My first Perth residence is in East Victoria Park, an inner suburb approximately 5 kilometres as the crow flies from Perth’s Central Business District. East Vic Park is surrounded by the suburbs of Kensington and Victoria Park to the west, Lathlain to the north, Carlisle and Welshpool to the east and St James and Bentley to the south. It is part of the Victoria Park Council area.
A few streets south from home in Bentley is a belt of institutions including Curtin University, Swan TAFE Bentley Campus, correctional services facilities, aged care homes, a Baptist seminary and Technology Park.
This is the most multicultural area I’ve lived in with South Asians, South East Asians, East Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, Europeans and Aboriginals all in abundance. Indian Saris are commonly worn in local streets and the nearest IGA supermarket allocates 60% of one whole bay (3 out of 5 shelves) only to maize meal!
East Victoria Park’s topography consists of rolling hills and valleys interspersed by plains. The suburb’s soil is very sandy, so much so, walking on roadside verges can be difficult.
Amongst the location’s newer homes are unkempt older houses and yards, leading to the surmise that East Victoria Park was a poorer suburb when developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s which has improved as Perth became wealthier.
Overall, I enjoy living in East Vic Park, particularly with its diversity of people and closeness to the city.