Perth wins out for Brits over other OZ cities

Published:  15 Mar at 6 PM
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Australia’s welcoming reputation as an expat hub goes back decades, but most relocation-aimed websites concentrate on Sydney and the continent’s larger conurbations.

The British have traditionally favoured Australia as a retirement or relocation hub for the contrast between its balmy weather and superb outdoor lifestyle with the UK’s rainy, cold winters. Perth has been an expat favourite for some time, with 30 per cent of its population having arrived from overseas. The bulk of expats here are from the UK, giving a ready-made community happy to welcome new arrivals to their ranks.

At present, Perth’s government is actively recruiting workers from overseas in order to fill highly-skilled job vacancies, giving career opportunities combined with good wages and all the attractions of coastal living. Long, sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, blue waters, fun activities and friendly locals make time off from work a stress-busting, enjoyable experience for those who’ve recently arrived.

Little-known facts about the city include its massive distance from the rest of the country’s major conurbations. Sydney is more than 2,000 miles distant and Perth’s closest neighbour is Adelaide, 1,000 miles away. Geographically, Perth is closer to Jakarta and East Timor than it is to the rest of Australia! Year-round sunshine and bearable summer highs make exploring the untouched back country a fascinating experience, even in the damp winters.

For families tempted to relocate, one of Perth’s strong points is its lower cost of living compared with the rest of admittedly expensive Australia. Childcare and good schools come as standard and the outdoor-based lifestyle is perfect for family life. Activities include hiking, camping, visiting museums to discover Australia’s amazing ancient history and development, viewing animals in their natural habitats and simply exploring this stunning region.

Workwise, Perth’s economy is expanding fast, with employers looking for professionals in industry, agriculture, manufacturing and the service sector. The region's largest industry is based around mining, with jobs paying decent wages and encouraging career development. Despite its remote location, Perth was placed seventh in the recent Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking for 2016, celebrating the city’s attractions for would-be expats from the UK.
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