Walk the streets of our town
From Perth’s stunning crystal waters to its winding river, from its bustling market streets to some of the world’s best cultural acts – this is a city with a lot to offer.
Apartment living is opening up new areas, and many districts have transformed with the arrival of new cafes and restaurants, parks, high streets and schools.
We love this city, and we hope you will too – so come explore some of our favourite places.
Lazy days on Perth's Northern Beaches
Whether it is the festival atmosphere of Scarborough on a summer's afternoon to family fun at Hillarys Marina, there is a lot to love about Perth's northern beaches. With endless white sands stretching north, past rocky coves and surf breaks, there's bound to be a beach that appeals to you. The northern coastal strip is coming into its own with new apartments overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean, as well as a thriving cafe and community lifestyle. Get your sunscreen on and hit the waves or take it easy and walk or ride the coastal trail.
We love: Coffee at the Trigg Beach cafe, looking into rock pools at Mettams, diving off the pontoon at Hillarys Marina, and sunsets anywhere.
If you like the Northern Beaches: Consider areas such as Karrinyup, Trigg, Scarborough, North Beach, Hillarys, Sorrento, Ocean Reef, Joondalup, Alkimos and Mindarie.
Between the river and the sea: Why west works best
In WA it’s a term synonymous with success: ‘living in the Western Suburbs’. And with stunning neighbourhoods nestled between the river and the beach, what’s not to love? These coastal or river suburbs offer Perth’s finest schools, well-heeled mansions, beautiful established parks and tree-lined streets. They also promise weekends on the Swan River, picnicking in heritage gardens or evenings spent with a glass of wine watching the sun sink into the Indian Ocean. For decades, apartment living in these suburbs was almost non-existent, but developers are finally opening up this in-demand region to buyers who get the best of both worlds: lower entry points and established amenities.
What we love: Cottesloe Beach at sunset, summer paddling at Matilda Bay, the quick train line to the city, Bib & Tucker for a lunch overlooking Leighton Beach and concerts at City Beach’s Quarry Amphitheatre.
If you like the Western Suburbs: Consider suburbs such as City Beach, Floreat, Mt Claremont, Swanbourne, Claremont, Nedlands, Crawley, Dalkeith, Cottesloe, Mosman Park and North Fremantle.
Round the River in the Eastern Suburbs
Stand still for just a moment and you can be a million miles away. Birds flying overhead, stunning wetland views, a dolphin swimming up the Swan River. But just 10 minutes away buzzes the heart of the city. Life in the Eastern Suburbs offers the best of both worlds, whether it is access to the quiet reaches of the Swan or a quick trip to the entertainment options offered by Perth Stadium and Crown Casino. This district takes in the emerging areas of Rivervale as well as the near-city suburbs of Belmont and Victoria Park.
What we love: Kayaking on the Swan in the early morning, close access to Perth's newest sporting venue, outdoor movies at Burswood by the river, the short ride to Curtin Unviersity, and the eclectic choice of cafes and restaurants in Vic Park.
If you like the Eastern Suburbs: Consider areas such as Burswood, Rivervale, Belmont, Victoria Park, East Victoria Park, Kensington, Lathlain and Cloverdale.
North & Inner City
New & now in Northbridge: The fabulous fringe
Pop-up festivals, a community orchard, brilliant restaurants, a world-class theatre … and a piazza where you can while away a summer’s evening watching outdoor movies – Northbridge really has it all. Just a stones’ throw from Perth’s CBD it is also home to the annual Fringe Festival, an incredible fiesta of colour, dance, theatre, comedy and action that turns every February into a neighbourhood party. Once considered the rundown cousin to Perth, Northbridge has benefited from a significant gentrification program that has brought back quirky shops and a family feel that translates to a buzz on the streets.
What we love: Unique retail on William Street, the annual Pleasure Garden festivals at Russell Square, Ben & Jerry’s icecream, the WA Art Gallery and the endless choice of cultural events.
If you like Northbridge: Consider nearby suburbs such as Highgate, East Perth, the CBD, Kings Park and West Perth.
South Perth Peninsula
Hello from the other side: Living large in South Perth
With its wide tree-lined boulevards and classic architecture, South Perth has long been Perth’s more refined near neighbour. It’s also been the home for waterlovers: walking their dogs along the foreshore in the morning, sailing down the Swan, or sipping a coffee overlooking the river playgrounds. The area has farming roots, recalled today by the Old Mill that stands proudly by the foreshore, and nearby Como was still home to a major dairy farm until the early 1950s. But in the 1960s, South Perth became home to whitewashed modernist towers and higher density living, as developers took advantage of the stunning views. Today, some of the most exciting developments in Perth are taking shape on the South Perth peninsula.
What we love: Perth Zoo, leafy streets, a great golf course, a ferry link to the CBD and the best skyline view of Perth around.
If you like South Perth: Consider nearby suburbs such as Como, Kensington, Applecross, Mt Pleasant, Ardross, Booragoon, Brentwood, Salter Point, Manning, Karawara and Waterford.
South of the River
Life South of the River: Where living is easy
It was the only Australian city to make the Lonely Planet Top 10 cities to visit in 2015, but a quick trip to Fremantle shows why. This bohemian, historic port city has never lost its charm or character and convict-era buildings stand proud next to stunning conversions and more modern neighbours. Freo, as it is known to the locals, is also the home of good coffee, fantastic seafood and innovative dining, thanks to generations of European migrants who have helped shape its culture. More laid back than Perth city, Freo also attracts an intelligent, artistic and environmentally conscious population, who have helped make it one of the most bike-friendly and walkable districts in WA.
What we love: The Fremantle Dockers, the city’s iconic and beloved football team, the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ on South Terrace, sensational boutique breweries like Little Creatures, the historic streets and Sunday afternoon sessions at The Left Bank.
If you like Fremantle: Consider nearby suburbs such as East Fremantle, Port Coogee, Munster, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, Hilton and Samson.
Live beside the endless sea
Perth's Southern Coast region offers life at a different pace: the beachside holidays of your childhood matched with the best of relaxed modern living. From family oriented suburbs to new marinas, it is a special place to unwind. You can fish off the jetty, snorkel in the crystal ocean around underwater wrecks, and see sea life from dolphins to the the occasional sea lion to fairy penguins on their own island. Nature abounds here, and the area includes wetlands with bandicoots and Carnabys black cockatoos in towering trees. You might be miles from anywhere but you are just a few train stops to the city.
We love: Picnics in the many natural reserves, watching the boats sail by Port Coogee's marina, a day trip to Penguin Island, stand-up paddle boarding in the quiet coastal waters.
If you like the Southern Coast: Consider areas such as North Coogee, Spearwood, Munster, Wattleup, Hope Valley and Rockingham.
Best of both worlds in the Southern Corridor
Abundant natural bush? Check. Room to spread out? Check. The best options for transport, schools and affordable living? Check. It's easy to see why the Southern Corridor ticks all the boxes for home buyers. This emerging corridor winds along some of Perth's beautiful natural lakes and wetlands, from Bibra Lakes past Yangebup and Thomsons Lake to the Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve. It is a stunning green backbone for the community, which has benefited from a focus on transport-oriented, sustainable living. This is an area where nature thrives, with bandicoots, possums, frogs and turtles, as well as native birds and wildflowers.
What we love: The careful approach to preserving wildlife in the lovely Beeliar Regional Park, day trips to Adventure World on hot summer days, shopping in the buzzing Cockburn Gateway shopping centre, the quick trip to the city and the coast.
If you like the Southern Corridor: Investigate suburbs like Success, Cockburn, Jandakot, Aubin Grove, Atwell and Anketell.