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King's Park, Perth - WA

sunny 27 °C

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My first trip up to King's Park was for my birthday outing with Yvonne and her friend Lesley.
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It's a great way to see the city of Perth and appreciate it's location on the river.
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A perfect day to enjoy the view with a few fluffy cotton wool clouds
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Cenotaph - An 18m granite obelisk commemorates all Western Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country.
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The internal walls of the undercraft list the names of more than 7,000 members of the services killed in action or who died of wounds or illness in WWI.
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Bronze plaques on the outside walls list the names of nearly 4,000 Australians who lost their lives in WWII.

Flame of Remembrance - dedicated to Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, the Court of Contemplation commemorates the confliscts in which Western Australians have been involved.
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The Flame of Remembrance, located within the Pool of Reflection, was lit by Her Majesty in 2000. Burning continuously the four torches of the flame represent the Navy, Army, Air Force and Women's Services.

As we were leaving Kings Park one evening, we caught the beginning of the daily sunset service.
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A beautiful and timely reminder as Anzac day was only two days away - and I would not be getting up for the traditional sunrise service!
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Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War
As the sun set over Perth
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it was something special to listen to the bugle and the bagpipes
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to be surrounded by men representing all uniforms
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and to listen to the stories of a particular few men that lost their lives
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something quite humbling
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Owers' Corner is the starting point of the Kokoda Track.
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From here the troops caught their first glimpse of the daunting Owen Stanley Range. Across these mountains the Japanese South Seas Army Force had advanced until they were halted only 9km from here.
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The Darling Scarp - forming Perth's Eastern Hills, the Darling Scarp is the edge of a vast area of granite bedrock 2.5billion years old, making it one of the oldest landscapes on earth.

The tranquil Water Garden Celebrates a Darling Scarp stream system.
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These streams are a vital water source for plants, animals and people in Perth's dry climate.
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Beyond the Water Gardens is a fountain pool, which alternates between the features and sculptures
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Western Australia is unique. It has half od Australia's 25,000 plant species and most of those are found nowhere else on earth. the western Australian Botanic gardens is an ever-changing, living research centre committed to the conservation of Western Australia's flora. There are several walks you can take around the gardens that highlight it's different aspects.

Saved from demolition, this 80-year old Dragon tree was relocated from a private property in Dalkeith in 2014.
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Under police and pilot vehicle escort, the 9km journey to Kings Park took over three hours, starting at midnight to minimise traffic disruption. Safely upright in Kings Park, the Dragon Tree's extensive canopy was preserved during the transplant. Support anchors will remain until the root system re-establishes.

Queen Victoria Statue
- Presented to the peopled of Western Australia by Mr A.Stoneham in 1902.
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Lotterywest Federation Walkway glass bridge
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Since opening in 2003, it has become one of Kings Park and Botanic Garden's most popular tourist attractions.
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The 40 minute return journey begins at the State's Centenary of Federation floral emblem mosaic - the Kings Park Federation Flame Kangaroo Paw. It travels through the Western Australian Botanic Garden and over the spectacular elevated 52 metre glass and steel arched bridge to the Beedawong amphitheatre. The journey extends 620 metres through the Western Australian Botanic Garden over an arched bridge suspended among a canopy of tall eucalypts. Along the way, visitors can enjoy views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the diverse Western Australian flora, Aboriginal art, the Water Garden and Marri woodland forest.
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Interpretive signage details Kings Park and Botanic Garden's connection to Federation and the importance of Lord John Forrest's involvement in the Park's history.
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The rusted steel structure finish was designed to blend in with the trees in the gardens. It provides a potent reminder of the rusted steel of camps, farms and mines in the Western Australian bush at the time of Federation.

After Kings Park on my birthday, Yvonne took us to Mill Point
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for lunch at Blue Water Grill.
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the view to Perth city was stunning
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and the local magpie lark was pretty too :)
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Posted by charlystyles 13:34 Archived in Australia Tagged kings_park anzac_day Comments (0)

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