Perth City

May 14, 2020

In October 2017 I was lucky enough to tag along with the tennis player on a work trip to Perth.  He was at a two-day conference and we added another day to the trip so we could see a bit more of Perth and surrounds (we went on a bus trip to Margaret River).  Obviously, I saw a lot more than he did as I wasn’t at the conference so was able to play tourist, but on my own.  It was a fleeting trip but as much that could be crammed into it was and it was fabulous!

When I returned home I was sick and then my Dad had a fall and life as I knew it ceased to be as we lived for just over six weeks in a world of hospital visits and an emotional rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, and then we sadly lost Dad in the very early hours of 2 December 2017. 

So, I never got around to sharing my trip to Perth (or any of the hundreds of photographs I took) here on the blog.  Now, almost 3 years later in the midst of a global pandemic, I’m so tired of always writing and talking about ‘that C word’.  So, I thought now is a good time to go through all the Perth photos and share the fabulous trip we took to the other side of Australia and the very first glimpse we got of WA.  Perth – you’re so beautiful and I want to see more!  

I have far too many photographs for one post so I’ll break the trip up into as many posts as are needed (probably around 3-4).  Today, I’ll start with the city of Perth.  Today’s post will contain just a handful of the many photographs I took (some with my DSLR camera and some with my phone) around Perth City.  Some were taken walking around on foot but most were taken from the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour I did one day.  I’ll save the photo’s I took of Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay for separate posts as they both deserve a post of their own.  

As this trip was quite a while ago now, I really don’t remember what all the buildings are so there will be limited captions. However, if you know what something is that isn’t captioned please let me know and I’ll go back in and add captions where appropriate. 

By the way we stayed at the Perth City Centre Holiday Inn and it was fabulous!  The room was clean and comfortable and it was in a perfect central position in Hay Street, surrounded by great cafe’s and restaurant options.

Swan River


Cirque du Soleil at the Crown Casino in Burswood

Stirling Gardens – the sculptures of Western Grey kangaroos commemorates the completion of the “Perth – A City for People” project.

Perth Town Hall

Barrack Street Arch


Government House

Optus Stadium – still being built. It was completed in late 2017 and officially opened on 21 January 2018.

The Perth Mint – Australia’s official bullion mint and wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia

City Park – on a walk to Elizabeth Quay


The sculpture commemorates street entertainer Percy Button (1892 -1954) and celebrates the spirit of the street. Read more here:


Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Deborah May 14, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I hear wonderful things about Perth and surrounds. One of my closest friends lived there for a while, but I’ve never been (other than stopping at the airport enroute in and out of the country decades ago).

    Your pictures are stunning (as usual Min) and it actually looks a bit more like Brisbane than either Sydney / Melbourne. I wonder if that’s a size / population thing.

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 10:31 am

      I loved Perth and the trip to Margaret River so much. It was such a quick and fleeting trip though and so i will definitely be going back for longer and to see much more. I’m glad you like the photo’s – thanks Deb. xo

  • Reply Ingrid Norris May 14, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I’ve only been to Perth once about 30 years ago when the company I was working for seconded me there for 5 weeks. I’d love to visit Perth again as a tourist.

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 10:35 am

      That would’ve been fun to live there for a while Ingrid. It’d be so different now though. It’s got the beautiful Elizabeth Quay now for one thing (you’ll see bits of that in a future post). I hope you get that trip back there as a tourist as I know you’ll love it!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl May 14, 2020 at 8:57 am

    My home city, Min! A wonderful tribute!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Oh yes, I remember reading that you’re from Perth. I’m glad you approve of my little collection of photos. There’s more to come! xo

  • Reply Natalie May 14, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Thanks, Min, for sharing the nice architecture and blue skies. I had to do the mental switch that October is spring time in Perth. #lovin’lifelinky

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Glad you enjoyed Natalie. Yes I have to do that mental switch when reading your posts too! lol xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 14, 2020 at 11:08 am

    I love that statue!! He’s fun! I don’t suppose you read what the plaque said?

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      It’s joyful isn’t it? I probably did read the plaque but so long ago I wouldn’t remember!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 14, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Found him! Quite sad but quite cute at the same time

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      That’s fabulous! Thanks Lydia. It’s so interesting to read and understand the meaning behind the statue. I’ll update the post to include this link. Thank you!

  • Reply Leanne | May 14, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Min – lovely to see a post on Perth – it doesn’t feature much on blogs. The tent pic is Cirque du Soleil outside Crown Casino in Burswood (and so are the kangaroo statues). The Barrack Street Arches are halfway down, the Optus Stadium being built and the Hay Street Mall where people are walking. That’s about all I can name off the top of my head.

