Perth sits on the Swan River, lapped by the Indian Ocean, in the south-west corner of Western Australia. It is the state capital. The climate is Mediterranean: hot and dry. Daytime winter temperatures in Perth are around 10-20° Celsius, and 20-33° in summer. WA is the most culturally diverse state in the country. More than a quarter of its residents were born overseas, and nearly half have one or more parents born overseas. Migrants from the UK make up more than 12% of Perth’s population. There are also significant numbers from China, Indonesia, Italy, Poland and elsewhere. This diversity is reflected in the many excellent eateries in the city.
Like much of Australia, life in Perth happens outside. Mostly flat with lots parks and trees, it has an extensive network of cycling tracks. Move to Perth if you love to walk, run, cycle, sail and swim. Go on picnics and eat al fresco at cafes. And if you migrate to Perth you will HAVE to learn to cook on a barbeque.
There is an efficient public transport system of trains, ferries and buses, including free travel within the city centre. The Perth CBD is very modern, clean and business oriented. There is some fantastic shopping, and a fascinating cultural precinct on the west side. There you will find the museum, art galleries, the State Library, vintage chic and hip cafes.
Western Australia is blessed with a wealth of mineral resources, including gold, diamonds, oil and iron ore. A lot of the work available is in mining, and in associated construction, engineering and R&D activities. Western Australia has thrived with China’s booming economy and their hunger for iron in particular. The global financial crisis only affected this growth temporarily. Other significant industries include agriculture, and boat building.
Australia is well known for its excellent education system, but it is Perth that is called ‘the education city’. It has no less than 5 universities and a wide selection of schools.