The Perth Lifestyle
Living in Perth has to be one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I have visited every major Australian City, I have drunk espresso in the mecca of coffee, Melbourne. Dined in front of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House. And came to the very real realisation that I do in fact like a sophisticated glass of port whilst on a wine tour of the Barossa Valley in Adelaide. But out of all of the cities I have spent time in in Australia, Perth has to be my favourite. So what is the lifestyle in Perth like? There is only one very Australian saying that I can think of that will sum it up……Cruisy.
Despite Perth being one of the most isolated cities in the world the lifestyle really is cruisy. To me it has a fresh, young feel with an easy going pace. It also just so happens to have a boat load of things going on all of the time. As I write this article the Fringe World Festival is happening and in a few days’ time the Perth International Arts Festival will be kicking off.
Ok so I wouldn’t normally do this but I am going to start with the only negative that I feel Perth has as so we can establish it and get it out of the way. Perth is a long long…….long way from any other major city in Australia. Adelaide is the closest city to Perth and by closest city I mean 2700km away. It is one of the most isolated cities in the world with only Honolulu preceding it. So I guess that can be an advantage if you like your own personal space or enjoy the thought of being far away from any other major colonised area of civilisation.
Now let’s get back to living a cruisy Perth lifestyle.
It’s a Cruisy Lifestyle
The Australian dictionary definition of “Cruisy”, and I quote is, “relaxed or easy-going”. There doesn’t feel the same kind of stress levels that I felt when living in London or spending some time in Sydney or Melbourne. The CBD is very small and looks as if photographers designed it with beautiful landscape pictures in mind.
Like with the rest of Australia there is definitely an outdoors activity culture. You can have hit one of the 19 beaches to kite surf, sunbath or taking a midnight skinny dip. There are many lakes, bike tracks and parks located around. Probably one of the first parks you will visit is Kings Park and the war memorial that is located there. If you are there for sunset you will see the city skyline fade and light up.
Bar and Food
If you are into your small bar and restaurant scene then Perth is packed full of different styles and flavours. There are many hidden locations around the city so do not be afraid to take a look behind the door. You may find some very sophisticated and alternate places. If you are a pommy like me then Perth will cater for you as there are a number of local feeling English Pubs dotted around the CBD that serve some very home comforting, recognisable beverages!
If you have been to Camden or Shoreditch in London then you will LOVE Fremantle (or as the locals call it FREO!). With its alternate vibe it is definitely the place to visit and it also just so happens to be home of the Little Creatures Brewery where you can get the freshest cold pin of Pale Ale you’ll have while in Perth.
One of my favourite places to hang out and chill in is Elizabeth Quay. You have one epic 360 view. The first 180 degree will be of the Swan River and the second will be of the picture perfect city skyline. Head down to The Lucky Shag for drink or The Riverside Café for some of the best espresso you’ll find in the city.
There is loads going on all of the time. As mentioned above we currently have the Fringe World Festival which is the annual multi-arts festival held every summer here in Perth. You are treated to some of the world’s best shows such as La Soiree (my personal recommendation!). It doesn’t stop there. There is something for everybody here. Ranging from cabaret to burlesque to some of the best comedy in town you will not be disappointed.
Like every major city there are a number of outdoor movie theatres such as Rooftop Movies, Moonlight Cinema and Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. There are many museums such as the educational WA Museum. If you are looking to release your inner nerd check out the video game console museum Nostalgia Box and get your science fix at Scitech.
Perth is not without its beaches and plays host to 19 golden and crisp spots. If you are into your kite surfing then go and visit Scarborough Beach, for Dolphins go and check out Monkey Mia and if you want eighty miles of white sand head down to aptly names Eighty Mile Beach.
Like in any city there is always going to be plenty of jobs going. Whether you are classified as a skilled or unskilled worker I do not think you will have too much trouble finding a place of work. With the mining boom finished it is likely to be harder to get into this industry. However where there is a will there is always a way!
If you are like me and on a working holiday visa with experience in the hospitality industry then there are always going to be jobs available. I was quite lucky and managed to get a job at the first place I walked into. You may not be quite as lucky but I was armed and ready with a bunch of CVs and RSAs (Responsible Service of Alcohol) to distribute to every restaurant and bar I could find. If you are looking to work with alcohol then make sure you have your RSA completed before attempting to get a job.
So, what’s it really like living in Perth? Well so far I would say it is pretty awesome! If you are looking for an easy going place to live and settle down in with a range of outdoor activities then Perth is the place to be. The weather in Perth is also fantastic. Although as I am typing it is raining it does seem to be a rarity so I can’t complain too much! Given the chance I would definitely settle down here as the city and the lifestyle suit me to a T.
Leave a comment below on your experiences in Perth as it would be great to hear them will add any suggestions into the article.