Monday, 14 August 2017

Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Public art, Elizabeth Quay
This blog is a nature blog rather than a travel blog but I'll make an exception. We went to see the bell tower in Perth and discovered a new quay has been constructed right next door. Elizabeth Quay is quite delightful, small and interesting. There is a island with a playground, a water feature, a foot bridge, gardens and several retail outlets including cafes of course.

Bessie Mabel Rischbieth OBE 1874-1967 by Jon Tarry. She was a social advocate.

Foot bridge, Elizabeth Quay

Love locks and fountains at the bellltower

View from the bell tower
And a bit of nature. There were cormorants and seagulls on the island as well as a darter. There were two female darters who didn't seem to mind humans in close proximity.
Female darter
Water feature, Elizabeth Quay

A model posing for photos, Elizabeth Quay
We were amazed to see that the authorities (state or council) have allowed the development of hotels or multistoried units surrounding the quay. In the photos below you can see that building has started. In the future the views of the bell tower and from the bell tower and the city will be severely compromised but the view from some high-priced hotel room or unit will be stunning. Crazy. Money talks.

Bell tower and cranes, at left
View of developments from the bell tower.
PS We discovered that, as seniors, we could buy a $1.30 ticket for the ferry to South Perth from the quay that entitled us to travel back and forth for two hours. We only went across and back once.


Jo Featherston said...

I think Elizabeth Quay must be new since I was last in Perth in 2008. Feel I have a family link to the bells because they came from St Martin in the Fields and would have been there when my 3x great grandparents were married at that church in 1819.

Lorraine Phelan said...

Yes, it was opened in 2015. And I have a family affinity as well for a similar reason. My Perryman ancestors were married there too.