Originally Posted by 3cyr3
I grew up and currently live in Perth, but have spent many months living in Sydney.
Just wanting to add onto MrH's post. Perth has less culture, less fashion, less international sporting events (or events in general), and i would argue that the traffic is just as bad as Sydney, if only for the fact that the majority of Perth people do not understand any form of driving etiquette.
However, like has been said, there is plenty to do if you like the outdoors, and beaches, and our wine regions are some of the best in the World.
I imagine there are fewer job opportunities in Perth (excepting certain sectors like mining). Although you have a job, this shouldn't be a problem but what about your wife? Wages may also be lower than the eastern states. Housing is super expensive (2nd most after Sydney). Are you going to sell up in Sydney and buy in Perth? It might make it hard to re-enter the Sydney market if you decide to come back one day. The Hills district is okay, at least you're not in a shithole like Auburn, Lakemba or Bankstown.
Lifestyle in Perth would definately be better, less congestion, less crime, less angst, fewer ghettos, perhaps friendlier people and more sense of community. Sydneysiders (generalisation) are quite unfriendly and glum.
Lots of Poms and Saffers in Perth as well.