image Elizabeth Quay Perth

For the first time since we had arrived, the weather had cleared from cloudy and raining to a beautiful blue sky, so we decided a trip down the Swan River to Fremantle would be a good idea. The Swan River begins as the Avon River, rising in the Darling Range around 109 miles from its mouth at Fremantle. The river runs through the metropolitan area of Perth which is Western Australia’s capital and largest city. And what a beautiful city Perth is, especially if you approach it by water.


In the picture at the top of this piece, you can see the magnificent Bell Tower, home of the Swan Bells, a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 82.5 metre high copper and glass campanile. The Tower sits on the harbour edge, so if ever you get lost in Perth head for this tower to orient yourself.  The Bell Tower is a must see place to visit in Perth. Its historic ring of bells was given to the people of Western Australia as part of their national Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. Of the eighteen bells, twelve of the set are historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, London. These have been in existence for over 700 years and were recast in the 16th century by England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Close to the Bell Tower are the jetties where the pleasure craft depart for trips down and up the river. These take the form of a simple ferry to Fremantle or something a little more sophisticated like an evening meal and sightseeing cruise. You can get details on these from the two main companies that run these cruises, Captain Cook Cruises being the main operator.

The boat we boarded was pretty old but well proportioned with ample seating and a good all-round view. The skipper and one of the crew gave a running narration on what there is to see and it was well worthwhile, even seeing how the other half live on millionaires row.

image of river cruise boat

Our trip took about forty minutes and it was a great way to see Perth from a distance without having to drive on the highway.

You can read more on this and other subjects when my Perth Travelogue is published in a few weeks.

Tom Kane © 2018

How do you fancy getting lost in a maze so big you could fit a house in it? Or perhaps walking with sharks is your thing. With the Kangaroos kicking off and fighting among themselves and the cute Quokkas being a little off hand, it was never a dull moment in Perth during my stay in January 2018.

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