The Perth metro area is vast, stretching from Rockingham in the South(40km from Perth centre), to Yanchep to the North (50km from Perth centre). There are popular suburbs even further south, with Mandurah (70km) being about the limit for commutable distance from the CBD (Central Business District).
Perth suburbs vary greatly and tend to be vastly different from what you would find in a European city. Most suburbs are predominantly made of up single-storey detached houses. Each suburb tends to be served by it's own small shopping centre and fast food outlets, with larger shopping malls and retail districts scattered throughout the metro area. Additionally, most suburbs have at least one primary school and a medical centre - public high schools are not found in all suburbs (see Education for more details).
New vs. old suburbs
Over the last 10 years lots of new suburbs have sprung up in the metro area. Additionally, the huge influx of people moving into the Perth area has meant that a lot of the older suburbs are either being extended with new land releases, or existing properties subdivided.
With a new suburb - everything is new: the parks, play equipment, schools. However, there is likely to be more building traffic, noise and dust as people complete their houses and gardens. Additionally, because the land for the suburb was cleared prior to work beginning, new suburbs can sometimes feel a bit sterile with a lack of native birds(few established trees and parkland). Finally, the newest suburbs often don't get the full range of shops, or schools until the suburb has grown to a sufficient size.
Established suburbs, on the other hand, have fully established parkland, amenities and gardens - but they will have older kids play equipment and can look dated compared to the newer suburbs and houses. Additionally, established houses and gardens will have more native wildlife (spiders etc.).
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