Perth Introduction Walking Tour, Perth

Perth Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Perth

Perth is the capital of, and the main city in, Western Australia. The best way to get to know it better is by learning more about the city's landmarks, which make it special and distinguish if from other cities. Take this tour to discover the most popular landmarks in Perth:
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Perth Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Perth Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Perth (See other walking tours in Perth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Fire Safety Education Center and Museum
  • Murray Street
  • Hay Street
  • Trinity Uniting Church
  • London Court
  • Elizabeth Quay
  • The Bell Tower
  • Perth Town Hall
  • St. George's Cathedral
  • Kangaroos in The City
  • Government House and Gardens
  • Perth Mint
  • The Strike
  • Queens Gardens
St. Mary's Cathedral

1) St. Mary's Cathedral (must see)

St Mary's Cathedral, or Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, and seat of its Archbishop, currently Barry James Hickey. The cathedral is at the centre of Victoria Square, on the peak of a hill in East Perth, Western Australia.

The cathedral as it now stands was constructed in three main phases, with the first phase completed in 1865. Plans were drawn up for the replacement of the cathedral in the 1920s with a larger Perpendicular Gothic edifice. However, construction was interrupted by the onset of the Great Depression, leaving a new transept and sanctuary, with the aisle of the original cathedral as its nave. After 70 years incomplete, and portions of the cathedral requiring extensive repair work, funds were eventually raised in the late 1990s and early 2000s for the completion of the expansion. A new curved design for the expansion was created, and featured a second spire and underground parish centre. The cathedral closed for construction in 2006, and reopened in December 2009.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

2) Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

The Fire Safety Education Center and Museum, showcases all kinds of firefighting equipment that has been in use in for the past 150 plus years. The collection is complemented by active corps of firefighters. It is situated in the fire station which was established in 1901 and, in its time, was one of the most advanced in the country.
Murray Street

3) Murray Street

Murray Street is one of four main east-west roads within the Perth central business district. The street, the central portion of which has become a pedestrian mall, was named after Sir George Murray, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1828 to 1830. The strip has many popular shops lining the street. Recent development along Murray Street has seen the addition of a number of both national and international retailers.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Hay Street

4) Hay Street

Hay Street is a shoppers’ paradise. From renowned department stores and iconic high street brands, visitors will find what they are looking for. Hay Street and the adjoining laneways are closed to traffic, making the whole shopping experience relaxed. Besides shopping you can have fun in the bars and restaurants clustered around this street.
Trinity Uniting Church

5) Trinity Uniting Church (must see)

Trinity Church has the most distinctive architecture in Perth. The main front of the church features two spires roofed in slate, and a rose-colored window. Its interior is famous all over the city because of the stained-glass windows. The church was built in 1846 and today, is also a center for social activities.
London Court

6) London Court

London Court is a three- and four-level open-roofed shopping arcade located in the central business district. It was built in 1937 by wealthy gold financier and businessman, Claude de Bernales for residential and commercial purposes. The arcade runs between the Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace and is considered an important tourist attraction in the City of Perth. It received a National Trust of Australia classification in 1978 and was recorded in the Register of the National Estate in 1982.

The distinctive mock-Tudor/Elizabethan façade and architectural features includes ornate entrances with large wrought-iron gates at each end. At the Hay Street end at the first storey level, a large clock chimes every quarter-hour, half-hour and on the hour. Four mechanised knights appear from a castle door and move in a semicircle each time the clock chimes as they apparently joust with each other. At the Terrace end, another clock in a window shows a miniature Saint George doing battle with the dragon. The clocks were made by the Synachrome Company of London at a cost of £4,000. The two interior ends include statues of Dick Whittington and his cat (northern end) and Sir Walter Raleigh (south end), each in bastion towers and gazing down on the shoppers below.

Other distinctive features include gargoyles, masks, shields, crests and wrought iron signs and brackets. Gabled roofs, weather cocks and lead lighting add to the Tudor style. The arcade floor is laid with terracotta tiles.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Elizabeth Quay

7) Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay is a mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The project includes construction of an artificial inlet on what was previously the Esplanade Reserve, and modifications to the surrounding environs including Barrack Square. The project plan shows nine building sites. There is an array of attractions including the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and new food and beverage outlets. This destination is a unique events and entertainment space - operating all year round.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
The Bell Tower

8) The Bell Tower (must see)

The Swan Bells are a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 82.5 metres (271 ft)-high copper and glass campanile, commonly known as The Bell Tower or the Swan Bell Tower. Taking their name from the Swan River, which their tower overlooks, and forming a sixteen-bell peal with two extra chromatic notes, they are one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world.

Twelve of the set are historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London.

