Suburb Profile: Perth WA

December 26, 2021
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Australia’s West Coast capital city of Perth is a stunner, not only a natural beauty with the Swan River running through it but also a bustling location full of small bars, creative restaurants and loads to see and do. A wonderful place to call home.

General Summary of Perth WA:

City & StatePerth, WA
LocationPerth CBD
Population11,425 (2016)
*as of January 2022

Perth WA Real Estate Trends:

Median Property PriceAverage Weekly RentVacancy RateAverage Rental YieldRenters vs Owners
*as of January 2022

What do in Perth

1. Kings Park

Amazingly this park is right in the heart of Perth and it’s a gem. Its larger than Central Park in New York City and it boasts views of the Swan and Canning rivers alongside the city skyscrapers.  There are multiple children’s play areas throughout the park suitable for all ages. Kings Park is a popular spot for locals out for a walk or a jog. Locals also enjoy the summer outdoor concerts held there.


Source: Tourism WA

2. Fremantle, Perth

A port city in its own right, Fremantle (Freo) is part of the greater metropolitan area of Perth. Fremantle can easily become a regular go-to for weekend activities or even a full day trip for tourists. There are plenty of places to grab a cup of coffee along the ‘cappuccino strip’ or the trendy Wray Ave, South Terrace or High Street.  Fremantle markets are a must. Open Friday to Sunday and Monday public holidays, they are full of fresh local produce, arts, homewares and more.

For those who enjoy a bit of history, don’t miss a tour of Fremantle Prison or the Western Australian Maritime Museum.  When in Freo stop in for lunch or an afternoon relax at Little Creatures Brewery for a taste of some West Australian handcrafted beer.


Fremantle Prison


Little Creatures Brewery

3. Rottnest Island, Perth

Only 19 kilometres from Perth, Rottnest island is a short boat ride from Fremantle. Home to one of Australia’s cutest and friendliest marsupials, the Quokka. Rottnest Island has a laid-back vibe which makes you feel miles from anywhere.

Quokka- rottnest island

Hire bikes and ride around the island, take in the lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Or take the scenic bus tour and spend your time on the beach, snorkelling.

rottnest_is_-_bathurst_lighthouse-RESIZED-900x500Bathurst lighthouse-Rottnest Island

 4. Cottesloe Beach, Perth

A favourite seaside location for Perth locals, Cottesloe is about a 30 minute drive from Perth city centre. Take in the gorgeous views from the local restaurants or simply enjoy the beach for a swim or walk.

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5. Perth Mint, Perth

A unique experience for anyone with an interest in history. Take the guided heritage walk to see the heavily secured vault and the original melting house. Hear stories about Western Australia’s golden history and its production of gold coins and bars.


6. Bell tower (Swan Bells), Perth

Sitting in the heart of Perth in Barrack Square the bell tower is one of the largest musical instruments in the world. The tower contains twelve bells from the fourteenth century. Bell chiming takes place every Monday and Thursday at 12pm to 1pm but you can climb the tower and view the bells outside of these times.


Some data about Perth WA

  • Dwelling type– The majority of properties are units (55 per cent)
  • Occupation– The majority of residents are professionals
  • Ownership– The majority of properties are rented (61 per cent) while 13 per cent are fully owned
  • Birthplace – 37 per cent of Perth residents are Australian
  • Age – The majority of residents are in the 20-29 years age group, followed by those in the 30-39 years age group.

Where to eat in Perth

There are plenty of inner-city eateries to choose from but here are a few of the most popular.

Wildflower – A fine dining establishment, Wildflower showcases creativity in every dish as well as its setting. The menu is influenced by the environment and draws on the seasonal indigenous Noongar calendar for inspiration. Occupying a CBD rooftop space, the elegant, contemporary, steel and glass box setting overlooks the city and is an experience on its own.

Wildflower_interior_3 como hotelsSource: COMO Hotels

C Restaurant in the Sky – As its name might suggest, this is a revolving restaurant on the 33rd floor of a CBD building offering amazing views over Perth. Besides the view, it’s known for its high tea, cocktails and upscale modern Australian food.

c-restaurant-perth-restaurants-5 australian good food guideSource: Australian Good Food Guide

Petition – Open all day, this venue offers rustic, quirky and fun dishes and drinks, such as the jalapeno and watermelon gin cocktail. The relaxed, inner-city dining hub is committed to showcasing the best of WA’s local and seasonal produce and the dishes are perfect for sharing.

Transport in Perth

Perth railway station services the CBD of Perth and is the largest station in the Transperth network. There is also a Perth underground station. As well as regular bus services there are ferry services from Elizabeth Quay jetty.

Hospitals and healthcare in Perth

Aside from Royal Perth Hospital, which has an emergency department and outpatient clinics, there are many other healthcare facilities in Perth CBD. These include several pharmacies, sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services, medical centres and GPs as well as services for dental, physio, optical, chiro, podiatry, pathology and more.

Education and childcare in Perth

There are a few schools in Perth’s CBD including St George’s Anglican Grammar School, St George’s International School and Mercedes College, with more options in surrounding suburbs. There are quite a number of other educational institutions including Perth International College of English, CGSB Curtin Graduate School of Business, The Cantillon Institute and Curtin University Business School. There are also a number of childcare centres in the suburb.

Shopping in Perth

Most shopping in Perth can be done in in the vicinity of Murray and Hay streets.

There are many well-known stores in Murray Street Mall and Hay Street Mall, and directly in the middle of these is Carillon City shopping centre. Open seven days a week, Carillon City is a major, multi-storey shopping centre. In this main shopping precinct you’ll find big brands such as Myer, The Body Shop, Apple, Priceline and West Elm (just to name a few) alongside independent stores, specialty shops and food offerings.

For your groceries there are two Woolworths – one on Murray Street and another in the Enex Shopping Centre.

Sports and recreation in Perth

If you’re looking for a reprieve from city life, there are a number of green spaces and parks you can head to in Perth CBD including Kings Park and Stirling Gardens, which is an historical park with playful sculptures.

When it comes to keeping fit you won’t be short of choice with a selection of gyms and fitness centres, aikido and taekwondo, pilates and yoga, dance studios, F45 and many other options. This area is also home to The Australian Institute of Fitness Perth.

Alternatively, you could hire a bike to get around, go for a run along the waterfront or simply stretch your legs in the walkable city.

Entertainment in Perth

There’s plenty to keep you entertained in WA’s capital, from sports, stylish bars and live theatre. Here are our picks:

The flour factory – Set across three floors of a historic 100 year old flour mill, The Flour Mill houses the city’s largest collection of gin. With soft leather seats, worn timber tables and a long bar illuminated by copper light shades, this charismatic space is well worth a visit.

Some other popular bars in the area include Wolf Lane, Cheeky Sparrow, Halford Bar, Bar Lafayette, Mechanics Institute and Helvetica.

Flour factory_finalSource: The West

If you’re after some live music, you could head to the Ellington Jazz Club or check out a live show at Perth Arena or Perth Concert Hall, which also host a rage of sport and theatre events.

If you’re a theatre buff, Perth has you sorted with your choice of the State Theatre Centre, His Majesty’s Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Co and DownStairs at the Maj.

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