Quality of Life in Perth, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 136.64   Very High
Safety Index 55.85   Moderate
Health Care Index 76.12   High
Climate Index 95.29   Very High
Cost of Living Index 86.65   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 6.10   Low
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#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.
#Jack on Sep 14, 2016 :
Perth rocks - I brought my house for 90k and now it is worth 520k!
#David on Sep 13, 2016 :
Have lived in Perth for 28 years, it is a city where you have to have social circles or people that you know to be able to fit in. The people are insular and do not like 'outsiders' invading their territory. I do believe the fact that Perth being so isolated from everywhere else makes the people think 'narrow minded'. The locals will not go out of their way to meet and find new friends. I agree with some of the points made on here, despite being born in Perth, I have felt snobby behaviour towards me from people brought up in Perth. (there is a clique) Perth more than any other city in Australia relies on your social network in order to fit in with a crowd. Be prepared to be ignored, snobbed, ridiculed, looked down upon........its just the way Perth is.

Perth is still a few few years behind Sydney but they are slowly catching up.
#bookybooky on Sep 12, 2016 :
Perth has always been dead but has previously been a decent place to live. The people have changed and become quite nasty and angry. I noticed this in my suburb Carine when the white South Africans flloded Perth. They were rude,unfriendly, never smiled and had no interest in making friends with anyone but other South Africans. This has made division rather than inclusion in the community. Also the reliance in massive generic shopping centres instead of cute strip malls or High Streets makes Perth not a place that encourages successful communities to exist.
#Dtrain on Sep 12, 2016 :
Perth and WA is a Granny State. No chance of change cos the state government and residents think they are living in paradise. Most people are too scared to travel cos they simply dont want to know how good things could be. They would rather live in their sand pit and say its laid back living there. Load of crap. Its an intense, intreverted, angry place to live. Guys try to look as aggressive as possible and the girls are clicky and think they are Barbie Dolls living in Hollywood. Sad Existance.
#PerthIsSatansDen on Aug 27, 2016 :
I blame the isolation for Perth's major troubles. Being so far from other cultures tends to make people here very resistant to change or, more accurately, progress. Just because you were born or raised in perth doesn't meant you have to spend the rest of your life here, Im moving to Melbourne in October with my boyfriend to escape this eternal prison.
#Anonymous on Aug 20, 2016 :
I've lived in Western Australia all my life, originally from the country south west. Came to Perth 15 years ago. Country people are much nicer I think, I found Perth people really clicky. Being from the country I found the suburban sprawl depressing. Living in Fremantle was the best move I made. I found the people here much nicer and a good sense of community. Unfortunately, the mining boom has made everything so expensive here, yet in my government job i'm on money that I just couldn't get anywhere else in Australia. Fremantle has changed and I just don't feel that same spark that it once had ten years ago. The most disheartening thing for me has been that all the wonderful people I have met along the way have for the most part moved away to other's hard to make friends here.
I agree that with a family and partner living on the coast with a good job could be wonderful for some time... yet for me i'm just bored of the mindset and for people who think outside the square it can be really alienating. Despite the fact im on over a hundred thousand i'm going to leave this country to work in a bar..
#Don Juan on Aug 19, 2016 :
Perth is a Beautiful City: Full stop: Yes its a bit behind the rest of the world, i'd say 10 - 15 years, but its modern enough and you can safely drink the water: the beaches here are amazing, although to swim at the local beach could mean a date with Jaws; Exciting hey?? None the less, people of all ages do swim here and live to tell the story; . Yes: people here have very diverse attitudes, many of which are over privileged wankers . Don't let that put you off. Perth is about to take the next step. She is a glorious city !!!
#Lara on Aug 18, 2016 :
This is probably the first bit of positive news on here but 7th place on the most liveable cities in the world, not bad Perth!
#Terry on Aug 16, 2016 :
Perth is an out-doorsey daytime town. Good for an active life style, cook at home and you'll save lots.There are pros and con's here like any were in the world. Find your rythem, it takes some time. When you make some mates , see them regularly. When sunset comes you are naturaly happy to rest at home instead of chasing nitetime thrills. Sounds boring but it works. I don't think the grass is greener on the other side, even though it feels like it sometimes.
#Patty on Aug 15, 2016 :
Perth born and raised here.
