Touch down in Perth! We arrived to Western Australia earlier this week and were struck immediately by three things: the vast amount of green space (park after park and plentiful grass isnt exactly Dubai’s forte), the public holiday for Easter Monday (a nice reprieve for Barr upon our arrival), and the chillier weather (65-75 degrees Fahrenheit is a far cry from the 90-100 temps we left behind). We’ll definitely miss certain things about Dubai (especially the wonderful friends we made there), but are really excited about “our” new city 🙂
So let’s get acquainted with Perth, shall we? Here is where Perth can be found in the grand scheme of Australia – the city is the capital and largest city in the Australian state of Western Australia (the other Australian states are Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, just as an FYI).
There she is!
The population of Perth is just around 2 million and has really experienced a population boom in the last 5-10 years or so as the energy/mining industries have expanded in the region. Honestly, since we were here 7 years ago, things have really changed and grown – the airport terminal we flew into seemed brand spanking new!
Perth is built primarily along the Swan River (named for the native black swans found here in Perth), expanding westward to the Indian Ocean coast:
Perth Metro map
The black swans sunning themselves on the Swan River
We found a great home to rent for the next few months – I’ll post a few pictures of it as well as the cute little village nearby once we move in next week!
I’ve been exploring downtown (where we’re staying until we move into our place) by foot and few of the outlying suburbs via the great train/metro system – couldnt have been easier to use and runs throughout the city. I have a feeling we’ll ultimately lease a car during our time here (yikes – watch out, Perth, as the Blantons navigate driving on the opposite side of the road!), but this absolutely fits the bill in the meantime.
Public transportation in Perth
I’m bringing my “big girl” camera around with me today, so tomorrow I’ll definitely have some photos of my own 🙂 Australia is also celebrating ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day (similar to the US Memorial Day – the day honors those “…who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”) on Friday, April 25, so we will get to enjoy another long week, hopefully full of lots of pictures and exploring. Until next time…