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Burswood

Burswood was once part of Rivervale and Victoria Park. It is comprised of a river peninsula north of Great Eastern Highway and also a parcel of land north of Shepperton Road. Pre-redevelopment (mainly in the 1980's) some of the land north of the highway was industrial and parts used as a rubbish tip. However, the Belmont Park Racecourse and a golf course existed here since the 1890's. Burswood Island was an unofficial name that has been in use since 1841


 
 
 
 
 

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

The front of the Intercontinental Hotel at Burswood. This was one of the original buildings in the Burswood Island Resort complex. The Resort was developed in 1985. The name Burswood was gazetted in 1993. When the Swan River colony was established in 1829, Mr Henry Camfield was granted 4 square kilometers of land here. He named it Burswood after his home town of Burrswood in Kent, England. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS001

 

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

Inside the Intercontinental Hotel. It looks fabulous and the glassed, external elevators are an added attraction. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS002

 

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

Again inside the hotel. This picture is taken from the top floor, the tenth, looking down onto a restaurant and other amenities which are located on the ground floor. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS003

 

Burswood - Casino

Burswood Casino was Western Australia's first. Inside are poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette tables, plus keno, and many poker machines. Two-up was also played here. The casino includes a high-rollers room plus a number of restaurants and bars. The Burswood Resort was constructed by and originally licenced to joint venturers Genting and Mr Dallas Dempster. In 2012 the complex was taken over by Crown Ltd (the Packer family) and was re-branded as such. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS004

 

Burswood - Dome

A stone's throw Burswood train station (previously known as Rivervale) is the Burswood Dome. It's a busy day today as the Hopman Cup (tennis) is on. The Dome has been used for sporting and musical events, amongst others. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS005 (Since demolished)

 

Burswood - Dome

The Burswood Dome now in an advanced stage demolition to make way for the construction of 1,000 car parking bays for patrons of the Crown Hotel, Convention Centre and Casino. Photo - August 2013. Photos Ref: BURS006 (Since demolished)

 

Burswood - Holiday Inn

This is the Holiday Inn Hotel in the Burswood Resort complex. This is a more recent addition to the area and was opened in August 2005. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS007

 

Burswood - Holiday Inn

Another view of the Holiday Inn Hotel in the Burswood Resort. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS008

 

Burswood - New Apartments

A large apartment block slightly to the west of the Hotel/Casino complex. The block pictured is relatively new although some have been here for over five years now. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS009

 

Burswood - New Apartments

The same apartment block as in the above photo but this time taking in another block and some low-rise houses and apartments which have been springing up nearby. This place is getting busy, and populated. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS010

 

Burswood - Crown Hotel

The Intercontinental Hotel changed its name to Crown when Crown Limited took over the resort in 2012. This is a view from the southern side of the hotel taken from the near the Water Sports complex. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS011

 

Burswood - Crown Hotel, Bridge and Fountain

This is primarily a photo of the bridge which crosses the lake behind the Convention Centre which leads to the Water Sports Centre, complete with fountain, but the Crown Hotel adds an excellent backdrop. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS012

 

Burswood - Helicopter Rides

Heliwest Scenic Flights offer helicopter rides over Perth. This is their office located to the south of the Crown Hotel, close to the Water Sports Centre. I believe they only operate from here on weekends. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS013

 

Burswood - River Pontoon

On the Swan River is this rather stylish pontoon. In the background is the Causeway eastern bridge and to the right of that is a slice of Heirisson Island. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS014

 

Burswood - Water Sports Centre

Looking down the verandah of the Water Sports Centre. Reflected in the glass you can see the pontoon and the Causeway. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS015

 

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Slightly to the west of the Burswood Crown Complex and the new apartments, and adjacent to the Perth - Armadale railway line is the State Tennis Centre. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS016

 

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Looking down from the grandstand across a couple of tennis courts. You can see how close to the rail this is. A train is passing by on its way to Armadale. You can also glimpse a section of Belmont Park railway station and the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS017

 

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Another view across the tennis courts. If the new Burswood football stadium comes to fruition, where these courts now are will be the site of a rail station, platforms and tracks etc. The Tennis Centre will have to be relocated. You can see a section of the golf course beyond the tennis courts, and that is where the football stadium may be built. In the far background are the W.A.C.A. light towers. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS018

 

Burswood - Golf Course

Rather attractive stonework and design of the main entrance to the Burswood Park Golf Course. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS019

 

Burswood - Function Centre

Just handful of metres south of the Golf Course gate is the entrance to the Burswood Park Function Centre, built with the same materials and design as the Golf Course. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS020

 

Burswood - Golf Course Sprig Bar

No golf course would be complete without the nineteenth hole. This is the Sprig Bar. Sitting out there under the sail clothes players can enjoy million-dollar views over the grass, the Swan River, and across to Perth city. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS021

 

Burswood - Golf Course Vardon Cafe

Close to the Sprig Bar is the Vardon Cafe for those who'd prefer a soft drink and a snack. You can also take in a splendid view from here. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS022

 

Burswood - Golf Course

This section of the golf course will be removed to make way for the proposed football stadium if that project eventuates, which seems a bit of a shame and a loss to local golfers, not to mention the water, the grass and the trees. Though a gain for A.F.L. fans with a projected 20,000 more seats than Subiaco Oval has to offer. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS023

 

Burswood - Hamburger Hill

Very close to the southern side of Burswood railway station is an icon that goes back decades. Hamburger Hill is so well known to many people who ever lived around here or simply just passed through, as was the very visible Swan Portland Cement works just up the road. Hamburger Hill is still here but the cement works have gone. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS024

(Since destroyed by fire)

 

Burswood - Belmont Park

This is the back-end view of the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand as seen from the train line and the passing Graham Farmer Freeway. Perth winter race meets are held here. The racecourse was opened in 1899 and in 1902 adopted its current name. On the Perth - Armadale railway is the nearby Belmont Park station. May 2008. Photos Ref: BURS025

 

Burswood - Belmont Park

Putting on a rather fine face, this is the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand from the track side. Just look at that lush green grass after all the rain we've had so far this year. Summer races meetings are held at Ascot. May 2008. Photos Ref: BURS026

 

Burswood - Belmont Park Station

Belmont Park railway station. Trains only stop here on race days. This is the southern part of the station. An old station here was known as Goodwood. It had a long, curved, wooden platform with no roof, and served the same purpose, transport for race day patrons. Prior to around 1990, crossing the Swan River by rail was on a single track over the wooden Bunbury Bridge. Early 1990's rail electrification included the construction of dual track between Burswood and Claisebrook and a new, concrete river bridge. January 2012. Photos Ref: BURS027

 

Burswood - New Stadium

The new sport's stadium in Burswood on what used to be part of the golf course. The stadium is really taking shape as you can see. May 2016. Photos Ref: BURS028

 

Burswood - New Stadium Station

Next to the new stadium is the railway station that will service that facility. This is slightly south of the Belmont Park station. The rail lines will be re-routed through here. The existing lines are off to the left. The station is due to open in 2018. May 2016. Photos Ref: BURS029


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