- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Perth Guide (PDF)
New arrivals in Perth will find that the city has a lot to offer in terms of lifestyle and shopping options. Whether one prefers spending the day trawling through designer outlets, enjoying a cold beer by the river, trying some exotic culinary delicacies or hitting the beach, there really is something to suit every taste.
Shopping in Perth
Perth is similar to other big cities when it comes to shopping opportunities. Expats can find everything from pedestrianised shopping villages and sprawling malls to quaint weekly craft markets and independent boutiques.
The Hay Street Mall and the Murray Street Mall are best thought of as a pair, running parallel to one another in the city centre. Together they house more than 900 shops.
Visiting local markets in Perth is a pleasant experience. Shoppers will find that many successful small businesses begin their journey showcasing items at one of Western Australia’s marketplaces. Most suburbs have their own farmers' markets, where residents can purchase fresh produce throughout the year.
Nightlife in Perth
Perth is home to a large number of pubs and nightclubs which cater to a variety of tastes. Northbridge is the main nightlife district of Perth and has a great atmosphere on weekends. Joondalup, Scarborough and Fremantle also have a handful of party venues.
Eating out in Perth
Whether one is after an elegant dining experience overlooking the river, tasting locally crafted wines, or eating humble fish and chips while watching the sun go down, Perth has it covered.
The city’s vibrant multiculturalism is evident in its culinary offering. Naturally, seafood plays a major role too. Expats looking for a taste of home will be sure to find a range of international cuisines such as Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Ethiopian, Jamaican, French and Italian food available.
The favourable climate lends itself to al fresco dining and it's common to see people congregating outside bars after work.
Arts and culture in Perth
Expats will find a variety of cultural attractions available to keep them entertained during their spare time with a whole host of museums, art galleries and exhibitions scattered throughout the city.
A favourite activity among Perth residents is catching a classic movie at one of the city’s outdoor cinemas. This is a unique experience and a must for all expats living in Perth.
Outdoor activities in Perth
Expats moving to Perth can expect a lifestyle that reflects a bold appreciation for nature and a mutually appointed respect for modernity.
Belts of waterways, green parkland and miles of sandy white beaches exist in perfect harmony with a compact central business district. The result is an airy and easy-going culture shaped around stunning landscapes and an enjoyable work environment.
The city’s Mediterranean climate makes for great outdoor options; expats who enjoy picnicking, water sports, hiking and jogging are sure to find plenty to do in Perth.
"Perth has some beautiful open green spaces and we’ve really embraced the outdoors lifestyle. It’s nice to be able to spend so much of our time in parks, playing sports or swimming." Read more about Lara's expat experience in Perth.
Are you an expat living in Perth?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Perth. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.