The project is not totally complete as a few buildings with both residential and office space are still to be constructed in the next 5 to 7 years.
About four million people are expected to visit this area every year and when all completed, about 10 thousand people will work there.
Just for the inauguration day today 25 thousand people were expected!
We managed an early evening visit, as the day was far too hot at 38C and we waited until sundown to leave home.
The area was packed with people wandering around and enjoying all the entertainment on offer, and the kids were having lots of fun at the water park.
|Kids having fun in the water park. The Swan bells Tower at the end|
By the bridge a sculpture by Noongar artist Laurel Nannup - a 5 mt high bird with wings stretched on a boat, tells the story of how the Aboriginal people saw the arrival of the British colonists on the sailing ships.
|Me in front of the Bird statue|
The double arch over the bridge was packed with people awaiting the light and music show that would start at 8pm.
A bit of a disappointment...maybe because we were on the bridge quite far away from the music and water show, so couldn't see or hear much...
The launch events will run for 3 weeks, including laser and water shows projected from the water at 8pm until 10pm daily (every half an hour for 10 minutes).
|You can see the thousands of people lining the bridge|
The Swan bells Tower, and to the left are the balls from where the laser light show would later start
|From those massive balls sprouted water for the water show (hardly visible from the bridge)|
|More rides for the kids|
|A view of the city and the artwork at the entry to Elizabeth Quay|
Another massive sculpture - Spanda - by WA artist Chritian de Vietri, represents water ripples. The 20 metre high scultpure cost 1,3 million dollars, can you believe that?
|Florence Hummerston kiosk (still in the finishing stages)|
After the visit we wanted to have dinner, but the entry to the pop-up restaurants in the area had huge queues and we opted to go further up to the city centre to find a restaurant. The city proved to be a bit emptier, everybody must have been at the opening...
There will be restaurants in the area, but they will only open at the end of February.
We returned home at 10,30 pm and it was still 35C, luckily there was a bit of a breeze...
I'll leave you with a picture taken in September 2014 of Elizabeth Quay under construction.
What a difference, and in my opinion I was pleasantly surprised at how good it all looks!
|The future Elizabeth Quay - expected to look like this when all the buildings are constructed|