    • Reply Min May 14, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much Leanne. I’ve updated the post with your info and done a little research and was able to caption a few more also. Perth really is beautiful and I can’t wait to get back there to see more of it and Western Australia, and maybe even a catch up with you!

      • Reply Leanne | May 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

        If you make it over and head down South I’m always available for a coffee date! They’ve even started opening the cafes again so that’s actually a possibility after the last few months of coffee in a paper cup!
        Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

        • Reply Min May 22, 2020 at 9:54 am

          If (i should say WHEN) I get back over that way I will most definitely be sure to come visit you Leanne. Imagine a real coffee date after all those virtual ones! Though we did have a real lunch together once here in Brisbane which was fabulous!

  • Reply Christine May 15, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve never been to Perth either but given all our overseas plans have been squashed, a trip to WA is looking more likely

    • Reply Min May 18, 2020 at 10:50 am

      I’m sure you’d love Perth Christine. Travelling around Australia is a very good option once we can (since OS travel could be a while off yet). There’s so many places in Australia I’ve yet to see and that includes going back to see much more of WA. We really are such a diverse and beautiful country! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katerina May 15, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I love Perth and Margaret River! I used to travel there for work quite a bit and always enjoy it. Great lifestyle and the people are so lovely. My kids love the Margaret River Chocolate Factory too – always fun to visit.

    • Reply Min May 18, 2020 at 10:52 am

      I didn’t get to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. In fact most of the shops were closed the day we were there as it was a weekend. I’d love to go back when things are open and we have more time to explore!

  • Reply Pradeep May 17, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Min – One of my closest friends, who is now in Melbourne, used to be Perth for many years. And I have heard many nice stories about the place.
    During my trip to Australia last yearend, I couldn’t make it to the city. Next time, probably, I will try to make it.
    Thanks for all information and the lovely photographs!

    My latest blog post: Morning assembly

    • Reply Min May 18, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Hi Pradeep – I really enjoyed Perth even though my visit was so fleeting. It certainly whet my appetite to wanting to see more. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Australia!

  • Reply Tara May 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    *Waves at you from Perth* Your photos are gorgeous, and I’m glad you had a good trip here. I also love getting down to Margaret River when I can, hoping life opens up a bit more here soon so we can get out of the city for a mini break!

    • Reply Min May 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

      *Waves back at Tara over in Perth*! I’m so glad you like the photos and I absolutely loved my trip there. I only wish it were longer but hopefully I’ll get back over that way one day for a longer trip and a much larger explore of WA. Hope you get your mini break soon!

  • Reply Cheryl May 21, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Perth’s my home town. I lived there for almost 40 years before I decided on a life of adventure and headed over to Russia! I don’t get back to Perth very often, but I have to say it looks very beautiful through the lens of your camera. Glad you had great weather while you were there. πŸ™‚
    The building in the photo between Optus stadium and City Park is the Perth Mint. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Min May 22, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Wow Cheryl, Russia is a long way from home and very different to Australia. I guess you must be loving it over there. I must say your home town was a delight to visit and I can’t wait to go back again. I so glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for the tip about the Perth Mint! I’ve added a caption to that photo and updated the post – thank you!

      • Reply Cheryl May 23, 2020 at 6:43 am

        Hi Min, Russia was great, but after 12+ years I had to leave because of the current situation. Now my husband and I are sitting in Bucharest waiting for some normality to return and borders to open, so we can plan the next chapter of our lives! Glad you liked Perth, it’s a lovely city, beautiful even, and most people really enjoy it when they visit. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

        • Reply Min May 26, 2020 at 10:08 am

          Hi Cheryl, I hope Bucharest is safer than Russia at this time? Take care to stay safe and hopefully we will see an end to all this Covid-19 stuff soon *fingers crossed*.

          • Cheryl May 26, 2020 at 9:20 pm

            I’m not sure if Bucharest is safer than Russia, if you’re talking about the virus. I’m a big believer in my own immune system, so although I’ve been following the ‘rules’, I’m not afraid of becoming ill. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit May 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I really look forward to going to Perth. One day!! Hopefully not too far away.

    • Reply Min May 22, 2020 at 10:04 am

      I’m sure you’ll get there Leanne and I know you’ll love it there! There’s so much to see. I wasn’t there long enough to see all that I wanted to so another trip over there is a must do!

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