I really hate to say it coz Perth is my home but my god it's a fkn horrible place to live granted yes it could be worse !
I've read on a few posts now the Perth stare and it's true people just have these expressionless faces that will blantley stare at you for no apparent reason.
We've been robbed 3 times in the last year and I live in a nice suburb, the police are a whole other issue, out of the 3 times I've been robbed police have came once most police encounters go like well there's really not a whole lot we can do !
The reason is there too busy hiding in bushes catching the working man going 6km over the speed limit it's a fucking disgrace and em embarrassment, I truly don't think all of Perth is racist but more anti multiculturalism it's just is not working most of these immagrants africans europeons Russians Asians Indians come across as rude but is there culture conditioning
This is why how former prime minister said multiculturalism does not work
#Lance on Aug 11, 2016 :
Well said #Jjo, Perth definitely doesn't represent the real Australia. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane can be a bit rough around the edges but that's what gives them life and character. Never sure where you stand with Perth, it doesn't seem to have a pulse of any kind. 10 years from now it will still be struggling for an identity, the people who live there play a big part in that and from what I've seen from the people, change takes a long time to implement. Such an odd city.
#Jjo on Aug 09, 2016 :
I lived in Melbourne almost my entire life. I've been here now 3 years. I've seen and heard of more crime in that time than 32 years in Melbourne. The culture here just embodies rudeness, aggression and just plain strange behaviour. Perth doesn't represent the Australia I know.
#MM on Aug 02, 2016 :
I have lived in Perth most of my life. I have also lived on the East coast. Before I moved to the east coast of Australia I always knew that there are a lot of pretentious people in Perth. Perth used to be a great place to live before the mining boom, you could afford a house and live comfortably unfortunately that all changed when there were two economies in Perth, those that worked in the mining industry and those that did not and tried to survive. The city had a great vibe many years ago, lots of different shops, the streets were clean and it was fun to spend a day in the city or in Fremantle. All the shops stock the same shitty stock now and it has lost its appeal. It is true about the crime rate, burglaries are on the rise and road rage has become a sport for some people. As someone commented on how Perth people think that they are so well traveled but only go to Bali, that's because it's cheap!! There is one thing that I will always say about Perth "it has the best beaches"...
#Jane on Jul 28, 2016 :
I too dislike Perth,people are so unfriendly.You can go out for a walk and people will either look down or away from you rather than say hello.Extortionate prices for anything whether it's food or having work done on your home.The news is censored so you don't get the real truth about anything regarding crime statistics or the economy.When you go to the Dr's everything is a referral to see a specialist to extract more money from you.The only thing they will diagnose is an ear infection.This country is one big rip off.Not to mention that if you are not Australian or have any opinion that isn't pro Australia you will be told to f**k off back from whence you came.
#Dave on Jul 27, 2016 :
For anyone thinking of moving here soon, don't because the economy is really don't let it lure you into anything because its all built on something false. I'm getting my family out now while I can before things get any worse, which they certainly will. The boom is well and truly over and there's nothing else really going for it. Sad times for the city and the state.
#Mandy on Jul 25, 2016 :
English girl, met a guy from Perth, saw him for a few weeks before discovering he was married! I finished with him and as soon as I did his mate (who is also married) tried to hook up with me! Two total slimeballs. Never again!
#Rog on Jul 24, 2016 :
The biggest issue is people and their attitude, so many uneducated bogan types specifically men who are predisposed to being aggressive and violent, like they're just waiting for any reason to snap. Road rage is a very serious problem here. Burglary is another massive one. People in general are hard work, they tend to keep to themselves a lot. Don't expect to just strike up a conversation or to get an invite to anything soon as it won't happen. All my friends are like me, from overseas and at this stage I'd rather keep it like that.
#Xherdan on Jul 19, 2016 :
Well I havent been to Perth but I have stayed in Adelaide and I bet that the latter wins hands up in terms of boredom. Aimee apart from what you found out about guys and girls in Perth, didn't you noticed the ambient racism with respect to less white folks?
