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Welcome to OUR capital city of Western Australia

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University of Western Australia (UWA) is the largest university in Western Australia, based in Perth. The university focuses on an academic education of general subjects and elite sports and health education, UWA have a large football field and six International Standard tennis courts. Olympic-standard 50 metre swimming pool and small Australian-standards basketball courts will be built along its edges of the university. UWA is famous for its amazing University City, where you can find IMAX Cinemas, large shopping centre, 3 bus terminals, large palm tree parkland, many apartment highrises and its beautiful tree-lined streets. University City was built in 2006, and before that UWA was nothing more than a vacant block of grasslands with few 1850s university buildings - nothing special. But now, it is safe for us to say it is an Australia's new world university.

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UWA and University City with a busy motorway running around the university, along the coastline. You can see the big curve-shaped roof building [centre], it is the University Library where you can find over 50,000 resources and books, including textbooks. Car parking is scarce in UWA, it is the reason why UWA have their own university-loop bus services and its bus routes connecting to the most of Perth.

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The beautiful Castle Hill dominates UWA. It is the first nature park officially launched in Perth, in 1846. A lot of university students come to this hill during the lunch break to enjoy its world-class view of Perth skyline from the summit of Castle Hill.

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Some of the student dormintaries, but only 30% of university students temporarily live here. Most of the university students still live with the parents, or have their own house, rented a flat or apartment nearby. This student dormintaries is rather cheap - at $195 per week, compared to Perth-wide rent average of $330 per week.

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Gaughlin Building, which it was built in 1852, it was the only university building until Collins House (built in 1893). Gaughlin Building now is a centre for visual art, architecture, and its relating subjects. Collins House is UWA Administrastion Building.

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UWA have their own bus terminal, which it is under the control of TransPerth. Over 30 bus lines connect to UWA from the suburbs, either direct route or via city centre. University of Western Australia have their own university-loop bus services, which it is called University Metro, where you can catch bus from the end of university to an other end of the university, or to the students dormitaries.

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Notice the two circular buildings? It was the oil/fuel storage way back in the 1920s. Half of the UWA's property in 1920s is owned by Seaports Perth, which it was the major sea port trading centre until UWA took over and closed it in 1935 but decided to keep the oil/fuel storage tanks. It was transformed into a Multiplex in 2004.

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PerthUnderground UWA Station. Yet again, UWA have so many different public transport options to travel around. With this underground rail network, you can catch a train from UWA Station to Perth Station, or anywhere in Perth that it is covered by underground rail. Most of people going to somewhere else, stop at Perth Station because it is the largest bus/train terminal in Western Australia - it is the largest interchange as well.

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UWA's international standard football field and its seating stands. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, this stadium is booked out for elite football trainings, but on the other times, it is heavily used by either community-use, personal-use or just for fun.

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Six international-standard tennis courts can be found at UWA Campus, and a lot of tennis players prefer this tennis courts rather than the tennis courts up at Perth Sports Complex because it is an international standard, and it is cheap to use, while owned by University of Western Australia.

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UWA's Library Centre. You can find over 40,000 resources, text books or books here - very ideal for university students. To borrow a book, or an item, you need an university ID card to prove yourself as a student.

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UWA and Energyperth jointly owned these windmills to provide a renewable source of electricity for UWA only. It is the recognisable "landmark" on the top of Castle Hill.

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A gobsmacking views of Perth skyline from the summit of Castle Hill. Every day, students come up to here to take a look at this amazing view during their lunch breaks. But mind you, over 200,000 people cram here for the New Years Eve because it is only suitable spot to watch fireworks somewhere near the city centre. If you don't want to, you will have to put up with a distant view of Perth city with NYE fireworks way back from Perth Hills, 50km away.

Comment on what you think of University of Western Australia! Next update will be filled with random and general pictures of Perth, so tune in! :D

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2 | More snapshots

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City of Perth view from a helicopter this morning! It is definately a winner for an photo competition. You can see UWA Campus [lower right] and some of the student dormitories [lower centre], along with Perth skyline being blocked by amazing Castle Hill.

