Living in Perth
We think living in Perth puts us amongst the luckiest people on the planet.
The majority of the ISWA community of families and faculty members have lived in remarkable spots around the world, but we all have a soft spot for this sunny western city. There is a plethora of reasons why so many Perth expats return to raise their families here, and why so many migrants come for a few years and end up staying forever. Here are just a few of them.
An Outdoor Lifestyle
With more days of sunshine than any other Australian capital city, and a distinctly Mediterranean climate, people in Perth love the outdoor lifestyle. Our mild winters and warm summers provide a perfect backdrop for families to get outside and get active. Many of our international families find their children are happier in Perth than they have ever been, with so many opportunities to play sport, learn new activities, and enjoy a very sociable culture.
Our school is lucky enough to be situated close to the stunning City Beach. Perth boasts incredibly picturesque stretches of clean, sandy beaches: families tend to get there early in the morning when the ocean is flat and calm, before the cooling afternoon sea breeze comes in.
The banks of the Swan River offer a shady, protected environment in which to picnic, kayak, stand-up paddle board, or simply splash about in the water. Perth has an incredible array of well-built, engaging nature playgrounds for children of all ages to explore. There are numerous cycle and hiking trails to explore both around and outside of the city, including the vast Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail.
Due to the mostly dry weather, Perth is also a relatively easy city to get around by bike, with numerous cycle paths available.
A Mix of Cultures
Perth offers an increasingly multicultural lifestyle, with migrants comprising over 60% of residents in some suburbs. The influx of migrants and temporary residents from around the globe has greatly enhanced Perth’s culinary, creative, and entertainment offerings over the past 20-30 years. ISWA’s Parent Association has members from 34 nationalities, who will be able to point you in the direction of any cultural group you want to connect with.
Perth has a vibrant arts scene, with contemporary, classic and Indigenous art galleries, theatres, festivals, exhibitions, and a range of mainstream and niche cinemas. Each year sees the impressive Perth International Arts Festival roll into town, as well as the quirky Fringe World Festival. Numerous international film festivals are held each year, many of which are held in impressive outdoor surrounds.
Perth also has a buzzing nightlife scene, with the entertainment hubs of Northbridge, Fremantle, Leederville, Claremont, and the Perth CBD offering cafés, bars and restaurants.
The International School of Western Australia is currently located in City Beach. The beach itself is postcard-perfect, with wide stretched of fine white sand and clean blue water. It’s a common place for ISWA families to socialise – whether at the beach-side bars and restaurants, or picnicking under the trees and using the free barbecue facilities. City Beach is just a 15 minute drive from the Perth CBD, 10 minutes from the famous Cottesloe and Scarborough Beaches, and 20 minutes from Fremantle. The A-class nature reserve of Bold Park is adjacent to City Beach, and there are numerous shopping centres, swimming pools, sporting clubs, cinemas and golf courses in the immediate vicinity.
Just 30 minutes off the Perth coast is the A-class nature reserve of Rottnest Island. Virtually car-free, it’s a laid-back place for kids to ride their bikes, while you enjoy stunning beaches and, of course, the very cute wildlife.
Oozing with bohemian charm, the port city of Fremantle is just a scenic half-hour train trip down the coast from the Perth CBD. Known as ‘Freo‘, Fremantle has the best best-preserved example of a 19thcentury port streetscape in the world. With famous markets, family-friendly breweries, and a relaxed vibe, it is a popular place for Perth-ites to visit on the weekends.