Originally founded as the free settler colony on the banks of the Swan River, the settlement evolved into the largest city in Western Australia changing its name to Perth. The city still remains the seat of power for Western Australia.
As of 2009 Perth is considered the fifth most liveable city in the world. The city has been characterised as an easy going locale where the residents are friendly and the landscape is very scenic. Being near the banks of the Swan Rivers affords many spectacular views from the city’s Central Business District.
The Perth Bell Tower is a popular attraction that showcases the city’s forward thinking attitude and embrace of modern design whilst respecting traditional practices. Standing at 82.5 metres it is one of the tallest Campaniles in the world.
Created to mark the turn of the millennium, the tower attracts over a million visitors a year. Perth Bell Tower comprises of six floors, and is open from 10 am daily. Guided tours are available describing the concept and construction of the tower leading to the bell chamber. Within the chamber an expert bell ringer will explain how the rings are coordinated to make the towers distinct sound and allow visitors to partake in bell ringing as well.
The bells within the tower were donated by the city of London UK for Perth’s bicentennial celebrations. Considered the only royal bells to have ever left the UK, they date back to the 14th century. In 1988 they were recast and re-tuned by London’s famed Whitechapel bell foundry and sent to Perth.
The sixth floor of the bell tower acts as an observation deck cum events area. Here weddings and private functions can be held amidst the scenic back drop of Perth along the Swan River.
After touring the Perth Bell Tower visitors can head over to the shops located within the tower to buy souvenirs of an assorted choice to remember their visit to this most unique of modern attractions.
Visitors hoping to tour Perth will find many accommodation options to choose from. For those who prefer a more homely atmosphere, there are many serviced apartments Perth to choose from. For example the Somerset St. Georges Terrace offers elegant, centrally located Perth apartment accommodation with a host of amenities and services to suit both business and leisure travellers.