Why you should visit Perth – 10 Interesting Facts about Perth, WA

Imagine your partner or boyfriend telling you that “You’re not the one;” feels as though there’s something innately wrong about you or maybe you’re totally flawed.

I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine who lives in the US and she tells me
This city (Perth) is not for me”.  People often perceive small cities like Perth as being less social, boring and not worth pursuing a life.

As much as I love Perth, I felt that there is a need to talk about Perth or for that matter Australia in general.  
And here goes today’s post written on the same lines….

"I am at the beach looking at the deep blue water, my feet covered with the fine crystals of sand it felt like dew drops or may be the pearls of a string."

"The sun slowly tracks down to the sea while its rays touching the water, when I smile to myself and say,

This is life!
And there is nowhere else I’d rather be…"

For all my friends who couldn't figure out one good reason to visit Perth or for that matter visit Australia, this week's blog post is a shout out about what you all are missing by not visiting this part of the globe.

To start with, what set’s Perth apart from the rest of the capital cities is that it’s an isolated capital city and not highly populated.

We have white sandy beaches with pristine clear water, the finest of the landscapes, the houses built in the inner suburbs having some of the breath taking views; Perth is definitely one of the most beautiful and clean cities you may have ever visited.  

Top 10 Interesting facts about Perth

1. Bright Sun = Bright life.
I can say we’re definitely not missing the Indian summer while in Perth and thanks to all the sunshine!

Perth is one of the sunniest capital cities in the world as well as being the most isolated capital city in the world. We enjoy an average eight hours of sunshine on any given day.

2. City of Light
While I fondly remember Hyderabad, India (the place where I was born and brought up) as the City of pearls; Perth is known as the 'City of Light'.

Perth was nominated by U.S astronauts as the 'City' of Lights' – as it stood out as the brightest spot on earth

3. Biggest Number of Millionaires
The booming mining industry in Perth has blessed it with the highest per capita number of self-made millionaires in any city in the world. Err you’re jealous now aren’t you?

4. Kings Park: Perth has the largest inner city park in the world – Kings Park. It's even bigger than New York's Central Park.

5. Sea Breezes, Fresh Air and Wind Surfing.

Two soothing influences help Perth to stand out. Firstly, the humidity is generally quite low.  Secondly, we receive a regular afternoon sea breeze from the Indian Ocean, known as the "Fremantle Doctor".  It can last for a couple of hours.  Perth is the third windiest capital city in the world, mainly due to the frequency of the Fremantle Doctor. 
Our beaches are very popular with wind and kite surfers, who make a great spectacle on summer afternoons.  The wind also keeps the air fresh and vibrant.

6. Public Transport 

Get on to the Perth City Sightseeing bus for a free ride around the city!

Compared to other western countries like Europe & UK, I think Australia has a better public transport system.

Trains, buses & trams are the common modes of public transport and I can say transport in WA is quite affordable.The public transport in the city (Cat buses like red cat, blue cat & yellow cat) provide free service for anyone who wishes to commute within the CBD.

Sealed highways link regional centres to Perth and two national highways, one in the north and one in the south, provide for interstate traffic.

7. Swan River & Barrack Street Jetty
Overlooking the picturesque Swan River is one of Perth's most unique and must see tourist attractions. Filled with fascinating historic content and fantastic views over the river and Perth.

Perth city towers overlooking the picturesque Swan River

Bell Tower: This is the home of the Bell tower, including the 12 bells of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. They are one of the few sets of royal bells and are the only ones known to have left England. Get 2 for 1 entry to the Bell Tower on production of City Sightseeing bus ticket.Barrack St Jetty is also home to all the cruise departures to Fremantle and the Swan Valley.

Bell Tower

8. Best places to visit in WA
Rottnest Island, Perth Zoo, Penguin Island, Caversham Park, Pinnacles, Yanchep National Park, Adventure World can all be visited on a day trip.

And that's my dad @ Perth Zoo all excited to watch the Elephant walk!

If you would like to travel a little further afield then Kalgoorlie, Albany, Margaret River, Pemberton, Ningaloo Reef, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Bungle Bungle Ranges have some great tourist attractions with best accommodations like spa villas etc.

Tree Top Walking in Albany

9. People: People in Perth are so friendly and welcoming that I have always been comfortable here. In fact this comment came not from me but form my mother who visited us recently. My mom thinks that people in Perth are very friendly, warm & affectionate!

10. Restaurants
Perth has the most number of restaurants per head of population in the world.  We like to eat out.  Finding somewhere to eat at night should not be a problem, and if you want to try out something similar to home cooked meals, then Annalakshmi on the swan river offers authentic vegetarian Indian food  which is one of the best of the sorts.

My favourite Sanchurros Coffee:I'll have to dedicate a whole blog post for my love to sanchurros coffee & churros with choclate dip but for now I'll just post the picture with the link to their website. :)

Churros with choclate dip framed! (That shows the love I have for Sanchurros :D )

Perth is no doubt one of the best and the most liveable cities in the world and if you don’t believe us, come prove us wrong! :)

Comments: 4

  1. Aditi September 29, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

    Hi Neelima,

    My husband and I are planning to move to move to Australia , WA to be precise and during my research i happened to come across your blog… It is insightful, informative esp from an Indian perspective and i have read almost all your posts by now.. :)

    love your work Neelima and great going..

    • Neelima September 30, 2013 at 12:18 am Reply

      Thanks Aditi. I Hope you’ll like Perth and hopefully I’ll be putting some more useful info for new immigrants which you’ll like reading :)


  2. Uday January 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Hi Neelima,

    I think I finally found the right person and the right website to provide me guidance on life in Perth. Thank you for all the details that you have provided. I and my wife are in the process of migrating to Perth. We both are HR Professionals and had a call center experience in the past. Would you by any chance know if Perth is really the place for HR professionals? And how difficult or easy is it to find a job once we land in Australia. I may be asking too much of information here but any details that you can provide us can be of great help.

    We were also surprised to know that you too were from Hyderabad.



  3. Neelima January 5, 2014 at 10:15 am Reply

    Thanks Uday for your comment & appreciation mail. :)

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