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City Spotlight: Moving to Perth

City Spotlight: Moving to Perth

Perth is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. It is the capital of Western Australia and also the largest city in Western Australia. We have featured it quite a bit on our blog, but we thought it was time to revisit a post all about moving to Perth. Our last Perth City Spotlight  post was back in August of 2014. Perth was founded in 1829 and was named as an official city in 1856. The city is situated on the Swan River and the east side of the city is bordered by a low escarpment known as the Darling Scarp. Much of the city was built on Wetlands and the Indian Ocean is off the coast to the east. Although Perth is one of the fastest growing cities, much of the land surrounding Perth has been protected with National Park or Nature Reserve status to maintain the conservation of the land, forest, and cave systems nearby. In fact, Perth is surrounded by a total of 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves. If you are moving to Perth for work, it is likely in the mining, oil, or gas industry. There is a high demand for I.T, medical professionals, and jobs in the financial industry. Tourism is also very important for Perth. Tourist attractions include the city centre, Fremantle, the coast, and the Swan River.

Perth Skyline in 2015 Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Mark – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Perth Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Murray Street Mall Photo Credit: (Wikipedia)

Fremantle Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Roel Loopers (Wiki Takes Fremantle participant) – Uploaded from Wiki Takes Fremantle, CC BY 3.0,

Interesting Facts about Perth

Perth Skyline and CBD from Mill Point Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison ( – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

University of Western Australia Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Photograph by Greg O’Beirne – Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Fremantle Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Roel Loopers (Wiki Takes Fremantle participant) – Uploaded from Wiki Takes Fremantle, CC BY 3.0,

Domain Stadium Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Edelmand at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Kafuffle using CommonsHelper., Public Domain,

  • Perth is one of the most isolated major cities in the world. This is because there is so much rural land, parks, and forested area surrounding it and the fact that the rest of Western Australia is not very populated. The closest major city to Perth is Adelaide, South Australia, which is 2,130 km away.
  • Perth is Australia’s 4th most populated city. It overtook Adelaide in the early 1980’s
  • As of June 2015, over 2 million residents live in Perth’s metropolitan area.
  • There are four public universities located in Perth:
    • The University of Western Australia
    • Curtin University
    • Murdoch University
    • Edith Cowan University
  • There is one private university: The University of Notre Dame Australia, located in Fremantle with a large campus also in Sydney.
  • Fremantle is a city located at the mouth of the Swan River, it serves as Perth’s port.
  • Australian rules football is the most popular spectator sport in Perth.
  • Other popular sports in Perth include cricket, basketball, soccer, and rugby union.

Perth’s Parks

Kings Park view from QV1 Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kollision – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Hyde Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By I, Greg O’Beirne, CC BY-SA 3.0,

In addition to being surrounded by parkland, there are parks within Perth’s city limits. Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. It is located on the western border of the CBD. It covers 4.06 square kms and includes natural bushland, botanical gardens and grassed parkland. From the park, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Swan River and east to the Darling Range. It is visited by over 5 million people a year making it the most popular visitor destination in all of Western Australia. The park houses more than 324 native plant varieties, 215 indigenous fungi species that are known of, and 80 different types of bird species. Hyde Park used to be known as Third Swamp and the Third Swamp Reserve; it covers 15.5 hectares of land in the north-east corner of Perth. The facilities there include public toilets, barbecues, drinking fountains, pavilion, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and a stage area.

Perth Government

Government House of Western Australia Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Photograph by Greg O’Beirne – Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Parliament House in Perth Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Nachoman-au – A digital photograph taken by myself., CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Supreme Court of Western Australia Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Stephen Edmonds –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

The Perth Metropolitan Region covers 30 local government areas from Two Rocks in the north to Rockingham in the south and east to The Lakes. The state of Western Australia’s Parliament and Supreme Court are located in Perth since it is the capital. The Governor of Western Australia also resides at the Government House within the city limits.

Things to Do in Perth

Trigg Beach rock pool photo credit:

Quokka on Rottnest Island Photo Credit:

Whale Watching near Perth Photo Credit:

Perth Zoo Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Shinjiman – Own work, Public Domain,

Tourism is a big part of Perth’s industry, but the things to do here also provide fun, recreation, and culture for residents, so if you move here, then chances are these are the types of things you will be doing in your free time. Places to visit include:

  • The Scitech Discovery Centre
  • The Western Australian-Maritime Museum
  • Army Museum of Western Australia
  • Aviation Heritage Museum
  • Perth Mint
  • Fremantle Markets
  • Swan Valley
  • Perth Zoo
  • Aquarium of Western Australia
  • Whale Watching off the Coast

Perth’s Climate

Perth Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Perth has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, but is particularly sunny. In fact, it is the sunniest capital city in Australia. Perth sees moderate to high seasonal rainfall. Summers are hot and dry and last from December to late March. February is usually the hottest month of the year. The winters are cool and wet. Average high temperatures in summer range from 22.8 °C to 31.7 °C and average low temperatures range between 8.3 °C and 9.6 °C in winter. The average rainfall in Perth is 730.5 mm annually with an average of 108.4 precipitation days.

Hiring a Moving Truck in Perth

Perth Truck Hire Map Photo Credit:

There are plenty of truck rental locations in Perth  where you can hire a truck. If you are moving in Perth, then hiring a moving truck here is very convenient. However, Budget has locations throughout Australia and we often run one way moving specials so you can hire a moving truck in another city and use it to move to Perth, and then return it at a Perth location without having to pay a one way fee. Once you are living in Perth, remember us for your 4WD needs. If you travel around the region or other parts of Western Australia, it is advisable to have a 4WD or all – terrain vehicles to help you get to the rugged places you want to go and explore. Click on the link to get a great rate quote for hiring a moving truck or a 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain.

While Perth, check out some of our previous blog posts from our sister site, for ideas on what to do while here:

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

National Parks near Perth Part One

National Parks near Perth Part Two

National Parks near Perth Part Three

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Four – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Five – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Six – Marine Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Seven – Nature Reserves

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

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