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 Felix. 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 Boucla, Yelo, Karibu Café, Psychomug, Brew Ha, Architects & Heroes and Spring Espresso. For churros and chocolate visit San Churro.
PUBS AND BARS
From the smaller intimate venues, like Gold 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.
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 at Subiaco Primary School 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.
Next time you are staying in Perth, and require short term accommodation in Subiaco, why not check out Dowler Apartments.
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.
Staying in Subiaco? Whether its short, medium or long term accommodation, why not contact Dowler Apartments.
THE TOP 5 BEACHES NEAR SUBIACO
Whether you’re here for a few days or a few weeks, make your stay in Subiaco a memorable one by visiting some of Perth’s best beaches. From tranquil calm waters through to thrilling waves for adventure-seekers, Perth has a beach for everyone.
At Dowler Apartments Subiaco, we’re passionate about providing quality long and short term accommodation in Subiaco. To help you get the most out of your stay with us, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite beaches close by to satisfy all types of travellers.
Gone are the days of long term hotel accommodation situated far from the centre of the action. With Dowler Apartments Subiaco, you’re never more than a short drive away from the best beaches, entertainment and shopping that Subiaco has to offer. Arguably one of Perth’s most famous beaches, Scarborough Beach is a short 15 minute drive from your accommodation.
Aside from the stunning blue water and white sand, you’ll find a huge range of shops, cafes, restaurants and boutiques perfect for exploring.
Situated in the middle of Perth’s northern suburbs, City beach is only a 10 minute drive from your long or short term accommodation in Subiaco. Take a stroll along the coastline or, if you’re up for an adventure, grab a board and get amongst the waves like the locals do.
Pop past in the afternoon, set up a picnic and stay as day turns to night to enjoy a stunning WA sunset.
Combining the personality of Scarborough Beach with a modern hipster vibe, Port Beach and the nearby Leighton Beach are two hot upcoming spots that are only a 15 minute drive from Dowler Apartments Subiaco. Consisting of a picturesque strip of white sand leading all the way up to South Cottesloe, these beaches are perfect for afternoon strolls or dips in the ocean thanks to relatively calmer waters.
If it’s incredible surf you want, drive 15 minutes from Dowler Apartments Subiaco and make your way to Trigg Beach. Known for being a bit too wild for even strong ocean swimmers, Trigg Beach is considered the undisputed king of Perth’s surf. If you’re an experienced surfer, grab a board and jump on the waves. If you prefer to sit back and relax, watch the pros make the most of the thrilling waves with gravity-defying moves.
Rivalling Scarborough Beach for Perth’s ‘most popular’, Cottesloe Beach, also known by locals as Cott, is just a 10 minute drive out of Subiaco. Boasting a quintessential laid back Aussie beach vibe, you’ll find beautiful water and sand paired with classic pubs and a selection of quality Australian restaurants nearby. Great for families, Cottesloe Beach has something for everyone.
ENJOY SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEACHES
Make your stay at Dowler Apartments Subiaco one to remember. Whether you’ve booked short or long term accommodation, fit in some much-needed R&R time at some of the many picturesque beaches near Dowler Apartments Subiaco.
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
For more information about community events, services and businesses in Subiaco, you may find these websites useful: