Perth: City of Space and Light

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Arrival downtown by ferry

Perth’s downtown is small, compared to the extension of the whole city with all its suburbs. The city is an endless flat mass of suburban houses and gardens with one summit in the middle where the office towers of banks and mining companies rise like thorns. The characteristic skyline of Perth is visible from afar. Approaching by sea, or watching from Rottnest Island, the skyscrapers show up as a group of peaks above the coastal dunes.

There is still free space, sunlight and fresh air between the buildings in the central business district. Reflecting glass and light colours of most facades make the masses of concrete and steel appear less heavy than they are.

Old and new architecture
Huge as the skyscrapers are, the streets between them are not as gorge-like as in Sydney or Melbourne. Not yet - there is a lot of construction work going on in boomtown Perth and the trend goes to ‘closing the lines’.

Among overwhelming modern architecture tiny buildings from the Victorian era are hidden, carefully preserved as reminders of Perth’s history and heritage despite the monetary worth of the grounds in the very heart of the business centre.

Photographers who are interested in architecture will find endless options to catch perspectives and reflections. The average tourist won’t have the chance to go up the towers, except for the revolving restaurant on top of APT Tower. The employees who work up there could be envied for the view from their offices on the thirty-somethingth floor, if the price of the view wasn’t, well, having to work.

City panorama
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The most impressive view of downtown Perth is from the river and from Kings Park. This part of Swan River is as wide as a lake and provides the stage for the waterfront silhouette.

Our five-day stay in Perth involved a number of family activities, although we did not stay at anyone’s home. F’s relatives did not have room, and we preferred having our privacy anyway, so we stayed at a hotel and met them for various activities when they had time, and in between we did our own things by ourselves.

Footnote: We visited Perth again, and more intensely, three years later. More about the city and its attractions will appear in this blog later on, with more and better photos.

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Arrival downtown by ferry
Arrival downtown by ferry
Old and new architecture
Old and new architecture
City panorama
City panorama
Sunset view from Kings Park
Sunset view from Kings Park
Bell tower
Bell tower
London Court
London Court
Town Hall
Town Hall
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Barrack Street
Barrack Street
View from Kings Park
View from Kings Park
Concert hall
Concert hall
Life is a beach
Life is a beach
Brigg Beach
Brigg Beach
Floreat Beach
Floreat Beach
Cottesloe Beach
Cottesloe Beach
Sunset at Cottesloe Beach
Sunset at Cottesloe Beach
Perth
photo by: cimtech