The Gemmill Homes Guide to Moving to Perth

guide to moving to perth

The capital of Western Australia has it all. With beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife, wine regions, scenic parks and shopping destinations, Perth is a city that is brimming with opportunity for those looking to settle down. So if you’re looking for a sea change, the allure of one of the most isolated cities in the world is one you won’t be able to resist.

about Perth

Perth might be one of the most isolated cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking. Pristine beaches, parks and rivers meet to harbour a highly educated and progressive workforce, full of opportunities and innovation. In addition, the city has been recently ranked 22nd in the world for quality of life according to Mercer’s Quality of Living top 25.

You’ll also find plenty of activities and attractions to do, such as visiting Rottnest Island, Swan Valley vineyards, Kings Park, museums and more. On the coast of the Indian Ocean, Fremantle is the port city where you’ll be able to enjoy a proper sunset over the sea.

The mining sector and its close proximity to Asia make of Perth’s economy an attractive one; with many investors in energy, minerals, agriculture, tourism, education and food

how to get to perth

You can get to Perth via plane, car, train or cruise. Flights to Perth from any major city in Australia depart daily and frequently, with the flight from Sydney to Perth averaging four hours.

If you’re interested in seeing what the vast landscape of the Nullarbor Plain in the middle of Australia is like and want to make getting there an adventure, then the train is for you. As the longest straight railway in the world, the Indian Pacific can take you from the east coast (Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide) to the west coast in three days. If you’re on a budget, there is also the possibility of a long bus ride from Adelaide to Perth.

If travelling across the centre of our great island nation isn’t your style, then why not relax as you set sail in style on a leisurely cruise? Most cruises will depart from Sydney and stop in other Australian cities on the way.

Perth public transport

If you’re committed to doing your part for the environment and don’t drive a car, you’ll still be able to make your way around Perth with ease.

Perth has a very effective public transport system, Transperth. If you’re settling in, a good idea would be to buy a SmartRider card, which covers buses, trains and ferries. The cost of the card is $10, and then just add credit to it. It works with “tap on, tap off” technology, so the price of your ride will be defined by the distance you’ve travelled and which zones have you covered. The SmartRider Card works out to be 15% cheaper than buying paper tickets.

The train network covers the majority of the city, all the way to Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Armadale and Mandurah. Transport in Perth also features a free city bus service that can take you to most of the city’s attractions.

Taxis operate 24/7 and can be found outside hotels, airports and shopping centres, as well as circulating on the streets. From the airport, you can catch a taxi to the city or the Airport-City shuttle, which stops in several points in the city.

what to do in Perth

Rottnest Island

This pristine island, where cars are non-existent, is located only 19 kilometres from Perth, and it features more than 60 breathtaking beaches. It has a rich history, the island sporting several adventurous activities such as snorkelling and bike riding. There are a number of coral reefs and tropical fish which must be explored!

Kings Park

Kings Park is one of the largests parks in the world in the midst of the city. Packed with native Australian flora, it is surrounded by the Swan River (which plays host to the majestic black swans swimming freely on its waters). From the park, you can catch quite a privileged view of the city’s landscape and skyscrapers.

Indulge in the Australia’s best wine

Whether you’re an amatuer sommelier or can distinguish notes with one whiff, the wine region of Perth does not disappoint. Indulge in the famous Swan Valley, which has more than 40 vineyards compose the region, mainly focusing on producing warmer climate wines. There are several tours that can be taken in the region;including the cellars, the vineyards, art galleries, bush trails, national parks, colonial heritage, lakes and rivers.

Acclaimed beaches

White sands and turquoise waters perfectly describe what you’re in for when visiting Perth’s well-renowned beaches. From trendy Cottesloe Beach, to snorkeling reefs in Mettams Pool and Triggs beach park and grass area, you are in for a treat. If you like to take it slow when it comes to the ocean, Leighton beach has more calm waters.

Fremantle

The port city of Fremantle, or Freo (as known by the locals) is a bustling combination of historic buildings, delicious cafes and colourful markets located half-an-hour south of Perth. Local tours include the Fremantle Prison, Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries.

Shopping and nightlife

Head to the stylish neighborhoods of Subiaco, Leederville, Mount Lawley and Northbridge for unparalleled boutiques, bar and bistros, pubs, small bars (from the small bar movement) and hipster restaurants. Designer clothing shops and weekend markets are also in store in any of these urban villages of Perth.

Culture

Multiculturalism is a strong characteristic in WA’s capital. You can experience it yourself, from walking down the streets of the CBD to visiting some of the city’s cultural attractions, such as Perth Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (which features a huge collection of Aboriginal Art and it’s free), The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art for modern exhibitions and finally, the Urban Orchard, a city garden for the green enthusiasts.

Ready to make a change and lay down some roots in Perth? Get in touch with the Gemmill Homes team to learn more about building a home here by calling (08) 9263 4444 or send us an email.