Today we started off by driving down to the Swan Bells by the Barrack Street Ferry Terminal – we were a little early for them to open, so we spent some time wandering through some of the souvenir shops. Note to self – we have more than enough fridge magnets already, don’t let Leanne near any more souvenir shops.
The Swan Bells is a bell tower built fairly recently with bells donated from England. They built a bell tower and observation deck that provides great views of the city and river districts. You can also see the bells themselves – and when being rung it is quite a fascinating sight. They also do demonstrations of bell ringing so you can see how it all works too. Very interesting all up – well worth the time.
We then drove up to Kings Park and proceeded to spend the rest of the day wandering through the park, botanic gardens and war memorials there. It’s a huge park and extremely well looked after – a lot of care and attention is put into the maintenance and features of the park. We took the tram tour which also included the University of Western Australia nearby – where they pointed out all the old buildings and their history – it’s a beautiful area.
The people of Perth are very lucky to have such a wonderful park so close to their CBD – it really is a lovely place , very peaceful and relaxing with some fantastic views of Perth and the Swan River too. We enjoyed our day there.
Home tonight packing up ready to leave early tomorrow morning as we drive south to explore the south-western corner of WA. More on that tomorrow night (if the place we are staying at has a usable phone line I can dial in with – otherwise it will be later in the week before my next update !).