Quality of Life in Perth, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 137.66   Very High
Safety Index 56.48   Moderate
Health Care Index 76.47   High
Climate Index 95.29   Very High
Cost of Living Index 77.54   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 6.12   Low
Traffic Commute Time Index 39.51   Moderate
Pollution Index 26.77   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 194.19   Very High

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100 Comments so far

#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the horrible rude people in Perth I have changed from a confident, outgoing, sociable loving person into an isolated, withdrawn hermit.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.
#Sven on Sep 17, 2017 :
Well with out being personal and insulting. Perth is the pits.
I am not attacking people personally.For a city it offers nothing.
I have travelled through Europe 3 times and Asia 5 times.
Perth is boring soulless and eerie. Especially at night. Dangerous and highly volatile.
Abuse is all to often and people screaming and shouting in the streets is not attractive.
It seems there are bars, bars, and bars. Coffee shops and not much else.
Prices are seriously far too high. It is an expensive city and the service is not so good too often. Blank faces seem to be abundant for some reason.
I am a friendly person but I could see I was not welcome.One feels the bad atmosphere.
Immediately I knew I would be happy to leave.
Blank stares not at all welcoming.
Glad to be back in Asia. People are warm and friendly.
Perth is not for me.
#Kelvin on Sep 16, 2017 :
Best decision in my life..... is to leave Perth before going crazzzzy!

Never feel so good living in an inclusive society.
#Hayley on Sep 16, 2017 :
I hate Perth. You don't get that minimum respect as a human being. Too many encounters during my stay in Perth.
Incident1: I was at a Chanel counter in CBD checking out a loose powder and wasn't quite sure the color tone I was using previsouly. I told the sales lady I will check and come get it later. She smirked and said Chanel does not have sale before or after Christmas???! Really disappointed in the service being a loyal customer of Chanel.
Incident2: strangers shouting at us Stupid Ch*****, get out of our country.
Incident3: A white property agent didn't show up for appointment. Despite calling her many times, texting her that we are waiting outside, no replies at all. After 30mins, i saw her walking out of the property and confronted her. She said appointment over without looking even apologetic and said it is what it is?!!!
Incident 4: international students are treated like cash cow. Schools are mismanaged and badly structured and leave us to struggle. If you are filthy rich, keep paying for that paper. Otherwise, leave Perth for better education quality.
Incident5: I ordered 1 cup of latte and the lady gave me 2 cups. I said I only ordered 1 cup. She say I already make 2 . It's alright if you cannot pay.
Incident6: the counter staffs literally raised their voice at passenger checking in!
Incident7: i went to woolworth to buy groceries, the basket is a little heavy and I wanted to grab something on the shelves, left my basket on the floor right beside me. A white huge man walk pass and kick my basket and used vulgarities.

IMO, They have no respect for consumers, no respect for their jobs/profession,no respect for even their own people, zero tolerance for tourists. I wondered why are people behaving in such way, upbringing?
And I don't understand why people are still choosing Perth as a holiday destination. Everything is overpriced.
Perhaps some Media broadcasting should start firming a series about students, tourists, foreigners' encounters
Personally, I will never step in to Perth again. So many places in the world are far better than Perth.
#LovePerth on Sep 14, 2017 :
I love it here in Perth. Seriously love love love it. I have never left Perth so I have nothing to compare it to. It is sooo Lovely here.
#Macky on Sep 04, 2017 :
I can't wait to see all of these tourists arrive next year on the direct flights from London, book into their overpriced hotel room and just sit and wonder what the hell to do. Day 1: Walk around the city inc Kings Park. Day 2: Go to beach. Day 3: Leave, no wait a minute they can do that on day 2! Seriously, we're an embarrassment of a city for any potential tourist. #nothingtodo
#Beverly on Aug 22, 2017 :
"The issue is not that its expensive in WA, the issue is that there is really nothing here to see or do that warrants a long flight from anywhere. Flat landscapes of wheat fields, cows, sheep and farmland can be found anywhere. Perth is just one enormous suburban sprawl filled with beige cream brick and tile dreariness. Please don't go on about beaches, those like ours can be found anywhere too, and in those other locations its not a searing 40 degrees, with a howling easterly wind and millions of flies. Sorry WA is just not a destination". - Taken from WA news today 21 August 2017
#JH on Aug 11, 2017 :
Hi Alex, just to give you a small insight on life in Perth. It's a nice place, clean and tidy for the most part. Nice beaches and lots of parks, so it's ideal for outdoor life. It's quite expansive beyond the CBD and thus getting around without a car is difficult, in saying that the freeways are usually very busy. The transport infrastructure desperately needs upgrading. If you're renting there's lots of choices available due to the financial woes of the city and good deals to be had. Socially, there's lots of bar's and cafes and plenty of places to eat to suit all budgets. Culturally it's not great for things like art and museums but the fringe festival comes once a year and it's great. Life here is more of a beach/outdoor culture, alfresco dining etc. Don't expect it to be like NYC or Singapore, you'll be disappointed.

