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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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