This year the most time I’ve spent in one place is Perth in Western Australia. Whilst I’ve written about the city and things to do here, I’ve not given my opinion on the place, so here it is: It sucks.
Perth is the place to come if you like a quiet life and want to earn some money and do business, it is popular with immigrants for this reason. However whilst it has some qualities to it, it’s not somewhere I’d recommend visiting.
Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world (in the biggest state as well, 4 times bigger than Texas, and bigger than Western Europe), it’s closer to Singapore than any other Australian state capital, this becomes more obvious by monitoring flight times too. If you like swinging cats, this is the place to be.
Too Much Space
The sheer amount of space means Perth is a low rise city; there is just no need to go vertical when there is so much horizontal space. Whilst this allows vast amount of sunlight to coat the city, it means to get anywhere long distances must be travelled which builds up cost of living here too.
Cost of Living
In fact due to the business like aroma of the city, it is an expensive place to be, whether you live in the center or not, you’re subject to the dining out and transport costs which are equal to those who earn the money here.
Little for Visitors
Perth regularly comes in the top 10 of lists such as ‘Most liveable cities in the world’ But I don’t see it on any must see destination lists. The truth is there is minimal things to do in the city and just as many things do to in the surrounding area.
However despite costs, with enough attractions for visitors, a city can be worth the expense, but Perth just doesn’t provide this. As an example, the 2″ thick Lonely Planet guidebook to Australia dedicates just 2 sides of a bible thickness page to Perth, such is the lack of attractions here.
Neighbouring city Fremantle with a population of approximately 7600 (1600x smaller population then Perth) actually rivals if not betters attractions that Perth itself offers and it has more history. The Fremantle Prison is a prime example.
Attractions in Perth consist of a some bells, a wheel and a mint. Whilst there is other attractions about, they all require leaving the city, such as visiting Winerys, Fremantle or Rottnest island all requiring a day trip each.
So if you plan to spend a long time in Australia, my advice is don’t settle in Perth and head east.