There is an element of crime but compared to the USA it's nowhere near as violent thankfully. However, there is a drug epidemic and a lot of theft to go with it. The CBD can be a bit daunting late at night and I wouldn't recommend hanging about. You're more likely to see a fight breakout in a pub than to witness a murder. Road rage again isn't as bad as USA but it's a thing that exists unfortunately, the overall standard of driving is very poor here.

People for the most part are good, honest and decent. However, there's a level of very casual racism, sexism and bigotry that exists across the whole of society. As a European I found that intolerable, you simply wouldn't get away with it where I come from. They don't quite get empathy, people here are very pro-Australian if that makes sense. As an outsider, trying to fit in can be challenging and it will take time. Anyway, I hope that's a little bit helpful. All the best on your decision.
#Alex Alexandersson on Jul 26, 2017 :
I'm an open minded American thinking about relocating to Perth. I have lived in many countries and love diversity. All the negative comments about Perth are astounding! I'm quite accustomed to cliquish societies since I have lived in a few; particularly in the Scandinavian countries. I'm from California and you don't know what road range is till you visit my hometown. We were just voted the number one city for road rage in America for 2017! Top that Perth! You all mention crime... I'm from the "hood" or "ghetto" as you may know it. I highly doubt what you consider a high crime rate comes close to what I grew up with.
Can someone tell me the positive aspects of living in Perth besides "the beaches"? I will have a damn good salary so I'm not worried about the cost of rent.
#Stef on Jul 16, 2017 :
Having lived in many countries I can confidently say: unless you are a masochist do not subject yourself to this soul destroying shit hole .
If you have half a brain you might lie to yourself that this place is not so bad, but no matter what spin you put on it ,this parochial ,close minded,mind numbing ,sickening less then mediocre vortex called Perth will seriously damage your mental well being.
I have left years ago and couldn't be happier.And if I come back to visit it is never for more then a week.
#Lisa on May 18, 2017 :
Nice one bobby bb, you're just the kind of person that is typical of Perth with a comment like that!

Can you actually read? Are you able to have an intelligent and grown up conversation on how we can take Perth forward because you may or may not be aware but we as a state are teetering on the brink of a recession.

The latest budget is nothing but a smokescreen...

Hey, maybe that's too much for you to take in, perhaps you're the type who just like's books with pictures!
#Kumar on May 01, 2017 :
Me too, i just emailed the firm that i can't join Perth branch. SAME HERE REJECTED. Thanks guys for saving me.
#Chen on May 01, 2017 :
Damm, never seen any negative comments in my life about any city in the world. No way I am coming to Perth. Australiansss,,, you can have my job offer in Perth. Rejected right now.. thanks guys for saving my and my family life style you all
#Joshua on May 01, 2017 :
My best thing in my life was when i left Perth. Everything turned ok for me the moment i left. Meth is crazy hell in Perth. Burglaries, racism, car theft are all everyday thing. I visited last month to meet my family, damm its empty. Feel bad as I miss the weather. Just one advise to people, please leave Perth as soon as you guys are done with your stuff. I got that negative vibes, which you can feel it. If you are not meth person then you are an outsider . Please be careful at night time, don't go out. Its more dangerous than South Africa. Heaps of bogans. And the one who are not bogans they are worst than bogans, bogans with white colar. You will never succeed in job as bogans will be siting on top of u.
#Ben on Apr 13, 2017 :
Like a lot of places in Australia, the quality of life in Perth is good...unfortunately, it's experiencing a huge dip in terms of it economic situation which to be frank is dire. The mining boom was badly managed and it will take years for things to recover, it hasn't even reached it's lowest point yet and if you think it can't get any worse then think again. Lots of people leaving the city and state instead of migrating to it and that should tell you everything. In my opinion there's a lack of mature thinking from the vast majority of people to help get the city going again. If Perth is to become anything more than it is, then it simply has to think and act differently in order to attract new business and new opportunities. The vibe I get is that there's an unwillingness to embrace change at any kind of rate, which to me means that there's a culture of fear among the citizens. Most international cities and it's people understand the need for changes to help implement progression but it seems like such a difficult task to accomplish anything like that here. Instead of moving forward, Perth is very much moving in the opposite direction. I do live here and these are my observations.
#Rammi on Mar 27, 2017 :
So, Perth has been confirmed as the meth capital of Australia, somehow this news doesn't surprise me!
#eduardo on Mar 19, 2017 :
I am a junior in Uni coming from the united states. What does the dating scene look like in Perth for a 22 year old? I was told that it is a very outdoorsy, laid back lifestyle filled with young women who just want to explore and go on adventures and love American guys. Is all of that complete bullshit? or is there any truth to the rumors?
#Perff on Mar 17, 2017 :
Perth has fantastc beaches, weather and infrastructure BUT the most odd, rudest and small minded people living there. If it wasnt for the people I would move back in a heartbeat.

