Perth Zoo has been an essential element of Perth’s social and cultural development over several decades. In addition, it became my second home during my primary school years. I, convinced zoölogy was my calling, studied the biological majesty of all creatures great and small. Indeed, when contemplating the existence of flora and fauna, it’s difficult acknowledging how everything we know came to being. Though normal to us mere mortals, native and international animals always draw ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from people the world over.
The zoo, though considered much less entertaining than the i-Pad or smart phone, leave us in an awe-inspiring trance. Perth Zoo, opened in 1898 with only six staff members, first included two bar enclosures, a monkey exhibit, mammal house, and model castle for Guinea Pigs. It, drawing locals and tourists, had roughly 53, 000 visitors in its first nine months. Today, the marvel is home to over 1200 animals of more than 160 species. Today’s Perth Zoo, bathing in sunlight, is still one of the City of Perth’s most interesting and unique attractions.
Due to our scorching summers and freezing winters, our climate is almost inhospitable for most African, Asian and South American animals. Indeed, during any Winter’s day, many of these creatures would either be sleeping inside or…sleeping outside. However, the exhibits – including the Australian Walkabout, African Savannah, Asian Rainforest, Primates, Nocturnal House, South American Birds, Wetlands, and Reptile House – are worth the admittedly inflated price.
Find out more: Perth Zoo Website
The City of Fremantle is known for sun, sand, good food and better music. In almost every pub or club, some of Western Australia’s best bands are shredding, swearing, and shouting their way to the top of the state’s pop-culture ladder. Indeed, the coastal abode, for decades, has delivered some of Australia’s biggest names and talents. This time around, the Buffalo Club, Navy Club, National Hotel, and PS Art Space played host to a slew of top-shelf performers for July’s Hidden Treasures 2015. The crowds and bars, emitting that salty, vibrant atmosphere, young Perthians and Freo folk know and love, amped up the already buzzing atmosphere. Bands from Shit Narnia, Methyl Ethel, Mt. Mountain, and Matt Cal gave us plenty to hoot, holler, and howl about. I, along with Rotunda Media critic Jasmine Uitermark, went along to capture a slice of the manic, electrifying festivities.
The Walk of Fame.
Over the course of one week, I got the chance to soak in the scalding hot sun, glowing nostalgia, and pleasant vibes of Los Angeles. LA – the city in which dreams, heartaches, and regrettable sexual favours are dealt out to naive hopefuls – is one of the world’s most epic and unique cities. With a grittiness stretching from Hollywood Boulevard to Compton, the city’s urban-warfare-fuelled history still resides in the tar-laden roads linking Beverley Hills to the slums. With the Boulevard my one-and-only target, I took immediately to the mirage-inducing landscapes and peculiar personalities on offer. Whilst walking down the saucy district, souvenir shops, angry locals, excited tourists, and cumbersome homeless folk strummed up soulful beats that echoed on for miles. Fulfilling my aspirations, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and Universal Studios all lived up to my frenzied expectations. In addition, Paramount Pictures’ studio tour delivers an eclectic insight into the ins and out of the studio system. Beware – everything is designed to fool you! Meanwhile, the Hollywood Museum provided a rich and decadent experience to cling onto. So, sit back…relax…and enjoy the view! I sure did.
Nearly every big-budget feature film rests on the Cannes Film Festival‘s iconic and impressionistic vibe. With critics buzzing around the city, and audiences holding onto ridiculous expectations, each major cinematic effort aims to please. From Hollywood Oscar hopefuls to small-time international gems, each film comes to the Cannes Film Festival with the best of intentions. However, not all of them succeed. Having just held its 67th festival, Cannes is a picturesque backdrop for celebrities and their frivolous lifestyles. A wander through the streets will take you from gritty neighbourhoods, to classy shopping districts, to sun-drenched beaches. However, the best part of Cannes is the sumptuous views. Overlooking the seaside city, tourists and locals share the joys embedded in this city. Recently, I headed to Cannes to take in its cinematic glow, awe-inspiring culture, and gorgeous scenery. The casino district, setting up the film festival’s red carpet hotspot when I was there, put on a show as construction workers, security guards, and festival volunteers put on a show of their own.