Perth: The Liveable City

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We have been enjoying the BBC series Coast Australia which is on at the moment. The last episode looked at the beautiful coast around Perth and we thought we would take the opportunity to re-visit this lovely city.

Perth was named the world’s 9th most liveable city in a 2014 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It’s easy to see why, close to beaches where you can watch the sun setting into the sea, near to national parks for bushwalking and exploring nature, vineyards and stuffed full of microbreweries, arts festivals, sunset markets, cafes and restaurants. The buzzing city centre is next to the alternative hub, Fremantle, and both are surrounded with family friendly suburbs. The city is currently experiencing growth as a result of the Western Australian mining boom and an influx of people are moving there from across Australia, and across the world. It’s an exciting time to consider Perth! We have pulled together a short list of some of our favourite things.

There are loads of beautiful beaches on the West Coast, with many very close to Perth. Scarborough Beach is a great surf beach in a buzzing suburb north west of the city centre. Lancelin Beach is the windsurfer’s paradise and is only an hour and a quarter away from Perth. It’s surrounded by a big dune system and attracts sand boarders, four wheel drivers and bikers. If you go out to Rottnest Island, The Basin is a beautiful sheltered lagoon for the whole family to swim and snorkel.

Across Western Australia between June and September you can see a spectacular wild flower display, with more than 12,000 different species blooming across the state. In September Kings Park in Perth holds a month-long wildflower festival with over 1,700 native species in bloom. At 400 hectares, Kings Park is one of the world’s largest inner-city parks.

Kanyana Wildlife is a not-for-profit organisation that cares for sick, injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife. You can join a day tour, or experience the park on a night tour. They even offer fauna first aid courses for people who want to be able to help wildlife in trouble. 

A benefit of the warm summer evenings is the abundance of open air cinemas. The Moonlight Cinema runs over the summer until March in Kings Park botanic gardens, it’s BYO with food trucks on site if you get peckish. Rooftop Movies is a kitsch gathering in Northbridge, on until April, bring your own blankets! Over the summer holidays (in January) there is a free outdoor ‘Cinema under Starlight’ that shows family-friendly films in Mundaring, outside Perth.

Fringe World is Perth’s largest arts festival, last year they had an audience of more than 370,000 people. It runs from January to February each year and is a fun and accessible multi-arts festival.

Open House Perth is a fantastic annual event, generally happening in early November, where iconic buildings across the city throw their doors open to the public. It’s a great way to explore places that are usually off limits, and all free of charge.

If you’re interested in opportunities in Perth take a look at our Doctor’s Guides for information on living and working in all the regions we recruit to. You can search our current vacancies here.

For further information for GPs considering Perth contact Nicky on +44 (0)131 240 5280 or nickym@headmedical.com

For further information for Consultants considering Perth contact Caroline on +44 (0)131 240 5252 or caroline@headmedical.com