A day in Perth, Western Australia – day one

I am in love with Perth and it is only my first day.

The Red Surveyor by Jon Tarry, looks out over East Perth from his vantage point at Boan Place recording all the changes

The Red Surveyor by Jon Tarry, looks out over East Perth from his vantage point at Boan Place recording all the changes

I walked for about two hours around Daughter2’s neighbourhood, and it is some neighbourhood! At the end of her street I came across a family of elegant black swans taking in the morning sunshine!

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Everything is very new in this area, but at the same time it is built to look traditional in a European way with a very Australian style! Lots of money obviously, mining money (I am told Gina Reinhart and Allan Bond live in west Perth, so can only wonder at the architecture there!). Some old warehouses have been turned into apartments. The residential streets are all green and tree lined. Restaurants everywhere, people riding bikes, sailing boats on the river, beautiful parks, and a much more vibrant river lifestyle than Brisbane, which seems a little shabby compared to Perth. It is okay, Brisbane, you appear to have more high rises!  

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The parks have a strong indigenous element, which is both interesting and beautiful. There is such a juxtaposition between the old and the new, that it worked to remind me that past and present do combine to make not only our culture and society, but also us, as individuals.
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indigenous name translated into written English. Indigenous language is oral, not written.

indigenous name translated into written English. Indigenous language is oral, not written.

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Previous visitors appear to have left stones. I don't know why. but liked the thought that maybe it meant you would return, so I left one too!

Previous visitors appear to have left stones. I don’t know why. but liked the thought that maybe it meant you would return, so I left one too!

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What's a river scene without a seagull or three?

What’s a river scene without a seagull or three?

I took 245 photos in two hours, so have lots of memories to take home! I bonded with a woman in a children’s bookshop over the inability of daughters to find boyfriends (though there seems to be a romance starting here in Perth…) bought yummy pasta to take home for lunch and then snoozed on the couch through the afternoon. Bliss.
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No signage, but my "educated" guess is that it is an indigenous meeting place, or corroboree

No signage, but my “educated” guess is that it is an indigenous meeting place, or corroboree

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Tomorrow I plan to go to the museum and art gallery and pretend I am cultured.
Royal Street - perhaps the street for me?

Royal Street – perhaps the street for me?

Or maybe Sovereign Street is more my style

Or maybe Sovereign Close is more my style

The street where the common people live, obviously!

The street where the common people live, obviously!

 

corroboree : link

 

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “A day in Perth, Western Australia – day one

    • It takes about five and a half hours by plane from Brisbane to Perth. I was starting to get a little wriggly by the end. It is a most beautiful city and well worth saving the pennies for as well.

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  1. I really like the outdoor display of Aboriginal art. (Or is it ‘indigenous’ now? At the De Young Museum in San Francisco, they used the term “Aborigine” for their collection of Australian and South Pacific art.) Are there galleries or art museums in Perth?

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    • Aboriginal is still a common term. I think because because I work with so many Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pacifika students that I have fallen into using the indigenous. I think Aborigine is used for Canadian indigenous as well, as it just means native.
      I am off to the galleries and museums today, so hopefully will update you later today!

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