Unsure of where to go in Perth? Below are a few of the local must see spots. The beauty of Perth is that there is plenty to do wherever you are and whatever your budget. Perth also has very affordable public transport to each of these locations, so there is really nothing stopping you from exploring this city!
Kings Park and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest inner city built parks in the world, the garden is dedicated to conservation and spotlights plants from all over the world. It also contains beautiful walking trails, ponds, playgrounds and a West Australian war memorial. It is definitely a must see if you are in or near the city and is a great spot for a picnic or an outdoor workout.
Rottnest Island is a beautiful slice of WA made of pristine beaches and interesting wildlife. Take a short ferry ride and explore the island, experience amazing snorkelling, scenic bike paths and take a selfie with a quokka. Though this is not the cheapest experience on the list, it is an absolute must see if you are in Perth in summer, the clear waters will take your breath away.
Margaret river is a few hours south of Perth and is the place to be if you love quality food and wine. Take a tour of the area and visit all the quirky breweries and wineries whilst filling up on local cheese, chocolate and fruit. Or walk along one of its many walking trails set amongst the beautiful Australian bush and maybe see some interesting wildlife.
Perth has a variety of beaches to choose from if soaking up the sun is your thing. Cottesloe beach is only located 15 minutes from the city and is the typical kind of pristine beach you’ll find all over the state. Port beach in Fremantle is also popular, Rockingham beaches are renowned for spotting dolphins and Scarborough beaches are iconic for anyone who loves to surf. Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals, you’ll learn where the food is nearby and if there are any jellyfish lurking in the water.
The Perth Bell Tower is an iconic landmark for the state of Western Australia. The alien looking tower is actually the world’s largest musical instrument and contains the original 14th century bells from the church of Buckingham Palace. Not far from the tower is the new and bustling Elizabeth Quay. The Quay contains a large assortment of dining, entertainment and activities for all ages. Whether you enjoy watching popular businesses compete rowing along the river, drinking and eating with a spectacular view of the city or playing mini golf with friends, the Quay always has a new event to attend or a new restaurant to try.
For those feeling particularly brave, a short flight up the coast allows you to access some of the iconic Australian landscape. Visit Esperance for untouched beaches, scenic national parks and the mini Stonehenge. Broome has some of the most interesting landscapes in the nation, tours to the unique Bungle Bungles are very popular and relaxing with the camels on Cable beach after is a must. Exmouth home of the incredibly photogenic Ningaloo Reef where you will be swimming with all sorts of wildlife including whale sharks. If that isn’t for you there are plenty of pristine beaches to explore and humpback whales to watch.
There is truly something for everyone here, you are only limited by your imagination.
Have you ever dreamed about studying in Australia? It’s probably closer to a reality then you think, listed below are some of the benefits of studying in Australia that address common misconceptions about being an international student.
Working in Australia
Studying in Australia may not be cheap and often students think studying here means a lot of debt. But as an international student in Australia you are legally allowed to work up to 20 hours a week whilst studying full time and work full time during your study break. Since Australia has a reasonably high cost of living that money is invaluable, not only can you cover your living expenses but it takes away some of the financial strain from yourself and your family.
World Class Education
Australian universities and institutions offer education that is highly regarded internationally. This quality education means your course will be recognised across the globe, an added bonus when looking for jobs nationally or internationally. Out of the top 35 universities in Australia, 6 featured in the global ranking and are scattered across Australia. Australian qualifications are also very practical, most courses here offer a portion of practical learning, be it getting experience in a hospital if you study nursing or the ability to gain an internship if you are a business student. This real world experience is excellent for using on a resume when applying for jobs whilst reinforcing theories and concepts taught in class. Depending on what you study, your course may even have free excursions. This lets you see more of Australia with class friends all in the name of education.
Australia has an increasing variety of campus locations. There are options to study in the hustling urban environment or the slower suburbias, it depends on you and your preference. No matter where you study it’s pretty likely you will be close to some kind of scenic natural beauty. Australia is known for its pristine beaches, interesting wildlife and its outdoorsy culture. As an international student taking advantage of the beautiful natural scenery means you see what Australia is truly like without breaking your budget.
Australia is a multicultural hub and is incredibly diverse. In fact ⅓ of students in Perth, WA are international students from all over the globe. In Australia diversity is celebrated, and can provide a sense of belonging to those who may miss home through its multiculturalism. 26% of the Australian population was born overseas and according to Australian census data over 300 different languages are spoken in Australian homes. Australia is also incredibly diverse when it comes to religion, with Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism being the most popular in the nation. Cultural diversity is one of Australia’s strengths and is central to our national identity.
It's pretty easy to achieve a work-life balance in Australia. Even if you work 20 hours a week and study full time, you will still have time to go and have fun whilst you’re here. There are heaps of activities in varying locations for varying prices and there is always a new destination opening or another sunset to watch. In Perth there is plenty to see whether you are close to the city or hours away. Stay tuned for more info about the places to see in Perth.
Rethinking the cover letter. Many a time, we do not give much thoughts to what we write. This blog may help you rethink how you should write your cover letter to your potential employer. All the best.
There’s an old African proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We have to go far — it's not an option. We must make a conscious community to help each other. And when we lend a hand to those in need, we will all go far.
The Perth community is frequently scattered. Whether this is due to politics or 'not knowing what's out there', we all seem to exist in our own bubbles.
However, those that escape the bubble seem to grow exponentially. From my many amazing African friends, I have heard of much struggle and growth. Many times this came from engaging in multiple communities and lifestyles.
Our vision for Africans in Perth is to grow the collaboration between the African Community as a whole. We strive to find all the information in Perth and put it together. And when our minds come together, the dots connect themselves.
Author: Mark David Teo