Perth City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 12, 2007

Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It is also the largest city in the state with over 1.5 million residents and still growing fast. Perth is situated at the southwestern part of Australia between the Indian Ocean and Darling Range coast. The metropolitan areas are near Swan River. Aside from the booming economy and commerce, Perth is also surrounded by scenic landscapes making it ideal for the quiet life as well. More and more visitors and immigrants come each year making it the most populous isolated city in the world.

Residential Areas in Perth

The center of the city is known as the Central Business District or CBD. You will find several historical buildings and architectural landmarks in this area in St. Georges Terraces or “The Terrace”. There are apartment buildings available nearby which are probably the most expensive in the state since they are located conveniently near malls, concert halls and parks.

Northbridge is a new area in Perth wherein most expatriates come to live due to the variety of home choices and the different range of prices. There are also great suburban communities in the northern part of the city. Warwick Roads has nice cozy old homes and room rentals are usually available to visitors. There are several facilities in the area such as a playground, fitness gym and library.

West Perth used to be the home of Perth Metropolitan Markets. Now, it still has several old homes and villages with a number of office blocks, apartment buildings and the Harbortown factory outlet.

Hospitals and Universities in Perth

Royal Perth Hospital is one of the premier hospitals in the state with specialized rehabilitation facilities located at Shenton Park. The institution is found at the northeastern border of the city. It is the largest in the state with over 6,000 staff catering over 70,000 patients every year. It is widely known for modern diagnostic equipment and expertise in neurosciences and surgery.

St. John of God Health Care is another well-known health care facility located at 12 Kings Park Road West Perth. It is one of the largest non-profit institutions in Western Australia. It was founded in 1895 by the Sisters of St. John of God. Until now, the hospital focuses on all aspects of the human self – physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.

Other notable health care centers in Pert are Healthcare Association of Western Australia at 1110 Hay Street West Perth, Transcultural Psychiatry Unit at 151 Wellington Street Perth and Rockingham Family Hospital which is a small private institution known for excellent quality patient care.

Educational Facilitites 

There are four public universities and one private university in the city namely: University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and University of Notre Dame.

UWA is located at Crawley and is highly known for its vast research and architectural design. Curtin is the most populous and Murdoch has the largest campus. Edith Cowan includes the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts or WAAPA. Notre Dame has historic buildings as well and is affiliated with the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. There are two other Notre Dame campuses in Fremantle and Sydney.

Commercial Places in Perth

Hay Street Mall and Murray Street malls have a variety of shops. The two are actually a block apart with several arcades and shops lined in between. Some of the arcades include the Plaza, Carillion, Tudor-style and London Court. Near Murray Street Mall is Forrest Chase shopping complex which has a huge department store and many boutiques.

If you’re into designer labels, King Street has a lot of selections. There are also antique wares, bargain stores and art galleries along Rokeby Road and Hay Street in Subiaco. The Colonnade shopping complex features the latest Australian fashion. In Fremantle you will also find a lot of trinkets, aboriginal crafts and other souvenir items. Creative Native at 32 King Street and Desert Designs are just two of the aboriginal craft shops in the area.

King Street houses several posh shops selling clothes, shoes and jewelry. There are also intricate and expensive decorations, trinkets and watches sold at other nearby stores. Shops are open seven days a week every day of the year with some exceptions on public holidays.

Restaurants and Coffee Shops 

Try Gino’s Italian café in Fremantle offering great blends and cappuccino. Villa Bianchi is at Scarborough Beach featuring a great view of the ocean. It is also a favorite hub of surfing enthusiasts. Trigg Island Café serves snacks and breakfast and is situated right in front of the majestic Indian Ocean. The Old Swan Brewery is a great place to get drinks on weekends. It is located right along the Swan River. Frasers Restaurant has a very comfortable ambiance. The place serves excellent Australian seafood and wine.

Service Establishments in Perth

Water Corp Perth is approved by the World Health Organization and supplies and stores water to the entire city. Alinta Gas is one of the largest gas suppliers in the world. It has continued to provide natural gas to all residents of Perth through many years. Synergy electric power utility Perth is borne from Western Power Perth supplying efficient and reliable electrical power throughout the city.

Many private companies provide telecommunications services in the city covering both residential and mobile. Perth also has a very modern means and ways of transportation. There are three freeways, nine metropolitan highways, train, boat and bus stations, the Perth Airport and Jandakot Airport. The Northbridge tunnel is part of the Graham Farmer Freeway and is a very important passageway for the people.

Embassies in Perth

Mr. Phil Orchard is the Head of Post for Western Australia. The British Consulate is located at Level 26 “Allendale Square” 77 St. Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000. The embassy covers consular, trade and investment functions all over Western Australia as well as the Northern Territory.

The embassy is open during weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. The embassy aims to inform British Nationals about the policies in Australia. The High Commissioner also encourages UK expatriates to invest and establish business relationships with companies in Perth and other regions of the country. For more information contact the following numbers:

Telephone enquiries: (08) 9224 4700
Fax Consular enquiries: (08) 9224 4720
Fax Commercial enquiries: (08) 9224 4719

For emergency purposes outside office hours, contact the Consular Duty Officer on (08) 9480 9999 and pager number 21970.

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