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Urban Oases in Perth CBD

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by fyrefly trayle (subscribe)
Enjoying life in the West
Published February 4th 2016
Waterfalls, lakes and rivers in the urban jungle
When the only 'jam' in your doughnut is the traffic kind and information overload is threatening to short-circuit your brain, where can you escape the frenetic and breakneck pace of life in the city?

It is well accepted that water quiets the mind; a soothing salve for the chafed spirit.

Head to these spots featuring water in and around the Perth CBD for some time-out.

Elizabeth Quay & Barrack Street Jetty

Located side by side where Barrack Street ends at the Swan River, both locations bring you close to the river's edge.

Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay, opening night

Elizabeth Quay, view of footbridge
Elizabeth Quay, view of footbridge

Water Labyrinth
The water labyrinth at Forrest Place brings out the inner child and complements the water playground at Elizabeth Quay.

Water labyrinth, Forrest Place, Perth
Water Labyrinth, Forrest Place

Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Just over the footbridge across the railway, is the Cultural Precinct. The atmosphere changes almost immediately. There are two water features, the larger feature is outside the Art Gallery.

Art Gallery, Northbridge
Art Gallery, Northbridge

The second water feature is tucked away around the side of the State Library.

State Library of WA
Pond outside the State Library of Western Australia

Stirling Gardens

Stirling Gardens is located at the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace. Watch out for the bronze kangaroos!

Stirling Gardens
Stirling Gardens, Perth

Perth Council House

A little further east along St Georges Terrace is Perth Council House.

Perth Council House
Water feature outside Perth Council House

Queens Garden

Peaceful and magical, Queens Garden is an old favourite. Queens Garden is bounded by Hay Street, Hale Street, Nelson Crescent and Plain Street.

Queens Park, East Perth, Peter Pan
Queens Park

Russell Square

Russell Square at 12 Parker Street, Northbridge is a beautiful park. At its centre is a rotunda, around which are water features.

Russell Square, Northbridge
Russell Square

Not far from the park are water features along the road.

Water features by the side of a street


There are many other places to explore:

QV.1 Building: Located at the west end of the CBD, the forecourt is dominated by a cascading waterfall.

John Oldham Park: Located on Mounts Bay Road, there is a lake with a fountain.

Kings Park: If you can take a full lunch break, there are a number of lakes and water features to explore.

Ozone Reserve: Visit Lake Vasto and the monument to migrants in East Perth.

Point Fraser: Located near the Ozone Reserve.

Mardalup Park: Located at Brown Street, East Perth.

Heirisson Island: Located at the Causeway, East Perth.

As Darryl Kerrigan said, "how's the serenity".
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The water features on the side of the road with the standing stones and small balls are reminiscent of a large scale sundial.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4159) 1645 days ago
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