This continues to be the theme of this thread : It is perth people that let this beatiful city down. LIFT YOUR GAME.
#Anonymous on Mar 13, 2017 :
Good luck walking in the CBD after nine pm without getting abused and harrsssed.
#Anonymous on Mar 13, 2017 :
I grew up in Perth and have come back with a open mind. I have been here one week and there is NO way I could live here. The weather is beautiful the environment barren but not ugly, beautiful beaches. The problem is the people living here. People are really completely up their own arse, utterly weird!! The overwhelming feeling here is one of the "corporation," I think anybody thinking of moving here should look at the crime rates per capita how much they have grown in the last two years. There is a reason wealthy Asian investment is not so evident here like in Melbourne or Sydney or Brisbane, its because Perth is going down not up. Don't bother.
#Shane on Jan 14, 2017 :
I was born and raised in Perth, no longer live there but still make regular visits back for family and friends etc. I can relate to a lot of the comments on here. Perth has changed dramatically over the last 10-15 years but to me it just has no soul, no spark. And despite its size and scale, it can feel so lifeless at times.

In the grand scheme of things there doesn't seem to be any sense of direction or purpose about what kind of city it really wants to be. It doesn't need to become another Sydney or Melbourne but it has to stand on it's own merit. Right now I don't know what that really is, and until that can be figured out it'll struggle to grow in any shape or form.

Economically it's become a disaster, the mining boom was probably the best and worst thing to happen to the city given the current climate, it was badly managed because with the wealth that was generated by it certainly wasn't put back into the city the way it should have been.

I always thought I'd come back and settle one day but it just doesn't do enough for me and I consider the day I left to be one of the best things I ever did.
#ian on Jan 01, 2017 :
I lived in Perth back in the mid-nineties for years and, judging by the previous comments, it's not changed much. Absolutely bloody awful place and people.

Australia has a serious problem with racism - always has done, but by God Perth was on another level altogether. I've seen a lot of the world now but I've never encountered such a universal and blatant dislike for outsiders as I did in WA. It's the spiritual home of the 'fuck off, we're full' rear window sticker.

It's also stratospherically dull compared with the majority of the planet despite what much of the populace would have you believe.
'Best in the world', didn't you know? It really, really isn't. A couple of nice beaches can only carry a city so far, the rest is sunbleached bricks and mortar, nothing more.

It's the people that really let this place down, horribly parochial, insular and unwelcoming on quite a remarkable scale. Sure there are some good eggs about but they aren't the ones who will be stopping you in the street I'm afraid...or staring at you...just staring.

It could be good, but unfortunately as yet, it is not. It's a twattish teenager of a city, a teenager who is in dire need of a serious attitude adjustment before hopefully making the independant decision to grow the fuck up and join the rest of the adults.

Until that point, it's just a pain in the arse to be around.
#Anon on Jan 01, 2017 :
Stop Press:
Just spent 5 days in Melbourne & am totally surprised.
Good transport, happy people, plenty to do & the City portrays the fact it wants to move forward -
Totally opposite ti Shit Perth !
Good on 'ya Melbourne
#Jim on Dec 29, 2016 :
Lived here all my life. Third (maybe fourth) generation...and everyday I wish that God above would smite it with a death blow. The entire fetid lot of it.

