Circumnavigating Australia — Perth; Kings Park and Botanical Garden


Perth and Perth Water

Today we’re visiting a park just west southwest of Perth, called the Pearl of Australia’. Unfortunately, we didn’t get into the city itself, but we did get some great views from an overlook:

View of Perth (Elizabeth Quay) from Kings Park

This scenic vantage point is quite the place to visit. It is the 900-acre/400.6 hectare Kings Park and Botanical Garden:

Kings Park and Botanical Garden

The skies this day were quite interesting, with parallel formations of cumulus forming like waves heading into shore:

Waves of clouds

We were greeted by some friendly fauna, as well:

Who, me?

The gardens here are quite impressive:

Kings Park and Botanical Garden

Nestled within the garden is a solitary memorial erected in 1920 honoring those of the Jewish faith who lost their lives during The Great War (World War I)

Another Kings Park “In Memoriam” for soldiers of the Jewish faith

There is however another memorial, much larger. This is the State War Memorial atop Mount Eliza, and it is from here that one enjoys the overlook of Perth and Perth Water (a portion of Swan River). At this site is a 59-foot/18-meter tall Cenotaph:

State War Memorial Cenotaph obelisk

Affixed to the Cenotaph is the ANZAC Bluff Commemorative Plaque dedicated to the, ” . . .2,500 men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps known as ANZAC, who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915″:

ANZAC Bluff Commemorative; State War Memorial, Kings Park

Here there is also a Pool of Reflection centered around a Flame of Remembrance:

Flame of Remembrance in the Pool of Reflection

I’ll leave you today with one more botanical image:

Kings Park and Botanical Garden

 

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