An inlaid path made of ceramic tiles surrounds the tower. These come from nearly every school in Western Australia and are arranged alphabetically by school name. Each school's tile lists students at that school in the year of 1999. Each child has written his or her name as a contribution to the Swan Bells. The site is now a tourist attraction for the City; since its opening in 2000, 1 million people have visited.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Perth Town Hall

9) Perth Town Hall

The Perth Town Hall is the only town hall built by convicts in Australia. Designed by Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning in the Victorian Free Gothic style, the hall was built by convicts and free men between 1867 and 1870. Its decorations contain a number of convict motifs, including windows in the shape of the broad arrow, and decorations in the shape of a hangman's rope.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. George's Cathedral

10) St. George's Cathedral (must see)

St George's Cathedral is located in St Georges Terrace in the centre of the city. Built in 1888, the cathedral replaced an earlier building immediately to the north-east of the present one. The cathedral is described as Gothic Revival and is made from local handmade clay bricks from Queen's Gardens and Victorian blue stone pillars on footings of Fremantle limestone. It was designed by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket. The site is near the "Rush Church" - the first church built in Perth, by Frederick Irwin, in December 1829, a few months after the city was founded. Its castellated bell tower was damaged in the 1968 Meckering earthquake.

In 2005-2008 the cathedral was extensively restored with the tile roof replaced by slates as originally built. Earthquake protection was added to two walls to provide bracing and much other work was undertaken. Plans are currently underway to restore and develop other buildings in the complex, including the Burt Hall and the 1859 deanery building, which adjoins the cathedral, on the corner of Pier Street. St George's Cathedral has become noted for its innovative and controversial theological teaching, popular preaching, commitment to inter-faith worship and music. Its Cathedral Education Centre is unique to Australia.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Kangaroos in The City

11) Kangaroos in The City

Kangaroos in The City is a collection of five bronze animals in different poses, drinking and jumping. These unique statues represent Australia's most beloved animal. The sculptures were made by Charles and Joan Walsh Smith and placed in front of Stirling Gardens.
Government House and Gardens

12) Government House and Gardens

Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia, situated in the central business district of Perth, the state capital. Government House is located on St Georges Terrace (Perth's main thoroughfare), sitting on the same block as Council House and the Supreme Court buildings. The buildings and gardens of Government House are of exceptional heritage significance and they are regularly opened for public viewing.
Government House is a unique example of a Victorian Gentleman's residence' set in landscaped gardens with mature plantings and a number of commemorative trees, known today as Stirling Gardens and Supreme Court Gardens.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Perth Mint

13) Perth Mint (must see)

After the foundation stone was laid in 1896 by Sir John Forrest, Perth Mint opened on June 20, 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint in London to refine gold and manufacture gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be used as currency in the colony. Up to 2000, the Mint's refined gold output totalled 4,500 tonnes, representing 3.25% of the total weight of gold produced by humankind. This is about the current holdings of gold bullion in the United States Mint's Fort Knox Bullion Depository. Up until the end of 1983, the Perth Mint also manufactured much of Australia's lower-denomination coin currency.

Today, the Mint continues to provide refining and other services to the gold industry and manufactures many coin related numismatic items for investors and coin collectors. It is responsible for manufacturing and marketing most of Australia's legal tender precious metal coins, including proof quality Australian Nugget gold coins, Australian Platinum Koala coins, Australian Silver Kookaburra coins and bullion.

In October 2011, the Perth Mint created the world's largest, heaviest and most valuable gold coin, breaking the record previously held by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is approximately 80 centimetres (31 in) in diameter and 12 centimetres (4.7 in) thick, and made of 1,012 kilograms (2,230 lb) of 99.99% pure gold. It is legal tender in Australia with face value A$1 million, but at the time of minting it was valued at A$53.5 million.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
The Strike

14) The Strike

The Strike is a monument created by Greg James in 1991. It is located in the courtyard of the main entrance to the Perth Mint. The statue represents two men, who have just discovered gold, and it's a reminder of gold fever, which hit Australia many years ago.
Queens Gardens

15) Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens, is a park located on a former brickworks and clay pit site in the eastern end of the city. In the years before the first world war it was used as a garden party location by the Mayor of Perth, more recently it has been popular for open air weddings and wedding portaiture.
The Queens Gardens of Perth are popular among tourist because of their picturesque views, manicured lawns, and the bronze Peter Pan Statue situated there. It was the last work of George Frampton and is an exact copy of a well-known monument at Kensington Gardens in London.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Perth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Perth Shopping Tour

Perth Shopping Tour

This capital of Western Australia bewitches its visitors because of the many shopping areas. Shopaholics call this city shopping heaven. Perth is full of boutiques featuring well-known. We offer you a walking tour through some of the most interesting specialty shops and famous shopping streets in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles