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Best place in the world to live. Best beaches, fantastic weather, best IM and 70.3, cheap holiday flights to Asia, fantastic tri clubs, Rottnest. But I might be a bit biased.

 

Since the mining bust unemployment has risen in the west, you need to make sure you have work lined up before you move. House prices have stagnated, still over priced in my opinion. The cost of living is still quite high from the mining boom days, but costs have remained steady over the last few years.

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think back to what 1974 was like in QLD with everything costing 2x the east coast and you have it.

 

nice beaches but it's too hot for me and I grew up in Byron Bay.

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Good

 

- beaches

- watersports, surfing, windsurfing, fishing etc

- nightlife is much improved

- great camping along the south and north coast

- climate is great, summer can be hot, but it's a dry heat, winters are short

 

Bad

 

- traffic is bad

- drivers are worse

- cost of living and houses are high, probably an Australia wide thing, but Perth has got to be one of the most expensive cities in Australia (and probably the southern hemisphere) to live in

- very isolated

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Been here for 15 years now... Moved to the beaches 3 years ago (Scarborough) and now I truly love the place!

 

Cost of living is high, but am lucky enough to be earning resource industry $$, the traffic is bad... But the lifestyle is great!

 

BBQ all year round, minimal rainy days and it's an extremely active population..

 

Cheap international flights too.. Less expensive to fly to Asia than within Oz.

 

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Been here for 15 years now... Moved to the beaches 3 years ago (Scarborough) and now I truly love the place!

Cost of living is high, but am lucky enough to be earning resource industry $$, the traffic is bad... But the lifestyle is great!

BBQ all year round, minimal rainy days and it's an extremely active population..

Cheap international flights too.. Less expensive to fly to Asia than within Oz.

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What industry beginner girl?

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SAP in Mining/O&G.. Both have plummeted lately but I negotiated well prior to the downturn..

 

 

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think back to what 1974 was like in QLD with everything costing 2x the east coast and you have it.

 

nice beaches but it's too hot for me and I grew up in Byron Bay.

So, corrupt police, corrupt politicians, and land developers use brown paper bags?

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cheap holiday flights to Asia,

 

 

 

Cheap international flights too.. Less expensive to fly to Asia than within Oz.

 

So from these 2 comments I am guessing its not that great given the boasting about cheap flights outta there to other places. And you'd have to love Bali

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i would pick it in a heart beat.....i thin bris and pertht are sussters

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I'm not from Perth and have no family there.... But makes an easy decision on holidays and long weekends .. $199 gets you return to Singapore and even less to Indo... [emoji4]

 

 

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So from these 2 comments I am guessing its not that great given the boasting about cheap flights outta there to other places. And you'd have to love Bali

It just means that Perth is not that isolated. You can get cheap flights to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, not just Bali. It is usually cheaper to fly to Asia than the eastern states.

 

Like beginnergirl I also work in the mining industry. I am FIFO site based.

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I can all ready get flights to Asian countries from here in Nth Qld. Townsville/Cairns for that price.

 

Is SAP something to do with software?

 

 

 

 

 

It just means that Perth is not that isolated. You can get cheap flights to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, not just Bali. It is usually cheaper to fly to Asia than the eastern states.

 

Like beginnergirl I also work in the mining industry. I am FIFO site based.

You have a trade IN?

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Home to the most parochial people in the world ....... and I grew up in Newcastle!

 

You'll need to become an Eagles fan very quickly or you'll be restricted to reading the classifieds.

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You have a trade IN?

Mining Engineer, I get paid to blow stuff up :smile1:

 

Home to the most parochial people in the world ....... and I grew up in Newcastle!

 

You'll need to become an Eagles fan very quickly or you'll be restricted to reading the classifieds.

Or the Dockers

 

According to Moody's housing affordability report, out today, Perth housing is more affordable than Sydney and Melbourne.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-23/australians-spending-one-third-of-income-on-mortage-repayments/6966230?WT.ac=statenews_wa

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Is SAP something to do with software?

 

SAP is financial software designed to reduce costs. It does this by making the process of ordering goods or putting in a work order so time consuming and complicated that most people can't use it.

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Mining Engineer, I get paid to blow stuff up :smile1:

Nice!

 

Know off any sparky jobs!?!?

 

What places to avoid living in Perth? Crime,no transport, bad area ect,ect.

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Know off any sparky jobs!?!?

2 or 3 years ago at the height of the mining boom you would have found very well paid work either in mining or in Perth. There still seems to be quite a bit of sparky work around in Perth.

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Ironnerd... How was your extended holiday?

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My extended holiday was fantastic. In total I had 10 months off. I spend 3 months in South America and two months in Asia. Plus lots of time at home reconnecting with family and friends.

