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Travel Extras: 24 Hours in Perth
Date of travel: February 22, 2013
Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel
March 28, 2013 As we were visiting Perth for the first time last February, we decided to make a research of the places we needed to visit while we were still in Sweden. With the help of our city guide apps, we were able to have a fruitful tour of the city at the end of the day.
We started our day with the Perth Town Hall, which is located just a stone throw away from the hotel where we stayed. Opened in 1870, the town hall is the only convict-built capital city town hall in Australia.
A pretty cool drinking fountain
Next stop was the Supreme Court Gardens...
An intriguing art...
Kangaroos in The City is a collection of five bronze animals in different poses, drinking and jumping. The sculptures were made by Charles and Joan Walsh Smith and placed in front of Stirling Gardens.
The Bell Tower, also known as The Swan Bells, is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The tower has eighteen bells, with twelve of them from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, which were originally cast in the 14th century. Because of limited time, we were not able to go inside the tower.
The ferry terminal where one can take a ferry ride to different cities like Fremantle and Rottnest, with Perth's skyscrapers on the background (left). The free shuttle that we took to get to the King's Park and Botanic Garden (right).
To reach the King's Park, we had to climb this ladder! Jacobs Ladder Stretching Station (left). The Jacobs Ladder (right).
The Kings Park and Botanic Garden is definitely a must-see when visiting Perth for the first time (left). A stage is being constructed, possibly for a concert later that night (right).
After enjoying our tour of the Kings Park, we took the same bus back to downtown. It was a warm and lovely day...
Our last stop was the Perth Mint. Located in the courtyard of the main entrance is The Strike, a monument created by Greg James in 1991. The sculpture depicts the gold strike near the Coolgardie by Prospectors William Ford and Arthur Bayley in 1892 which unleashed the gold rushes that secured the future of the struggling colony of Western Australia.
It was a very short but very meaningful visit to the city of Perth. The people we met were also very friendly. I was really surprised to see how beautiful the city was and needless to say, we really enjoyed our tour. Hope to be back soon!