City Centre, Perth
The Perth Town Hall (at the time of writing this) is under renovation. It is one of the oldest and most important public buildings in Perth and was built between 1868 and 1870. Convicts at the time were used to construct the building making it the only convict built Town Hall in Australia. The clock tower has four faces which are illuminated and three bells chime at the quarter hours. In 1875 a renowned explorer, Ernest Giles, after his overland expedition from South Australia actually house his team and their camels in the Town Hall’s arched ground floor market area. The Town Hall was the Perth office for the telegraph and a flag was used from the tower to announce the arrival of an interstate an overseas mail. The bells of the tower were also used to raise an alarm if there was a fire.
London Court is a photographers delight. At one end of this shopping court, St George and the dragon do battle above the clock each quarter hour.
Down the other end, knights joust on horseback. King Street, once lined with derelict warehouses are now filled with gourmet cafes and leading fashion designers.
The Barracks Arch is all that remains of this Victorian Tudor building which was constructed in 1863. It was originally the main entrance to a large complex known as the Pensioner Barracks which used to house the Enrolled Pensioner Guards and their families.
The two wings of the Barracks were demolished in 1966 to make way for the Mitchell Freeway. The only thing that saved the arch from the same fate was strong public protest.
One of the other bronzes is of a Kangaroo supposedly about to drink from an ornamental pool and fountain. These creations were designed by artists Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith in 1998. It seems that all the Kanga’s are male as well.
The gardens were used originally as an acclimatisation garden. Many of the specimens were raised from seeds. It is one of the oldest gardens in Perth. In 1845 it opened as a botanical garden. In 1965 the gardens were reconstructed and additions like the Toodyay stone retaining wall and pools were added. The gardens were names after Sir James Stirling who fought hard for the establishment of a settlement in Western Australia. This garden being the oldest in Perth were originally used as an acclimatisation garden where many of its mature specimens were raised from seed. Grapes and other import fruits were first grown here. In 1845 it was opened as a botanical garden. The gardens sit side by side with the Supreme Court Gardens.
The conservatory was built to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Western Australia. Inside are exotic tropical plants with rare palms which are not normally grown in this climate. The opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and Sundays and Public Holidays 12.00pm to 4.00pm. Entry is free.
One of the many old churches on St Georges Tce which has also been registered by the National Trust of Australia. Its style is of an American Romanesque design which is very distinctive against the other styled churches. This is the third church to be built on this site and was designed by Henry Trigg a locally trained architect and Congregationalist from Gloucestershire in England and built in 1893. The second church still stands behind this present one and serves as a hall.
One of the few shopping malls in the Perth City Centre. This Tudor-style arcade also connects to Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace.The architecture of the building is beautiful, reminiscent of Elizabethan England.
London Court was opened in 1937. It's a very popular tourist attraction. Its Tudor-style facade provides a contrast against the modern skyscrapers and shops. Inside the arcade you can also shop for a variety of goods such as souvenirs, jewellery, books and gifts. My favourite shop is the one that sells teddy bears :-)
At the Hay Street Mall entrance, there is a blue-faced clock which chimes every quarter of an hour. There's more to see inside the arcade...it's very pretty.
The City Centre is great for shopping. Both Murray and Hay streets have pedestrian only malls and the city centre is crisscrossed with arcades, many of which are underground. The old post office and WA Tourism office is just off Murray St Mall. There is always entertainment in some form or fashion.
The old post office and WA Tourism office is just off Murray St Mall London Court is found between Hay St Mall and St George`s Tce.
Both of these malls are closed to traffic and have a wide range of specialty stores.
Anyone visiting Perth has to go up to Kings Park which is virtually right next to the city and check out the park and the views.
You can see right over Perth, the freeways below, the river, north and south of the river, and the view is absolutely spectacular.
People love going up to Kings Park for sight seeing on the views, or just to have a picnic surrounded by beauty and a peaceful feeling.
If you ever come to Perth, include it in your itinerary.
These 2 buildings frame up the photo beautifully. It's taken in the city centre behind a building by the name of London Court. You can't miss the front of it - wonderful architecture with a clock. Go behind the building and you will see this :)
A lot a very good choices of stores of all kinds. Great places to eat, to go out and shop.
Have you ever shopped for opals? Great choices of brokers.
Classification: Shopping , Eating and Drinking , Clubbing , Cinema
Apart from shopping or eating the precinct is also an attraction for its mixture of diverse architectural styles.
So far that the Nationl Trust has classified it as being of historical significance.
In the picture the Englih court.