Let’s get started with a long series of post that will plot where I have been at over the last four months and would explain why I’m “back from the dead” as it is known. My three-month trip which started back in June this year took me from Melbourne to Perth and on to Europe, which was where I was “last seen” had I not changed my “blogging from” status back to Melbourne (which arguably only starts applying tomorrow because I’m not in Melbourne). Now that I’ve given you a mouthful of words to digest, here’s the hopefully more visually appealing and interesting bit.
I lugged a modestly sized bag and a massive bag onboard with me at the start of the trip. Melbourne-Perth was my first stop and whilst I was waiting for my plane at Tullamarine International Airport very early in the morning, a coffee was probably the only thing that was on my mind (if you’ve been following Melodious Expeditions for some time, then you’ll know that I love taking pictures of coffee)!
A few hours later and two hours back in time, I arrived at Perth’s domestic terminal. The international and domestic terminals are separated in Perth, but you can get a shuttle bus between them.
Rainy weather greeted me as I travelled into the city centre, where I would take public transport to where I was staying. This post is more about my strolls through the city centre and surroundings.
You could class Perth’s CBD into business and shopping areas. The shopping area is located on two major streets: Murray and Hay St (Hay St is one of the major “bloodlines” that runs out into the suburbs, when I do a post on the suburb of Subiaco in the near future, you’ll hear that name again)
Murray Street in the central shopping district is a pedestrian road, lined with a nice arcade of trees, not forgetting a heap of shops. If you’re looking for either Optus or Telstra telephone shops and service centres, you’ll not run out of options in the city.
Forrest Chase shopping complex, with a Myer department store and a lot of other useful places that’ll hurt your wallet. The building is also directly connected to the main train station via a bridge.
Here’s another view of Murray Street from the overhead bridge that connects Forrest Chase with its neighbour Carillon Centre.
I find it advantageous to have all-pedestrian zones in major shopping districts. Just makes the place very attractive for walking.
In the several visits I have made to Perth this year, I’ve made this cafe my regular place. You’ll find Bocelli just as you come down the escalator from Forrest Chase near the central area.
They do sandwiches and other light snacks as well! Very tasty!
The construction here was well underway in June when I visited and has now been completed. I was guessing what it could’ve been back then and simply dismissed it as renovation works, but it turns out that they’ve built a stage and placed some green artwork in this area.
The central post office on the opposite end backing onto the Commonwealth bank building, both in a rather old-style architecture that gives character to the place.
A view from the Fremantle line platform (number 7) at Perth train station. Like Melbourne, they’ve kept the traditional architecture of the train station, situated amongst many modern tall buildings.
I am lucky that I do not have to wait 82 minutes for the Armadale line. My ride was just four minutes away.
Out in the suburbs, you get a very different impression. A lot of greenery and less of the urban greyness. And this is only a few stops away.
The city is also lined with bicycle paths everywhere so you can easily transport yourself from one end to the other. I have to try that one day, but since there’s no way of shrinking my bike to fit in my suitcase, it’ll have to wait.
Strolling through Perth also did not just include the city centre, but also the coast. I would say that you’d be walking at a brisk pace for about an hour from CBD to the nearest beach (if you’re up for it). I tried and it was a pleasant walk on a fairly warm day. Sunset is amazing so I’d recommend getting there for the event.
Perth has got a lot of nice beaches. Cottesloe being the most popular I would believe. Will find a chance to go there the next time I’m in Perth.
Moving our attention back to the city, another well-known place in Perth is King’s Park, a gigantic mass of greenery raised well above river level. I walked there from the CBD and was greeted by a nice evening sky. The buildings on the horizon are residential towers that overlook the city.
…and this is the view you get if you can afford a place here. After a ridiculous climb up an uncountable number of steps to get to the top and start of the park, I finally caught my breath while taking pictures. If you love jogging and are in Perth, you’ll want to find this long staircase. The climb will certainly toughen you up for any mountain you’d like to conquer.
Overall, Perth is a great mix of the grey, the green and the water. At night you can still see the hustle and bustle of the highway, but also the tranquility that seems to reside over the city. Am I sounding to poetic? Alright, I’ll stop.