Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour, Perth (Self Guided)

Skyscrapers have always been the calling card of Perth. These huge buildings are an example of modern technology, and they are intertwined with the spirit of the time. Their rooftops are often hidden in the clouds. We offer you a walking tour through the highest and most famous skyscrapers in Perth:
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Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Perth (See other walking tours in Perth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: irenebo
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QV.1

1) QV.1

QV.1 is a 40-storey modernist skyscraper completed in 1991. The 163-metre (535 ft) building is presently the fourth-tallest building in Perth, after Central Park, the yet to be completed BHP Tower and the BankWest Tower.

The project was designed by architect Harry Seidler and has won numerous awards for its innovative design and energy efficiency. According to architect Harry Seidler, one of the architectural objectives in the design of QV.1 was to minimise the impact of the tower when viewed from Parliament House, and this was addressed by offering a narrow profile to that direction. Another of the design briefs identified by Harry Seidler was that the building should employ passive design in order to minimise energy costs. This is achieved through the use of tinted double glazed windows, as well as the installation alongside windows of horizontal and vertical sun shades. The use of sun shades alone was estimated to reduce the building's cooling costs by $70,000 per year. The building also features separate air-conditioning units for each floor, so that energy does not need to be wasted cooling or heating unoccupied floors.

The modernist building was criticised for being "Perth's most ugly building" and "a giant Lego block", but architect Harry Seidler described QV.1 as "the best building he had ever built".

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Woodside Plaza

2) Woodside Plaza

Woodside Plaza is a 29-storey skyscraper that serves as the headquarters for Woodside Petroleum and incorporates several energy-efficient design features. When completed in 2004, the building was the first premium-grade skyscraper completed in Perth since Central Park in 1992. It is currently the sixth tallest skyscraper in Perth.

The tower was designed by architects Kann Finch Group. The structure is of concrete frame, with a conventionally reinforced jump-formed core containing all of the lifts, stairs and service risers. The office floors are formed from post-tensioned band beams supporting conventional reinforced slabs. The perimeter of the building has columns spaced 8.2 metres (27 ft) apart and supporting post-tensioned edge beams. Woodside Plaza has two basement levels, two plant floor levels, 23 office floor levels, a mezzanine and the ground floor, giving a total of 29 floors.

The tower is noted for its efforts towards efficient energy use. For instance, the building's air conditioning plant utilises variable-speed fans to consume less energy when extra cooling is unnecessary, and the floors are divided into several air conditioning zones. Internal lighting dims when natural ambient light is brighter, and the heat load of the building is reduced through the use of "low emissivity" glass on the building's facade.

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Central Park

3) Central Park

Central Park is a 51-storey office tower which measures 226 m (741 ft) from its base at St Georges Terrace to the roof, and 249 m (817 ft) to the tip of its communications mast. Upon its completion in 1992, the tower became the tallest building in Perth. It is also currently the ninth tallest building in Australia.

The building is formed by a composite steel and concrete frame, with various setbacks in its profile, meaning the upper floors are much smaller in area than lower levels. Outrigger trusses at the top of the building and at the various setbacks help to stiffen the building's reinforced concrete core against the strong winds prevalent in the area. The base of the building features a small park, for which the tower is named. Central Park was noted upon its opening for being technologically advanced, with "fully computerised air conditioning", which uses data from 1,400 sensors on each floor to regulate temperatures in an energy-efficient way. From its uppermost floors, there are views out to Kings Park and the Indian Ocean.

Construction on the tower started in 1988, with South Perth firm Bruechle Gilchrist & Evans as the project engineers. The building was constructed in a modular method, whereby floor slabs were pre-cast off-site and simply dropped into the steel frame of the tower as construction progressed. Major structural work on Central Park concluded with the installation in 1992 of its communications mast.

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140 St Georges Terrace

4) 140 St Georges Terrace

140 St Georges Terrace is a 30-storey skyscraper in Perth. Opened in 1975, the 131-metre (430 ft) tower was known as the AMP Building or AMP Tower after its owner and former flagship tenant, AMP Limited. The building became the tallest completed skyscraper in Perth in 1975, a title which it held only until 1976, when Allendale Square was opened.

140 St Georges Terrace features a service core design, with the concrete core containing the lifts and two stairwells. The perimeter of the square cross-section tower features load-bearing columns, allowing the office floors to remain mostly column-free. The building has 28 office levels, in addition to the ground floor, basement levels and plant room. According to Emporis, the 29th (top) floor was once an observation level which closed following the construction of the taller BankWest and Central Park towers around it.

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BankWest Tower

5) BankWest Tower

The Bank West Tower is a 52-storey office tower that was completed in 1988. The building measures 214 metres (702 ft) to its roof and 247 metres (810 ft) to the tip of its communications antenna. It was the tallest building in Perth from its completion in 1988 until 1992 when it was overtaken in height by Central Park. As of 2009, it remains the second-tallest building in the city. The concrete tower has a distinctive profile, with a triangular plan.

The site occupied by the tower was home to the Palace Hotel, and organised opposition was formed to try to save that building from demolition to make way for an office tower. The site was subsequently acquired by businessman Alan Bond and the tower was approved and constructed in a plan that would retain much of the Palace Hotel. The tower then remained the headquarters of Bond's companies until their collapse.

The tower was designed by architects Cameron Chisolm & Nicol. The major parameter given to them in the planning of the building was that "all office areas should face the excellent views that exist of the Swan River". Working within this brief, they selected a triangular cross-section of the tower because it lent "itself to open plan office layouts" by allowing natural light to reach most parts of the working floors.

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Allendale Square

6) Allendale Square

Allendale Square is a 32-story skyscraper. When opened in 1976, the building became the tallest completed building in Perth. The tower is located on a large site, however, the tower itself only occupies 25% of this land area. Designed by architects Cameron, Chisolm and Nicol, the building is rotated 45 degrees relative to St Georges Terrace, in order to secure a plot ratio concession from the Perth City Council. The walls of the tower are stepped in plan, creating V-shaped protrusions along each face. In order to maximize views towards the Swan River, the building has windows only on the North and South-facing sides of these steps, and the remainder of the tower is clad with aluminum. The building has been described as a fine example of high-rise architecture, timeless, one of Perth's most prominent office buildings, a building of considerable elegance, and a good building representing its time.
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Exchange Plaza

7) Exchange Plaza

Exchange Plaza is the State headquarters of the Australian Securities Exchange. Construction on the building started during the 1980s property boom at a cost of between A$220 million and $230 million. The tower was built by Multiplex, topping out occurred in mid-1991 and construction completed in 1992.

Exchange Plaza was designed by architects Peddle Thorp & Walker. It is a steel-framed structure with pre-cast concrete floor panels. The exterior of the building is fully glazed with curtain walls, which step back at the upper levels. The unique blue glass was produced in a one-off batch by Pilkingtons Australia. The building features a 150-seat conference centre and uninterrupted river views from most levels all across Perth Water and west all the way to Rottnest Island. The building has 34,479 square metres (371,130 sq ft) of net lettable area across 33 commercial office levels. In addition there are three plant floor levels and five basement parking levels, with 236 car parking spaces.

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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 Cultural Walking Tour

Perth Cultural Walking Tour

Perth is the historic and cultural center of Western Australia, and has plenty of places to showcase it. This tour will lead you through the sites, both ancient and modern, where culture is presented. If you want to see, touch and feel it during a walking tour of Perth - consider the following list of cultural attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Specialty Shops in Perth

Specialty Shops in Perth

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 famous and interesting specialty shops in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Museums and Galleries in Perth

Museums and Galleries in Perth

Perth attracts lots of visitors because of its numerous museums and galleries, which showcase all aspects of Perth's present and past. Visiting this city's museums and exhibition areas, will bring you closer to its culture and historic heritage. Some of the most famous museums and galleries of Perth are listed below:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Places of Worship in Perth

Places of Worship in Perth

Perth is an important historic center of Western Australia, and history is often closely associated with religion. That's why the city is full of churches which represent many religions. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the most important places of worship in Perth:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
East Perth Walking Tour

East Perth Walking Tour

Perth is the main city of Western Australia and it's one of the top tourist destinations in the country. For its diversity of sights, they say that the city represents Australia in miniature. We offer you a walking tour of the East district of Perth. You'll enjoy visiting the following tourist attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Perth for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Perth has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Perth, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.