, 2018 :
Hi Ravi, im so sorry for your experience. Please know that not all people in Perth are like that, Australia is a beautiful country and unfortunately perth is going through hard times economically and people have lost there jobs or are struggling to afford to live (which i think is extremely stressful and can bring our the worst in people). A place like Melbourne or Queensland might be better for you, they are extremely friendly over there and there is allot more art and culture and festivals, up to you though. God made you perfect the way you are, please dont forget that.
#Ravi on Sep 13, 2018 :
Lived here for few years. Took lot of racism but I thought Perth might get out of this dark age some day. But yesterday I was spit by few girls on my face in Joondalup outside the mall without any reason and was told that my skin color disturb them and I should leave Australia . I rubbed my skin whole night hard in bathroom just for a miracle to happen by god and makes my skin lighter. I felt like god made mistake making non white people. Today I have donated all my saving to aboriginal charity and will leave this country and go back to India. At last I realize that my parents were right to stay with them when they were alive 15 years back when I left them for Perth
#Pethisnotok on Jul 31, 2018 :
People that visit this page have no doubt wanted to get a sense of what it is like living on this particular nether region of existence.

In the eastern/budhist culture, there is a legend about eighteen layer of hell.

Wonder no more.
#Rex on Jul 30, 2018 :
Wow I can't believe the negative comments on this page. You all go on like perth is some crime riddled shanty town in south africa. Ok yes perth is boring by european standards but we are a young city and don't have the benefit of history to have museums and monuments like other places. We are too sprawled out but that also means everyone gets an affordable spacious 4 by 2 house so we're not living on top of each other crammed like sardines. Crime happens everywhere but honestly Perth is nothing compared to other places. I could easily walk from one end of Perth to the other and not encounter even a stare. There's plenty to do if you want but after a day's work I like coming home to my castle and chilling out. If I want to go out I can. Perth is very clean and organised. The climate is stable and predictable with low humidity. The air is crystal clear all year. No smog layer here. Some summer days can get hot but overall you're talking only a few days. I like that in the middle of winter there can be beautiful sunny days of 20 degrees where i can cruise the swan river on my boat and visit the city or go to Fremantle wearing a shirt shorts and thongs. I can take a drive up into the hills. Go down south. 4wd beaches just north of Perth. I believe the negative reviews here are from people unlucky enough to be victims of crime or are socially awkward and struggle to get along with people. I myself am more than grateful to live in Perth and can imagine a place thousands of times worse than what we've got.
#Graham on Jul 15, 2018 :
You're ranting again "anonymous"
"How come people who never met compare notes and have the same experience?" Because they're all you, posting over and over again with quite a lot of cutting and pasting.
I assume you are not in Perth. Neither am I. How about you just forget it exists and get on with your life. It will be better for your mental health. (Lifeline 13 11 14)
A lot of people will like Perth, some won't, no matter what you say.
#Graham on Jul 10, 2018 :
Seriously "Anonymous", your incoherent rant has been going on for days. You really should get a grip and take your meds.
#HatePerthBogans on Jul 08, 2018 :
Im in Bali now trying to enjoy a family holiday. We are from the East Coast of Australia staying in Ubud to avoid ugly Aussie Bogans in Kuta. Guess what, the pool bar is flooded with loud, obnoxious,skanky,tatooed covered Aussies screaming out the West Coast Eagles theme song. They should close Perth Airport and put a gate on the nullabor to keep the Perth Bogan in their own sandpit.
#Anonymous on Jul 04, 2018 :
The roughest guys you will see anywhere, dressed in shorts, or mixed UK aboriginal blood. Men dress like homeless people, girls dont know how bad they have it. Told 'closest office to the city' I ended up at a rain forest then 'its close for us' Our foothills are further, they lie for a buck they charge an interstate price as i think they think we think they are in a boom They believe their own shit. Most pple didnt know it happened to begin with.a.n urband legend Perth is agiant dirt town on the edge of a desert, loan star, back of bourke from 100 years ago. They just need to carry guns.but their aggression of just a few weeks is enough already.dont go there...they are a closed shop hiring wise, came across so many scams when their out int he open eg share house really a brothel,and yeah a hostel hammering open its window and with no heater i got ver very sick. They are right. If your disappointed by Freeo they will be aggressive. They need to become and stay as their own penal colony and literally lock the gates. A lot of ex crims turned up in the boom..well,i met the current ones, open ilegals or ex druggies..and they are highly suscpiscious. Dont waste your energy. Its a closed shop they hate east coast. I have to do an EO complaint as an Australian. As I was told rock up frm Britian and never left..I was treated as disposable luggage. As soon as your assert yourself you have 'attitude' they do. Its all one way, the bullygn i read on here...they are like that aobrigional tribe that had not met white man..they have not gone outside of WA. They pay more for shit literally. Ummmm Melbourne built itself so did Sydney. WA really is just a convict colony that never changed. IT AN OUTBACK TOWN BY THE BEACH.AND THE LOCALS WILL MAKE SURE YO KNOW IT OR THEY WILL kill you.Cause they can. Personally I will be getting ALL my money back.
#Anonymous on Jul 04, 2018 :
Airport dude who looks like customer service..'Can you please tell me what the luggage fee is for hand luggage?' Him: '7kg.That looks like more then 7kg and if that looks like more then 7kg and if I see you with that as I will be waiting up the end I will charge you'. WOW SO HOSTILE AND helpful. So I came back and said 'Are you customer service? Your role is to be helpful not make threats.What your threatening me with you will be up the other end waiting for me'.......They are outright aggressive. MUCH LESS arguing with their EO that one place after taking unauthorised $ out of my account treating me as a no show, then said I had to leave as I was Australian? Didn't stop him the first few days he was me there and taking money. He even changed his website to no interstate workers, fifo's or homeless. A Brit who hast this as his ony defnition of Aussie. Actually I had to leave in record torrential downpour, very scary. So I am taking him to EO..where SHE had to be told its race based as he cited race as the reason to go. That liek saying 'You cant stay as yoru aboriginal or jewish' BUT I had already. So not sure where this comes from this massive aggression and entitlement. Ordered a taxi at a different establishment. 'Are you rolling your eyes'??? Wow no..but they can nit pick you and you wont know what you did. I will never come here gain for any reason. It'sg gets under your skin. That and the 'If your 6 minutes late we wont hire you as your 6 minutes late' Spencer Orgden wow I travelled all that way on a plane A SINGAPOREAN said they want it all their own way My trip to and from there could have gone to asia not experience weeks of hell. No one on the streets, shut shops, hostile locals, ex Crim FIFO's.Terminate pre interview in WA. The headache never ends. They are hostile and entitled. Pride comes before a fall.Am betting there are no mines left to empty? Give the aborginals back their land and take all of WA to the UK.
#Anonymous on Jul 02, 2018 :
They think the 'east coast' is one conjoined blob who conspires against them. If you don't like it they go on about the latest disappointing thing. Eg Guy offered to take me to Penguin Ilsand..finally get to hear of somethig..and then didn't turn up .V St.Kilda I can just walk up the peer.on a beach that doesnt disappear at high tide. WA is a giant waste of space much like the people.I have had more aggresion here for no reason other then being not from here. Its disconcerting no matter what you do its still there. And they dont respond to reason or logic..only they are right. Waste of time. Just avoid it.
And yeah I am guessing the good beaches are 4 hours away. WA is beside a hostile desert for a reason..your not meant to cross it. Oh and being over charged 'We can do that' I came across so many rorts I dobbed into 1. Medicare eg Dr terminatig appointment at 2 minutes 2. orangising undecssary appointments here they look down on medicare...3. A church rort as a Singaporean only wanted to have Indonesian congergation..thats a money spinnr in Sing here they dont question 4. made up prices rort and well..each one I have complained to wihchever body. So no suprise a friend replied to a renting add to find it was an unregistered brothel on flatmates. Yes they are 20 years behind. I can hear my thougts going around my head here. If you are from the east coastyou will feel alone..they have each other..and they are isolated from the rest of Oz but not from each other so you HAVE TO LIKE IT or they will bash you up!! 'Were just like any ohter city' AAAAHHH..NO THEY ARE NOT. But they will order you to believe it. Bendigo is faster. And at least you dont incorporate SAFEWAY /WOOLWORTHS into Myer!!! Such a marketing mismatch.
