The reason I say no local will thank me is because of the breakdown of Commonwealth money distribution. Perth is arguably the most isolated city in the world, with its nearest city of any substance being Adelaide, but you would never know that when you visit. It is a sophisticated city, with plenty of art, culture, sports and entertainment for the masses. Western Australians always argue that they don't get a fair share of the Commonwealth pie but then most states do that. WA's at times feel like they are the forgotten Australians, so far from anywhere important, and there is some justification for this.
I managed to spy one old car, broken down, but there are very few old cars on the streets and highways. On the river and seas is an endless number of boats.
The streets are litter free, trains and buses run to time and work well. Perth's transport card works instantly at readers, unlike our Melbourne Myki card, and R noted the balance shows on the screen. If there is graffiti, I never saw any, which is quite remarkable along train lines (ah, maybe there was a little on the Fremantle train line). Road lines and pedestrian markings are all freshly painted and clear. Street signage is excellent. Train station signage is clear, as is bus stop information. Trains and buses are quite new and serve well.
We were puzzled about our public transport tickets.The tickets lasted for two hours but it seems for one journey to your destination, not for a return trip within the two hours. You could catch a ferry, train and bus within that two hours to get to your destination on the one ticket, but only to get to your destination, not to return, even if that was within two hours. That is very different to how our system works where you can simply travel for two hours, in any direction on tram, bus or train. Oh dear, we cheated.
Buses are free to use within the city and there is a terrific dedicated four route free bus service operating on a frequent level to get you around the city up until 8pm.
Are the locals friendly? I have no reason to say not, although that may not be the case if you are Australian born of Asian heritage, as I heard earlier in my Perth posts. There is an adequate number of foreign students to make the city busy and interesting and Western Australians must becoming used to 'different' faces in their midst.
The city has mixed old and restored buildings with brand new towers in a manner that I can think of happening no where else. I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but I thought it all worked together very well.
I thought this was an interesting building.
And I didn't mind this one, which quite dominates the skyline from many vantage points.
But unless something miraculous happens at the top of this building as it is completed, yuk, just another boring glass building.
This apartment building viewable from our studio is fairly cheaply built but yet some work has gone into the design and I find it quite interesting.
I'll leave you with a 17 second video of our rough crossing to Rottnest Island. For once it wasn't entirely me who was responsible for the camera shakes. A couple of the ferry staff were very handsome young men, who happened to get into my shot quite accidentally.