City of Perth, Western Australia
The city skyline of Perth features several prominent skyscrapers overlooking Perth Water, the wide but shallow section of the Swan River between Perth, South Perth, the Causeway, and the Narrows Bridge. Central Park Tower is the tallest building in Perth, and the ninth tallest building in Australia, whilst Bank West Tower has an unusual triangular cross-section.
Other modern buildings in the city include Council House, a restored high modernist office building set in the Stirling Gardens, and the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia’s only purpose-built convention centre that can cater for functions of up to 5000 delegates. Nearby, in the Barrack Square precinct, are the Swan Bells. These are a set of twelve historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London, which hang together with six modern bells in a 82.5 metres (271 ft) tall copper and glass campanile, commonly known as The Bell Tower or the Swan Bell Tower.
The Northbridge Piazza is an outdoor area located at the corner of Lake Street and James Street, Northbridge. The Piazza features a stage, an outdoor LED screen operating 24 hours a day, and public artwork. It was designed for community use including performances, exhibitions, festivals, sporting events and other cultural activities.
There are several historical sites in Perth dating back to the 19th century.
Barracks Arch is the last remaining of The Barracks, originally built in 1866 to house the Enrolled Pensioner Force. That military unit was formed from the guards who came on convict ships. The Barracks was demolished in the 1960s to allow for the construction of the Mitchell Freeway.
The Old Mill, also known as Shenton’s Mill, is a restored tower mill located on Mill Point in South Perth. It has been restored to its original 1830s condition, to serves as a historical attraction.
Lincoln Street Ventilation Stack in Highgate, Western Australia, was 38 metres (125 ft) tall sewer vent, the second tallest in Australia. It was sealed in 1941, and secretly used as a radio antenna during World War II.
Burswood Entertainment Complex is located on the Swan River south-east of the city of Perth, Western Australia. The complex includes a casino, several restaurants and bars, a nightclub, two hotels, a convention centre, theatre and the Burswood Dome. The nearby Burswood railway station provides a public transport link to the Perth CBD.
Adventure World is a theme park located in Bibra Lake, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the Perth CBD. The theme park contains many rides and attractions, including several which are water based, as well as a variety of food outlets.
Mundaring Weir is the name of a dam (and historically the adjoining locality) which are located 39 kilometres (24 mi) from Perth, Western Australia in the Darling Scarp. It is situated in the Mundaring locality. The dam crosses the Helena River. The town of Mundaring was gazetted in 1898, the same year as the commencement of construction of the dam. There are many tourist facilities in the area, including Mundaring Weir Hotel and the C Y O’Connor Museum, as well as an outdoor cinema, youth hostel, art gallery, and many picnicking spots.
immediately west of the arch. The arch was retained after public outcry despite the original intention to remove it as an obstruction to the view of Parliament House.
The Perth Town Hall, situated on the corner of Hay and Barrack streets, is the only town hall in Australia to be built by convicts, between 1868 and 1870. For many decades in the 20th century, shops were built into the sides of the ground floor, but the Town Hall was restored in the late 1990s, including the repair if the interior hall and the gothic arches at its base.
The Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest operating mint, established in 1899 to mint gold sovereigns for the British Empire. The Mint remained under the jurisdiction of Britain until 1 July 1970, when it became a statutory authority of the Government of Western Australia. The Mint continues to service the gold industry, as well as manufacturing most of Australia’s legal tender precious metal coins and many coin related numismatic items for investors and coin collectors.