Perambulating Perth (They built this city on rock and gold)

Perth is a pretty city yet, at the same time, a little curious.  There are walkways and cycle routes all along the river banks, providing zero excuses not to have a fantastic outdoors lifestyle.  The city centre is neatly laid out, all thoroughly modern and regular.  It is clean.  The gardens are lush and exceedingly well maintained.  There are amazingly tall buildings (some growing taller by the week) that give me that strange feeling – like I’ve got vertigo, but in reverse.

Shiny high-rises dwarfing 4-storey sandstone treasures

There are also walls filled with potted plants.

I'll have a pot plant with my Flat White, please

Then there are cute, older buildings tucked in amongst the shiny and newer ones that give just a hint of what Perth might have looked like back in the boom days of the gold rushes in Coolgardie (1892) and Kalgoorlie (1893).

The Old Perth Boys School (1854) - also dwarfed

My two favourite examples are the Perth Mint (built in 1899 as a direct result of the gold rushes) and the Old Perth Fire Station, built around 1900.

The Perth Mint

The Old Perth Fire Station

The Savoy Hotel

Miss Maude Swedish Hotel & Restaurant

Awesome Art Deco of The Criterion Hotel (with obligatory high-rise at the back)

In some places just a façade remains; a colourfully painted colonial front to a shiny, glassy, monstrous office or apartment block behind.  I’m still not quite sure what to make of them.

The Railway Hotel

Close to the Magistrates Court on Hay Street

For me, the most curious of all - so much so I show you not one angle...

...but two

Much of what you see in Perth today is the result of the mineral wealth (specifically gold) of Western Australia.

Perth is also home to the highest population (per capita) of self-made millionaires – usually having had something to do with mining i.e. the financial backing of a mining/exploration venture.

Perth is also a very expensive city to visit. You’d be lucky to get change from $20 for two pints of the local Swan Draught, which I enjoyed (a lot).  On the other hand, the minimum wage is relatively high (ok, vastly higher than in the UK!!).

Perth skyline

It’s also (usually) really sunny in Perth (on average 8 hours per day) – quite different to its namesake Perth, Scotland!

16 thoughts on “Perambulating Perth (They built this city on rock and gold)

    1. Thank you Sheila – It is very interesting architecture – and so varied too.
      I don’t think I had seen your photos of reflections of buildings at the time (August). I’m sure I could have “seen” a whole lot more if I had 🙂

    1. Hi Debra, strange indeed – but not in a totally weird way. Despite the seemingly random architecture – it felt quite right, mostly 😉

    1. Hi Lisa, yes old and new mixed up is a fairly common sight. It is here in the UK too, but I feel that the new architecture is more sympathetic in some cities than others, helping it to blend together a little better.

  1. Fascinating post. I’ve just moved to Australia for a year and Perth is on my to do list (Unfortunately, being a typical traveller – it falls below the east coast)! Thanks for such an informative blog and such well-taken photos. (Even though I realise this blog was written ages ago). Since I’ve started travelling and blogging I’ve become fascinated by reading all about other peoples travels and I must say that yours is one of my favourite blogs to have stumbled on. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Anthony – and wow! thank you for your kind comments 🙂
      Yeah, I can hardly believe that it was about this time last year that I was in Australia – seems like much longer. I never made it over to the eastern side… (one day, one day…)
      Hope that you enjoy your year in Oz and I’ll be sure to check out your blog – and thanks again for checking out mine!

      1. No worries at all. I love reading about other people’s travels. Makes me want to go everywhere! Hopefully once I’m going up the East Coast a couple of my blog posts might brush off on you and have a similar effect to the way this has on me – you’ll be itching to come. Thanks for the reply and nice to meet you. 🙂

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