Sunday, 27 January 2019

My Australia Day

I met up with Grace and husband P at Perth Underground Station and they showed me around the new Yagan Square area. I haven't been in the city for a few months and hadn't yet been there.
After lunch in one of Yagan Square's eateries we walked to the Northbridge area where some of Perth's Fringe Festival venues.

You might have seen the Perth sign in Grace's blog post on the 25th  Me pointing to the Portuguese flag
Yagan Square
Fringe Festival venues

At 4pm we were back at Underground Station to welcome Iris and husband Ingo who arrived from Germany yesterday. They consider Perth their second home and love to holiday here but had never been for Australia Day before.
After coffee in the Forrest Chase area, Grace and P left, and Iris, Ingo and I walked towards the river to try and get a good seat for the fireworks. We arrived around 5,30 and managed to get a front row spot 😉.

People sitting by the Swan River awaiting for the fireworks. Two "kangaroos" jumping around

Fireworks would be starting at 8pm, and at 7,30 pm two young ladies managed to squeeze through when we were busy standing and chatting and just sat right in front of me.
I wasn't happy, and told them we had been sitting there for a while and they had just blocked my view, so they just moved slightly to the left. Not perfect, but better as I at least was able to see the fireworks.
But before we watched the stunning sunset behind the suburb of South Perth on the other side of the city.
Two helicopters fly the Australian flag over the Swan River. Me sitting with our picnic

Sunset in South Perth

It was a fabulous 30 minutes of fireworks, 43000 fireworks were used, and it was considered the best ever in Perth with 300 thousand people attending the event.

On the way to the Perth train Station, it took a while to get through the crowds, but after 10 minutes I managed to enter the station and get onto a waiting train.
Luckily when there are events in Perth, Transperth puts a lot more trains and they also have free train access to they can evacuate the station quickly.

Photo of Elizabeth Quay and the city buildings behind
My video of the last couple of minutes of fireworks:


  1. Fabulous shots Sami. Looks like you found a really good spot. I wish we had stayed now, next year definitely :)It looked ok at Elizabeth Quay too, people were on the bridge and in deck chairs around the front edge. See you Monday xox

    1. Thanks Grace. We managed a front row spot :) Next year for sure!

  2. Your fireworks views are incredible!

  3. It was a great time, thank you, Sami!

    1. It was a pleasure, I loved having company at the fireworks too :)

  4. Photos and video both great. Good on you for standing up to the pair of interlopers.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Andrew. I'm not the confrontational type but really wasn't happy that they just barged in without even asking.

  5. That looks like a very nice festival, your photos of the fireworks are amazing.

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    1. It certainly was, thanks for your visit Marie.

  7. Wow! These pictures are amazing, and I adore the fireworks. Everything looks so exciting! Hugs...RO

  8. Dearest Sami,
    That was a memorable Australia Day with expert fireworks.
    Too bad that your view-blocker moved into your lens towards the end...
    Love your photos from the Quay and across the river!

  9. Fabulous photographs and I enjoyed your fireworks video.

    All the best Jan

  10. I thought I missed something, but I guess not. Your photos of the fireworks are amazing, as is the video. I loved seeing them because I can't get good firework photos with my new camera.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I couldn't get good fireworks photos either until I discovered there is a specific setting for fireworks and now they look great :) I have a simple Canon camera, so I'm sure all new cameras must have that option.


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