City Centre, Perth
South Perth is a beautiful place to visit and an added bonus is the magnificent view across the Swan River capturing the Perth City landscape. With the Swan River sparkling and a blue sky the city buildings sparkle. It is a good place to gauge the size of the capital city of the State of Western Australia.
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.
This is really a "must do" tip. The Moon and Sixpence Pub is a quaint Irish pub in Murray street, across the road from the Murray Street Mall and next to Bobby Dazzler's Bar. It's a great place to have a few drinks and people watch. Also the drinks are quite reasonably priced compared to other pubs in Perth. We've had quite a few lovely vt meetings here - check out the pix inside. I love the outdoorsy atmosphere and ambience. It also has some good entertainment in the night and a quaint little dance floor to kick your heals up.
On the down side, I wouldn't order food here as I have found it to be a bit expensive and not that good. Chips or wedges are fine.
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.
Watching these clever people make Roc Candy is something you will truly enjoy. They truly enjoy making these beautiful hand-made candies and do it with lots of fun. They entice you with a sample as soon as it's possible to try. So it's still warm when you taste it.
You won't be able to resist buying a bag. There are so many flavours to choose from. I bought the mixed bag.
You can also buy the offcuts. The big bulky bit at the end that they hold on to when they twist and turn the length of candy. These are sold at a cheaper price, but who cares when it tastes the same.
You can have them made into personal messages, for corporate or wedding events. If you're really keen even for someone you love, but they'd have to love lollies.
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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.
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 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.
They are called the Blue, Red and Yellow Cat and cover all of Perth and up to Kings Park. These Cat Buses are free and you can jump on and off at your pleasure. Definately a great way to see Perth.
Also, any bus that you catch within Perth city you can get on free. Say for instance you wanted to go from one end of St Georges Terrace down to your accommodation at the other end, you can jump on pretty much any bus and pay nothing.
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 :)
Then take a stroll down London Court, this really reminded me of the Shambles and was quite a surprise to come across.
I found a really good sushi shop down here, wouldn't find one of those in York, selling 8 pieces for AU$5, very cheap by English comparisons.
You also get quite a few of those tacky tourist shops you will find in York too.
There's a lovely automated clock at the end of the mall too.
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 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.
An unusual stone pyramid memorial to the victims of the Holocaust – the 6,000,000 Jewish people who perished at the hands of the Nazi regime because of the religious beliefs.
The inscription says:
First they came for the Jew
s and I did not speak out because I was not Jewish.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not Communist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionist's and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Perth city center attracts everybody to Hay Streeet/Murray Street Mall for shopping and dining. You can find all sorts of retail shops here as well as restaurants, cafes and pubs. As the street is close to traffic, you can catch some live performances from local artists.