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Perth is the capital of Western Australia and has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city. The Mediterranean climate means that Perth enjoys mild winters, warm to hot summers, and blue skies for most of the year.

The city sits on the Swan River and beneath the botanical Kings Park. With all the sunny weather, people spend time outdoors swimming, sailing, waterskiing, fishing, cycling, walking and running  especially around the Swan River.

Details of the main areas within the Perth metropolitan area are given below.

 

Perth (central metropolitan)

For those wanting an inner city lifestyle, suburbs include:

  • Perth (city);

  • East Perth;

  • West Perth;

  • South Perth; and

  • Northbridge.

Apartment living is prominent in these suburbs. Perth’s central business district (CBD) is made up of offices, financial institutions, and several dining and retail attractions. Adjacent to the CBD sits Perth’s vibrant entertainment district Northbridge ​ home to cafés, restaurants, bars, nightlife, cultural events and festivals.

Neighbouring suburbs include:

  • Leederville;

  • Subiaco;

  • Mount Hawthorn; and

  • Mount Lawley.

Apartments and character homes can be found in these areas. Popular café strips, recreation facilities and parks are readily available.

 

Northern suburbs

Also referred to by locals as ‘north of the river’, the northern suburbs line the coast and expand inwards. House prices generally increase the closer you are to the coast.

The northern suburbs are generally well established; however, the larger suburbs of Joondalup and Ellenbrook are regularly releasing newer estates with vacant land.

 

Southern suburbs

Also known as ‘south of the river’, the southern suburbs are generally well established and include newer estates with vacant land.

Fremantle (20 km from Perth CBD) offers a mix of contemporary housing, heritage cottages and apartment living. Fremantle is home to Western Australia’s busiest working port and is also known for its music, arts and culture, festivals, retail stores, markets, cafés and restaurants.

 

Perth hills

For a semi-rural lifestyle, ‘the hills’ on the outskirts of Perth offer spectacular scenery, native bushland and generally larger properties.

The Swan Valley wine growing region is also becoming a popular area with
semi-rural property, residential housing and land releases available.

News
Orientation sessions for newly arrived skilled migrants

Settlement Services will be hosting free orientation sessions to help you settle more easily into your new life in Western Australia.
Skilled migrants and their families are welcome to attend.
View Settlement Services Events page​ for details.​

Fun Fact
The length of the Western Australian border with the Northern Territory and South Australia is 1862 km.