“Only when you drink from the river of silence, shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
- The Prophet.
This verse is written on a brass plaque at Point Heathcote in memorial to Academy Award winning actor, Heath Ledger who grew up in Perth.
I’ve been a fan of Heath for many years and have photos of him all over my office, so when we decided to go for a Sunday outing by the river, visiting one of Heath’s spots seemed like a nice idea, especially as we’d never been before.
The plaque is flanked by two chessboards for his friends (and the public) to play whilst overlooking the city. Heath was a keen chess player and I’ve read that on his passing, his family gave pieces of his treasured chess set to his closest friends. It’s a beautiful view from the top of the hill and lovely to think of his spirit watching the sun rise and set over the city every day.
Heathcote in Applecross, sits high on a hill overlooking the Canning and Swan rivers with views out to the CBD. From the 1920s to the early 1990s Heathcote was used a a mental health facility. It has since been restored and redeveloped as a heritage spot and features stunning views, native plants and a walk down the hill to the banks of the river.
There’s a kiosk and a cafe as well as one of the most amazing playgrounds I’ve seen (especially since the old wooden playground was replaced at Freo Esplanade). It’s wooden and nautically themed with pirate ships and a giant shark.
Whilst it was overcast and the flies were maddening, it was warm with a pleasant breeze and we enjoyed our time here. We hope to come back when the weather is better and we have some money for the cafe. It’d be lovely to sit and watch the sun set from up here on a balmy evening.
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