Day 16: Perth

We had a late, slow start to our final day in Perth. We have learned that travelling and sight-seeing is very tiring and to do it for several weeks or months would require a rest day at least once a week. It was only the thought of three days of rest on the trans-continental train that kept Herself going when she reached the point of fatigue!

For our final day, we decided to explore the city itself. We rode the Blue Cat from Mounts Bay Road, where our apartment was located, into the Busport but instead of getting off, we stayed on and did a circuit of the city.

We got off at Barrack Square to visit the “Perth Bells”. Unfortunately we had missed the bell ringing but we entered the tower to see the view from the viewing platform, 20 or so metres from the ground. The tower itself is 80 metres high but Herself thought the viewing platform high enough!
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Here are some views from the viewing platform.
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The Perth Bell Tower is the only bell tower in the world where sight-seers can watch bell ringing in progress and see the bells in motion.
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That would have been fantastic if we had been there an hour earlier (but then we would have had to pay full price instead of the half price we got)! The bells came from the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London where their weight was destroying the church which had not been designed for a set of sixteen bells! The bells were to have been destroyed (melted down to make new bells) but were given to the State of Western Australia in 1988 (Australia’s bicentennial year) in exchange for the materials to make new bells for St Martins.

The bell tower also other bells, such as these that came from Canberra.
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And these bells from Royal Ascot.
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The oldest bell in Australia is also on display inside the tower. It was cast in approximately 1550 and used to hang in the parish church of Upton Grey in the county of Hampshire in England.
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From the bell tower we walked back through the Supreme Court Gardens.
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We passed this lovely old building too.
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Himself took this arty shot during our walk.
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We went into the city for a late lunch, then browsed some of the shopping arcades. Before we found somewhere to eat, we wandered through the London Arcade, one of the oldest arcades in the city and recommended to us by a local who was own the same bus as us earlier in the day.
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We saw the old Town Hall from the bus and walked passed it later; of course Himself had to take a photo!
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Shops in Perth are open until 5pm on Saturdays and there were a lot of people in the shopping malls, the cafes, the restaurants and the pubs. When we say malls, we don’t mean huge shopping complexes — we are referring to streets that have been closed off to vehicular traffic and now only carry pedestrian traffic. In the malls were an assortment of “buskers” and street artists; this one was a bit unusual.
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No, it’s not a sculpture (although we saw some of those too) — it’s a real person standing so still you would think he was a statue.

Tired from our fifteen days of sight-seeing, we made our way back to the apartment to pack and rest before leaving Western Australia.

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