City Centre, Perth
London Court is a shopping mall in Perth city in the Mall where the architecture is very reminicent of England, which I really loved (the combination of the old and the new, with some souvenir and many food shops in the old fashioned buildings)
London Court was built in 1937. It mirrors what England looked like during Elizabethan times. Time period roughly of 1558 to 1603, when Queen Elizabeth I, ruled over England. Also known as the Tudor England period.
The quiet street, located Between Hay Street Mall, and St. Georges Terrace. London Court is filled with small shops, and wonderful Atmosphere.
Take the time to appreciate the architecture and its detail throughout the court. From the Clock towers on either entrance, modeled after the "Great Clock" of Rouen, France. Or the Statues of Sir Walter Raleigh and Dick Whittington, that face each other from the far sides of within the Court. It is hard not to appreciate this little get away within the skyscrapers of Perth.
I'm not a big fan of museum's myself, but this one's pretty good! They've got stacks of info on the history of the area, with a huge section on the colonisation of Australia, and Aboriginal culture. The other part of the museum is dedicated to wildlife, with a whole room full of stuffed marsupials and other animals and information about them, also sections for birds, marine life and butterflies. If you've just arrived in Australia and want to find out more about the country, then this is the perfect place to start. Open 10am-5pm, entry free!
The Horseshoe Bridge rises over the railway lines from Wellington St to Roe St at William St. The bridge was built in 1903 to overcome the congestion in William Street and was designed in the unusual shape to rise over the railway tracks.
At the entrance to both sides of the bridge are light pillars and on top of the pillars are black swans which were designed specifically for the bridge project. The bridge is the oldest remaining bridge in the city of Perth. It has been listed on the Heritage Council’s State Register of Heritage Places, and is also recognised in the Register of the National Estate, City of Perth’s Municipal Inventory and is classified by the National Trust.
The Swan Bell Tower is a new addition to Perth’s waterfront. It was opened in December 2000 and is made up of a green glass spire which is surrounded by copper 'sails'.
The Swan Bells were constructed as Western Australians Millennium project and are one of the largest musical instruments in the world. The Bells are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. An Entrance fee is charged.
The old limestone building was completed in 1900. It became the headquarters of the Perth City Fire Brigade.
Today the old station is a museum for the WA Fire Brigade and there is anan extensive display of fire fighting equipment, uniforms, photographs, goldfield relics and fire tenders. The highlight is the 1927 Dennis fire engine.
Open weekdays 10 - 3 pm.
The i-City Volunteer Hosts are passionate advocate of the city who staff the City of Perth Information Kiosk in the Murray Street Mall and rove the central city area on the lookout for visitors in need of assistance. Not only do the Hosts assist with visitor information, directions and visitor publications, they also conduct a comprehensive program of free walking tours around the city, popular with locals as well as visitors.
Four specialty guided walking trails are led by the i-City Volunteer Hosts each weekday at 2pm. The Icons of Influence, Convicts and Colonials and Boom or Bust tours look at different aspects of Perth’s colourful history, while the Art City tour gives an insight into Perth’s rich cultural life. Each tour takes about 90 minutes at a comfortable walking pace.
No booking is required for individuals taking part in the tours, while groups of 15 or more may pre-arrange a private tour subject to availablity.
The City of Perth has a secret tourism tool – an army of ambassadors on hand to welcome visitors to the city centre.
The i-City Volunteer Hosts, wearing distinctive blue and green uniforms, staff the City of Perth Information Kiosk in the Murray Street Mall and rove the central city area on the lookout for visitors in need of assistance. The volunteers are available every day to answer questions about city, from where to get the best camping gear to which shows to catch at the local theatres.
Not only do the Hosts assist with visitor information, directions and visitor publications, they also conduct a comprehensive program of free walking tours around the city, popular with locals as well as visitors.
The City Orientation Tour operates daily, helping visitors discover where to go and what to see in the city and Northbridge. The tour covers shopping, transport, entertainment and attractions and includes a short journey on Perth’s free CAT buses. The tour, which runs at 11am Monday to Saturday and 2pm Sunday, is especially popular with international tourists and students commencing their studies in Perth.
No need to make a booking for less than 15 people - just arrive at the Kiosk in Murray St Mall at the base of Forrest Place five minutes before the tour begins.
In both the Murray Street and Hay Street Malls you will always find a variety of buskers to entertain passerbys. There is the usual musician or singer outside store fronts as well the more unusual ‘human statues’ and even sword swallowers to fancinate.
The Perth Tourist Lounge is in Carillon City shopping mall which runs between Hay and Murray St malls. There are comfortable arms chairs to sit and read all the useful brochures that they have on display for the visitor to Western Australia. There is also lockers which you can hire for a day, week or 30 days in various sizes.
Internet use is available by the hour for around $3.00. On the same floor there are also public toilets. It will cost you .30c.
Kirkman House built in 1909 as a nurses quarters is on the west side of Royal Perth Hospital. Today the house is part of the Royal Perth Hospital and houses the Endocrinology practices. Noticeably outside the house is the huge Moreton Bay Fig tree.
This is wonderful old building on Victoria Square. Mercedes is the oldest Catholic Independent Girls' School in Australia. Courses range from year 8 to year 12. The school was founded in 1846 and is the foundation site of the pioneering sisters of Mercy after their arrival in Perth the same year.
Another of the historical buildings on Victoria Square. This is the Convent of Mercy, started by the sisters who arrived ready to open a school in 1846. The first school became the first secondary school for girls in Australia and is the present site of Mercedes College where the original convent, our Mother House (Victoria Square), stands today. The sisters also founded the first welfare home for Aborigine girls in Perth.
First plans for this building began in 1855. The labour came from the brothers in Subiaco and later from New Norcia. The first part of the building was finished in 1860. The building was used for the Archbishops offices and temporary residential accommodation for church purposes on the 1st story floors. In 1986, the Pope was housed in the palace during his visit to Perth but today the Archbishop does not live in the building.
This is just the cutest looking church. The cathedral as it is called was built during 1843 and 1844. The little church was constructed on land to the south east of the main cathedral and was named for St John the evangelist. Later it was designated a Pro-Cathedral.