A Freelance Writer / Photographer born in NZ who has been living in Perth for 32 years.
Published September 13th 2016
Start here to capture our iconic cityscape
So you've got your shiny new camera and tripod. But where do you go to capture some of those award winning shots of Perth City that you see floating around everywhere? The following is a list of five locations I believe offer a wealth of photographic opportunities, especially if aiming to use longer exposures.
Obviously this list wouldn't be complete without Perth's most iconic location. However rather than just bunching up with the group of other aspiring "togs", try moving around to find some unique viewpoints. Keep in mind a special licence must be acquired to gain commercial profit from photos taken in Kings Park.
This without a doubt has to be my favourite location around Perth. Being so ideal for photos you may have to expect a bit of competition, but it is well worth it. It is a peaceful, serene place where you will often see a cormorant or two quite close and get some excellent wave action for your photos as a result of passing boats. To find it, head south on Mounts Bay Road and stop at the first carpark after the Old Swan Brewery, then walk back a little towards Perth.
If you aren't aware, Barrack Square is the Jetty at the end of Barrack Street where the well known Bell Tower is located. It can be a great spot to take photos at night. However being such a popular place due to its assortment of viewpoints, restaurants and drinking establishments it can often be quite difficult to get a park here. It might be a safer bet to head for the large parking lot located on Terrace Road. For a different viewpoint, walk south along Riverside drive and point your camera back at the Jetty.
This is a location I only recently discovered, and even though you may not know about it, have probably driven past it many times. To reach it, drive out of Perth City south along Mounts Bay Road. Once you are past the Entertainment Centre, look for the lake on the left. Just before the big roundabout linking Mounts Bay Road and Riverside drive, look for the small carpark. This is a lovely, quiet place with shadowy forests, big, beautiful trees, and a waterfall. Yes you heard right, grab your tripod and head on over.