Perth, Australia

We saw several anhingas as we bicycled around Perth.

Matilda Bay

The Swan Bell Tower and the thriving old port area full of cafés and ferries bring together locals and tourists.

The newly opened, and much criticized by the locals, Swan Bell Tower is home to the original bells from St. Martin’s in the Fields Church in London.

Queen’s Park has a replica of the Peter Pan statue in London.

Queen’s Park offers peaceful grounds near Perth’s busy city center.

Black swan

The Swan River runs through Perth, a city known for black swans and their cygnets.

2 May 2001 – Jim and I rented bikes and explored Perth this afternoon. What a great day! We stopped inside Queen’s Park to see the famous black swans and cygnets and then rode on fantastic bike paths around much of the Swan River. We passed Trinity College with its ideal location on the Swan, stopped at the new modern Swan Tower, which houses bells from St. Martin’s in the Fields, and sped by a handful of new luxury flats for sale before stopping for a quick tuna sandwich at a local café on the dock. Afterwards we took off for Matilda Bay and Western Australia University on the other side of the loop. The perfect sunny weather (low 20s C or mid 70sF), along with a constant cooling breeze on the best bike paths we've encountered made the day simply splendid.

Bell Tower