"Keeweechic's Perth - Western Australia" Top 5 Page for this destination Perth by keeweechic

Perth Travel Guide: 2,350 reviews and 5,162 photos

When it came time to move from Hong Kong where I had been living for 2 years, I decided to try Perth in Western Australia. I had only been there once before and only for 4 days but what I saw in that time, convinced me that it would be a great place to live, and I wasn't disappointed.

I previously lived on two occasions in Melbourne and my friends thought I was crazy to move to such a remote city such as Perth (it is said to be the most remote city in the world!!), but I knew from my previous visit that this place was something very special and I liked the climate. Most people who go down to Australia on holiday head for the East Coast - Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne but they are truly missing a wonderful part of Australia. The people were so friendly, the weather great. It took 2 weeks after arriving before I saw a cloudy day. the skies were always so blue. The beaches unbelievable with the white sand and the expanse of them with the ocean disappearing off into the horizon. The whole layout of the city and suburbs just seems so well planned.

From Perth there is so much to see and do. Travel south and you find the wonderful wineries of Margaret River (see my Margaret River page). Travel north and find the amazing Pinnacles (rock formations). Western Australia is a huge state of Australia. Many tours can be taken from Perth. It is indeed a lovely place to visit and to live.

My first experience of Perth, I was living in Melbourne at the time, it was my birthday and my brother had flown over from NZ to join me on a trip to Singapore. We flew British Airways via Perth. Not too far out of Perth we struck storms. The plains below were flooded and there were flashes of lightening lashing all around the plane. Suddenly there was a very loud crack. An announcement from the captain explained that the plane had been struck by lightening. After circling for quite some time with the possibility of heading back to Adelaide, the Captain was finally able to land the plane in Perth. The plane's electrics were checked out thoroughly by a cherry picker which had great trouble completing the job in the high winds. After a couple of hours we were allowed to board again only to sit on the runway waiting for cross winds to be favourable. In the meantime all the lights at Perth's terminal were turned off, there was only darkness. We joked at those in the past who make fun of New Zealand - "the last one out, turns all the lights off". Spending a whole birthday in a plane was compensated by wonderful crew who gave us both bottles of Champagne and signed a special BA birthday card for me. Memorable to say the least. I don't really count that sighting of Perth as a visit but the next time I landed in this state I stayed with some dear friends who showed me a lot more of Perth and life there.

Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world, with an average 8 hours per day sunshine 365 days per year.

Perth has the largest inner city park in the world, Kings Park, "Yes", bigger than even New York's Central Park it was also the first park to be designated for public use in Australia in 1872 and host to Australia's largest wildflower show and exhibition.

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  • Pros:One of the best cities in Australia to live.
  • Cons:A little remote from other Australian Cities
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  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    OMG there are far too many tips to read, but I will read a few.

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    yesterday 5th march 2009 at 3pm I took some photos at woodloe homestead and found in one, that Mrs Bird was pearing at me curiously from the window. I have the very clear photo if anyone wants to see it, just email me at tohaidyn@gmail.com

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    Lovely zoo photos. leyle

  • toni23's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Wow, it's a very nice tip. I'm going to Perth next June and I really enjoy ride a bike here in Brazil. Thanks. TONI!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    I'm definitely coming over next year. Heading via Esperance, Margaret River then picking up a mate in Perth in May and heading north.

  • Nov 7, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Good to see the Lucky Shag, I could be there this weekend! Oh, and needed to know about the sockets too... Ta, Jem.

  • Diceman_'s Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    I'm not sure about your factoid that Perth is the sunniest capital in the world, eg. Darwin has 9 daily sunshine hours per annum.

  • Aleyd's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2006 at 8:38 PM

    Hi, Fascinating pages. Had no idea Perth was so beautiful! :-)

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2006 at 8:04 AM

    Interesting Perth page, I guess you love this visit especially feeding the birds. Thanks for sharing.

  • discobunny's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 2:09 AM

    Hiya just thought id let you know...the "wax flower" is actually named Geraldton Wax!


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