Perth and Western Australia
The main campus of Curtin University is located in Bentley, which is six kilometres south of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Working in Perth allows you to enjoy the best of city life as well as the surrounding areas. As an international university, Curtin welcomes interstate and international staff to the city and provides support to settle into your new location.
Perth borders the Swan and Canning rivers and is flanked by crystalline beaches to the west and the Darling escarpment to the east. It’s the sunniest state capital, with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. With a population of approximately 1.9 million people, Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city.
The Whadjuk people of the wider Nyungar language group are Perth’s traditional owners and have inhabited the region for at least 40,000 years. Natural landmarks such as Kings Park and the Swan and Canning rivers continue to hold special significance for the Whadjuk and many traditional walking trails still trace the urban landscape.
Perth is home to a vibrant, multicultural population and is conveniently located in the same time zone as Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.
Lifestyle and culture
Perth residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with some of the country’s best city beaches, cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife.
Key attractions include the historic port of Fremantle; the spectacular 400-hectare Kings Park; the Swan Valley wine and food region; and water-based activities including swimming, boating, fishing and surfing.
Perth offers high quality public and private schools, health services, infrastructure and public transport.
The city’s international airport operates 24 hours a day throughout the year. The airport is currently expanding its services and infrastructure to meet the needs of Perth’s growing population.
Western Australia is the largest of Australia’s six states and two territories, with an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres, 12,500 kilometres of coastline and a span of 2,400 kilometres from north to south. WA occupies one third of the Australian continent, with the majority of people living in and around Perth.