WHAT TO DO IN SUBIACO
Our apartments are all located in Subiaco, so we have produced a guide outlining some of Subiaco’s best attractions. The suburb is known affectionately by the locals as “Subi” and is about 4km west of Perth’s city centre.
Subiaco Train Station is at the northern end of Rokeby Road and provides a fast train connection to both Perth City and Fremantle. The 97 bus operates daily from the train station, along Rokeby Road to the QE2 Medical Centre and the University of Western Australia. Buses also run along Roberts Road, Hay Street, Bagot Road, Hamersley Road and Nicholson Road. There is also a good bike path that links Subiaco to Perth City and beyond. The best option for getting around Subi is to walk!
RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
Subiaco is renowned for its eateries which range from fast food to fine dining. With over 130 cafes and restaurants, most culinary cultures are covered. Enjoy Thai, Indian, French, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Japanese, Moroccan, African, Brazilian and modern Australian food. For fine dining try Bistro des Artistes, Bistro Felix or The Witch’s Cauldron. Other highly rated restaurants include Meeka (Moroccan), Lapa (Brazilian), Six Senses or Lanna (Thai), Cheers (Japanese) and Tao Cafe (Asian) . For a great burger try Jus Burgers or Grill’d Burgers.
There seems to be a café around each corner in Subi serving great coffee. Some of the standouts are Stimulatte, La Veen Espresso, Boucla, Café Café, Brew Ha and Spring Espresso.
PUBS AND BARS
From the smaller intimate venues, like Gold Bar, Pure Bar and Juanita’s, to the bigger bustling Subiaco Hotel, The Village Bar and The Vic Hotel, having a drink in Subi is well covered. Also try the Irish pub Paddy Maguires.
Subiaco is famous for shopping with the focal points being Rokeby Road and Hay Street. There are over 70 fashion stores so you will be treated to a good selection of shops presenting ladies fashion, jewellery, accessories and homewares. The fashion stores are mixed in well with a variety of banks, chemists, doctors, dentists, optometrists, hairdressers, newsagents and the grocery stores of Coles, Woolworths and Farmer Jacks. The Saturday morning Subiaco Farmers Market adds another shopping dimension.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Perth’s most famous park, Kings Park, borders Subiaco. It comprises over 400 hectares of gardens and bushland, and includes walking trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Spectacular views of the city and river can be found on the eastern side of the park together with the attractive botanic gardens and war memorials.
There are many other parks throughout Subiaco including Market Square Park near the train station; the tranquil Theatre Gardens on Bagot Road; Mueller Park with its beautiful old trees and Subiaco Common with its exotic species, water features and artwork.
Other smaller parks include Richard Diggins Park on Park Street and Rankin Gardens on Rokeby Road with its fragrant old roses and Norfolk Island Pines. Century old Moreton Bay Fig trees line Roberts Road near Subiaco Square.
ART AND CULTURE
For art and culture buffs, Subi has art galleries such as Gallery 360, Lister Gallery, Indigenart, and Linton and Kay. Subiaco Museum on Rokeby Road, showcases the rich history of Subiaco and provides walking guides for visitors. The art deco Regal Theatre and the Subiaco Art Centre have a continuous variety of shows for those keen for entertainment. Shows range from comedy, dance, contemporary and classic plays to music concerts. If you are here in early December, the street festival sees Rokeby Road closed for the evening and a variety of food stalls, novelty goods and entertainers are on show.
During the summer months, Sunday evenings (between 5-7pm) are filled with a selection of free community music concerts held at various parks around Subi. On winter afternoons from 2pm there are similar concerts in the Subiaco Art Centre.
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
The area was settled in 1851 by Italian Benedictine Monks. The Monks named the suburb after the town of Subiaco, Italy. Subiaco has a surprising blend of architecture and streetscapes spanning across more than 100 years. Some of the oldest houses are in Park Street; iron roofed timber cottages built in the early 1900s. Many beautiful character homes grace the narrow streets of “Old Subi”. In contrast there is Subi Centro; a modern housing and shopping development centred around the sunken Subiaco railway station and Subiaco Square.
SPORT AND RECREATION
Lords Recreation has multiple indoor courts catering for basketball, soccer, volleyball, netball, tennis and squash. Lords also has an indoor pool, spa and gym. Gym facilities can also be found at Fitness First, Plus Fitness 24/7 and Fuller Fitness.
The outdoor pool at Subiaco Primary School is open in the hotter summer months and is accessible for a small fee. Two free tennis courts are provided by the council and are located at the southern end of Rokeby Road.
Subiaco is perfectly located for access to several important hospitals; Princess Margaret, King Edward Memorial, St John of God, as well as Sir Charles Gairdner and Hollywood Private in Nedlands and the Mount Hospital in Perth.
ATTRACTIONS NEAR SUBIACO
Here is a list of other significant attractions and facilities within a 5-10 minute drive of Subiaco:
University of WA
Matilda Bay Reserve and river foreshore
Kings Park Botanical Gardens and War Memorials
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Matthews Netball Centre
City Beach and Floreat Beach
Perry Lakes Reserve
Bendat Basketball Centre
State Athletics Stadium