Living in Perth, the most isolated metropolis in the world
When you think of Australia you will soon arrive at the large well-known cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Still, according to different opinions, one of the most livable cities on earth is located in western Australia, Perth. With a population of just under 2 million, this is the only major city in Western Australia. It is therefore the most remote metropolis in the world. Yet there is plenty to do, especially in the area. You will find the most beautiful beaches, the city is surrounded by the Swan River and the atmosphere is more than relaxed. The city, like all major cities in Australia, is surrounded by dozens of suburbs.We have been lucky enough to live in Perth for a while.
Living in Perth
You will find the most beautiful suburbs on the coast. About 10 to 15 kilometers from the center of Perth you will find places like Scarborough, Cottesloe, Fremantle and Sorrento, each with their own charm. These places are located on the Indian Ocean and that is something that makes life on this side of Australia so unique. The beaches you will see here are comparable to those in places like the Maldives or the Bahamas. The sand is almost white and the seas extremely blue. A nice extra is that you can watch the sun set in the ocean every evening, which is a beautiful spectacle. That makes living in Perth even more pleasant than it already is.
The highlights of Perth
Most people visit Perth for a few days, then with a motor home or rental car discover the west coast. We have six months in Scarborough, a suburb from Perth. In some areas, Western Australia surpasses the more popular east coast. In this blog we are going to tell you how to spend your time in Perth best spend. We do this on the basis of 4 tips that you certainly cannot should miss during your days in Perth.
- Strolling Perth’s city centre
- Relaxing and ‘people watching’ in Kings Park
- Enjoy Scarborough Beach
- The authentic vibe of Fremantle
Perth’s city centre
Perth is a city that can be compared to Rotterdam. In terms of atmosphere, people and shops, you occasionally have the impression that you are bumping through “the Koopgoot”. The city is less "lively", when you compare this to Sydney, for example. At the same time, this creates an atmosphere that is pleasant. People don't care about others, everyone greets each other and the infrastructure in the city is well organized. Get off at Yagan Square and walk leisurely through the center, which by the way is not big at all.
Be sure to check out Elizabeth Quay, a harbor on the Swan River. Here you can enjoy a nice walk and enjoy all the beauty that Perth has to offer. Northbridge is the place to be for the liveliest nightlife. There are some 'crazy' walking around here and there are many backpackers to be found. Ideal for getting to know people.
Enjoying Kings Park
Kings Park is a gigantic park on the outskirts of Perth. This park is full of beautiful trees and is about 4 km2 in total. You can look out beautifully from here across the city and the Swan River. You can also enjoy walking or cycling rent and enjoy what the park has to offer. We like to put it on a blanket with some snacks to chill and enjoy all the people passing by bump. And what better way to end the day with a typical Australian barbecue?
Enjoy Scarborough Beach
As mentioned, we have lived in Scarborough, Perth ourselves for half a year. And this was truly a fantastic time! The beach is beautiful, especially the walk from Scarborough Beach to Trigg Beach is a pleasure. The sea, especially early in the morning, is like taking a bath. With a bit of luck you will see the stingrays swimming under you. When you visit Scarborough between November and April, the Sunset Markets take place here every Thursday. This is a market by the sea with many different food trucks, which you can enjoy during the sunset.
Anyway, the sunset in Scarborough is a picture and best viewed from, how appropriate, Sunset Hill. In Scarborough you will also find a number of nice tents for a snack or drink. What should in any case not be missed is getting an ice cream at Dumbo. And believe us. If you are also going to live in Perth, you will be here every day.
The authentic vibe of Fremantle
Last year Fremantle has been voted number 7 in the “best city in the world” list Lonely Planet. Upon entering Fremantle you briefly look back in time to go. It gives an old English atmosphere with old fashioned buildings appearance. There is a hippie vibe in this city, located 30 minutes from Perth, and that can also be seen in the people who walk around it. You can find it everywhere on the street creative arts and street performers. A day of people watching in this place is something you should secretly just do.
Furthermore a walk through the infamous Cappucino Strip is a must and don't forget good cup of coffee to score. The Fremantle Markets is also an attraction herself. In this market you will find the most diverse products and you can enjoy yourself get fresh food. Furthermore, the beautiful Bathers Beach is within walking distance, if you want escape the hustle and bustle.
Fremantle can be visited as a day trip, but if you would like to stay here a little longer, there are numerous affordable hostels here. For about 12 euros per night you can sleep here in a cozy dorm. This is also the perfect way to get to know people. A nice hostel is the Old Fire Station Hostel, located on the edge of the center. Fremantle is also easy to do on foot, as it is not huge. There is a train line from platform 7 in the center of Perth in about half an hour to Fremantle which will cost you about 3 euros.