Yes, it's a shit place.
#Tim on Dec 22, 2016 :
If its arts, culture and excitement you're after then go elsewhere. If you like the beach an an outdoor kind of lifestyle then its the place for you. Weather is decent most of the time, Summer is very hot so hats and sunscreen are essential.

People can be a bit odd and there's not much empathy towards any outsiders but they are courteous and generally nice people but you'll find it hard to make any kind of connection with someone from Perth. Your best bet (like me) is within the expat community, as we tend to see things from the same point of view because we're not from here.

The economy is a big talking point, lots of jobs have been lost within mining, oil and gas and construction has also been affected. Other industries will eventually be the same. The knock on effects of the economy are plain to see and unless something is done to reverse this trend then the city will really suffer. Lots of people have already left and unless you have money or a job offer then there's not much to entice anyone to come here. Yes, the weather is great and the beaches are excellent but you can't live off that alone.
#faran on Dec 20, 2016 :
very bad city. If you are a foreigner, forget to have a normal life here. Road rage is so common and damn its crazy. Racism is sooooo much , you cant walk on street. You will be called with names all the time for no reason. Dont come to western australian universities , they advertise wrongly,,, its not at all friendly place. Lot of my friends have been mugged and smashed , as they were walking back from universities. I left right after six months of my arrival. UK , Ireland, USA, or Canada is the best place for foreigners students. Just my advise.
#Abi on Dec 13, 2016 :
Even with new direct flights between Europe and Perth, it's still a very dull place. Nice weather over the summer though, can't think of anything else that's positive about the place. I'm stuck here because of work but will leave at first opportunity. Very backward people, change is slow and the economy will take years to recover. If you're coming, it's worth a quick stop...but don't stay!
#confused on Dec 10, 2016 :
Spent 40 years of my life living in Perth and left 4 years ago to move to Sydney. Firstly I do not miss Perth at all and love the vibe and buzz in Sydney. People in Sydney are very welcoming and friendly compared to Perth. However Sydney is becoming really unaffordable with housing prices, tolls and parking fees etc. I'm seriously considering moving back to Perth because it's a simple and easy place to live. I know that i won't like it back there but I'm feed up of traffic congestion and paying $8 per hour to park at the beach. Housing in Perth is cheap compared to Sydney and Melbourne so even though Perth is Dullsville I think you have a better standard of living than the big East cities. Dreading going back to Perth but it's a lot less stressful than Sydney.
#Get me outta here on Dec 10, 2016 :
I am 32, moved here with my parents when i was 17 from over east. Worst decision of my life. When i first came over Perth wasnt too bad. One thing that hasn't changed though over the years is the clickyness and backward thinking of the people here. Unless you grew up here or went to school here it can be very hard to make long lasting mates. It's a real back stabbing culture here, people are nice to your face then rip you to shreds behind your back. I like to think im a pretty outgoing and friendly bloke but over the years I've come to accept thats just how perth people are. It can be a lonely place that's for sure and I'm lucky if ive got a couple of good mates at the most. Western Australia is in for some tough times, the economy over here is the worst performing in Australia and all you need to do is take a drive around the streets and see all the for sale/for lease signs up to know everyone is trying to sell up and get the shit out of here. Unfortunately for me I married a Perth girl who likes it here, but everyday I wake up wishing I could move away from this place. Im making a conscious effort to plan holidays over east/overseas in the hope that I can convince my wife there's way better places than Perth. I wouldn't care if I sold my house and just made enough to break even and had to live in a rental over east. Anyone reading this forum don't make my mistake, go over east. The beaches might be nice but the longer you spend here the more you realise how toxic and dysfunctional this place is. Hindsight is a Wonderful thing. Just my opinion of course :)
#Andy on Nov 29, 2016 :
Let me just start by say that Perth has lots of issues and problems just like 99% of nearly every other city in Australia and beyond. Sure, folk here can be difficult to get to know but that doesn't make them bad people. On the whole, it's a very friendly city. In saying that I'm single young man (30!) and trying to date women from Perth is a tough nut to crack...I'm not actually from here but I can't figure out why it's so difficult...I get the feeling that a lot of other people feel the same. Go figure?!
#Anon on Nov 25, 2016 :
Do not immigrate here, made the biggest mistake of my life , now I only work so that I can travel to places I should have immigrated too :(
People are rude, ignorant & those that like it here clearly don't know or have experienced anything else - get out's gonna get worse !
#Baz on Nov 21, 2016 :
A direct flight from Perth to Europe would be fantastic for our economy. While London has been earmarked for the first destination, I've read that places like Rome, Paris and Frankfurt could also be added in the future. It seems too good to be true but as usual in Perth, there's red tape! Honestly, they're arguing over a terminal upgrade of $25m when the potential to the economy is in the hundreds of millions! A shambles of a city and state led by some of the most incompetent people on the planet.
#Erica on Nov 18, 2016 :
It's difficult to know what to make of Perth, on one hand I see a city full potential but I also see a city that fears change. Progress here is slow but now is the time to start catching up with the rest of Australia and I really don't see why it can't become a truly international city in it's own right. This week I saw plans for a direct flight between Perth and London, the possibilities from that could be endless but as usual there's an unwillingness to grasp the opportunity.

