TimS wrote:I lived in Perth from January to June 2011. I found it to be quite a decent place to live in but decided to come back to Brisbane.
True, it is quite isolated from the rest of Australia. The closest crowds you can access from there are in Singapore and Indonesia, not too far to travel to and cheap on a budget airline.
The climate is quite ok, very often sunny and the winds during the winter time are quite bearable (though I didn't life through the whole winter there).
Definitely it feels like country town, except you can see some high rise buildings, the streets are wide and there are lots of old huge buildings made of red clay bricks. At first you feel lonely since you can hardly see any human beings there. At weekends and during holidays most of them travel to the beaches and nature reserves nearby.
About property prices I can't tell much. I lived in a veg*n sharehouse community and paid less than $150 per week, quite the same as in Brisbane. I lived in an area with lots of Asians and bought my fruits, vegetables, tofu and sprouts in small local Asian stores and made friends with the staff-owners. I didn't notice big difference in variety and prices compared to other parts of Australia, mainly Brisbane.
I used to local commuter trains system quite a lot and was happy with it. Fares are quite acceptable, cheaper than in Brissy. I usually use bicycle-train combination but more and more used bicycle only in Perth. The streets are wide and empty, ideal for cycling and there are plenty of beautiful bikeways around the city area.
There are a few vegan eating places in Perth and quite an active vegan community. I found the locals quite curious about newcomers, friendly but after the first impression, a bit more reserved so it may be more difficult to develop deeper friendships. A few other newcomers that I talked to, confirmed my perception.
I would move back to Perth if there would be a good reason for it. It is still quite liveable place
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