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.
Address: Swan River, South Perth
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.
Address: 647-649 Hay Street Mall, Perth
Directions: In between Hay Street Mall and St George's Terrace.
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.
This was an interesting sculpture about a man I had never heard of!
Who was he?
Nobody real famous, but a street entertainer who put a smile on many faces. Percy Button was a Londoner, born in 1892 and raised by his grandmother on the Isle of Wight. It is believed he learnt his skills when working for a circus in England. When 22years old, he came to Perth and became a vagrant. At some stage, he began performing to bystanders and they responded by throwing coins into his hat. Sometimes the police arrested him for vagrancy, only so he could get a good feed and a warm bed for the night!
"Percy the Unwashed" as he was often known by, gave up the acrobatics and began playing the mouth organ. Sadly, a vicious attack by a thug in 1940, left him close to death, he never really recovered from a downhill spiral after this attack and passed away 3 years later. The statue was erected in his honour on the very location where he performed, probably still putting a smile on many faces!
The bronze statue is of Percy Button, dressed in a long tailed coat and hat and doing what he used to do, handstands!
Underneath the statue is a plaque with this written on it.....
"Percy button was a local street entertainer and one of Perth's best known faces from the 1920's to the 1950's. Performing somersaults and handstands, Percy entertained people for a few shillings while they waited to see films, newsreels and theatrical performances at the theatres that were
concentrated in what is now the Hay Street Mall, the Theatre Royal, the Ambassador and His Majesty's Theatre. Percy was renowned for his grubbiness and in November 1929 local newspaper, The Mirror, dressed Percy up in a long-tailed suit and ran a front page competition asking readers to guess the identity of the cleaned up man. The Mirror offered a guinea's
worth of goods for the first opened letter giving the man's name. The newspaper later asked Percy to write the 1929 Centenary Christmas Message.
This artwork celebrates the spirit of the street."
Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith
Address: Hay street mall, Perth
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.
Address: 647-648 Hay Street Mall, Perth Wa
Directions: Located Between Hay Street Mall, and St. Georges Terrace in Downtown 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.
Check out the website...
Address: Shop 34/36 Piccadilly Arcade
Directions: Right in the City in one of the Arcades closer to Murray Street Mall
Phone: Ph: +61 (0)8 9324 3060
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.
Address: Next to the city.
Directions: On the ocean side of the city, right next door to it. When travelling along the freeway just hitting the North section, Kings Park will be directly on your left.
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!
Address: James Street, part of the Perth Cultural CentreRelated to:
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.
Address: 2nd Floor Carillon City, Hay Street Mall
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 :)
Address: Perth City Centre
This sculpture or sculptures I really should say, were unique and quite interesting!
There a five bronze sculptures of men dressed in different attire, made especially for the 175th anniversary of Western Australia. They represent the business people who have built the CBD.
The sculptures were placed in St. Martins Centre which happened to be the site of the first Businessman's club.
THE FIVE MEN ARE ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY IN A CURVED LINE...............
# 1 . Dutch exploration who from the 17th century explored the region, mapped and named the Swan River - 1697
# 2. Anglo-Celtic settlement of Swan River settlement, now Perth - 1829
# 3. Discovery of Gold which brought money and people to W.A. - 1885 - 95
# 4. Post Word War II European immigration. A large amount of people settled in W.A. - 1945 -55
# 5. The Business man, holding a mobile phone to his ear - 2004 onwards.
Address: 40 - 50 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Directions: St. Martins Centre
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.
Directions: In between Hay Street Mall and St George's Terrace.
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.
Address: City of Perth Information Kiosk, Murray Street
Directions: Murray Street Mall at the base of Forrest Place, between Myer and the GPO.
Phone: 9461 3444
This great big building I came across was the Archbishop’s Palace, constructed in 1855 in the Federation Academic Classical style.
In 1850, Bishop Joseph Serra became the Bishop of Perth. The Bishop had a dream, and that was to build an Episcopal Palace, so he went to Rome and returned with several "brothers" who were capable builders and masons. Even though this was a small Catholic community, it was a wealthy one and the building went ahead. When finished, it was an impressive building and still is to this very day!
The building is used as Catholic Offices on the ground floor with residential rooms above. The Archbishop does not live here any more.
His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, was accommodated in the Archbishop’s Palace during his visit to Perth.
Address: 444 Hay street, Perth (Victoria Square)