Thursday, 10 November 2011
Moving to Australia - In the Spotlight: Perth and Western Australia
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About Perth and Western Australia
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, covering one third of the entire continent. It has a total area of over 2.5 million square kilometres, making it 3.6 times bigger than Texas, 4.6 times larger than France and to put it into real perspective, 11 times the size of the UK. Despite its size though, Western Australia is home to only around two million people, one and three-quarters of a million of whom, live in Perth.
Perth is one of the world’s most isolated cities. It is quite literally an island of people, with a virtually uninhabited desert to one side and thousands of miles of water to the next. If you look on a map you’ll see Perth on the left of Australia and most of the other large Australian cities including Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, on the right.
This splendid isolation means that Perth’s residents get to enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a relaxed lifestyle in a very clean, spacious environment and, instead of waking up to the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean, as they do in Eastern Australia, the people of Perth get to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
The vast majority of the housing stock in Perth is detached on varying plot sizes, and its residential streets and avenues are wide and in the main, quiet and relatively traffic free providing plenty of safe space for children to play in. In fact Perth is the ideal place to raise a family, with most migrants finding it a friendly place to settle, particularly when compared to the larger cities on Australia's eastern coast. It would not necessarily be your destination of choice if you were young, free and single and looking for an exciting city night life, but it is great for those looking for a suburban, family orientated way of life.
The northern and western sides of the city are the most highly regarded and many British émigrés have chosen to settle there. So much so, that around a quarter of the population is British. Among the most popular locations are Subiaco, Nedlands, Claremont, Dalkeith, Cottesloe, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove but houses here can be quite costly and the journey into the city can be a busy and sometimes quite slow one. Other areas favoured by British expats are Beldon, Connolly, Edgewater, Heathridge, Joondalup, Mullaloo and Ocean Reef.
Perth has wide roads and highways and rush hours can be busy but the traffic usually keeps moving. Speed cameras are ubiquitous which is further proof, as if it were needed, that this is a residential, family friendly city and the authorities want to keep it that way.
During business hours, the public transport service in Perth offers regular and inexpensive connections. A Transperth ticket works like a travelcard in that it can be used on both buses and trains. Like travelcards, they are sold on the basis of city zones but unlike the travelcard, they can be bought in most newsagents. Regular commuters should look to purchase a MultiRider ticket. At time of writing, these worked out 15 percent cheaper than the standard fare for 10 journeys and 25 percent cheaper than the standard fare for 40 journeys.
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