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Bayswater Heritage Trail with Urban Art

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

We were actually searching for the new mural in Bayswater when we came across the Bayswater Heritage Trail brochure online so we decided to follow the heritage trail and see what we discovered in the way of urban art along the way.

We parked at Bert Wright Park behind the Bayswater Community Centre where we discovered some beautiful mature trees, a nature playground designed for younger children, picnic and barbecue facilities and public toilets located on the outside of the community centre. The community centre houses Bayswater Library and there was some reading themed murals on the outside to set the tone for our walk.

From the park we headed up King William Street admiring the large murals painted on the wall below the heritage Bayswater Post Office.

Turning up Murray Street we passed some small timber cottages, a sidewalk chessboard and "The Rectory" before coming to Bayswater Primary School founded in 1894. The original school building was destroyed by fire but two of the current buildings date back to 1900. The school features some lovely wall art.

Across the street from the school is the iconic "old corner shop" Heading back along the opposite side of Murray Street we passed several more heritage homes before coming to McLeish's Store, constructed of corrugated iron, on the corner of King William Street.

There are a few more murals on the opposite side of King William Street alongside heritage store fronts which used to be a grain store, billiard saloon and butcher shop.

With major construction on Whatley Crescent for the new train line access was limited as we passed the Inglis Buildings, the Smoker's Store and Campbell's Store but it didn't stop us from seeing the wonderful artwork in the laneway opposite the Laneway Artspace, on the wall of the Australia Post building. Just WOW!!!!

From here we walked back along Hamilton Street to Bert Wright Park making sure we had a closer look at the mural on the Olfe Street wall of the Community Centre.

Although there was no signage outside the heritage buildings the Heritage Trail Map was easy to follow and provided all the historical background to the buildings. Aside from the heritage this was a very pretty 25 minute walk through this well established small community and the large murals added to the enjoyment.

There are several cafes and eateries in Bayswater or you can pack a picnic and head to Riverside Gardens just down the road for a play and a meal. While there be sure to visit the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and Baigup Wetlands.

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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 extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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