After having a refurbishment completed last July, the InterContinental Perth Burswood changed its name to Crown Metropol, and the Holiday Inn Perth Burswood changed its name to Crown Promenade reflecting the branding of the two hotels at the Crown Melbourne operation.
The new Crown Metropol Perth offers a world-class luxury facility, with fully refurbished floor foyers, guest rooms, suites and lobby areas. The new ISIKA Spa, ISIKA Hair and Body Bar and ISIKA Fitness have also opened at the property. The hotel offering is complemented by Crown's premium dining portfolio, including restaurant brands such as Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, Nobu Perth, Modo Mio Cucina Italiana and Bistro Guillaume. Surrounding the hotels are parklands, theatres, convention and sporting facilites, as well as the Swan River.
Erythrina crista-galli is a flowering tree in the family Fabaceae, native to Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, most notably in California, USA, South Africa and Australia. It is known by several common names within South America: Ceibo, seíbo (Spanish), corticeira (Portuguese) and the more ambiguous bucaré, to name a few. In English it is often known as the Cockspur Coral Tree.
The ceibo is the national tree of Argentina, and its flower the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay. This species characteristically grows wild in gallery forest ecosystems along watercourses, as well as in swamps and wetlands. In urban settings, it is often planted in parks for its bright red flowers. Here it is seen growing in Kings Park in Perth, Western Australia.
Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre (1,003-acre) park located on the western edge of the central business district in Perth, Western Australia. The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland. With panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range, it is home to over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River.
It is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia, being visited by over five million people each year. The park is larger than New York's Central Park which is 3.41 km². Besides tourist facilities Kings Park contains the State War Memorial, the Royal Kings Park Tennis club and a reservoir. The streets are tree lined with individual plaques dedicated by family members to Western Australian service men and women who died in World War I and World War II.
During September of each year Kings Park hosts Australia's largest wildflower show and exhibition - the Kings Park Festival. I was lucky enough to be in Perth for this, so a visit to Kings Park was de rigueur!
While Perth certainly isn't the most conveniently located city in Australia, it offers a fantastic mix of exciting activities, great weather, and stunningly pretty natural attractions. A manageable plane trip from other Australian cities, the population centre of the country's west coast is one of several must-see locations in Australia. Accessing Perth is fairly simple – the city is connected to other Australian centres by road. Given that there's a not-so-simple fifteen-hour drive to manage from the nearest major city, it's best that visitors travel to Perth by air. Flights depart from major East Coast cities several times daily, and from as far abroad as Dubai and Bangkok on a daily basis.
Perth's CBD may not have the height of Melbourne's or the sprawl of Sydney's, but it still offers a lot to visitors in need of a rapid shopping session. Take to the central city and keep your credit card handy, as Perth certainly isn't short on boutique shops. From luxury brands to niche goods, you're unlikely to have trouble finding a unique gift, funky souvenir, or interesting home addition here. The Mall is certainly a place to explore with heritage buildings like the Town Hall, London Court, historic shopfronts and hotels, as well as modern shopping arcades and a variety of specialty shops.
The Swan River begins at Wooroloo Brook a point at which the Avon River meets the brook and becomes the Swan River. The Swan River then flows for approximately 67km to Fremantle exiting from the harbour into the Indian Ocean.
The river is a grand waterway running through Perth and along its banks there are many reserves, parks, water sport facilities, hotels and entertainment & recreation centres. The wildlife and waterbirds enjoy the water also, of course! This post is part of the Water World Wednesday meme, and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme, and also part of the Nature Footsteps Waters meme.