 

Once I started looking for work it took me 3 months to get a job. In that time I only saw two jobs for Drill and Blast Engineers advertised. In the end I spoke to my old boss and I am now back at the same site, in the same office, doing the same job. :smile1:

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My extended holiday was fantastic. In total I had 10 months off. I spend 3 months in South America and two months in Asia. Plus lots of time at home reconnecting with family and friends.

 

Once I started looking for work it took me 3 months to get a job. In that time I only saw two jobs for Drill and Blast Engineers advertised. In the end I spoke to my old boss and I am now back at the same site, in the same office, doing the same job. :smile1:

 

I know your old boss [emoji6] I've spent a xmas on site.. The place is impressive compared to other sites. It's amazing how many people leave there and then want to go back!

 

 

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I used to live in WA. I now live in SA. No way would I go back.

 

I love to shitcan Adelaide but for cycling from the CBD and the cost of housing, it shits over Perth and the east coast.

 

Would I move there?

 

nope. Live 9min to the CBD in Melb and it's great.

 

Much better than my hour when I was in Sydney

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I used to live in WA. I now live in SA. No way would I go back.

 

 

 

Said no person ever.

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The lifestyle I live in Adelaide is unattainable in Perth. I have decent sized house in the CBD, 10 minute walk from the office with the excellent Central Markets in between. As a result, I no longer need to own a car which I have found extremely liberating...... and for when I really do need one, the local car-share scheme has a pod within 100 meters of my house. The Adelaide CBD, especially the south-west corner has had a real renaissance over the past few years. There is always cool shit going on and it is cheap and accessible. The Perth CBD is awful, and while there are places out in the suburbs that have a decent vibe, the urban sprawl and traffic put me right off.

 

Best part of WA is the south-west. I used to love exploring that region on weekends away. But for day to day living, Adelaide trumps Perth. For me, it also trumps Sydney & Melbourne as I would need to be a millionaire to replicate what I love about living here, which sadly I am not.

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The lifestyle I live in Adelaide is unattainable in Perth. I have decent sized house in the CBD, 10 minute walk from the office with the excellent Central Markets in between. As a result, I no longer need to own a car which I have found extremely liberating...... and for when I really do need one, the local car-share scheme has a pod within 100 meters of my house. The Adelaide CBD, especially the south-west corner has had a real renaissance over the past few years. There is always cool shit going on and it is cheap and accessible. The Perth CBD is awful, and while there are places out in the suburbs that have a decent vibe, the urban sprawl and traffic put me right off.

 

Best part of WA is the south-west. I used to love exploring that region on weekends away. But for day to day living, Adelaide trumps Perth. For me, it also trumps Sydney & Melbourne as I would need to be a millionaire to replicate what I love about living here, which sadly I am not.

 

Yeah I do agree with you there. If it wasn't for the beaches, ocean surf etc I would have left WA long ago. The nightlife is better than it was a few years ago, but still pretty average and pretty rough. Not sure about Adelaide, but Perth has a lot of drunken violence. And the traffic.... almost as bad as London. Rush hour starts at 5.30am and goes through to past 10am.

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The lifestyle I live in Adelaide is unattainable in Perth. I have decent sized house in the CBD, 10 minute walk from the office with the excellent Central Markets in between. As a result, I no longer need to own a car which I have found extremely liberating...... and for when I really do need one, the local car-share scheme has a pod within 100 meters of my house. The Adelaide CBD, especially the south-west corner has had a real renaissance over the past few years. There is always cool shit going on and it is cheap and accessible. The Perth CBD is awful, and while there are places out in the suburbs that have a decent vibe, the urban sprawl and traffic put me right off.

 

Best part of WA is the south-west. I used to love exploring that region on weekends away. But for day to day living, Adelaide trumps Perth. For me, it also trumps Sydney & Melbourne as I would need to be a millionaire to replicate what I love about living here, which sadly I am not.

I'll Co-sign this and I've lived in Perth 25 years. Very very backwards and if sun and surf ain't your thing it's quite limited. Considering a move to NZ in the next couple of years as it has everything Perth doesn't.

 

To me, the narrow minded "we are the best" attitude in Perth is our least redeemable attribute, especially as it's mostly propogated by those who have never been anywhere else.

 

The weather is okay but tbh a lot of summer is too hot to really enjoy the outside if you don't want cancer.

 

I like the local sprint races though, telstra series gets great participation.

 

Like with anything, the grass is greener anywhere else and it's not THAT bad but the bad bits will never change in my lifetime. Run by the most retarded premier ever.

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I'll Co-sign this and I've lived in Perth 25 years. Very very backwards and if sun and surf ain't your thing it's quite limited. Considering a move to NZ in the next couple of years as it has everything Perth doesn't.

