Perth

My Fella and I had a quick trip to Perth early in the new year. It’s on the west coast of Australia, 3438 kms away from Melbourne. (Really you need to travel in Australia to realise how big it actually is.) While it is a coastal city, it looks towards the wide Swan River.

The city and the Swan River from Kings Park. (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

The view from Kings Park, up the Swan River.
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

Western Australia is rich in natural resources such as iron ore. Consequently, Perth, the capital of WA has been through a number of boom periods, times when the catch-cry has been “Pull down the old and raise up the new!” Maybe the planners are learning because work happening with this boom seems to be keeping some of the old.

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

This is a new bell tower built down on the banks of the river. The bells have come from St. Martins-in-the-Fields in London. Its sail shape represents the yachting history of Perth and Fremantle. More of that in a later post.

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

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10 Responses to Perth

  1. metan says:

    Just a quick trip up the road, eh? We’ve never been to Perth, although we would really like to. It’s a bit of a long drive though, the petrol budget would be through the roof!

    That bell tower looks really interesting, I didn’t know the bells came from London.

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    • anne54 says:

      Yeah, we were going to head over with Alice the Caravan in February, but we won’t now. The fuel bill is the killer. Is your Man like mine, with one eye constantly on the price of fuel? Drives me batty at times!

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      • metan says:

        It would be frighteningly hot driving up there in Feb! Have you been there before?

        Yes, the Man is a fuel watcher, but when you are far from the cities and it is nearly two dollars a litre I don’t blame him!
        It would be nice to be able to travel without a schedule wouldn’t it? The price of fuel doesn’t matter so much when you can stay in the one place for weeks rather than have to keep moving….moving…

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        • anne54 says:

          Isn’t that the travelling dilemma? Do you spend time in one spot so that you really get to know it, as well as relax into the atmosphere? Or do you move around to see as much as possible? I don’t have an answer to that one, except, as you say, travel without the schedule and indulge in both.

          Where are you off to next?

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          • metan says:

            We don’t consider driving through a town with an overnight stay really being there. The only time we can say we have really stayed somewhere is when we know where things are in the local supermarket and which bakery or cafe has the best pies! šŸ˜‰

            We are lazy travellers, we like going places but we can’t be bothered driving for hundreds of kms without stopping to look at things and ruining out schedule. After the first few years we didn’t even bother with an ultimate destination, we are on holidays as soon as we pull out of the street and if we make it to X in the next few weeks we will be happy, if we don’t we will still have had a holiday. We don’t even make daily plans, the caravan has a battery etc so we can stop anywhere on the side of the road and still turn the lights on, have a hot shower and watch the news on tv šŸ˜€

            We don’t have a plan for the next big holiday, Number 1 starts high school in a few weeks so we don’t feel we can drag him out of this new thing before he has got settled in, and by then he probably won’t be able to take time out…. We’ll find somewhere to go but the big trips might be on hold for a few years, or until we win Tatts and can live on the road! šŸ˜€

            What about you, where is your next journey to?

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          • anne54 says:

            It sounds like an idyllic way to travel, Metan, and can only be done in caravans, tents etc. We were going to head off in Febraury, taking the whole month to get nowhere in particular. Unfortunately, despite my best attempts, that’s not going to happen. šŸ˜¦ oh well, at least I will be able to catch up with some painting.

            I think it is great to give your son time to settle into High school. Kids seem to love high school, but do need time to make the change from Grade 6. (that knowledge comes from my time as a grade 6 teacher. :). )

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  2. EllaDee says:

    You’ve captured the apects of Perth I love in this and your other posts – it’s such a beautiful, relaxed city – a pity it’s on the other side of the county to where I reside. I’ve only visited twice but it’s on my go-back-to list.
    Before I re-settled in Sydney, I did consider moving to Petth but the thought of the logistics of having to maintain contact with my Eact Coast family was daunting – bad enough in situ…

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    • anne54 says:

      My Fella has family over there, so we go west once every three or four years. Not as often as we would like. šŸ˜¦ We travelled across the Nullarbor about 10 years ago, and I would love to do that again. It is high on our itinerary, but not a reality yet! I would dearly love to travel north of Perth. Ningaloo Reef etc etc!

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  3. I loved your bit about Perth. My sister and her family lives there. I was there 26 years ago and I liked it very much. It is quite sprawling, and although quite a lot of modern architecture then, obviously a lot has been built since then. I liked the building with the sails.

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