#Sara on Jul 13, 2016 :
Men in Perth are small minded numbskulls, with half the population of bogans. When I lived overseas on rare occasions I'd bump into Aussies
On planes etc and the moment they spoke I cringed. I don't understand how people of Perth dont get bored of the repetition! The city is tiny so small you'll bump into familiar faces which is irritating. I can't stand this crappy city, once you've lived overseas you realise how bad this place is. Im counting down the days my visas granted again, people if your feeling depressed its due to the city, the repetiveness and the familiarity. As for the family part, that's so sad that some people spend all their lives influenced by family and never explore what the big wide world has to offer! Perth = boring small city
#Aimee on Jul 12, 2016 :
I can relate to some of the comments on here, Perth can be great at times but equally just as bad. It's still a very liveable city though to be fair. If you have a partner or a family then it's a great place to be. If you're single then I agree with #Sara it's the pits. I'm a single girl from NZ, would consider myself a good catch (I'm educated, I have a good job, house, car and I think I'm relatively good looking) but I found the guys in Perth to be rude and arrogant with very little to offer in terms of an actual conversation. I once dated a guy who could only talk about his 'great' job with BHP and how connected he was! He constantly pestered me for sex after going on just three dates but I'm not that type. Anyway, he never spoke to me again. I'd love to know how other single people cope because I feel so frustrated at the dating scene here. Men make the effort!
#Tim Tam on Jun 18, 2016 :
Perth is a small, country town and is isolated and repetitive. The people who think Perth is OKAY need to travel more!
#Sara on Jun 18, 2016 :
Perth is what you make it, yes there are many great places to explore as suggested by "Danger". Thanks for the suggestions of places to visit :) for those overseas visitors typically from the UK! Personally Perth is the pits, for a single person, but there are worse places to live. We have fresh air! Let's count our blessings, but one can only handle so much sunshine dot com dot!
#Danger on Jun 15, 2016 :
Perth isn't crap, it could be a lot worse but it has a long way to go to become a really good city. As an outsider from overseas I found it to be pretty safe and generally clean and tidy. Compared to where I'm from its very well maintained. It's too sprawled out in my opinion and getting around without a car is difficult. Public transport is good for short journeys and the free CAT busses in the city are a great idea. It can be extremely hot in summer but that's to be expected. The beaches are really great and there's lots of them, the current is strong in the water so be careful. There's lots of recreational parks with good facilities and a really great network of cycle lanes. Check out Kings park for great view of the city. The Swan river has lots to offer too. Basically if you're into the outdoors there's loads of avenues for you. The best nightlife I found is on Beaufort street, plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants (I was a Mt Lawley resident). The CBD on a Friday night is buzzing particularly over the summer, Globe Lane and the surrounding streets have some great options for food and drinks. Also check out Wolf Lane and Shafto Lane for some alternative bars etc. There's a few bars dotted along St Georges Terrace but I think they can be hit and miss with wanky types. Food markets open over the summer at Forrest Place, usually a good vibe and a good opportunity to sample different foods. Northbridge is (to be polite) full of character but it needs to clean its act up big time, also usually very busy at the weekends but again if you're willing to look there's some good bars and restaurants etc. The new state library is very impressive, worth checking out as is Elizabeth Quay and the surrounding area (Its built now so no point in moaning!). Not sure whats happening with the WA museum, may be closed for renovations but its good and worth going to. Shops are starting to get better and offer a little more variety. Shopping is centred around Murray St, Hay Street and the arcades in between. Plenty of huge shopping malls dotted all over Perth that sell plenty of goods. There's a few outdoor cinemas that are a novel way to watch a movie, they can show a variety of classics to modern day features. If you want good Chinese food go to Chinatown! The Fringe festival get bigger every year and is a lot of fun. A trip down to Freo is always a good idea, plenty of great options for lunch, dinner and drinks (I used to love the rum bar!). Also has a few museums worth checking out. Its also the gateway to Rotto, another great idea for a day trip where you can hire bikes and check out the island. No doubt I'm missing loads and I will write again to talk about some of the more negative aspects and there's a few...but for now I hope this is viewed as something positive and constructive for anyone potentially coming here.
#Peter on Jun 15, 2016 :
Perth is crap. full stop. Boring dreary, hostile, dangerous, blank faces that just stare.
Far to expensive for sense. That includes every thing. Unfriendly.
One feels a bad feeling around the place. I am well travelled indeed, but Perth is the total pits.
Aggressive people, young and old.
Not a nice place to live, not at all.
The sun shines, but that is about all it has.
Good riddance Perth.
