Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chopper Squad

Steve and I both had birthdays recently, and Mum and Dad gave Steve a gift voucher for a half hour helicopter ride along Perth coastline. As it sounded like fun, I used my birthday money and bought a ticket as well.


It's interesting how different your city looks from another perspective, and how beautiful - you take where you live for granted sometimes I think. Perth has a wonderful coastline and the colours were gorgeous.

This photo is specifically for my friend Kerry. Kerry, this is the shrine of WA football - Subiaco Oval. I took this a few hours before Hawthorn came along and beat the Dockers on Saturday.

This is the Causeway at the eastern end of the city, and that piece of land in the middle is called Herrison Island. I never knew how big it was. That white dome thing behind Herrison Island is the Burswood Dome, and the tall grey blob in front of that is Burswood Casino and Resort.

One of Perth's fantastic beaches, although in the excitement of the helicopter ride, I've quite forgotten which one it is! We have fabulous white sand.

Further north up the coast is Hillary's Marina, which is heading towards the northern point of Perth suburbia. I was surprised how picturesque this was from the air, all those lovely colours. The diamond shaped white building to the left of the red roofs is what used to be called Underwater World, but I have an idea it's now called AQWA. It's a place worth visiting if you are ever in Perth.

This is the port of Fremantle, and this part here is where all the containers get stored from off the big ships. This is the start (or is it the end?) of the Swan River, where it meets the Indian Ocean.

This is the city of Perth, by gee we don't have many tall buildings compared to Melbourne or Sydney. See that long flat thing in front of the buildings? That is our controversial Convention Centre that everyone hates. If I have my facts right it's meant to represent a gum leaf, but with the appealing (not) concrete sort of colour that it is, that concept has failed dismally. Personally I think it needs some fantastic Indigenous art all over it. The bridge in the foreground is the Narrows Bridge, spanning the Swan River that you can see snaking off into the distance.


Steve is smiling, he and I had a good time. Nothing like a bit of an adventure from time to time!

7 comments:

the Infamous Gnomes said...

Over on the west coast, you have fabulous white beaches, yes, and great white sharks, too!

Fel said...

I really need to start saving...

Di's SnippitS said...

Fantastic pictures Dy. It makes me really look forward to our helicopter ride over the Katherine Gorges in July

Feli said...

I did a Heli ride over Dreamworld a while back and IT WAS SCARY! but then I am scared of hights and I am petrified of flying.

Glad that you had a great time and thanks for the photos.

Gerry said...

What a beautiful view! You are more brave than I....chopper scare the bajeebers out of me. LOL.

Tanya Brown said...

Beautiful. I love the various shades of blue you captured, as well as the contrast between beach and water or towns and water. That must have been the fast half hour ever!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photos Dy, what a great experience! I was smiling even before I read that the photo of Subie (Suby didnt look right) was for me:) One day.....
I like that your city doesnt have a lot of tall buildings and I love the river - just beautiful.
KLM