When it comes to migrating, it can be so easy to look at Australia with rose tinted glasses. You’ll actively seek out all the good things awaiting you in your new home country, but brush off any seemingly minor complaints from others, whether they be personal comments from friends and family, or posts on social media or blogs.
So I thought I’d help you out and prepare you for some of the not so fun things about living in Australia. Some of these may only be applicable to Perth (because that’s where I live), but I’m sure some will be just as relevant for other cities around Australia.
And before you get on your high horse about how lucky we are and these are stupid things to moan about, read to the end!
Without further ado, here are 8 annoying things about living in Perth.
We’re so spoiled for choice when it comes to events in Perth – many people scoff and call us Dullsville, but if you look around you might realise just how much we have to do here in Perth. Whenever the Perth Fringe Festival program is released, I go through all the acts to see what looks good. This year a few shows caught my eye, and one of the first I circled was Big Boys The Third – a comedy dance show by South Africans.
I was then super excited to be emailed by one of the actors in the show, Bradley Searle, asking me to help get the word out about their show. As I love sharing all things South African in Perth with you, and you all love hearing about them, of course I said yes!
South African comedian Masood Boomgaard is heading to Australia this month! The Durban funny man will be doing shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of his second Outta Africa comedy tour.
Masood is regarded as one of the brightest stars in South African comedy and will be showing off his unique, witty take on a wide range of topics from politics and medical aid schemes (that’s health insurance to us these days!) to relationships, overbearing parents, and everything else in between.
This November, a brand new film festival is coming to Perth. Joziwood is a South African film festival which will be running for the first time next month. I’ve been speaking to the organisers behind the scenes for a few months now, and they are finally ready to launch this fantastic event to all of you!
What Is Joziwood?
Organiser Chris Greenwood from Prendiville College (where the film festival venue of the Redmond Theatre is situated) has been hard at work with his team to make sure the film festival is a great success. They’ve recently launched their venue and wanted to put it to good use with a range of different events. Knowing there is a large South African community in Perth, the idea of a South African film festival in Perth was born.
Moving to another country is always a new and exciting experience. When you first arrive in Australia and start to settle into your new life down under, you’ll start to pick up on some things in your new surroundings.
When we first moved here a few years ago, I must admit that I felt at home almost immediately. Having spent 10 years in the UK after leaving South Africa, for me it felt like I was coming home. Driving from the airport to our short term accommodation in Perth at 1am, the first thing that struck me was how much like South Africa it seemed.
After living in England where everyone lived in top of each other, with houses that actually touch each other, seeing the wide open spaces between the buildings was a welcome sight! Over the next few weeks we started to notice things about our new home town and I’m sure some of you can relate to a few of these.
Defending the Caveman is one of the most well-known comedy shows in South Africa, and it’s coming to Perth this November! Tim Plewman returns to this classic comedy show after a 5 year break and is bringing the show to Perth’s Regal Theatre for one night only on Friday 17 November.
Joondalup has never really had a happening brunch scene. I did discover the gorgeous Gipsy Boy last year and enjoyed a lovely brunch there but besides that we don’t really venture into Joondalup much when it comes to eating out. That is, until now! I was recently invited along through my friend Amanda from The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-Fect Life, to the opening of a brand new brekkie and lunch spot in Joondalup called Paper Avenue Cafe. I started chatting to the owners and realised immediately that they were South African (my ears are honed to even the slightest South African accent these days!). So of course I had to share this little gem with you all!
If adventure racing is your thing, you’re going to love this post! I was recently contacted by a South African now living in Perth, Ellen Allardice, who has started a business organising adventure race tours to South Africa. She’s putting together her first adventure race tour to South Africa to do the SANI2C – a 3 day mountain bike race in Kwa-Zulu Natal in May 2018.
Ellen is originally from Durban but has been in Australia for over 8 years now. Ellen and her family had the opportunity to move to Perth and took it, as they already had immediate family living here. I spoke to Ellen to find out more about her migration journey and what made her want to start organising adventure race tours.
If you’ve ever had to send something to South Africa, whether it was a present for a family member or some important documents or even just a card, I’m sure one question has gone through your mind each time: “Will it arrive?”
Never mind about worrying if it will arrive in one piece, or on time – the main concern is usually if it will arrive at all!
Unfortunately the South African Postal Service is not what it used to be. Even when we lived in South Africa you rarely posted birthday cards as you were always concerned that they’d ‘go missing’ – i.e. the postman might think there was money in the card and take it for himself (or herself!).
I recently discovered that there is a new way to get your post and parcels delivered safely to South Africa from Australia. Not only safely, but in just a matter of days too!
Enter Postbox Courier.
If you’ve ever been keen to go on a ghost tour in Perth, I’ve found an awesome one for you! I was recently invited along to a ghost hunting tour at the Midland Town Hall by Shanks Pony Tours.
They offer a few different options including a 2 hour tour, a 4 hour investigation and a mystery ghost bus tour. I, along with my fellow admin on Proudly South African In Perth & WA Facebook group Erika, went for a 2 hour tour one Friday evening in April.
The tour is run by Patty Williams, a fellow ex-South African who is a psychic medium. She is also a councillor and when she started working at the Midland Town Hall, she started to encounter numerous spirits around the building.
She, along with a team of other paranormal investigators, began to research information around the spirits they were seeing and communicating with and have actually been able to verify the information with newspaper articles from the past – it’s really amazing!