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Subiaco Theatre Gardens

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Located around and behind the Subiaco Arts Centre these gardens stretch between Hamersley and Bagot Roads. This is a delightful park just a few hundred metres from Subiaco’s main street and right next to Subiaco Primary School. Parking is available at the Arts Centre but fees apply weekdays. Be aware that if an event is on or during school drop off and pick up finding a spot may be difficult.

Walking past the Arts Centre we found the artwork Nel Raggo In the Ray based on the Fibonacci sequence.

From here we wandered into the park and were led to a small bridge over a little pond. Beyond this are steps and logs inviting you in to the nature playground.

Situated under large shady trees this playground is most suited to little ones but bigger kids are sure to have to have fun too. There is a large birds nest swing - always a favourite.

The playground has a fort with ropes and logs to climb, bars to swing on and plenty of logs for balancing along.

There is a water play area where water from a fountain washes over the limestone table before cascading down to create a stream which flows through the rocks to the base of the sandpit area. There are two retractable sluices along the creek so the kids can control the flow of water. Hours of fun!

The playground reflects the Arts Centre with it's own entrance statement and a wooden puppet theatre inviting the kids to put on a show for Mum and Dad.

There are lots of green grassy areas to sit down for a picnic or you can use the barbecues and picnic tables. Drinking fountains are also available.

There are toilets located at the Arts Centre where you wil also find the ceramic mosaic Barking Gecko Australian Zodiac created by local school children with help from artists Trish Burvill and Jason Hirst and the Barking Gecko Theatre Company.

Don't forget to look for Bille Bob, one of the Giants of Mandurah by Thomas Dambo.

Make the most of your visit and go for a stroll along Bagot Road to see if you can find the dragon and the owl that live at Earthwise. They are hiding amongst the compost heaps and garden plots. Check out the crazy paperbark trees on the way.

Further along Bagot Road is Subiaco Primary School and every Saturday the Subi Farmers Markets are held here between 8am and 12 noon. Maybe you could visit the markets and browse the fabulous fresh produce before buying morning tea and a coffee and taking them to the Theatre Gardens for a picnic and a play.

If you are not there on Market Day there are plenty of cafes and other interesting shops to explore along Rokeby Road and if you keep your eye out you might even spot some of Subiaco’s fabulous Urban Art.

You could visit Subiaco Museum (check opening hours) or Subiaco Library which is now home to the statue of children flying a kite which adorned the side of Princess Margaret Hospital.

Enjoy your Subiaco adventure!

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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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