 

To me, the narrow minded "we are the best" attitude in Perth is our least redeemable attribute, especially as it's mostly propogated by those who have never been anywhere else.

 

The weather is okay but tbh a lot of summer is too hot to really enjoy the outside if you don't want cancer.

 

I like the local sprint races though, telstra series gets great participation.

 

Like with anything, the grass is greener anywhere else and it's not THAT bad but the bad bits will never change in my lifetime. Run by the most retarded premier ever.

 

It's a place with a lot of potential, but like you said retarded governments have ensured that won't happen. I could think of a lot of better things to spend millions of dollars on other than a new footy stadium.

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Plenty of jobs around if you've got skills. Jobs that pay really well.

Summer is hot but winter, autumn and spring are fantastic.

Property market is in a correction and there are bargins to be had.

Peak hour traffic is only a problem if you drive in it. Public transport is good, although nowhere near as good as Melbourne.

Like anywhere, there are good and bad suburbs and good and bad pockets in the same suburb.

Lots of races. Running, cycling, trail etc.

A lot of things are similar to other cities in Aus. Food, music, bars.

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Nice!

Know off any sparky jobs!?!?

What places to avoid living in Perth? Crime,no transport, bad area ect,ect.

What sort of hourly rate are you expecting in WA?

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Sound like jobs to me!!

 

If you live in Bangalore and are willing to work for peanuts.

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If you live in Bangalore and are willing to work for peanuts.

Too true! Have just spent a month in India visiting my "new" team..

 

 

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Too true! Have just spent a month in India visiting my "new" team..

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You outsourcing too?

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Just resuscitating this old thread.

I'll be moving to Perth shortly and would appreciate any advice and insights. Although I've visited WA four times, I've spent relatively little time in Perth and I'm somewhat unfamiliar with the city.

I'll be working in South Perth, probably working 7am to 3:30 or hours thereabouts so I should be outside of the worst of commuting hours. I'll be rostered off on alternate Fridays and Tuesdays.

So:

  • Where to live? I'm looking to rent a single bedroom unit in a relatively inexpensive area. Is approx $250/week reasonable? Clearly I'm not after anything flash. I enjoy being close to a bit of bush and a few trails but thinking that will be unlikely in Perth without a long commute. Not interested shops, cafes, nightlife.
  • Commuting? Would bike, a little running, public transport be viable, (of course this depends on where I live). I can drive if necessary.
  • What's the ocean swimming scene like? Any regular swim groups on weekends or during the week?
  • Looking forward to joining an old bastards hockey team and doing a little bit of climbing, so if anyone has any insights into either of those scenes, I'd love to hear.
  • Any other advice or suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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Perth??  That's a big change!! 

New job? 

Good luck with it. 

 

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3 hours ago, Paul Every said:

 

  • What's the ocean swimming scene like? 

Sharky 

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What do you consider a long commute?  The foothills east of Perth could have you in South Perth in under half an hour and will have you close to bush trails.  Anywhere east of Roe or Tonkin highways would probably suit.  Maybe around Forrestfield?

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5 minutes ago, Stikman said:

What do you consider a long commute?  The foothills east of Perth could have you in South Perth in under half an hour and will have you close to bush trails.  Anywhere east of Roe or Tonkin highways would probably suit.  Maybe around Forrestfield?

Happy to cycle 20km with a safe and pleasant enough commute. Just don't want a slow/congested drive on wet days.

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I'd look at Forrestfield or Midland areas based on that and a desire to be close to the bush, when you get further south of that the bush is further east.  Relatively cheap housing too and you avoid any possibility of having to get on the freeway for work.  Just my 2c.

Disclaimer:  I live near Midland and the family has lived in the hills for 130 years.

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39 minutes ago, Stikman said:

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Disclaimer:  I live near Midland and the family has lived in the hills for 130 years.

 

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Thanks, Stikman. Very helpful.

Just have to decide between my innate desire to be close to a slice of nature and the convenience of being close to work.

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Developers have been busy building apartment blocks in South Perth. There is a glut of apartments on the market at the moment. You could rent at older apartment in South Perth for about $250 a week.

Being based in South Perth you would have access to the fantastic routes around the river. You are also only a 5 minute bike ride from Kings Park, there are lots of bush trails throughout Kings Park.

The beach is a ~12km trip from South Perth. We do get shark alarms on Perth metropolitan beaches but they are irregular. There are a few beaches with large shark nets big enough to swim in.

Hockey is very popular in Perth, there are lots of clubs, my family all play hockey.

Sorry I can't be more specific but I live North of the river and do not associate with the second class citizens who live south of the river.😉

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