Perth Journals

In and Around Perth

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A March 2009 trip to Perth by Drever

Penguin Island Photo, Perth, Australia More Photos
Quote: We visited Perth as the final part of a three week trip which had taken in Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

Township of York

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Old Gaol and Courthouse Photo, Western Australia, Australia
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The township of York sits 97 km east of Perth. The first inland European settlement in Western Australia it dates from 1831. It is a fine example of colonial architecture and renowned for its heritage prescient. With its range of interesting historic buildings, York will appeal to all history enthusiasts.York Town Hall built in 1911 is an example of Edwardian opulence, with its elaborate corner entry, feature clock, and extensive use of columns, ornate facade and significant fanlight over the main entrance. It is well worth a visit to appreciate the creative design excellence in the Federation Free Classical style.With the Tourist Bureau offices located on the ground floor of t...Read More

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Perth Mint

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Attraction | "The Perth Mint"

Perth Mint Photo, Perth, Australia
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Fortune smiled on Western Australia at the end of the 19th century. On 17th September 1892, Arthur Bayley discovered gold at Coolgardie, 560 kilometres east of Perth, and rode into Southern Cross with 540 ounces in his saddlebags. Change occurred at breathtaking speed. Towns thrived and faded at prospectors discovered new goldfields which and in turn they left for richer pickings elsewhere. Regular coaches appeared for carrying mail, passengers and gold. Commerce flourished, railways arrived, telegraph lines extended and the authorities built a new harbour for the many ships arriving. The newly rich indulged in riotous spending. They made fortunes and often as quickly lost it. Perth Mint t...Read More

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Perth Mint
310 Hay Street
Perth, Australia 6000
+61 (0)8 9421 7277

Penguin Island

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Penguin Island Photo, Perth, Australia
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Penguin Island near Perth offers a good day out. It is a 12.5 ha island only 700 metres from the town of Rockingham, a few minutes in the regular ferry. The waters surrounding the island make up the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. The marine park is home to bottlenose dolphins and rare Australian sea lions.The island is home to the largest population of Little Penguins in Western Australia - the smallest species of penguin. This bird, which is about 43 cm (16 in) tall, lives on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand – some sightings have been made in Chile. Birds nesting on the mainland have declined because of predation by foxes and cats, and colonies are now largely confine...Read More

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Penguin Island
Mersey Point
Perth, Australia 6169
+61 (0)8 9592 3464

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "Kinks Park & Botanic Garden"

Kings Park and Botanic Garden Photo, Perth, Australia
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an area of 400 hectares of which 270 hectares is natural bush land. The Garden displays about 2000 of the State's 13000 plant species. The park is a place for recreation and celebration of the State's rich flora. Its position gives it an spectacular elevated view over Perth.The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is one of Kings Park newest additions. A 52-metre steel and glass arched bridge spanning the Water Garden Valley is the central feature of the Walkway. At its peak it is 16 metres above the ground. Stretching over 620 meters and taking about 40 minutes return, the walk takes you along the Swan River through many of the parks newly added gardens, Swa...Read More

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Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth, Australia 6005
+61 (0)8 9480 3659

Fremantle History Museum

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Fremantle History Museum Photo, Fremantle, Australia
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Fremantle was the first settlement of the Swan River colonists in 1829. It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 26,000. It still serves as the chief general seaport for Western Australia. Its History Museum showcases the social history and heritage of Fremantle and Western Australia. Located in the Colony's first lunatic asylum, built by convicts in the 1860's, it shares the building with the Arts Centre.In World War II the museum building became a base for the US Navy. The war heightened Australia's sense of vulnerability and isolation. Its wide-open spaces made the country an easy target for invasion. Australia needed to be able to defend itself. Industrial ...Read More

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Fremantle History Museum
1 Finnerty Street
Fremantle 6160
+61 (8) 9430 7966