Dont bother. Here ice is Meth...and they all look the same to as its inbred. the guys dont dress up..if you think your in the outback are. and no sense of customer service.
#Anonymous on Jul 02, 2018 :
They are out right aggressive if they feel critizsed. eg packing my luggage, after waiting for a rude cleaner who kept riding me all day..he is a i packed 50m away busting for the toilet. Finally go upstairs come down the recptionist' Dont block the area' 'I am trying to resort 3 pieces of luggage. I can't take that upstairs with me to the toilet. IS THEIR a downstairs toilet?' (ie no brains, afer letting me sleep under a window that was open so I got pneumonia for 5 days, rather then fix the heater, they removed the cord but didnt fix the window) 'I don't like your attitude'
Attitude is anyone different to themselves.
Every conversation is converted into something else. 'We have a lot of construction' Doestn every city in the world have that? Its a Bendigo Comnined with Alice Springs beside Overrated Beaches. And should you not love it..Ballarat and Geelong have more shops infrastructure, surf, amenties commuters going 200k to work. WA is a bogan state. I will never come here again. And you know when the Queensland PTC guy comments ont he rain witwh the immediate 'We need the weather' v homesick. Here its torrential downpours, open to the desert and ocean. And very bland. I felt like I was in a concentration camp.from HELL. Giant waste of time and money. The only laugh is the sushi here is cut in 4 and rolled on its side..double for half and they still buy it. Sizzlers was the only meal worth having here. Oh the sushi has more rice then filling and the filling tends to be fried..its like ther is no food unless you go to IGA. Start a gym pass..they are shut. Go to go to the beach on weekend. bus after train is one hour apart. You come here to die.
#Anonymous on Jul 02, 2018 :
WELL theirs a tourist price. Not sure if WA realises..I never knew it was a mining town. or state. Or I would not have come here. And the white aboriginals and british descent resemble each other looks wise its a closed population. My friend took me to a one hour appointment, to document bullying. I was very clear one hour only. Instead she deliverately let me talk for over and hour then suprise a $290 bill. She deliberately did not interupt me. It's like they think 'youmust think their is a boom we will charge you more' Heads up.The eastern states havent heard of Perth..the boom was like an urban legend somethign you barely heard of or didnt know if real. So one things of WA and when you get here they are no nasty. My friend said their client got up and walked out HE was originaly from Melb. THATS HOW i know I was charged more. FOr what. I complained to the regsitration board as it took advantage of I knew no one here. And after a month it wont change. A Singaporean said its their way or the highway.Anglicare was so disgusted she didnt bill me. That was the cost of a flight home. They even have 'refund or see someoene else' on their we page it was 'Were allowed to charge that' Not when you havent told me its crossed over 1 hour and my friend is waiting in the parking lot. They are nuts her. They are not used to a comparision. And they do become so veryh hostile and aggressive no matter what if you dont like them. So the worst money of my life coming here tolerating them. If not so far away would have gone after the first few days. They are backwards. Oh and a backpackers adding 'intersate workers and FIFO'S' not welcome essentially. WA doesnt even realise they are the only state WITH THIS. As no one else wants to come here. Thats extortion..and yess I had to get counselling for somethng at home here..should have seen the 'Sudden responses' as soon as I emailed and said 'From Vic' Their is a t ourist price here. THEY are stuck in non existant boom. Its a DIRT TOWN nothing more. $290 to hear myself speak? I was so upset that people on the street and in clubs asked if i ws OK
#Ben on Jun 20, 2018 :
Ive lived in Perth my hole life and watched it transform from a beautiful, peaceful and friendly city into the hell hole it is today. There never used to be any agro on the roads at all, traffic always flowed freely, everyone always said hi to to complete strangers on the street, there was plenty of work, houses where affordable, our holiday destinations where peaceful, ect. Then came the mining boom and the droves of people from all over the world to fill the jobs it created. It was made nearly impossible for the local people of Perth to get into mining jobs because by bringing workers in from elsewhere it would also create a housing boom. Now the boom has bust you people are free to go back to where you came from leaving Perth in your path of destruction. So you see it was never the locals that where the problem it was you that destroyed our community.
##Anonymous on Jun 20, 2018 :
I agree with most of the comments on the board about Perth. I am from the UK living here but planning to return to UK. I would say I have witnessed more aggressive people for some reason than back in the UK. People cannot drive here like they can elsewhere in the world, eg, if you indicate to pull over they stop behind you. They cannot understand that they should overtake. Happens every time I have to pull over. I've been followed on the freeway by groups of men in their beaten up cars hurling sexual gestures whilst driving. Been driven at by trolleys in Big W by angry women, been ignored in conversations because of my accent. If you are with a man and ask questions to someone, they ignore you and talk to the man, so backward like living in the 50's. Too many different cultures all roaming about vast shopping soulless shopping centres, where no ne seems to know anyone else. Too far and too expensive to go to other cities, very insular as people here don't go anywhere on the whole except Bali, and Bali and Bali. Conversation with people is also very boring compared to conversations back in the UK. I can always tell when people with Ozzie accents aren't from Perth as they can have a conversation about lots of things. Perth people can't, they are sort of dumbed down and I have no idea why.
#Anonymous on Jun 19, 2018 :
Giving me the tourist pricefor a counseller by letting me go over an hour $300 their own clienet left. that how i know the touirst price. not everone heard of your dumb miningboom. and its over. we know the real lprice love MElb
#Anonymous on Jun 16, 2018 :
I am quite calm thanks Kyle, I wrote quite calmly and didn't use caps lock or exclamation marks at all. It's a good question though, why would anyone bother? Just because we don't know the answer to that, doesn't mean there isn't one. Another good question is, why would people be hostile to you just because you're from Adelaide? How would they even know you're from Adelaide? Is Adelaide a race? Sorry, but I don't believe you.
I've lived in 4 Australian cities and I've mostly liked all of them. But there's nothing written below that I couldn't apply to any of them if I wanted to focus on some bad experiences. The hostile drunks in Darwin, the grid lock and road rage in Sydney, the feeling of unease you get when you catch public transport after dark in Melbourne. I don't have anything bad to say about Adelaide, but then I've never been there. Maybe it's a utopia where everyone holds hands and sings Kumbaya.
#Kyle on Jun 15, 2018 :
Calm down Graham, this is an open forum and people are entitled to voice their opinions. It's not part of grand conspiracy theory against Perth, how typical of someone from Perth to actually use that as a defence! Why would one or two people go to all that trouble?! Perth's not bad but it definitely ain't great either, people seem to love it or hate it judging by the comments. It's glaringly obvious that something isn't quite right with the city and to be more direct the people of Perth. I'm from Adelaide and I can remember the hostility towards me when I was working over there a few years ago!
#Graham on Jun 14, 2018 :
This page is more than a little suspicious. Sydney has twice the population as Perth and yet no one has commented on their Quality of Life page either positively or negatively. Melbourne only has 4 comments and one of those is slagging off Perth.
So I suspect, but can't prove, that given the similar writing styles, bad grammar and spelling of the negative comments below, that most of it has been written by one or two malcontents, at least one of whom is from Melbourne, trying to make their sad lives better by bringing other people down. Cue the rebuttal from "Anonymous".
For anyone thinking of visiting or moving to Perth, hopefully you worked out the above for yourself. But make up your own mind, it's a great place and has a lot going for it.
#Lisa on Jun 12, 2018 :
I think #22 is a little upset about being turned down for a promotion in favour of a woman.

