Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is located on the Indian Ocean and Swan River. It has a population of around 2 million people and is known as one of the world’s most isolated cities. Perth has relaxed coastal city vibes and plenty of outback adventures to offer.
Voted as one of the safest cities in the world, international students can explore this spread-out city and its backyard without worry. There are award-winning wineries, beautiful beaches and pristine pink lakes waiting to be explored!
- Capital city of Western Australia
- On the Indian Ocean
- Top 10 safest cities in the world
- One of the world’s “most liveable cities”
- More hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia
- The sunsets!
- Rottnest Island, home of the smiling quokka
Perth enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. During summer rain is unusual, but winter can bring downpours of rain and thunderstorms.
Spring (September – November) 11°C to 25°C
Summer (December – February) 17°C to 31°C
Fall (March – May) 12°C to 29°C
Winter (June – August) 10°C to 19°C
Getting Around Perth
Perth has free bus services in the downtown district, as well as trains and ferries. To use public transport including buses, trains, and ferries in Perth, we recommend that you purchase a Transperth SmartRider card. You can purchase a SmartRider card at Transperth InfoCentres and SmartRider retail outlets. International students receive a West Australian Government-sponsored 40 percent discount on all public transport.
Since the weather is always nice, getting around by bicycle may be a great option, too!
Find out more on the Visit Perth website.
What’s it like to study in Perth?
UWA’s picturesque Crawley campus is located on the Swan River just 10 minutes from Perth. The campus offers you a range of cafés, bookshops, banks, a vibrant cultural precinct, myriad clubs and societies, a supportive Student Guild, and on- and off-campus accommodation options. For international students, Perth is the perfect location with its warm, sunny climate and relaxed, outdoor lifestyle.
What students say
If you’re coming to Perth, definitely do a road trip down south during one of your breaks. There are so many things to do and beautiful places to see down south in Western Australia! Definitely check out the wineries at Margaret River, the Canal Rocks near Yallingup and caves!
I haven’t been too far outside of Perth, but just seeing the beaches is amazing!! nothing like I’ve experiences before in Canada.
If you’re like us, you might enjoy those gorgeous travel blogs, interesting podcasts, and social media influencers who test things out to let you know if they’re worth the money.
Here are a few people to follow:
- For the tourist @cityofperth
- For the active lifestyle @sceneinperth
- For the foodie @perthmunchkin
- Grab a coffee and explore one of the largest inner-city parks, Kings Park
- Visit the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
- Have a beach day at Cottesloe Beach
- Cruise or kayak down the Swan River with some of your new pals
- Take a day trip to Rottnest Island and snap a photo of the happiest animal in the world – the quokka
- Have a weekend getaway to explore a pink lake in Fitzgerald River National Park (in Esperance)
- Laze on the beach with your friends—kangaroos in Lucky Bay
- Pizza. Liquor. Beer. Need we say more?
- Grab a drink at the speakeasy bar, Sneaky Tony’s if you can (password required, see Facebook)
- Visit the Maritime Museum
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