About Western Australia
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state and occupies the entire western coastline, and one third of Australia’s land mass. The state has approximately 2.4 million inhabitants (around 10% of the national total), the majority of whom live in the south-west corner of the state. Western Australia’s economy mainly relies on mining, agriculture, and tourism, with the state supplying 46% of Australia’s exports. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world. The southwest coastal area of the state has a Mediterranean climate, while the central four-fifths of the state is semiarid or desert and is lightly inhabited with the only significant activity being mining in the northern tropical regions. The north has an extremely hot monsoonal climate.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia. The city has a population of 1.4 million, making it Australia’s fourth largest city. It is located on the southwest coast of the Australian continent with the Indian Ocean at its shores, situated along the banks of the Swan River and overlooked by Kings Park, a 400-hectare area of native gardens.
Perth is a modern city, with a clean and well-planned central business district. The city centre provides for excellent shopping, as well as a vast range of restaurants, night life and entertainment venues. As it is home to people from around the world, Perth offers all the benefits of a cosmopolitan city, such as specialty food stores, places of worship and social networks, which enable Perth’s diverse population to maintain the lifestyles of their cultures.
Perth is known for its clear blue skies, sunny climate and clean white beaches. With a relatively small population for a capital city, Perth is the perfect environment for a relaxed and healthy lifestyle, yet it is also a sophisticated and modern multicultural city.
In the winter months (June to August) average temperatures are 9 to 17
degrees Celsius. In the summer months (December to February) temperatures can
reach 40 degrees but usually average 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Perth has a modern public transport system, and is well serviced by
buses and trains. Many bus routes act as feeder routes to the major train
lines. International students are entitled to concession fares on all public
transport. Cycling is also a popular means of commuting around the city.
Cost of Living:
The annual cost of living depends on the student’s lifestyle and the type of accommodation chosen, however AUD$400–$500 per week is generally sufficient for most single students to live comfortably. Students who are accompanied by family members will need to factor in additional funds for accommodation, food and other living costs.
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