We are in Perth for job interviews and a recce on may15th to 20th. We are a mid 30s professional couple (with family but they are staying at home this trip). We want to really understand how people have found perth, dislikes, likes, way of life, etc. Ideally it would be great I suppose to meet up with some friendly locals or groups, maybe there are some sort of help groups there? otherwise we were planning a trip to rottnest island, some time in some suburbs we liked (claremore, subatico, nedlands, dalkeith) and then try take a 1 day longer trip (we'll hire a car) and go south to visit a winery. Idea is to see some terrain outside perth (and hopefully not find a dust bowl!)
Issues for us are things like the weather (if kids can handle it, if people fall over with heatstroke, if people constantly have to cream up all day long (not nice and frankly all the chemicals in these creams are not good for our kids with ezcema). But sunny climates make for healthier people.
Otherwise, we are hoping to find out that people enjoy life, the parks, the sun! the amenities etc. We'll that is the plan. It is all a balance. The isolation does worry us a little, but that surely is a state of mind. You can be as isolated in London with 11 million people! depends on who you know and what you do.
The "beach lifestyle" worries me a little. Frankly..I have never spent any time on a beach. Going to spain and sharing a beach with a load of Brits does not appeal. I am hoping it means a little more in australia, like some beach sports and some decent resturants and walks. Not beering up and skin cancer burns with fried chicken legs.