Perth reminded us a lot of Brisbane, the relaxed and leisurely pace of the city making for an enjoyable time spent here. A couple of plus features were the many parks scattered throughout the city and the excellent public transport system with it’s free Cat bus service covering the CBD. Unfortunately, the weather was unsettled for most of our stay but we still managed to enjoy our time spent. In the course of our wanderings we passed many restored historic buildings, strolled through the Hay Street Mall including it’s replica of an old English street (London Arcade), relaxed in some of her parks, enjoyed tasty foods at some of the many eateries and listened to the St Martin in the Fields historic 18th century bells chiming in the modern 21st century tower.
The riverbank walk took us to Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens, one of the largest and most beautiful inner city parks, offering sweeping views of the Swann river and the city. The Kokoda Memorial Walk, a tribute to those soldiers who perished in Papua New Guinea in 1942 provides a challenging path to access the park from Mounts Bay Road. The Perth Mint gave us a chance to discover the magic, allure, and wonder of gold and view the world record holding Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin. This time of year one can also be distracted by the Winter Lights Festival at Brookfield Place, a very colourful evening display and the Perth Zoo will delight the visitor with it’s spacious and stimulating environment for the animals. If your feeling lucky, you could always try your luck at the Perth Casino.