Perth rental prices are now the lowest for Capital cities in the country, and you can buy a house in the inner suburbs for half what you would pay in for a similar property in Sydney or Melbourne. As a rental owner in Perth, I rent out a neat, clean 3 brm villa, 3 suburbs from the city for $350pw, so his assertion that $500 will get you a bedroom is just a lie. I've never had anyone smoking so much as a joint in my place and I've been in houses that smell like that having lived in Melbourne.
#megain on Jun 10, 2018 :
I came from Melb with an open mind. Before arriving a few places I applied to said 'We need a police check' for a share house, ie a bit untrusting. I said that they would pay for that. I went out with mining boom kids 'Why are you in Perth' and this endless attitude of 'What are you doing here ' 'I will be offended if you don't like us' as if we all should know something about it. A few days in I had a Lazy recruiter call: 1. Have you worked for A, B and E?' Yes' 'How long for' ' A few years' (lazy question) HUNG UP 2. Another..I had not idea where it was and despite doing all City Cats had not been up St. Georges. 'You are 6 minutes late we a can't interview you' 'You can give me 6 minutes (demonstrate sales skills which would see me hired else where.) 'Sorry we focus on 6 minutes late' wow lose talented staff. Went to a neighbouring recruiter..they were in a meeting..left me unattended 20 minutes. Then 3. Random recruiter on her mobile I called 'Which state is this ' 'pardon me wht is that' and hung u on me. I complained this time. And aggressive reception from Freemantante offended I didn't know much about it. WTF.
#Anonymous on Jun 09, 2018 :
To prove all our bad experiences in Perth, look at all the rude responses from Perth people here, you can clearly see how closed-minded, uneducated and unemphatic they are towards other human beings. One of the rude comment below doesn't even know how to spell the worth "Bogan" right. But blaming us that we here deserve such those treatment because we acted bogan. That's ridiculous!
#Anonymous on Jun 09, 2018 :
I regret moving to Perth from Melbourne :( Paying such a high fee of $18,000 a semester at UWA and for such an education that is way below Australian standard. People are just rude in this city. Drug addicts are everywhere. It is as if the city has been paused since the 80s. FYI,it's not only people in Perth that always say thank you to the bus driver. I have lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for a long period of time in each city. So I know that we do it in other city as well. What different is that the bus drivers in other states don't really have a mood swing/mental instability like the drivers in Perth do.
#Simon on Jun 02, 2018 :
Unfortunately most of the negative comments are true. I've had to deal with this bogan sandpit of a place for years..and it just isn't worth the pain. Get out if you can, it will not change as the locals are a funny mob, born into a black hole vacuous town, which is actually completely soulless.My theory on the place range for negative vortezes to curses from aboriginal people against these fascist idiots. It's trailer trash stuff..or cashed up white trash stuff. A pass in the summer if the wind doesn't blow which it always does really..go east or leave the country. Perth is a fail. Dead to me. Waste of life force.
#Anonymous on Jun 02, 2018 :
Perth is full of deadbeat retarded meth addicts who couldn’t hack it anywhere else
#expat on May 28, 2018 :
Everyone says thank you to the bus driver when they get off, even yelling it from the back door. That definitely doesn't happen in London and I haven't noticed it in any other Australian city either.
#22 on May 22, 2018 :
i moved perth from the eastern states nsw perth people are rude bogan meth heads bunch of wankers.
#max on May 19, 2018 :
I agree with all the negative comments about Perth. It's full of racist, retarded peasants. Stay away from this place. I'm moving soon and delete this place from my memories.
#MayTwelve on May 11, 2018 :
My personal quality of life living in Perth is a 1/10.
The rating is based on my experiences the last two decades living here. I have experienced the following:
Relentless Bullying at work (for years and years and different jobs!).
Physical Violence from strangers
Verbal violence from strangers
General disrespect when face to face with random strangers
A lot of insults and being mocked. (Even photographed by random strangers).
Outright aggression and I am treated like I am not a human being with feelings. I don’t count.
None of this is provoked by me as I go about my day minding my own business.
Because of the horrible rude people in Perth I have changed from a confident, outgoing, sociable loving person into an isolated, withdrawn hermit. My life has been ruined by living here. All the hopes and dreams I had completely smashed into pieces. I have NOTHING and NOONE thanks to this shithole. I CANNOT live like this any longer, if I have to endure this kind of shitty life for the next few decades I’m leaving Perth. For me, daily it’s like torture living here with no escape. I hate the cruelty and ignorance that is so prevalent here. This place is my own personal hell.
#hailey on May 06, 2018 :
don't listen to the crybabies below the quality of life in perth is very good they've obviously never been outside of australia
#Ben on Apr 14, 2018 :
Getting oranges, eggs and tomatos thrown at you in Perth is a sign that people like you. Take it as a compliment. I always wave back and blow a kiss.
#Stuart on Apr 13, 2018 :
I lived in Perth for 7 years, and like others here arrived with a very positive attitude and open mind. About 4 years ago a departing colleague muttered something about Perth being such a terrible place to live, and at the time I think I too was half asleep to the reality of the city. If you are from Perth, or have children then I think if you are a white and well paid you can have a good but perhaps boring experience - at least you may have something of a social life. I would never recommend Perth to a single person coming from out of town - indeed the locals are very insular and it is hard to break into a social group- people just don’t want to know. All the friends I did make in Perth are from out of town - be overseas or east coasters. By way of example - you can be walking down an empty road or across a beachhead and the person walking past you will not even make bed I eye contact or say hello. I’ve lived in plenty of bigger cities and have not experienced the same. Perth has beautiful beaches etc but it is miles from anywhere and really there is not much to do here and it’s expensice to go anywhere else.