That being said, Perth still has to offer an awful lot more than it does especially with regards to any potential tourists. The income that could be generated from tourism is endless, it should be a city worth stopping off for a few days before branching out into the WA outback which is stunning in parts. This could and should be the new mining, something which kick-starts the economy once again. There's some great new bars and restaurants popping up and it's diverse. Perth simply can't rely on commodities anymore, that day has passed and now it has to look to the future and find a way to market itself as more than just a mining town or the most isolated capital city on earth.

I really believe that Perth has the potential to become something really great, it has the advantage of not being too developed meaning it can get it right from day one. But things have to start happening with the infrastructure and transport networks. It has the Indian ocean on it's doorstep and a fabulous wine region too, even these are still not at their full potential.
#Henriksen K on Nov 16, 2016 :
I came to Perth in July and studied communication at UWA, THE MOST pretentious, snobby, unfriendly and idiotic learning institution I have been to (I have studied in four other countries). Moreover, people in Perth has no humour and it is far to get to the beaches who are btw nothing special at all. Seaweed everywhere and people dont pick up their trash. When I came to the city my first thought was that it has no soul and it truly has not. Fremantle is filled with angry, hostile and boring people. The rent is high and people intolerant, they dont like international people and have no interest. I did not make a single friend at uni, the local people did not even like their uni and the teachers did not give a shit that you were completely new and came from the other side of the planet. Everything is spread out and you will need a car. The only nice people I have met has been from other countries. I wanted to escape from Australia when I came. After working and saving up for a year, I was so disappointed I just wanted to get the f.. out of here. Food here is mostly junkfood, people really ignorant and it seems at they hate their life, as Ive experienced random ppl exploding on each other. Stay away! Go elsewhere. The only people who brag about this place are people who have never been to other countries before. No fun, no good food, no good people, high rent, long winters, inactive people, selfish, arrogant and they will attempt to freeze you out and exclude you. Its working, Im leaving. Hopefully this is not Australia and I will give it an other chance in Sydney. If that does not work, thats it. Ive been many places and came here being so excited. Bit by bit, Perth destroyed my mood and enthusiasm. Everything is backwards. Ive never came as a traveller and been so disliked for no reason at all. So many homeless people, alcoholics and they dont take care of their own. I came because I was a victim of false advertising. Seems like the only thing people are here for is money, it ends there. Bye bye shithole City- see you never!
#David C on Nov 06, 2016 :
It's time to give Perth a chance, it's progressing all the time. Yes, it's still behind other capital cities in Australia but it's starting to find it's own feet. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty to do. For instance they need to stop the urban sprawl and encourage higher density living in and around the CBD etc. They must make this an attractive option for all levels of society, that will take planning and design to a new level. They need to offer much more to do within the city itself, far too often on a weekend the city resembles a ghost town when really it isn't. The new link between the city and Northbridge will help to broaden the footprint of the CBD and hopefully attract more people. The shops, restaurants, bars and cafes etc must start to think differently, start to expand the possibilities for people. Encourage people to come in at all kinds of times. The transport network needs to raise its game, simple as, to stop the car and the freeways becoming a place where nothing but frustration surfaces. Busses and trains need more services. The free CAT busses in the city need to expand and include more areas/stops, alternatively add a few new lines. The potential for growth in Perth is huge, I just wish more people could see that. And see that as great as the coast and beaches really are that there is more to Perth than ever before.
#CrapPerth on Oct 31, 2016 :
I have travelled the world and lived in many cities in Australia Europe, Canada and USA. The only place that I have been yelled at and abused by random occupants of vehicles whilst driving past me while I walk or jog is PERTH. It happened on almost a daily basis while living there. I got the feeling that abusing and swearing at strangers is a sport in this fucked up city. SUCH ANGRY SMALL MINDED PEOPLE.
#East on Oct 21, 2016 :
