WA Day festivities in Perth have concluded with a spectacular drone show.
The weather held out all weekend, providing perfect conditions for the largest drone show ever in the state to illuminate the clear night sky.
The public holiday and annual festival held at Burswood Park recognizes all West Aussies, including First Nations people, early European settlers, and anyone who calls the great state home.
Punters brace themselves for the cold weather to see some familiar shapes in lights, including the swan – WA’s bird emblem.
Other drones described “our way WA.”
Camera icon The Matagarup Bridge provided the perfect backdrop for the unique spectacle. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian
The Matagarup Bridge provided the perfect backdrop for the unique spectacle.
The free carnival started at noon in ideal weather conditions and hosted various activities for children, adults, and everyone.
PerthNow’s carnival zone was buzzing with youngsters enjoying the bumper cars and teapot rides—which didn’t cost their parents a dime.
COVID-19 restrictions have put a dent in the social calendars of many over the past two years, so it was one of the first major family-friendly festivals since the opening of WA’s borders.
Nine-year-old Philip Manurung said he loved WA because it was Australia’s largest state.
Camera IconWA Day festivities in Perth have concluded with a spectacular drone show. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian
“It’s a pretty happy state,” Philip told The West as he watched a magician perform magic tricks on stage.
“I also like to swim at City Beach.”
Jonah Emmerton-Smith, 9, who donned purple after Fremantle’s win over the weekend, said his favorite thing about WA was the Dockers.
“My favorite players are Michael Walters and Nat Fyfe,” said Jonah.
Paying tribute to traditional landowners, the festival also brought an immersive Whadjuk Dreaming experience to the BHP family zone.
Camera icon Weather held out all weekend, providing perfect conditions for the state’s largest drone show to illuminate the clear night sky. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian
There were also big screens, food trucks, and a licensed zone for the over-18s.
Four WA Chairman Michael Anghie said the event was very important as WA emerged from COVID-19.
“There are a lot of people who have been through tough times and a lot of salespeople here, the people who set up the stages, the bands – all those people have been through tough times,” Mr. Anghie said.
“So it’s a real chance to celebrate. We want to make it accessible to everyone. We create work, and hopefully, we support the economy.”
Mr. Anghie said he was delighted with the “perfect weather”.