You could argue that an individual makes their own happiness and relationships and it’s not up to the city to provide such. You could argue that ones experience a are a reflection of what one puts in... unfortunately I don’t think this is true in the case of Perth.

Probably if I had read these posts 8 years ago I would not have believed them. But if you are considering I would recommend not investing too much too early and making your mind up before committing.

I eventually moved ovoedseas to a lower paid job to regain some sanity, and whilst I do miss the ocean and, trips to Margaret river etc I feel much more
Connected to the rest of the world now that I am
#420inhell on Apr 08, 2018 :
I should add that on the plus side perth has made me very mentally tough. After living here nothing will ever be nearly as painful. Fighting on the front lines of a war would be a joyous occasion after living here. Bring it on world. Whatever you throw at me from here on out will never be as painful and traumatic as living in this giant human cesspool.
#420inhell on Apr 08, 2018 :
I'm from a place where pot is legal so ive always been a moderate pot smoker. Soon after I moved to Perth to study I realized how farking terrible the people are. Like the guy below me i'm a six foot Caucasian. In fact back home I often had beautiful ladies chasing me. Since I moved to Perth all I get is angry scary stares like they want to murder me and random people yelling faggot and throwing things at me out of their cars. Subsequently I have developed a very heavy and unhealthy dependence on pot because I went from being very happy go lucky to attempting suicide multiple times since I moved here. Literally the only reason why im not dead is because every time I get stoned I remember that I will be leaving soon and the pain is only temporary. At least im not becoming addicted to meth like all the locals. Weed is literally the only friend I have in this mean violent wasteland. Goodbye Perth. Hopefully China will do the right thing and nuke this place off the map soon.
#JT on Apr 07, 2018 :
I have lived in a few cities around the world, but Perth is the only place where I have been verbally and physically abused by complete strangers for no reason!

I am a 6"1 normal looking, straight, skinny Caucasian male from the UK.

The first occasion I was simply walking to my local IGA in the day time, and a ute (you see a lot of these in Perth) drove past and someone leaned out the window and threw an orange at me, which hit me in the side of the neck. Now this may seem amusing to read, but at the time it really hurt!!

Another time, again just walking along during the day, walked past some workmen who inexplicably asked me about whether I was getting ready for Mardi Gras (?!), basically implying that I looked gay.

Just weird. And backward.

Anyone else notice how some people from Perth have this "stare" where they look at you with an incredulous / slightly mocking / slightly hostile look?

