So we touched down in Perth at 2pm to a balmy 32c and 25% humidity - perfect! The rest of the day was spent doing the mundane things like food shopping, washing, ironing and chilling out for the first time in a month!
|Perth City Centre from the Esplanade|
The city is officially home to 1.8 million people ( out of 2.2m who live in the whole of Western Australia which is over 1m sq miles or 11x the size of the UK) but the city centre can be walked from end to end in less than 15 minutes.
The landmark in Perth is the Bell Tower - 'they have Big Ben, we have big bells!' reads the slogan. The set of bells is made up of 12 bells from St-Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Sq, 6 more cast by the Whitechapel Bell Company in 1988 as a bicentenary gift from the UK, and the additional bells are cast of metals mined within WA.
You can go in, but as its made of glass you can see it all from the outside!
We finished the city centre and headed up to Kings Park, the largest inner city park in the world - 20% bigger than Central Park.
The view of the CBD and the Swan River is amazing from the park.
|A fine old specimen|
|Don't look down|
Kings Park shot to fame in 2008 when it heard that a 750 year old tree was due to be felled in the Kimberley region to make way for a new highway. The tree in question, a Boab tree, was dug up, transported 3200 kilometres and transplanted into Kings Park, making it the oldest tree to be transplanted in history.
A glass walkway has also been constructed in the Botanical Garden area of the park. It spans over 200m, 55m above the ground, providing visitors with a view of the tree canopy.
|It's a creek darling|
The water garden was designed to replicate a typical Darling Range creek, Darling Range being the escarpment to the south of Perth.
The park is also home to a number of sculptures and art installations, including a memorial unveiled in 1999 to mark the centenary of Women's Suffrage in WA, as well as over 200 species of birds.
|It's a bird|
Not a bad first day in Perth!