Perth in Pictures
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Today is Australia Day so what better way to celebrate than to show you photos of my home town, Perth in western Australia!
Water plays an important part in our way of life…Perth is situated on the water……the Swan River.
The city of Perth as seen from King’s Park
Our favourite park is only 1.5 kilometers from the city and overlooks the river providing some of the best views in town. King’s Park is a 400 hectare natural bushland park and botanical garden that provides a green heart for the city.
Another view of the city as seen through the promenade of gum trees that marks the entrance to King’s Park
The War Memorial has pride of place overlooking the city and the river
September is the time to visit Kings Park when Western Australia’s wildflowers put on a spectacular show. There are over 12,000 wildflowers found in Western Australia of which over 60% are found nowhere else in the world!
Pink everlastings provide a burst of colour in Kings Park
From the hills in the east to Fremantle on the coast, the Swan River winds through Perth’s suburbs attracting adults and children alike to fish, sail, swim and play at its edge. On a hot summers night, you’ll find people at the beach or enjoying a picnic by the river.
Picnics at Matilda Bay are very popular
Freshwater Bay at sunrise
During the hot days of summer, Rottnest Island is the place to be. Ferries cross the 12 km stretch of water many times a day bringing day trippers or holiday stayers back and forth. On a bike ride or bus trip around the island, you can stop off at one of the many small bays where white sand and clear blue waters will tempt you to swim or snorkel. You may even see a quokka!
The sun is just rising over Marjorie Bay, Rottnest
Busy times in the bays of Rottnest over New Year . If you look carefully, you can see a large osprey nest in the foreground!
Quokkas are small animals similar to wallabies that are only found on Rottnest Island
Perth is famous for its beaches. Cottesloe Beach is probably the most famous of them all and luckily for me, it is in walking distance from home! When the temperatures reach 40 Celsius, people stay on the beach as long as they can!
Cottesloe Beach on a hot summer’s night..about 7pm
How do we celebrate Australia Day….with The Australia Day Challenge of course!
At five beaches around Australia, the challenge is on to see who can break the record for the longest line of havaianas (thongs, flip flops, jandals) joined in the water.
Cottesloe won last year. I wonder who will win today’s challenge!
Yellow and green havaianas take over Cottesloe Beach ready for the Australia Day Havaiana Challenge
Now that you’ve seen Perth in pictures you probably have a much better sense of the city.
Have you ever traveled to Perth?
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