#MCREN on Jun 14, 2016 :
I found Perth People really don't like any criticism of Perth would be interested to hear back from an open minded Perth Local ideally someone who lived elsewhere / well travelled generally the people who think the sun shines out of Perths Ass have never been anywhere else
#Anonymous on Jun 14, 2016 :
I found Perth People really don't like any criticism of Perth would be interested to hear back from an open minded Perth Local ideally someone who lived elsewhere / well travelled generally the people who think the sun shines out of Perths Ass have never been anywhere else
##MCREN on Jun 14, 2016 :
Im from Ireland Lived in Perth for 7 years. In the end what drove me away was the small mindedness of the people. The isolation, the terrible over priced night life was around $12 for a beer back in 2014 WTF!!! prob more now,
Most of the Perth People I knew ie (Perth born and Bred) were all from the same clicky background ie went to same schools same uni got married at same time to same kinda ppl etc. Only went out to the same places talking about the same boring career / babies / marriage blah blah blah.
Night life was bad I mean really shocking... price queing for ages cant get a taxi at the w/e the amount of times I almost got beaten for no reason is crazy a lot of Perth guys are just roided up gym junkie bogan assholes with very little between the ears on the other hand if you want to avoid bogans your other choice is pretentious crazy priced yuppy / wanker banker bars on St Georges terrace full of shallow career obsssed morons. Tbh that was my impression of Australians as a whole shallow, no conversation / banter skills and or sense of humour almost non existent don't get me wrong I met plenty of cool Aussies but damn so many small minded racist backwards ignorant idiots who know very little about the world outside of Australia who think they arewell travelled because they went to bali to get wrecked and came back with a bintang singlet.
#danny on Jun 14, 2016 :
Welcome to Perth, where the sun shines and everything slows down till you start going backwards. I've seen more life in a morgue and met friendlier people too!
#Gary on Jun 14, 2016 :
The people of Perth are without a doubt the strangest breed of people I have ever come across, they have a very odd sense of life and reality. They seem so preoccupied with things like property and investments etc, like that's what defines their life which is sad. I found people of Perth incredibly obnoxious, rude, unhelpful and very unfriendly in general, there have been exceptions. Such small minds, guess that comes from the isolation factor. There's literally no identity for the city, it seems to just exist and plod along as if that's the best it can do. It's a shame because the potential is there for it to become an international city. Only by attracting more people and having more of everything (shops, bars, cafes, restaurants etc) will peoples minds and attitudes begin change, sadly though I think its a long way off and maybe the people of Perth don't want it to change. I've never known a city to have so many negative aspects from so many people. Yet the people of Perth will still deny any acknowledgement of how bad it actually is. The nicest people I've met have ALL been immigrants like myself, they all have similar problems!
#Sammy on Jun 07, 2016 :
Perth people are just plain weird.
Inbred, zombies, vacant, self absorbed, no empathy for others, loosers who think they're hot stuff. Unbelievable in my opinion. This place is the pits.
#Emma K on Jun 04, 2016 :
Perth is the best place to live, property prices range from around $300,000.00 to $800,000.00.
this is an affordable price for my family of 2 children and my partner.
Where our house is located it is convenient to shops, fuel stations and 24/7 shops such as 7eleven.
Perth is literally the best place to live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):)
#Kate M on May 30, 2016 :
Im a 25 yr old girl, been living in perth since 1998 from nz originally. Perth is ok sometimes i find, but it is an extremely "clicky" place, if ur not "in" with people you wont get any lasting friendships. I learnt to realize after a while perth people were more about themselves. The most ignorant drivers and the slowest to take off from a green light!! Dont get me wrong i love certain scenery and styles of Perth, i guess that side has really grown on me but i was always disappointed with lack of empathy here and general manners and politeness. The amount of times i would pass people and smile and say Hi and i just get a vacant stare or a look away it starts to make you think. People are rude here a lot of the times i find. Other girls my age here barely give you a friendly vibe to a fellow female (myself) no matter how nice i can be (in the shops, a check out girl etc) feels like Perth girls have an attitude problem not to mention the snobby guys. Dont bother saying hi to ppl when ur walking bye coz they never say hi! Last but not least everyone wearing active wear everywhere, bogan looking girls n guys etc. We dont need to see it, go to bondi if yur gonna wear active wear everywhere guys n gal. Perth is ok at times with good and bad but never understood a lot of the people here! :)