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Flinders Park, the large and recognisable parkland right in the middle of Perth. It was established in 1893 as a cementary, but later changed to a "Central Park" for Perth. It is one of most beautiful and important park in the city, especially during autumn.

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Willis Tower, the first skyscraper built in Perth. The town planners planned that the places surrounding Flinders Park will be the location for towering city centre of Perth. But it changed in 1930s when the town planners decide to move the location of city centre slightly to east... leaving Willis Tower isolated - but also very very very important to Perth because it is only remaining pre-1930 building left in Perth.

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Perth-City Airport, built right on the cliffs and with a high-risk of erosion caused by Swan River. Perth-City Airport is a small regional airstrip less than five minutes of drive away from CBD Perth... well, depends on the traffic. :P A lot of people want to live near Perth-City Airport because it is very quiet airport, and it is located right on a perfect location.

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Perth-City Airport, Perth city skyline and eastern suburbs. Pretty amazing? :D

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Perth International Airport, located up to 20km away from the CBD. As you may notice, Terminal 1 (for Domestic only) have finished its construction, including the car parks and Airport Central business district. Terminal 2 (for International only) is due to complete the construction in 2012.

Tune in for next amazing update! :D

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Perth skyline dominates everything in this barren landscape, with the population of nearly 700,000 residents and is still growing at a considerable rate. Perth will projected to reach one million people sooner than what we all first thought. Perth was a slum Swan River Valley town less than 40 years ago, and now, it is safe for us to say it is Australia's New World City.

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Now you are driving on one of the most busiest motorway in Perth, Eastern M5, which it connects the eastern suburbs into the city centre via Perth-City Airport (small regional airport). Every day, between 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm, this motorway would be choked with over 80,000 cars driving on it during the peak hour. Greater Perth City Council are working out how to fix this traffic crisis. [This picture was taken during midday, lol, the reason why there are few cars

:P]

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University of Western Australia [uWA]'s student dormintaries along Fadden Park. Over 30% of UWA students live here, and it sits right next to the famous "landmark" Castle Hill which it dominates UWA's University City skyline and surrounding suburbs. UWA sits along the riverfront of Swan River facing Perth City Centre.

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A stunning view of Perth, with Waterfront City [far left], UWA's University City [centre] and Perth City Centre skyline

, with a beautiful view of Swan River drifting through the city.

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City of Perth have invested $885 million toward Perth Docklands and inner city developments. Let's wonder what City of Perth will develop on this abandoned hectares of grassland right in the middle of city? Comment what you think it should be built in this area. See the big old building, on the far right of picture, this is the Museum of Western Australia, built in 1892/1893.

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Perth Hospital, right in the city centre, is home to a tall water tower which it is easily to recognise from up to 20 kilometres away. Perth Hospital is one of the largest hospital in Western Australia, but there are one hospital which it is currently under construction which it will be even more larger and more beds and its capacity. Perth Hospital first built in 1911 but greatly expanded in late 1990s. The Water Tower, is officially recognised as The Larrakin.

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Novotel Hotel Perth City

and Perth Convention Centre

is one of the most promicient and important landmark in inner west Perth, and it is one of the most modern building in the city, rising above of all old 1800s/1900s terrace homes and apartments.

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Myer Centre Perth City is the largest shopping "city" in Western Australia, it is home to 3,926 different retail, take away stores and different groceries, clothes and supplies shops. Myer Centre Perth City was built in 2003 right on George Street, Collins Street, Albert Street and Elizabeth Alley. Over 22,000 people come and visit Myer Centre Perth City during weekends, and this shopping "city" is right next door to Perth Station, the largest bus/train terminal in Perth.

This city, DO NOT replicate exactly as real-life Perth, but overall, it do look like Perth generally :) More pictures will be uploaded soon. The next update will be about University of Western Australia and its campus, including the pictures of the most beautiful university, student dormintaries and Castle Hill Nature Park. In real life, Perth is fourth largest city in Australia, behind Brisbane, with the population of 1.5 million people. (Brisbane population is nearly 2.4 million). Tune in for next update!!! Cheers. :)

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