Bells and a jetty

Swan Bells, Western Australian Tourism Commission

Barrack Square, at the water’s edge south of the city, is where you’ll find the Swan Bells and the ferry jetty. The Barrack Street Jetty is the departure point for ferry services to Fremantle, South Perth, Rottnest Island and Carnac Island, along with various leisure cruises on the Swan River and to the vineyards of the Swan Valley. Behind Jetty 6 is the Willem de Vlamingh Memorial, which features a sundial indicating Amsterdam time and many historical references.

The Swan Bells consist of 18 ‘change-ringing’ bells, which form the largest set in the world. Twelve of the bells, given to the state in 1988 by the British government, come from London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields church. The bell tower – which cost $6 million to build amid great controversy – offers galleries from which you can view the bellringers and the bells in action. A viewing platform at the top of the bell tower provides excellent views of the river and city. Barrack Sq, cnr Barrack St and Riverside Dr; (08) 6210 0444; open from 10am daily, closing times vary seasonally (check the website,; full bell ringing 12–1pm Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat–Sun.

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