Going on a rekkie to Perth

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Black Swans on the Swan River in Perth Western Australia

It’s been pretty hectic this week (hence the lack of updates). Why? Well, we’re flying out to Perth this weekend on a rekkie.

I’ve always fancied Perth since I went out there on business last year.

We were in Sydney at the time on Holiday, and I used the opportunity to take the “short” four and a half hours flight from Sydney to Perth.

I think Sydney is a beautiful city, but for me, it’s not the sort of place where I’d like to bring up our son. House prices are also exceptionally high within a 30-minute commutable radius from Sydney as well so if we did move there it would take an age to get into work every morning.

When I was over in Perth, I met an Aussie chap out there who had also spent some time living in Sydney before moving to Perth (via Melbourne). He made a comparison which I think sums up the lifestyle in Perth pretty well.

He referred to the United States, a brilliant country in itself and described Sydney as the ‘New York’ of Australia while the lifestyle in Perth is more on the lines of that, which you’ll find in California.

Everywhere in Perth seems a lot more laid back. Sydney, in my eyes, is just a little too hectic for my liking and as I’ll probably end up working in the City, I think Perth would be a nicer and more laid back place to be.

So as a base for our stay, we’ve rented a house right next to the beach in a little place called Sorrento.

Sorrento is a coastal suburb roughly 17 km north of Perth. It’s seen as a relatively upmarket suburb, which is helped by its proximity to Hillary’s boat harbour.

We’re looking forward to going back to Australia although the thought of a 20-hour flight with a three-year-old in tow is something that we’ll be keeping in the back of our minds until its time to fly. Saying that we survived a similar flight with a two-year-old in tow when we flew to Sydney via Singapore last year, so I’m sure we’ll be ok.

We’ll be using the trip to visit the areas that we have already earmarked as ‘potentials’ through our investigations on the web. Having a look around the Schools will also be essential as will making sure the whole family likes the look and feel of Perth as much as I do.

We’ve also identified some potential rentals on the net that we’d like to look at too. This way, if we like the look of the properties and the areas in the flesh, we’ll be able to reserve the properties when they become available from the UK.

I also have a couple of meetings set up with recruitment companies when I’m out there. I guess the plan is to ‘get on the books’, but it’ll also allow me to assess the Australia marketplace for the lines of work I’ll be interested in.

Perth is probably one of the worst places in Australia for the lines of work I’d be looking for. I’m currently a senior IT manager working in a large UK organisation. As Perth is so far our in the sticks, most of the head office or similar managerial roles will be based in the company HQ’s. In the main, these tend to be found in places such as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Many large organisations may have satellite offices in Western Australia, however permanent jobs in senior management are far and few between.

Having said that, I’d like to think that my expectations are pretty realistic.

If I need to take a significant pay cut, then I’ll take a big pay cut. We will have the money from the sale of the house to survive on as a worst case scenario but obviously, the sooner one of us can get some cash coming in the better, and we can use the equity in our current home as a deposit on a new property over there when we decide to buy.

I think in the short term my main target may need to be contracting work although until I get there, I don’t know if every other bloke out there is thinking precisely the same thing.

Anyhow, onto less worrying things; the rekkie.

We’ll be spending just over three weeks in Perth, which isn’t a massive amount of time, but hopefully, it’ll be sufficient time to get a good gut feel for the place.

My Brother-in-law who lives in Sydney will also be travelling out to Perth with his family (and my Godson) for the last week.

I think he booked the tickets pretty last minute, so they’ve set him back about £220 for a return flight to Sydney. I do know that there are some excellent deals available on the Net for flights between Sydney and Perth though.

There are two leading players in the Australian domestic flight market: Virgin Blue and Qantas (who used to have the monopoly before Branson got involved).

When Branson decided to set up Virgin Blue a few years ago, he caused a significant shake-up of the Australian domestic flight market due to his low pricing. Qantas immediately had to follow suit, and these mini local price wars continue to this day which is excellent for the customers like you, the brother-in-law and me at the end of the day.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing the guys when they pop over to see us in Sorrento. It’ll be nice to enjoy the holiday element of our rekkie and get a taste of the lifestyle that we’ll soon be able to enjoy in our future place called home.

Expect plenty of snaps when I’m back.



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Tony McNamara

Ah Perth. I’m a migrant of 20 years, and I have never experienced such a huge increase in home purchase and rental costs. Take Clarkson, 30 K from the city, on the TransPerth Commuter rail line. A modest 3-bed 2-bath, purchased in 2005 for $210 K is now priced around $320 K – $380 K. Rent for about $350 per week. I don’t know how young people will fare in setting up. Rentals are as scarce as hen’s teeth too. Airconditioning is a MUST. After 4 to 5 days of 33 deg heat the brickwork begins to radiate the heat… Read more »

Chuck

I think you need to update this entry and tell people that Perth is set to be MORE EXPENSIVE than Sydney. I do agree its more laid back but it is now going to be one of the most expensive cities to live in THE WORLD. Its reputation as a cheap city still lingers but that will soon fade. People are starting to move OUT of Perth and do what you did moving TO Perth and that is selling in an expensive market and moving to a cheaper one. Someday soon, the truth will be out and that the boom… Read more »

I hope Perth is much friendlier for some IT professionals like me too.

Tracey Summers

Hey everyone, Sorry I stumbled onto this site and was woundering if anyone could answer my question ans finding it hard to get an answer anywhere. I got a years visa in September 2007 and came back to the UK December 2007 becuase my friend s my had cancer and I wanted to be there for her, it was to late the time I got back but she was please to see me. But know I want to go back for finish my work visa off but haven’t got the money. Is there anyway I can freeze my visa until… Read more »

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