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Perth (Australia) - Leisure, Entertainment and Sports

There is a good choice of dining for expatriates in Perth – its fairly large foreign population means that there is a range of cuisines available – from Vietnamese to Chinese, to classic Italian or modern Australian fusion. The wonderful weather in Perth makes it ideal to dine out under the stars (literally). Try the local seafood such as the barramundi (fish) or the marron (freshwater crayfish), or Harvey beef (from Western Australia's Southwest dairy region). Smaller restaurants and cafes do not open throughout the day. Many will open for lunch and dinner, and will not serve the entire menu for the in-between hours (meaning, it could be challenging to find a hot meal at 4pm). Tipping is not as widely practiced as it is in the US, but the locals will tip if they have found the service good. Some smaller establishments will keep a tipping can by the cashier.

Sundays for the locals are usually spent indulging in sports, or at some outdoor activity. Australians love their sport – both watching and playing it. As a point of interest, the number one watched sport - Australian Rules Football (ARF) - was introduced by Western Australians in 1885. Rugby and cricket is also popular. Going to the beach and other beach activities, such as surfing and snorkeling is also popular, given the wide stretches of beaches in Western Australia, coupled with its great weather. It is not difficult to find an isolated beach along the Western Australian coast.

Australians, in particular, home-owners, are very keen on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. To this end, there is a huge market catered towards home improvement projects for the inspired for the weekends. The Bunnings Warehouse is a hardware chain based in Perth, and they sell not only hardware supplies but also garden and pool supplies.

The night scene in Perth is less vibrant than its sister cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, so single expatriates who love club-hopping might somewhat be uninspired with Perth's eclectic selection of pubs and clubs that can be found in Northbridge and West End.

It might be expensive to fly to Sydney or Melbourne, or even out the country for holidays often, but there are some interesting places to visit in Western Australia itself. There are many scenic coastal drives to enjoy wildlife and the majestic Australian outback just hours from Perth; from farmstays to 5-star spa retreats, to eco-friendly weekends.

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