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Maylands Urban Art

Updated: Apr 6

Maylands has a wide variety of urban art ranging from murals to sidewalk art. The Maylands urban landscape along Guildford Road is not particularly pretty but many of the older commercial buildings have had murals painted on their walls making the streetscape considerably brighter and more interesting.

We started from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple on Guildford Road. The temple is usually open to the general public from Tuesday to Sunday however it was closed due to covid 19 when we did this walk. Cross the road and walk around number 281 to see all the Daek William murals and delightful Italian themed art at Pizzeria Amore Mio. There are a few surprises at the old garage, WIlliamson's Motor House, and the Salvos' Store shares some love.

Exploring the alley way beside the Perth BBQ School at 195 Guildford Road we discovered some more art including a Darry Perier mural on Sullivan Lane and a magnificent mural paying tribute to some giants of the music industry on Greenslade Lane.

Make sure you look at the beautiful artworks painted on the Roxy Lane Community Garden site, best seen when the gardens are open. The planter boxes have also been dressed up!

From Greenslades Lane we walked through an access way back to Eighth Avenue and wandering through the carpark spotting several murals including Robert Jenkin's Lily, a large mural on the side of Henry the Eighth.

Loop around Lyric Lane returning to Eighth Avenue.

There is more artwork on Rifo's and make sure you look for Anya Brock's iconic Giraffes on the corner of Sullivan Lane.

We headed back along Eighth Avenue towards Whatley Crescent stopping to check out the new Kyle Hughes Odgers mural in the IGA carpark

We enjoyed a coffee under the watchful eye of Mrs S Harpon at Mrs S Cafe. Mrs Harpon, an early Whatley Crescent trader, has been represented in this mural painted by Daek William. We then crossed the road and walked through the Maylands Railway Station following The Bee Inspired artwork which features decorative insect and flower themed artworks. There is a Dome Cafe, housed in a beautiful heritage building, on this side of the railway tracks.

From Dome we walked west down Railway Parade spotting the bee inspired Robert Jenkins Art on the wall at Finespun Architecture. Further along is Check Mate by Tankateo before you pass Maylands Model Railways with it's cheerful paintings of Thomas the Tank Engine and friend Percy.

Walking over the Seventh Avenue Bridge we discovered an unusual tribute on the opposite side commemorating the original 100 year old timber bridge. From here we wandered along Whatley Crescent to the beautiful art deco West Australian Ballet Centre, built in 1897 for the Royal WA Institute for the Blind.

Continue back along Whatley Crescent passing the old Railway Station as you meander along the lovely shopping strip east of Eighth Avenue which is full of cafes and quirky shops well worth a visit with another lovely mural on the corner of Ninth Avenue.

The walk from the Fo Guang Shan Temple to Maylands Railway Station is about 1km, the remaining loop across the railway tracks about 500m so all up this walk will cover up to 2.5km depending on your start and finish points. Of course we stopped to admire all the art works and for a coffee so we spent about an hour and a half all up exploring.

In 2024 we wandered around Maylands Hall exploring the War Memorial and The Rise development with it's pretty gardens.

Nearby walks

Maylands Peninsula - a loop walk around the peninsula taking in heritage sites and buildings, river views and several parks and playgrounds.

Bardon Park and Berringa Park - enjoy a picnic and a play at Bardon Park before enjoying a short riverside walk to Berringa Park and back.

Lakes Brearley, Bungana and Brickworks - a 4km walk around the lakes on the Maylands Peninsula including the Maylands Brick Works.

Swan River Ramble - the Swan River Ramble officially follows both north and south banks of the Swan River but this blog focuses on the southern banks between Burswood and Ascot Waters.

Kuljak Island - Across the Swan River is Black Swan or Kuljak Island which has no traffic so is a great place for a walk or a bike ride.

Baigup Wetlands and Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary - wander up river from Maylands to discover wonderful wetlands.

Claisebrook Cove - down river from Maylands you can walk the Tony di Scerni pathway to Claisebrook Cove which has a wonderful Art Trail to discover.


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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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