Really, it is a place you need to experience for yourself to understand the vibe / culture of the people.
#Azxy on Apr 05, 2018 :
Wow, reading most of these comments is like describing my life in Perth over the last three years. I migrated alone from this UK, a single twenty something female. Never migrate here alone!!! It is the loneliest place in the world. You will make acquaintances but 'real' friends are very difficult to make. Forget friends, even family members I had in Perth, showed zero concern for me. Perth has really sucked the life out of me, and I was a very happy person. There just isn't anything to do here. How many times can you go to the same malls and beaches? Where I live restaurants close by 8.30-9pm. I have simply just existed for the last two years.
Moved here with wide eyes and big dreams. Today I am broken hearted, depressed and extremely sad. I am leaving in two weeks, and the day I leave just can't come quick enough. Anyone thinking of moving to Perth alone, please don't do it.
Laters Perth!
#Billie on Apr 04, 2018 :
One of the most boring, dull, horrible, racist places you can possibly think of. I will never live there again. And yes the beaches are nice but you can find nice beaches in many other places too!
#Daniel on Mar 30, 2018 :
I don’t think I’ve seen a city with so many comments, albeit negative!
My two cents worth - I think most people have accurately described Perth here. Myself I am born and raised in Perth, Almost 31 years old and lived here my whole life. I have travelled a little bit too.
Perth is a pretty city, nice green suburbs around the river and nice beaches, stable weather generally but has probably the most backward , uneducated, status seeking, wealth oriented, shallow and generally miserable people I have come to realise and coupled with the bogans it’s kind of a weird culture system here in this place...
The mining boom was probably the worst thing to happen here. I have few friends despite growing up here and running my own business. I am involved in manufacturing. Mining companies here treat sub contractors ( like me ) like crap here because they know that the mining is the only thing keeping this place together and have a god complex.
Well that’s my thoughts, oh and the women here are terrible.
Best of luck to everyone.
#Anthomy on Mar 27, 2018 :
I would like to clarify my comments. At the time of making them I was angry because the things I've heard and seen here.
However I too have been bigoted as my comments were generalised.
I am sure that there are a lot of good people here so to clarify my comments are aimed at those ignorant of humanity and diversity.
To those good people I am sorry if I insulted you, that was not my intention.
What I would say to good people, please speak up and change this toxic mix of racism. We all know in our hearts that the vulnerable people will always need support.
Aboriginal people and culture need help, please give it to them sensibly.
#Anthomy on Mar 26, 2018 :
I forgot to say, you lot think you're so clever and sorted, why is there such a high rate of suicide in Perth?
Also I am a professional barrier constructor. Your protection from falling here is completely wrong and dangerous, I'm currently standing on the balcony of my pretentious hotel and the balustrade could kill someone one day. I will advise the management as I don't want to see anyone hurt, I believe that no one will listen..... You're perfect people so why listen to anyone else. One day it will be at your peril. I fly home in a couple of days and I can't wait to get out of this lie of a place. Good luck immigrants you deserve everything that is coming your way. Enjoy the sun its all you have
#Anthomy on Mar 26, 2018 :
I forgot to say, you lot think you're so clever and sorted, why is there such a high rate of suicide in Perth?
Also I am a professional barrier constructor. Your protection from falling here is completely wrong and dangerous, I'm currently standing on the balcony of my pretentious hotel and the balustrade could kill someone one day. I will advise the management as I don't want to see anyone hurt, I believe that no one will listen..... You're perfect people so why listen to anyone else. One day it will be at your peril. I fly home in a couple of days and I can't wait to get out of this lie of a place. Good luck immigrants you deserve everything that is coming your way. Enjoy the sun its all you have
#Anthomy on Mar 26, 2018 :
Perth is a poor attempt at Utopia. Its all bullshit and racist. I am a white man from the UK visiting this superficial lie of a place. People talk about the Aboriginal People like they are in the way. Wake up you bigoted idiots, this is their country not yours. After coming to this backward thinking human dump with nice parks I am so proud of being a UK citizen. We have a long way to go in embracing true diversity but at least we are trying.
These white British immigrants in Perth are totally ignorant while putting on a show for their visitors. There is no real culture here just a bunch of assholes trying to justify their decision to move thousands of miles away because its sunny. Grow up you, man up and admit that Perth is a place that You are the immigrants not the Aboriginal people. You are on their land not the other way around. Tonight I was told a story of an 18 month old Aboriginal child, a human baby, who had been obviously sexually abused and the authorities did nothing about it purely because of the colour of her skin. She IS A BABY, A CHILD, to the government of Australia, you are failing your people, you are are a strangers to the care of humanity and it is rubbing off on your white citizens with nice tans. So cool, it's no wonder that Australia is nothing in world progression. But no worries mate your living in Utopia... Not
#Kev on Mar 23, 2018 :
Well,what can I say about Perth,hm,it certainly has a feeling of god I’ve wasted nearly 20 years of doing the repeated same page ,same book ,same store, same park and same shops in Latin terms dull boring shit hole with nothing to look forward too apart from saving if you can to escape from the fly infested hot boring dump. Every weekend ,you have a extra sleep in to make the weekend go quicker then yep go to the same boring dull shopping mal,,most people who love the place have clearly never done much in there life’s if thay seriously think this place is great,most people from London and close to the borough seem to get out of this dump within 8 years or less it’s the northern snobs who seem to like it here lol ,Perth born and bread people seemed to be in a zombie state of mind with a ,i love it here hm yeh right ,government over here don’t like change and only see houses shops, and parks as the big thing of interest ,don’t mention a new theme park in the north suburbs it’s like a bad swear word ,or don’t mention any other thing than a shop liquor shop Petrol pump garage, or yep enough pet shop as government seems only to put these type of shops in every boring suburb in this sand hole, bottom line don’t give up your lovely house in Uk to come here as me personally ,would tell you please please don’t give up your home friends and family, as after some years you will have been forgotten just like this place a forgotten backwards state, stay in old blighty with change of seasons beautiful landscapes diversity , sense of humour and most of all getting in a car and going places of interest, if you want a face like a zombie and living in a big home with a big boat and a v8 o not to mention speed fines as high as a 6 foot man go to Perth and drink alcohol to give you a feeling of yep life’s good lol,
#Marlin on Mar 23, 2018 :
I am from Jamaica living in Perth. Perth women love me,very very friendly. Perth men no too much love for me.
##Samatha on Mar 22, 2018 :
I am from SriLanka. I recently moved to Perth, after having lived in Syndey for 3 years. I came here with high hopes, hoping to find a suitable place to settle down in Australia. But I should say I regret the decision.

I have been here 3 months, and already I have more that 7-8 instances where someone has shouted at me from their car to go back home. When I go to some shops, I get stares as if my presence is not welcome here. I don't feel safe to take my kids out after dark. Cant wait to move out of this place.
#Nick on Mar 19, 2018 :
Perth is boringly beautiful. Living here is nailing your own coffin because the culture is extremely apathetic and it rubs off on you like a wet turd.

The people are as isolated and unreachable as the city its self. It's difficult to find friends and relationships deeper than a coffee stain. Nobody wants, likes or appreciates anything here.

If kicking your feet up is your idea of a life well lived, move to Perth. If existing is all you need, move to Perth. If you want to feel, flourish and be somebody, then give Perth a once-over and get the hell out for the sake of your soul.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2018 :
Perth is great ... IF YOUR WHITE, FAT AND 60+
#CM on Mar 14, 2018 :
Perth is a great place in may ways. I am in my mid-30s and spent a lot of my childhood here but have also spent a year in Philadelphia (US) and 10 years in the UK - seven of which were spent in London.

Eighteen months ago I moved back to Perth with my British wife and I have to say there are a lot of attitudes here that are not desirable. I am a white, financially very stable, tall white man. I can travel pretty much anywhere in the world and I will have those traits going for me. My wife is London born and raised but her family is of Caribbean heritage.

In our time here, she has been subject to constant stares, comments about her 'blackness', has stories recounted about other black people that they know (I don't feel a need to to tell stories about other white people I know), questioning over whether she speaks English and then there's the out and out racism - i.e. us being out in public and me being asked 'why does she get preference over an Australian woman?'.

