As all our apartments are located in Subiaco, we have produced a guide outlining some of Subiaco’s best attractions. Subiaco is known affectionately by the locals as “Subi” and the suburb is about 4km west of Perth’s city centre.
Subiaco 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! There are several self-guided walks described in pamphlets with maps which can be collected from the library or Subiaco Museum on Rokeby Road.
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), and Cheers (Japanese). For a great burger try Jus Burgers or Grill’d Burgers. Tandoori by Nature and the Buddha Bar Curry House are popular Indian restaurants.
There seems to be a cafe around each corner in Subi serving great coffee. Some of the standouts are Stimulatte, La Veen Espresso, Boucla, Cafe Cafe, Brew Ha, The Walk Cafe and Spring Espresso.
PUBS, BARS AND CLUBS
From the smaller intimate venues, like Gold Bar, Pure Bar, Purl 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 Llama Bar, Fire and Ice and the Irish Pub, Paddy Maguires. Club Red Sea on Rokeby Road and Flawless on Hay Street cater for the night clubbers.
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 two weekend markets add another shopping dimension; visit the Station Street Markets (all weekend) and the Subiaco Farmers Market (Saturday mornings only) for something different. Wander the vibrant Subi streets and you will discover a treasure trove of niche outlets.
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. Ace Cinemas on Hay Street is the local theatre to catch the latest movies. 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 musical cascade 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.
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 (part of the QE2 medical centre) in Nedlands and the Mount Hospital in Perth.