Monday, May 20, 2024

Perth, Australia: Where Culture, Wildlife, and Sky-high Views Collide

Perth, nestled in the sunny corner of Australia, wears the crown as the vibrant capital of Western Australia. It's not just a city; it's a buzzing hive of activity. Especially for students looking to spread their wings, Perth is a top-notch destination, thanks in part to Curtin University, which is like a beacon of learning excellence.

Speaking of Curtin University, it holds a special place in my heart. That's where I honed my skills through their degree twinning program, collaborating with Metropolitan College, where I had lectured for a good 15 years. It's incredible how time flies, yet memories of lecturing Small Business 200 and Entrepreneurship 300 to eager students remain vivid, even though almost a decade has passed. Notably, I also underwent a week-long training at Curtin University Australia, acquiring essential lecturing skills and earning certification.

Now, why did I take this trip down memory lane (Vietnam, Bangkok & Italy)? Well, Perth isn't just a city; it's a lifestyle. From its picturesque spots to its culinary delights, there's something for everyone. Plus, if you're planning a trip from Malaysia, it's just a breezy 5 hours and 40 minutes away. So, you see, it's all connected - the past, the present, and the promise of what's to come.

A Taste of Diversity in Perth

Stepping into Perth might feel like a teleportation to an Asian wonderland, where diversity thrives at every corner. Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Indonesians, Westerners from all walks of life, and of course, the local Aussies - it's a melting pot of cultures. Staying at a hotel? Don't be surprised if you're greeted by friendly Sri Lankan or Indian housekeepers, while young Chinese staff zip around at nearby retail outlets.

Prime Locations to Stay in Perth 
If you're wondering where to set up camp in Perth, Murray Street or Northbridge are hot picks. They're buzzing hubs with easy access to transport and a smorgasbord of dining options, including Asian cuisines. And when the sun goes down, these areas come alive with a vibrant nightlife, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring.


Exploring the Best of Perth

Alright, time to dive into the juicy part - where to go and what to do in Perth. If you're a history buff or just love soaking up diverse cultures, you're in for a treat. These spots aren't just Instagram-worthy; they're places where personal growth meets fun. Are you ready now to embark on an adventure?


History and Culture at the Western Australian Museum

At the Western Australian Museum in Perth, visitors encounter a diverse range of displays that explore the region's rich history and culture. Exhibits feature ancient Aboriginal artifacts, offering insight into the traditions and lifestyles of Australia's indigenous peoples. Galleries also highlight the stories of early European settlers, from their arrival to the development of modern-day Western Australia. With engaging visuals, interactive elements, and informative narratives, visitors embark on a captivating journey through time, gaining a deeper understanding of the area's unique heritage.

Conveniently located in the heart of Perth, the museum is easily accessible to all. However, during my visit around 4pm, I found that with the museum closing at 5pm, there was limited time to fully explore and absorb the exhibits. Additionally, I experienced some pressure to leave before closing time, with staff constantly reminding me to depart in the final minutes leading up to 5pm.

Wildlife Wonders at Perth Zoo 
At Perth Zoo, you'll discover a variety of fascinating exhibits that offer you a glimpse into the world of wildlife. From majestic lions to playful meerkats, you'll encounter a diverse range of animals from around the globe. As you wander through the zoo's themed habitats, you'll learn about conservation efforts and the importance of protecting endangered species. With interactive experiences and educational programs, your visit to Perth Zoo promises to be both entertaining and informative.

While I only had a brief two-hour visit due to other commitments, I found it truly relaxing and cool to be immersed in the natural surroundings. I wish I had more time to explore. For you, consider making Perth Zoo a half-day visit, especially if you're bringing kids who will surely love the experience.

A Musical Marvel: The Bell Tower

From the towering glass spire of the Bell Tower, one of the largest musical instruments in the world fills Perth City with its chimes. The bells are the original bells of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, the parish church of Buckingham Palace in Trafalgar Square, London, dating back to the Fourteenth Century.

While I didn't venture inside to see the ancient art of bell ringing in action or have a go at ringing the bells, nor the observation deck on the sixth floor, I still enjoyed breathtaking views of the Swan River, meeting Perth city. The moments to at least 20 minutes, to the sights of the serene Swan River, truly fulfilling in itself. Situated in Barrack Square, this award-winning attraction is just a five-minute stroll from the City Centre, making it one of the most popular must-see attractions in Perth.

As I conclude this first episode of my exploration of Perth, I've only just scratched the surface of what this vibrant city has to offer. In the next episode, I'll be uncovering even more that await in Perth. Stay tuned for the continuation of my journey.

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