Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and occupies some 2.5 million square kilometres, approximately one-third of the Australian land mass. Within this large area, there are several distinct regions, each with quite different climatic conditions.

The southern half of Western Australia experiences its four seasons at opposite times of the year from countries in the northern hemisphere. It is predominately a Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and warm dry summers. The north of the state lies in the tropics and experiences dry winters, summer rains and cyclonic activity.

Perth, Australia

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and has a population of more than 2 million people, which is 79% of the State's population. Perth has a Mediterranean climate with warm, wet winters and hot, dry summers and is the sunniest capital city in Australia with clear blue skies for 70% of the year. Perth’s metropolitan coastline stretches for more than 60km which means you have access to a wide variety of pristine beaches and natural landscapes for a wide variety of outdoor sports and leisure activities.


Fremantle is Western Australia's principal port city, situated 20km or 30 minutes’ drive from the Perth CBD. A thriving tourist centre, Fremantle attracts hundreds of visitors each week and was ranked the 7th-best city in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide. (Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016).

Places of interest in Fremantle include the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, Fremantle Markets, Esplanade Park, The Roundhouse, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Prison, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Arts Centre and a wide variety of clean and beautiful beaches as well as shopping and dining options to suit everyone.

The University of Notre Dame Fremantle Campus is located in the historic West End of Fremantle where you can also find an eclectic mix of shops, art galleries and cafes.

Getting to Fremantle is easy with the Fremantle train station and a number of bus stops only a few minutes’ walk from the Fremantle campus. Free CAT buses are available to take you around town or, if you’d prefer, exploring by foot, bike or tram is also a popular option.

Living expenses

An important part of your financial preparation before going abroad is knowing the average living costs to help you to budget and live within your means. As a general guide, undergraduate students can expect to spend between AU$200 to AU$250 per week on living expenses, not including tuition fees.

Approximate Accommodation & Living Costs

Hostel AU$30-$90/night/person
Rental one bedroom AU$150+ week/person
2 bedroom unfurnished apartment AU$250+ /week
For more information please contact the Housing Office:


Food AU$80-150 per week
Gas, electricity, water, telephone AU$60-100 per week
Public Transport AU$20-50 per week
Laundry, dry cleaning AU$10/week
Clothing, toiletries, entertainment AU$10-50 per week
Consumables will depend on own individuals lifestyle AU$50-100 per week

Things to Do during Semester Break

There are boundless opportunities for students to experience life in Perth and Western Australia.

Perth is also home to a number of entertainment precincts and natural landmarks including Kings Park; the largest inner city park in the world, the Swan River, dozens of clean pristine beaches including the famous Cottesloe Beach and hundreds of new restaurants, bars, music venues, markets and festivals for students to enjoy.

Popular activities and daytrips from Perth include:

  • Pinnacles, a historic site of ancient rock formations just over 2 hours from Perth
  • Rottnest Island, just 20 minutes by ferry off the coast of Fremantle and home to the Quokka, often called the World’s Happiest Animal
  • Visit Penguin Island where you can view fairy penguins, seals and aquatic birds in their natural habitats (one hour from Perth)
  • A weekend trip to Margaret River, a region located 3.5 hours’ drive from Perth famous for their wine, natural produce and surfing conditions during winter
  • Whale watching and enjoying the pristine beaches in Albany (5 hours’ drive from Perth)
  • Explore Ningaloo Reef, one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world and home to an abundant variety of marine life and the opportunity to swim with whale sharks (13 hours’ drive or 2 hour flight from Perth)
  • Feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia (7 hours’ drive from Perth)
  • Discover dramatic gorges, spectacular waterfalls and rugged ranges including the Bungle Bungle ranges in the Kimberley Region (tour packages and flights available from Perth ex Kununurra & Darwin)

For more information about living and exploring in Perth, Australia, visit: