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Perth's Best War Memorial Parks

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by Tom (subscribe)
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Published August 8th 2012
A tribute to our diggers mixed with stunning scenery
Monument Hill - South Fremantle
Monument hill can arguably lay claim to the best placed memorial in Perth. Perched on high ground in South Fremantle, the monument commands 360 degree views from the ocean to the city - something no other park can lay claim to.
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It really does dominate its position

The monument itself is impressive too. The huge limestone pillar is dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy and is set right in the centre of a well manicured hill. Surrounding it are various maritime ornaments including a rather large torpedo looking out over the harbour town.
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RAN Torpedo guarding the port town

You'll be hard-pressed to find a moment during the day where there aren't any photographers. The views are stunning from Sunrise to sunset, and maybe even better after dark when all the lights go on around the docks

Kings Park War Memorial
Well this one is a no-brainer really. The most recognizable, largest and most centrally located memorial to our fallen soldiers attracts hundreds of viewers every day of the year - and not always for the history lesson.
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The State War Memorial at Kings Park

The unmatched views over the CBD are a highly sought after shot by professional and amateur photographers, romancers and onlookers - both tourist and local. The various war services attract hordes of patriotic Australians by their thousands and just the sight of that monolith towering over the eternal flame in the background will make even the least patriotic of us stop and think of those who fought for our livelihoods.
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Cannons look out over the Swan River

There are quite a few other smaller monuments scattered around the park, each of them interesting in their own right. Many of the trees planted around Kings Park have also been done so in recognition of our diggers.

Memorial Park - Mosman Park
Most local monuments these days are completely overrun by urban sprawl (think Subiaco, Claremont). It is good to see then that Mosman Park have kept the builders away from their treasured memorial parkland.
The rear path is a very quiet, simple grassed area lined with trees each dedicated to fallen local heroes. The front is the complete opposite.
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A very well looked after park

Lush green grass gives way to Limestone walls covered in plaques of many more soldiers names. Running up the centre is three water features that guide you up to the lookout post over the Swan River - an absolutely stunning place to sit in silent contemplation.

There are many other fantastic memorials around Perth, these are just my personal favourites due to the incredible views and lack of building taking over their VERY valuable positions.
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Why? Pay tribute to the fallen or just get a great photo
Where: South Fremantle, Kings Park, Mosman Park
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