Perth is a wonderful place. It's beautiful, quiet has a good work/life balance, but attitudes towards non-white people and attitudes towards women are stuck in the 50s at best. This is maybe not exclusive to Perth but that's all I've got to comment on.

Perth is a nice place to live as long as you fit a certain mould. Unfortunately my wife and I will probably leave Perth for ourselves and for future kids we may have whom I don't want growing up in a society that still sees people in the most outdated and antiquated ways.

There's a lot of work to do.
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2018 :
Typical of the ignorant, angry comments from some of the people commenting on this site. Can barely string a sentence together or make a coherent argument to back your comments without resorting to swearing and attacking people personally. Behave like a bogun and you will be considered one. Haven't even got the guts to put a name to your pathetic rant. I didn't blame all the world's problems on America, just made a point that is the truth after the whinging Yank who said he came here and blamed everyone in Perth for his bad experiences. I have some wonderful American friends. I would like to point out a few things to a typical person like you, who behaves as if they think the world owes them everything. When I walk around this city in many different places I always say Good morning/afternoon with a smile to perfect strangers from whites, Indian, Moslem, Asian, African, Aboriginal etc etc young or old and I invariably always receive the greeting returned in the same way. A small thing but one that speaks volumes I think about the people living in Perth. I meet the most wonderful people from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in voluntary work and in my working life and do not consider myself as having anything but the same equal right to be here as anybody else, that is why the ridiculous, negative, sweeping generalisations
made by people like you on this page cannot go unanswered. What? Do you think your comments are the sum total knowledge and experience of 2 million people living in Perth?! How arrogant! What I think would be positive in helping you gain a bit of humility, emotional maturity and a more realistic perspective on your place under the sun would be a stint doing some voluntary work in a 3rd world country.
#Anonymous on Mar 11, 2018 :
Wow a typical stupid australian bitch blaming Americans for your drug problems. You do realise that even Europeans and Asians laugh when you people blame all your self inflicted shortcomings on America? I don’t see Other countries where America has a lot of influence choosing to smoke meth and behave like greedy rude assholes. Everybody else knows that Aussies, particularly in Perth have become the rudest most backwards assholes on the face of the planet. This used to be a wonderful laid back country twenty years ago but something has changed and it’s not America’s fault.
#Lynn Bradley on Mar 11, 2018 :
What a bunch of backward whining whingers making such disparaging remarks about Perth on this page. It is your responsibility to create joy and cultivate friendships in your life, noone else's! No place is perfect. I grew up in Melbourne which is a great place, but I would never go back there. My experience of Perth is a place of so many different migrant groups and a high percentage of people not born here all contributing to a wonderful melting pot. That's why a lot of what you whingers go on about, just doesn't gel with me. I am not going to list here all the wonderful things that we are so lucky to be able to enjoy here. I know crime is high and I don't believe any government at federal or state level takes the drugs problems so many Australians in this country CHOOSE to participate in seriously enough. But the social cost to the breakdown in the fabric of our society is evident in every capital city and in every western country and most of the time it's corrosive effect on society can be traced back to where all social trends emanate from and that is the US. If you don't like Perth bugger off, but some of you whingers would never be happy anywhere.
#Anonymous on Mar 10, 2018 :
Anyone thinking of moving to Perth, ignore this lot. My wife and I moved from Sydney 6 years ago and it was the best move we ever made. House size doubled and my commute time gas halved. Good neighbours, street party at Christmas. Plenty on at the arts festival just finished and a new stadium ready for footy season. My wife is Japanese, has a nice group of friends and has never come across this alleged racism.
#Gary on Mar 09, 2018 :
Ive been here 5 years, worked in the mines for 3 years. I was never the most outgoing but had friends in Scotland. Ive found Perth pretty difficult to make friends and been bored a fair bit. I find social life is not the same of the UK. It depends what ypu are looking for. Work wise its been good for setting myself up but i feel life is passing me by sometimes here. I do make frquent holidays to home and to asia where i feel i can socialise more.
#Anonymous on Mar 08, 2018 :
I moved here five years ago from America. Perthians are the rudest, most narrow minded, racist and xenophobic people I have ever encountered. I can’t wait to leave. This place will never change
#Kel on Mar 07, 2018 :
I have tried to enjoy Perth, but its really hard. Me and my partner are saving to move to Melbourne this year, I think if you did not grow up here it can be extremely difficult making friends or fitting in, people seem unwilling to give you a chance and racism is a very common. What I find very shocking is if you compare this website and its comments to the comments found on the 'Melbourne' page, there is sooo much negativity towards Perth. Its really just proof that this city is struggling, I really do hope Perth finds a way to recover.
#R on Mar 04, 2018 :
I'm relieved to see some comments that back up what I've thought for the last 7 years living here. I moved over from canada 7 years ago to indeed escape some very real negative consequences of poverty and the bad neighbourhood I came from. But what I arrived to was worse in a lot of ways. Sure - I didn't have to worry about getting robbed or rolled up on - but the people I've met here during my 7 years have been some of the most stuck up, closed off, stupid, unfriendly and aggressive losers I've ever come across in my existence.

To top it all off they all think they're amazing graces to human existence... But I've never met more bland people devoid of any sign of true life or personality. To make matters worse nobody will even admit anything or be real with you - they will die trying to say "we're happy - you're the problem!" which is rich because what kind of happy person would act in such closed off angry and passive aggressive ways.

I'm clueless to the problem since this seems to effect 80% of the population, people are crap to each other. its a beautiful city but wasted on probably the most unfriendly and clueless population in any part of earth
#Quincyboots on Mar 01, 2018 :
There’s two trains of thoughts on perth. Myself and my husband live here with out two kids 2 and 3.
We’re professionals and get paid 300k+ so cost wise yes, it’s extremely expensive and when we want to go skiing or to theme parks or holidays we can afford to.

The issue is this.

People who love Perth have never lived anywhere else. They don’t realise what living in high population gives you access to. Better services. More services. Cruises. Holidays. Activity groups.

When we first moved here we were very active in our community. We went to dancing classes, science events and participated in numerous groups. Here in perth we tried that and you’ll find it’s a closed hostile community. The locals between themselves are very tight knit. They will say perth has lots to do but in reality, perth has lots to do for them... because they know a mate in margret river who’s house is free or a friend on a committee or council so you can get onboard and feel like you’re making a change for the good. Quite quickly we learned if you’re not from perth, even if you’re white, there’s still and undercurrent of this hostile barrier you can’t penetrate unless you grew up or have family here.

