About Perth and Western Australia
One of the first things you'll notice about Perth and Western Australia (WA) is its multiculturalism, with people from many different nationalities living in harmony.
WA is in the same time zone as many Asian regions and only a short flight from many capital cities in Asia, the sub-continent, and the Gulf States. This makes many students feel closer to home.
Great Weather, Blue Skies, Sunny Days
When you arrive in WA, you will notice the great weather making it possible to live a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. For many this means more opportunity to enjoy water sports, beaches and barbecues. For others it means an active arts scene. And for most, it means a fantastic way of life with street cafes, restaurants and cuisine from around the world.
WA is also great value, with work opportunities and the cost of living being much better than other Australian cities. People in Western Australia are amongst the highest paid in the country, with average full time earnings of A$68,609 per year (Nov 2008). This is well ahead of the national average of A$60,658.
Australia's Strongest Economy
Did you know that WA has the strongest economy in Australia - with just 10% of the national population, it generates an impressive 30% of Australia's exports.
For students interested in working part-time to support their studies, Perth is certainly the number one place to go with average part-time wages the highest in Australia with most students earning $17-20 per hour. By gaining valuable skills through their studies at TAFE, many students have ultimately been able to settle permanently in Perth.
Western Australia has a strong reputation for producing successful businessmen, scientists, sportsmen and entertainers. In 2005 Prof Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, Some world famous entertainers from WA are Sam Worthington, Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Melissa George. A full list of famous West Australians can be found here.
So much to do
Perth is WA's rapidly growing capital city. With a population of 2 million it has a youthful character that is ideally suited to student life! Fremantle, the port suburb of Perth, is just as colourful with artists, street markets and a lively cafe society.
There is much to explore in WA including famous holiday resorts like Rottnest Island and Monkey Mia where dolphins come every day to play with visitors. There are spectacular outback deserts, with sights that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
WA is known as the friendly state... so wherever you travel, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to practise your English. WA can offer you much to see, much to do... and great value for your student dollar while you're doing it.
TOP 10 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PERTH!
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- Visit one of the 19 beautiful metropolitan beaches.
- Visit Kings Park, the southern hemisphere's largest inner city park.
- Take a ferry to Rottnest Island.
- Spend a day exploring the colour and diversity of the port city of Fremantle.
- Spend the day sampling the amazing produce and wine at WA's oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley, just half an hour's drive from Perth.
- Indulge in a cultural feast – visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and check out the many live music/theatre options available.
- Explore the funky inner city precincts of Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Leederville and Claremont for fantastic restaurants, bars and shopping.
- Visit one of Perth's Indigenous art galleries to see some unique artwork, and do the Indigenous Walking Tour of Kings Park to learn about Australia's fascinating history.
- For a different perspective, take a scenic helicopter flight over Perth city and the stunning coast.
- Swim with the dolphins at Rockingham, just 45 minutes drive from Perth.
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