Nearly moved to perth, so glad i didnt. Did many trips to check it out. Its not the isolation, flatness, expenseiveness, all that i could live with. But its the people. So unfriendly, never a smile, or a kind friendly word, theres no welcome there at all. I've tried to give the benefit of the doubt, be more positive, more open minded, but at the end of the day, compared to where i live in the East, Perth is a cold, closed off city. Makes me hate on it!..the guys with their bintang singlets and caps and muscle and the women, bottle blonde with hair pulled tightly back and their ugly active wear. The whole place is horribly aggressive and people just downright weird.
#kelly on Oct 08, 2016 :
I'm disgusted with the comments posted on this site. I you don't like Peth - leave! I've lived in England and Belgium and the people there were much ruder and 'clicky' than Perth. Residents of Belgium don't speak French of Flemish and hang around with their cultural geoups for life. The results of the last census showed that most people living in Perth weren't born here. For decades the Eastern States have take WA resource profits there and not invested here. The just kept their mistresses here. As to the drivers, you might like to know that most of them haven't orginally recieved their licence in WA, merging problems are caused by the migrant population who haven't bothered to learn the WA road rules.
#boorah on Oct 03, 2016 :
Expat in Perth for a bit more than five years. The thing about Perthians commenting about how friendly locals are is that they all grew up together. So of course to them everyone they already know seems friendly. But try coming here from abroad and setting up a new life. Whoooboy, will you be in for some harsh lessons in what 'friendly' really means to those outside the inner circle. These are people who think a three year bachelors degree from a backward university trumps a PhD from an Ivy League. And the sad thing is, here it will. They'll make it so. To their own detriment, ironically. But that's how it is. Nepotism wins and therefore competence breeds failure. In this place, up is down. Black is white. Left is right. And if you say otherwise, prepare to fight. Or be king punched from behind. I mean, really. Do prepare yourself for that because violence is endemic here. Even among those seemingly educated and well off. There is a very thin veneer of civilization in this city. Underneath that is ugly corruption masquerading as small-town neighborliness. Caveat Emptor is more than just a term of commerce in these parts. 'F*ck you, I got mine' is Perth's pugnacious pathos, infecting those born and raised in a little town who confuse name brand big britches bought in a newly constructed mall with the unjustifiable self-righteousness of grand success had by ill-gotten gains.
#maryam on Oct 01, 2016 :
To be honest when people say Perth is the most isolated city and that it has some of the most weirdest,rudest,unfriendly and small minded people it truly is.I moved to Perth in 2013 from Kenya,Nairobi.I was born in Melbourne and left Australia at the age of seven.comparing the people that i have met there to some of the people i have met in Perth they are most kind and welcoming people i have ever seen.coming back to Australia in 2013 and living in Perth, a new city where i do not know anyone made me feel a little scared .i started a new school and suprisingly on my first day i did not feel welcomed and as i thought to be. people were rude to me because they did not like the fact that i was a new student and that i moved from Kenya to Australia. so what just because i was born in Melbourne and did not lived in Australia for the past 6 years did not mean i had not be hated for it.These people also said i had attitude problems and that i was unfriendly."Unfriendly you say"?how can i be unfriendly when i let them borrow my pen because they were stupid enough not to bring a pen to school and when they i have got attitude problems they do.These people just judged me on my first of school because i was some how different from them.
#Warm West Welcome on Sep 25, 2016 :
Agree with most of the posts here. My wife and I moved to Perth 4 years ago and found it very hard to meet people and make friends initially. The secret is to join a club. Since being involved in a club we have made so many friends and constantly get invited to functions and parties. Everyone had been so friendly expecially to my wife who normally find it hard meeting people. Visit West Coast Swingers if you would like to join. You are guaranteed to meet some lifelong friends.
#nomad on Sep 24, 2016 :
