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Moving to Perth in the New Year

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Hello all.

Here we go again, off to our 6th country in 6 years!

We will be arriving in Perth early Jan, moving from NZ Christchurch.

We previously lived in the UK (still our base), Sweden, UAE, South Korea and NZ.

My husband has already started his new job and myself and the kids will join him next month.

 

His job will be at Elizabeth Quay and hoping to rent a house around that area (20-30 max on public transport). Have looked at Subiaco, Highgate, Floreat and Victoria Park.

We have a daughter who'll finish her first school year here in NZ so finding a good school in those areas is very important too.

 

What are your thoughts and experience on these areas, especially Victoria Park? (the one which is within our budget so far)

 

We also have a 3 year old son. He goes to kindy here full time as I work and we get 20 free hours per week from government. I am not planning on going back to work for a while after we move to Au but we'd still want him to go to preschool at least few days a week. Is there anything that doesn't break the bank?

 

We'd like to rely only on one car or maybe no car at all (if walking distance from school). Is it feasible? Cheap reliable public transport?

 

Getting very excited now, tired of cold, rain, wind and quakes here in Chch :err:

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I find public transport good here, but agree with Suzanne that you would struggle without at least one car (for shopping if nothing else).

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Hi Danone,

 

Congrats on making the move. I'm making it myself in Jan from Sydney after 2 years going back & forward regularly (daughter is in Perth with her Mum).

 

What is your budget for rent? I'm just back from a week's reccie. You definitely need a car in Perth, although if your husband is working in Elizabeth Quay (CBD), he'll probably get public transport. Mt Hawthorn/North Perth is worth a look, about 20 mins from the city, nice established suburb with a village and close to Leederville for a bit of night life.

 

I have been looking around Scarborough, Double view also, close to the beach and not too far from the city. They are doing a big job redeveloping the beach front at Scarborough at the moment, should be good when it's finished.

 

The good news is that there are plenty of empty places to rent so you should have no problems. Check out domain.com.au and realestate.com.au

 

Good luck

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Thank you all. We have already found a rental in Victoria Park. Not easy to decide on a certain area when you don't know the place very well. Hopefully Victoria Park is not too bad. Husband will be able to cycle or get a bus into Elizabeth Quay and primary school is walking distance from our rental (next to Raphael park)

We will eventually get a car just for weekend trips, beach, kids activities etc.

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You will find it very hard to live in Perth without a car. Everything is pretty spread out and public transport as a rule isn't that brilliant. Victoria Park is a nice area close to the CBD and East Victoria Park PS has a very good reputation.

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Agree with others. Life without a car in Perth is VERY hard. We tried and lasted a year.

 

Public transport in the CBD is excellent with the free CAT buses and trains are generally very good, but anything beyond that can be a serious pain. It isn't like the UK where things are often centralized and you have a corner shop on the corner of every street. Vic Park is a bit better than some regards the later, but even then it can be a serious chore.

 

Also, walking far when it is 40c is not fun! Hence why you will see the car spaces always full near the doors of the supermarket - people want to get back into air con asap.

 

While you will be fine getting from Vic to Elizabeth Quay on public transport - and you would be mad not to - going anywhere else gets hard.

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Thanks all. Yes, we will get a car eventually for emergencies, weekends, crap weather (very hot!!)

We did extremes, Sweden and UAE when a car is important due to weather :)

 

Glad to hear Victoria Park is not a bad area, we'll see once we get there. Less than a month now...

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Hi,

 

Life without car is difficult but possible. We lived in Perth for two years and we didn't have car. We used bikes which was excellent. However, whenever we wanted to travel to Kalbari, Margaret River or other places we simply rented car and it wasn't so expensive.

Regarding shopping, well we lived in CBD and it wasn't so bad to bring groceries to home from Woolworths. Now there is also Coles in CBD.

 

In your case with two kids car would be more comfortable :)

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