If you’re not white and living in Perth... let’s just say I once walked into a meeting with professionals watching ‘N’ fights in the offices on a Tuesday at 2 drinking. An office of 40-50 in the city. The senior manager was there drinking away having a laugh too. I left that company but noticed others are like that too. The next company I worked at had a zero woman hiring policy and on fridays it was expected you go to the pub. I stopped going after the first two weeks after both times they got absolutely s-faced and hit on every woman there. Group of about 10.

For those who are from perth - it’s a dream! Nothing changes. Or if it does it changes extremely slowly. There’s comfort in that. You can go months without meeting a new person if you want. You can go camping and never see another person. There’s security in this. Imagine never having to worry about your job or your family or your income because there’s always jobs in mining if you’re a local.

The only place you find diversity is in the university and professional committees and it’s not because they want it. It’s becuase it’s a KPI mandated to them. That isn’t a bad thing. What it does show you is the community is so introverted and closed off conpanies have had to force diversity upon them. My own company has me working on it, 33% by the end of the year. It’s hard because imaging being the first woman who’s not just the admin girl/grad who’s your senior manager and has a bunch of 21-30 year old kids running around for her not respecting her because their parents don’t respect them. My husband loves it... I’ve told him the issues and he says yes he’s noticed it too. We’re moving back over east at the end of the year. There’s no population growth or major projects in the pipeline so Perth is going to be frozen in time again for another 10 years.

Again, Perth’s a lovely little town. Perfect beaches. Nice views. The people are great and you can build a family here. Just be aware its hard and your friends and family’s will be the ones you make not the ones that are already here. Oh and make sure you move here for what it costs not what it costs the locals.
#DS on Feb 21, 2018 :
I was born and raised here in Perth but my professional life led me further afield and I've lived in many different places within Australia and also abroad, I have since relocated back to Perth permanently with my young family. Trust me, I've seen a lot in my time and every city experiences the same kind of problems.

What I find alarming about Perth is the amount of serious crime and the level of violence that comes with it. Everyday there seems to be another bashing, one punch attack, car theft, burglary, assault etc. I refuse to see Perth through rose tinted glasses, yes back in the day it was a quaint and quiet place to live but the city has progressed a lot over the last 15 years. Unfortunately so too has society and with the population growth these type of things are becoming more and more frequent. This is my biggest concern with life the city these days.
#Philbert on Feb 12, 2018 :
Just trying to work out the motivation behind the whingefest below. Then I noticed that the Quality of Life Index is higher for Perth than Melbourne or Sydney, so I assume they're just letting fly in the comments section.
There are bad drivers, arseholes, rude people etc in every Australian city, I've lived in many of them. There's "nothing to do" in every city until you find something to do. The worst and most constant racist abuse I've received was in Morocco. Give Perth a chance, don't be an arsehole yourself and find some friends with a similar attitude, you'll be fine.
#Mark. B on Feb 02, 2018 :
As an ex pat (British) I'd say Perth is the worst place I have ever lived. Left two years ago after living there for two years and would not go back, even if I could double my salary. I've never experienced living in a more depressing, empty feeling place, with such an undercurrent of unfriendliness and aggression. Perthites are funny people and have no interest in making friends with newcomers to their city, especially ex pats; go there and see for yourself! I heard many times other ex pats and Aussies from the Eastern states complain about how difficult they found it to make friends. Lots of road rage, an undercurrent of agro and subtle racism that I've not really experienced anyone else before. Most of all, though, it has no. soul. The pervading feel of emptiness in the place is something I hope never to experience again. That, and the climate is boring and monotonous, much like Perth really.

By contrast, I adore Sydney, since I have lived here. The climate all year round is amazing. It just feels so much more easy going here. I don't see any of the road rage that I saw in Perth. Sydneysiders are so much friendlier and easy going. It just feels like a city that is very content with itself.
#Andrew on Jan 23, 2018 :
I am extremely surprised to read some very negative remarks about Perth. I moved to Perth from the UK some years ago. I have spent considerable time in Melbourne and Sydney too.
I have also traveled extensively including USA, Japan, Europe (many cities). I am a artist and live in Perth WA by choice. Like any city it takes some time to find the hidden treasures. However, as far as I am concerned apart from being a bit too hot for a few days a year, Perth
offers an outstanding metropolitan area to live an exciting and happy life. It also has many fantastic regional gems.
I am not a gregarious extrovert or outstandingly affluent yet I have found Perth to be extremely liveable, safe, exciting, place to live and if anything I have made far too many wonderful friends. And I have always found Perth people of all nationalities to be generally very friendly.
I love the arts, walking, sailing, swimming, food,
wine, gardens. On top of all this I know or have met many other Migrants from all over...
U.K. , Italy, Greece, Asians, Indians, Chinese, South Africa and they have all stayed here by choice!
Have I been to California? Yes
Would I consider living there?
Do you know how many people are assaulted or shot dead in California each year? Google it!
There is probably no amount of money that would make me happily live in California.
#Anonymous on Jan 13, 2018 :
I have never felt the soul sucked out of me more than during the time I lived in Perth. I am a very extroverted, happy go lucky Californian, and during my time here I can say that all of my happiness and zest for life has been stripped from me.
On the surface Perth is such a beautiful place - sunny days, stunning beaches, clean, efficient public transport... but the people who live here don’t seem to appreciate this or anything at all for that matter. I have never encountered more unfriendly, racist, entitled, lifeless people anywhere and I have traveled extensively through out the world.
I bet a man of African decent outside of a public event in the CBD and he said he was afraid to enter because he was black... excuse me?! I don’t understand how this behavior and treatment is tolerated here.
Come to perth for a weekend, it is beautiful, but get out as soon as possible.
Not to mention everything is ridiculously overpriced.
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#SK on Dec 30, 2017 :
Am extremely shocked from the comments below.. i just did a huge mistake by accepting an offer to move to Perth !, , , i will cross fingers and hope its just really haters posting such a negative comments !

Even i tried to check out random cities in europe in this website and i did not find so far negative feedbacks close to what is posted here !!!

