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1. Posted by nickz (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


I would like to take an intensive Business English course next month and i was thinking about going to Perth, as i have never been there.

Do you think it is a good choice? Or shall i head to other cities?

The cities looks fine, but as i am going to be there solo i am afraid i will not find many other students/backpackers.



2. Posted by Bibi64 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nick
Perth is an excellent choice of city and yes whilst we may be considered an isolated city there are numerous first class English/business academies for overseas students,

There are several backpacker/hostel options nearby as well in the city centre. All public transport in the city centre is free of charge.


3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Where are you from Nick? Perth is a wonderful city in Australia but it is a little isolated compared with other cities in the country; Australia is an enormous country. Flying Perth to Melbourne takes at least three and a half hours and Perth to Sydney is over four hours. If you want to be closer to Melbourne and Sydney then you might want to look at a course over on the east coast. If you might want to be closer to Asia then a city further north, Darwin or Cairns or even Brisbane might be more suitable. However Perth is closer to Africa - that might be something you want o look at. All these cities will have backpackers so that shouldn't be a problem. What might be more important is the quality of the teaching and the course you intend to study. Cost, duration, success rate, employment rate might all be considerations.

Whatever you decide, good luck!

4. Posted by Bibi64 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

As Borisborough says Perth is possibly considered as isolated however as a long term, well travelled resident of Perth I disagree of the summary above. Depending of course where you reside Perth may well be closer to Africa (however I would not see this continent as being close) our closest neighbours are the many countries of Asia, which are only hours away...... So depending where you are travelling from will determine the best side of Australia for you to choose. Sydney and Melbourne are great, large and cosmopolitan whereas Perth has character and is eclectic!
Good luck!

5. Posted by nickz (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

many thanks!

i am coming from Italy, and Perth is definitely closer than Melbourne for me. I was just thinking that, being the city so isolated, not many foreign students and backpackers would have visited it. But reading your comments i was wrong :)

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The flight time Rome to Perth is 18 hours 45 minutes, Rome to Melbourne, 21 hours 10 minutes, a difference of 2'25" (Perth to Darwin 19'15") so Perth is closest, but not by much. If you want to travel once you're in Australia, consider whether or not Perth best serves your needs.

Incidentally, Perth to J'burg is 11'10" - not exactly close but closer than Melbourne to J'burg (currently 17'10").

7. Posted by Bibi64 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Good luck with your travels and your language course Nick!

8. Posted by nickz (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

i am sure i will enjoy there, thanks :)

btw i wil just spend 3 weeks there and i will have time to travel just during the weekends. Is there enough to see around Perth?

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2016, at 01:52 by nickz ]

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If you only do one thing, you've got to go across to Rottnest Island to meet the quokkas. :) But there's plenty more in Perth too - certainly enough to keep you busy for three weekends or so.

Enjoy Perth!

10. Posted by Bibi64 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Absolutely Nick! Plenty to fill your weekends with interesting sites just to mention a few:
1) Kings Park - city centre
2) Perth Mint - city centre
3) Bell Tower - city centre
4) Swan Valley - about 40 minutes from Perth centre - few options here you can book a wine cruise which will take you along the swan river to a couple of vineyards or you can book an organised tour with Expedia or similar and do the Swan Valley Winery & Brewery Full-Day Tour about $120 AUD for the day, or alternatively hire a car and do a day trip - this area is full of vineyards, breweries, local produce
5) Cohunu Wildlife Park - - great for seeing Australian wildlife alternatively Perth zoo which you can get to by taking a ferry ride from city centre across the river
6) Fremantle city - about 30 minutes by public transport - you can train, bus or ferry to here - well worth a visit - convict settlement - old prison, and maritime museum. Whilst there take in Little Creatures brewery right on the waterfront
7) Hilary's underwater world - full of West Australian sea life
8) Beaches - to die for! Whilst heading into our winter, hopefully weather will be kind, we have beach after beach from Fremantle onwards - Cottesloe, Scarborough, Trigg etc
9) Small bar scene this has taken off in recent years we have multiple precincts which are great, city centre and northbridge great mx of modern and old -
10) Rottnest Island - ferry across here for the day, where you can ride, swim and yes see Quokkas ( west Australian marsupial animal)
11) Penguin and seal island off from Rockingham ( organised tours for this)
12) Margaret River for the weekend - hire a car and head down south which is about 3 hours from Perth, full of vineyards, caves, local cheese, chocolate, olive oil etc
13) food wise - we have every cuisine imaginable, however the cheaper bites to eat is generally Asian food given our close proximity to Bali, Singapore, Malayasia and Thailand.

These tourist sites may also help:

Hope this helps a little!