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Perth may be on the other side of the Great Southern Land, but ex-Melbourne lad, now Perth local, Tim Chandler finds it rivals Melbourne on almost every level, and then some…
Some of you may have read PB’s Melbourne v Sydney: Torn between two cities – feeling like a fool… piece on TBS in follow up to his recent visit to his ole hometown Melbourne (if you didn’t, read it!)
Quite randomly, in the week following this Melbourne was voted as both the world’s friendliest city in a survey undertaken by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and, for the fourth year running, the world’s most liveable city in Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey of 140 cities.
Following this we did a shout out to our writers as a challenge to put their own cities up for contention…and today a new addition to the TBS Fold, Timothy Chandler, gives a yell from out West in support of Perth…
Congratulations to Melbourne on being voted the world’s most liveable city.
That’s fantastic for you.
But it’s August, and that means it’s winter, and I raise you the pair of shorts and thongs I wore on the weekend…and the weekend before.
I moved to Perth after having experienced Melbourne and London, and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I came to love living here. It’s very liveable. I’m not the only one who thinks so either. I seem to be meeting more and more people who are moving here or coming back.
We love the outdoors in Perth and this is illustrated by the number of pubs and bars with full beer gardens when the sun is out. Then you’ve got the pubs on the coast, where you can wander in from a hard day on the beach to enjoy a nice refreshing beer while you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
Perth also boasts Kings Park – a park bigger than Manhattan’s Central Park – located on the edge of the CBD, which also provides selfie-worthy views of the Swan River.
Summer – and February, in particular – brings everyone out to enjoy the many music and arts festivals, plus our never-ending love of sport is strong enough to rival Melbourne’s.
There’s an expanding food scene here too. The restaurant and cafe culture is thriving and Matt Preston (Masterchef judge) was even recently quoted as saying that we are “spoiled for choice” with all these new establishments. The ongoing development of Elizabeth Quay will only continue this boom, as will the new Perth Stadium and Burswood developments.
Oh, and Perth’s SmartRider – your electronic ticket for navigating the public transport network – actually works.
But fear not, you future visitors, you can still buy paper tickets at train stations and on the bus.
Perth is exciting.
It’s going to win you over…you just have to give it one chance.
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