Can anyone please suggest another website to view the feedbacks since i started thinking of dropping the offer to avoid the move and the hustle to do so :)

and am single :/
#Michelle on Dec 29, 2017 :
Thanks. I like visiting this page when I'm so homesick I consider moving back to Perth. I have lived as an expat in London for 15 years.
I obviously am forgetting how lonely and miserable I was living in Perth - but everytime I see those happy family on a glorious weather day down the beach - I forget how bored I was... the lack of culture is biting.
Thanks this site - I forget I'm an indoorsy type and not excited by beaches and boating opportunities. .. I need something more. I'm not going back.
#Anonymous on Dec 10, 2017 :
Perth is heaven compared to many other cities in the world. The quality of life is top-notch! Where I come from, we do not have any of those things. I feel like people who complain about Perth should try living in a developing country, really, so they can appreciate what they have more.
#Anonymous on Oct 19, 2017 :
@ignacio: Yes it is all true. It is a horrible, abusive, unsafe place, filled with unsavoury backward thinking people. There are pockets of palatable suburb, but taken as a whole it is not a very nice place to live.

And because the place is so small and limited you don't really have a life here. Pretty isolated existence, like a purgatory.

Noticed most of the people that say this place is nice to live tend to come from pretty horrendous/rough background/place and of the lower class.

So if this sounds like you, then because of comparatively/relatively high wage this place might be worth considering.
#Ignacio on Oct 17, 2017 :
I have a job offer to go to perth, for what i am reading in this post looks like a horrible place to live...
#Anonymous on Oct 02, 2017 :
Look at Career Australia's case....breaking so many students' dream with their unethical practice. Is Australia government trying their best to help all those students ( not just Australian)?
#Shannon on Oct 02, 2017 :
I'm Canadian and I moved here with my husband (who's Australian) 5 years ago for his career, we've since started a family and we believed that this was the perfect place to do that. However, I can assure you it's not, we've now had multiple burglaries and had two separate cars stolen over the last 3 years. Thankfully, it happened while we were away and none of us were harmed but it shouldn't be happening at all. We no longer feel safe, it just feels like a case of when will it happen again. We live in a nice area with an average home and cars, we both work very hard to look after what we have and it feels like a constant battle to have to try and protect that. We've also experienced road rage first hand with children in the car and it was frightening but these people don't seem to care. For anyone thinking of moving here please check the news and see for yourself the amount and level of crime. It's not all sunshine and sandcastles.
#MT on Sep 21, 2017 :
In reality people won't come to Perth because it's an expensive experience all round regardless of the activity. Not to mention the vast distances that can lie between them, Wave Rock for instance is the best part of 600km away and there's very little to see on the way there and very little to keep you there once you do arrive! As is stands right now you can pretty much cover all that Perth has to offer in a weekend which is what we really should be promoting to get visitor numbers up but it has to be good enough to entice them back. I've been to Rome and Prague several times because they're favourite cities of mine that offer me a new experience every time I return, can Perth really say the same? I highly doubt it.
#Tom on Sep 20, 2017 :
In reality people won't come to Perth for just the city lifestyle. In terms of visitors they will be interested in the different rock formations such as pinnacles and wave rock, learning the history of aboriginals life, swimming with dolphins and whale shark, hiking, mountain biking, windsurfing, surfing, 4WD driving, cycling around rotto island with quokkas, wineries vineyards, farming, wildflowers that stretch out in the field and landscape. There are lot of museums (although the main Perth one is undergoing renovation) and art gallery and live music around the place, just need to search as it is not readily promoted.
#MT on Sep 20, 2017 :
Tom, you've rambled on about the variety of food and drink options available and each with their own authentic feel (Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese etc.) and that's all well and good, but nearly every city in the world offers just as much variety if not more. So it's nothing new in that respect, that alone won't entice people to come here. You've also failed to mention the high cost attached to eating and drinking out in Perth and unless you plan on eating just fast food it will cost you!

Culturally we are way behind, everything can't just revolve around food and drink. We need more museums, art galleries, music venues, theatre's not to mention a better variety of shops! We need to attract bigger and better artists and promote Perth as a city worth coming to. For a population of nearly 2m, it's far to quaint and quiet. Passing through the CBD over a weekend is like walking through a twilight zone, absolutely lifeless unless it's after dark when it becomes a dangerous and hostile place. I admire that you are trying to be positive about Perth but don't try and sugarcoat things for people.
#Tom on Sep 19, 2017 :
Just want to mention that I have lived in cities from Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Asia and travelled across Europe, USA and Asia. Perth doesn't have the big city feel like NY, Hk, or London with a population of about 2mills that is spread through the suburb. Have to admit Perth is quite safe compare to Europe where you worry about pick pocketers. There are not as much tourists so is not too common to get streets filled with tourists like the European cities. Found most cities even the East could be interesting to live few months but after a while the buzz wears off and the reality of traffic jams hit. I feel Perth actually offers a lot more variety of activities to do and easier to get to them after all there is only so much you can buy and eat.
#Tom on Sep 19, 2017 :
There are many precinct around Perth to enjoy the varieties of culture and time. Fremantle is really nice on the Fridays and weekend with Fremantle markets open and the cafe on the Italian strip, Guildford you step back in time with antiques shops. Cottesloe, City Beach and Scaborough and all along the coast can enjoy the beach culture, North near marangaroo there are authentic vietnemese food and community, South around Parkwood, Willeton and Bull Creek can get lot of authentic Malaysian and Chinese food, for country feel there are areas like Kalumunda, Mt Helena. Perth City and Northbridge have expanded recently. There are now some higher class dining options with chocolate cafes dotted around the city. Northbridge contain lot of Asian groceries and eateries. Shopping centres have expanded in the surburbs and new stores in Perth city though sometimes there is a bit of vacancy signs. There are variety of theatres and shows at Subiaco Regal theatre to the West his majesty theatre and Crown Perth. Crown Perth have expanded so lot of dining options and go for a punt or watch sport on the big screen. There are also lot of live music across many pubs and lounge bars to enjoy local artists.
#Tom on Sep 19, 2017 :
Perth feels like a community. There are many community events around the place if you know where to look. There are many farmers markets on the weekends or local craft activities, market stalls where locally produce. The food and small bar scene have also increased substantially over the last 5 years with great selection of lunch, breakfast, dining options. Driving down to Mandurah can hire a boat and cruise around with the dolphins, snorkelling at Rotto or Rockingham, Mettams Beach. Can go crabbing, lobster, abalone, fishing if you like catching your own food.
#James on Sep 19, 2017 :
Perth have lot of great activities from many hiking trails, canoeing, mountain biking, windsurfing, swimming at the beach to indoor and outdoor sky diving. Driving further around Perth there are wineries and farm where you can pick fruits and enjoy the scenery. Lot of diverse food options nowadays.