I liked Perth initially because it was a different feel from the Goldy and Sydney, the people in Qld are the best.... but being a small town kiwi I grew tired of Perth soo quick, I like the green lush bush of NZ and there's nothing to compare here to NZ or Indo but everything that's wrong is because of the attitudes of the people that are bred here with a chip or something on the shoulder... whether they are born here or not.... I moved to Indonesia its beautiful and relaxing but still work up north and got to say city people are stressful anywhere you go but the cost of living in Perth exacerbates the poison attitudes that much that you would think they are a big bad city when in reality the scale of it is tiny! you can walk around east Perth to north bridge and subi within 2 hrs.. and its 2 hrs you will never get back... I see it as a sand pit on a flood plane by a river where foreigners put up buildings to head their mining operation and take the proceeds offshore.... no trains to the airport overpriced train fares taxi and rediculous one way streets and roads in such an insignificant area.... a little town trying hard to be important.
#Anonymous on Sep 22, 2016 :
A big plane lands in perth and it causes traffic chaos with people wanting to glimpse at it. People wait in perth for hours to visit a crappy Aldi supermarket. If that doesn't tell you that perth people are bored and small minded then nothing will.
#Elaine on Sep 22, 2016 :
People talk about Perth being 10 - 15 years behind other cities (which is pretty accurate) and that one day we'll catch up, but its not as if those other cities won't keep progressing either! So in a sense we'll always be playing catch up! I agree with #Charlie below and feel that after the mining boom that the city should be way more advanced than it currently is, the mismanagement and the redistribution of all of that wealth from the ground has created more problems than solutions. Perth has been bled bone dry and the people responsible don't seem to care for what happens as it tries to drag itself out of the dirt.
#Rights on Sep 20, 2016 :
Jenny racism is ugly. If you compare the 'Quality of Life' index to Melbourne's, there are no negative comments in comparison. Something is obviously very wrong here in Perth.
#Charlie on Sep 20, 2016 :
Please don't use this platform for cheap racial insults, it reflects poorly on decent folk from Perth. This is about the city and in a broader sense the state. Unfortunately, the resources boom has been poorly managed and driven by pure greed. We as a city and a state have very little to show for the billions that was made from all of that mining. It has always been a cycle of boom and bust here but we will never see the likes of that boom again. There is a $4 billion budget deficit this year which is projected to rise to $20 billion by 2020, if that doesn't set off alarm bells then nothing will. The future of Perth and WA is in serious doubt and we need serious politicians to solve it, but it has to be driven by the people of Perth itself, something which by tradition we just won't do. Change will not happen if we just stand by!
#Mark on Sep 19, 2016 :
How Perth managed to get itself on the top 10 most liveable cities in the world is beyond me! I've travelled extensively and I can assure anyone that the city of Perth is about 30th at best. By the way I'm from Perth so my opinion counts!
#Jacob on Sep 18, 2016 :
The economy in Perth has been slowing for a few years but its very precarious right now, there's a lot of people out of work, particularly men from the once thriving mining sector. There's lot of empty and vacant properties in the CBD. There's also an abundance of apartments that aren't selling because nobody wants them. Crime is definitely on the increase, mostly burglary but can it be related to the economy? Net migration is also very low, and the failure to attract more people means less money locally all around. The government infrastructure projects are a mess and an embarrassment. It really makes me fear for the future of Perth and the direction the city is going in. In the short to medium term things will get much worse...long term will depend on planning a strategy now, but I honestly can't see that happening.
#Cazam on Sep 17, 2016 :
It's the people that make a city, and nothing else. And the vast majority of people in Perth offer absolutely nothing to help it progress in any way at all. The mentality seems to be, buy/build a big house and just exist in Suburbia, and if you can do it near a beach you've reached utopia!
##T-pot on Sep 16, 2016 :
Perth living is synonymous with existing on the edge of an abyss, at the centre of which is a deep, pungent a'hole.

Generations of inward-looking xenophobic breeding have resulted in the curious genetic anomaly of mullets continuing to thrive, much like I suppose marsupials sprang up on the waste land of a continent some time ago.

Homo-mulletus, or 'Mullet-man' typically revels in driving a shiny new Ute, the engine of which has to be at least three times bigger than his brain, whilst sporting a cut-off heavy metal T-shirt and shooting up crystal meth. The eighties came to die here but has been kept on life support.

The bush, it turns out, is actually a bush, surrounded by red dirt. People spend their weekends travelling to the local DIY store for a 'snag', which is exactly the same as every suburb in Perth itself. You only know that you've arrived in the store when you look up and see a roof.

I would rather have my testicles mated with repeatedly by a randy Porcupine, then squashed by Mullet-man's Ute than spend one more minute in this perineum of a place.