Just thought I'd post a thread on our recent visit to Perth, this is mainly because I said I would for a couple of people in the UK, who were trying to choose between Perth and Adelaide. We're fast approaching 4 years in Aussie, and have spent around 3.5 years in Adelaide and 3 months travelling across and staying in Qld, NSW and Vic. This was our first visit to WA, and we spent a week there, wow a whole week! we must be experts hey!
So what did we know about Perth before our visit, not much, only really heard it's expensive, expensive, expensive!, some friends have told us its expensive, other friends had said it was no different to Adelaide, someone's fibbing, who?
Starting at the beginning of the visit, the first thing that hits us is the temperature, having flown in from Adelaide the first thing we had to do was loose the jackets. It still got quite chilly in the evenings, but during the days we were down to t-shirts for the most part. We'd been monitoring average temperature differences between Adelaide and Perth for 6 weeks or so, being summer people, we liked that a lot.
Next step, jump in the hire car, which brings me to the roads, best in Australia that I've seen, and by no small margin, in fact I will say superb, lots more motorbikes out and about as a result. If your a professional driver, it's a no brainer, go to Perth.
Expensive? Well it must be the housing side of things, we visited supermarkets, servos, ate out, checked out clothes shops etc, prices no different to Adelaide, total rubbish, maybe if your a pampered pooch who just must fine dine weekly, more fool you, we don't. Adelaide has cheap houses, but I've never seen anything under $450000 that I'd even consider, period features are best bulldozed, we like modern.
Negatives keldaz? Perth city and Freemantle are nothing special and the beaches don't match Adelaide for quality or quantity, but we only had a week and didn't really seek them out hard.
One thing I was expecting was lots of self important I've got more money than you types, flying around in their 4 wheel drives thinking their something their not, there's probably more here. It all felt super laid back, I even had a couple of total strangers say 'how you going mate' just because we climbed out of our cars at the same time.
Overall I would say the closest thing to what we expected Australia to be like, a serious contender for living and we now feel we have an alternative to Adelaide, which up to this point was the only place we would live.