I am a married mother of 2 girls and I live in Perth. We emmigrated from the UK in 2011. I am a freelance writer and a Pet Carer and feel very lucky to do something I really love www.petfriends.net.au
Published November 20th 2018
Think you know your city, think again
As an expat living in Perth, I am always keen to learn more about this wonderful city, so when an opportunity landed in my lap to join Trip Advisor's number one Perth tour, I grasped it with both hands.
Oh Hey WA claim the best way to experience Perth City is by walking and now I have participated in The Ultimate Perth Walking Tour, I absolutely 100 percent agree with them.
The tour is specially curated to showcase and celebrate the best Perth has to offer, with a strong focus on street art (which I bet most of you have never seen), nightlife hubs (which I bet most of you are unaware of), heritage precincts (with amazing secrets which I bet most of you do not know) and the new developments that are changing the city and Perth's skyline.
The tour starts at the famous $1 million green blob-like sculpture in Forrest Chase called 'Grow Your Own' (yes, I learnt this on the tour), AKA 'The Cactus' and ends at Yagan Square. It lasts for approximately two hours and you walk approximately four kilometres around Perth City.
I think most of us are guilty of walking around the city with our heads down, but I urge you to look up. Who knew we had art deco buildings in the city? I was amazed at how stunning they are!
We were given lots of snippets of trivia that was such fun to learn and were introduced to so many eateries and bars that none of us had any idea existed. It was another world that was very welcome to be exposed to.
I have walked up and down London Court a million times and never seen the hidden words written in the render on one wall (by Cloud Gelato). A name and date are cleverly disguised in the textured render. You will need to do the tour to learn more!
The government started a laneways activation initiative which was to revitalise forgotten spaces in 2007.
I would never have ventured into the laneways in the city thinking that they were backstreet areas which are off limits. 'Wowse'r is all I can say! I couldn't believe the hidden gems in the laneways, from brilliant street art to the evolving small bar scene. They are full of charm and character - little jewels of the city.
Each laneway that has been revamped will have something other than tarmac on the ground to entice you in. The photo below has cobbles on the ground which suggests you are sure to find something of interest here.
Note the cobbles in the centre of the laneway and the chandeliers
I've always seen the bronze statue in Hay Street, who I now know is Percy Button and why it's there. I also know that St George's Terrace is the windiest street in the Southern Hemisphere and where the oldest building in Perth is situated.
Learn why these bottle tops are attached to this tree
Have you noticed that on the coat of arms on the Post Office building in Forrest Chase, that the kangaroo and emu are not facing each other when they should be? Do you know the significance of that? You will have to take the tour to find out!