Sunset in Perth, WA. Photo: iStock/Sahil Malhotra.

Progressive and oh-so-liveable, Western Australia’s capital city has a lot to offer: some of the best weather, beautiful beaches and an unpretentious vibe – and at Rent.com.au we couldn’t agree more. Here are just 9 reasons you think you should consider packing your bags and moving over in 2018:

  1. The rents are so damn cheap

    Renting in Perth has, of late, become one of the most affordable options for the savvy house hunter on the look-out for a bargain. The recent sharp fall in rents across the WA capital has made it so much more affordable for people looking to enter the rental market for the first time, or switch to an area they might not otherwise be able to afford. In November, the median rent for the state capital was just $350/week, well short of Sydney where the median rent was $560/week. (We know what we’d rather be paying).

  2. You can save your rent money for island day-trips

    As it so happens, Perth is the only city in Australia to have an A-class nature reserve just 30 minutes off the coast. Beautiful Rottnest Island is Perth’s favourite summer playground and as visitor number to the island grow year-on-year, it’s not hard to see why people flock here. Think: stunning beaches, quokkas (and the obligatory selfie), no cards, a super laid-back vibe and amazing diving opportunities. Don’t miss it.

  3. Watch the sun set over the beach from your beachside rental

    One of the beauties of renting in Perth right now is that you could afford to live somewhere you might not usually be able to buy – and for a lot of people, that means near the beach. If you’re thinking of making the move from the eastern shores, this means epic sunsets over the ocean. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to see the sky light up in all colours over the beach – in Perth we simply amble down to the beach after work and catch an awesome sunset. All of that, incidentally, with a nice glass of Sem Sav in hand, thanks very much.

  4. More hours of sunshine means more time outdoors

    Fun fact: Perth has more hours of bright sunshine than any other Aussie capital. Perth (so Google says) has around 3,229 hours of sunshine each year and Sydney languishes back at around 2,635. Melbourne doesn’t even score enough hours to make this list. All this extra sunshine means Perthites can revel in the great outdoors; playing sports, drinking on rooftop bars, picnics in bars and backyard cricket under a beautiful, clear sunny sky.

  5. Make Perth’s historical port city your next home (or travel spot)

    Buzzing and bohemian, Fremantle was recently lauded by Lonely Planet, named as one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit. Perth locals love to head there for craft beers and pretty sweet coffee, but Freo (as its colloquially known) is the best-preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. We’re talking world-famous heritage buildings and an interesting maritime and convict history. Finding a nice home in Freo is a breeze – plenty of lovely Federation brick houses, old limestone port-workers cottages and contemporary townhouses.

  1. Perth is the ideal gateway to experiencing WA

    Once you’re in Perth, you’re just hours away from some of the most unique experiences the state has to offer. You could swim with whale sharks off Ningaloo reef, marvel at killer whales in the Bremer Canyon or explore Esperance in WA’s south-east, home to some of Australia’s whitest beaches. Pleasingly for locals and travellers alike, WA has a long list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you think any of that sounds too ordinary, you’re dreaming.

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