An inner-city oasis abounding with greenery, Subiaco is one of Perth’s most naturally rich suburbs. Take a stroll through its charming, tree-lined streets before planting yourself down in one of the many parks and gardens in the area. With Kings Park and Botanic Gardens at your doorstep as well as an array of smaller retreats, you’ll never be short of places to unwind amongst verdant surrounds. Pack up a picnic, round up your canine companion and spend leisurely days exploring the natural beauty of the neighbourhood.
Spread over 400 hectares of luxuriant vegetation, Kings Park is one of the world’s largest urban parklands – all just a few minute’s walk from Elysian. Admire over 3000 plant species in the sublime Botanical Gardens or discover the rich ecology of the park’s protected native bushland. With walking tracks to traverse along with picnic amenities and pavilions, this thriving riverside sanctuary is one of Perth’s finest attributes.
A hub for recreation and leisure, Market Square is an expansive parkland nestled near the top end of Rokeby Road. Hosting a myriad of events – from live music nights to food and wine festivals – the park fosters community engagement in a naturally rich environment. Purchase a bite to eat from one of the nearby cafes and while the day away on the lush lawns.
Situated beside the Subiaco Arts Centre, Theatre Gardens is a peaceful place to connect with both nature and the community. A rippling brook runs through the centre of the park, passing through a sustainable children’s playground made from all-natural materials. In the summer, enjoy free twilight concerts at the amphitheatre, showcasing a range of artists to suit all tastes.
Established in 1897, Subiaco Hotel is a landmark venue defined by its rich history and old-word charm. Amongst stylishly restored interior spaces, sit down with a cocktail or craft beer and peruse a diverse menu of gastro-pub classics. Split over three expansive dining areas including a sunny alfresco beer garden, this iconic establishment is guaranteed to deliver a good time.
Only 2 minutes from Elysian, this well-loved watering hole is bound to become your local. Offering a ‘home away from home’ dining experience, here, enjoy a menu of Spanish-inspired share plates within cosy and eclectic interiors. The wine list is one of the city’s best, comprising a curated collection of small-batch drops, both local and international.
A place to gather with loved ones and share in the experience of genuinely good food, Dilly Dally is all about dining made simple. Head Chef, Peter Hadju has crafted a menu of Italian-inspired dishes spanning everything from wood-fired pizza to spaghettini vongole. The interiors strike the perfect balance between homely and sophisticated, sporting terracotta finishes, exposed brick walls and vintage light fittings.
A national icon, the name ‘Simon Johnson’ has become synonymous with gourmet food in Australia. Stocking a bounty of artisanal products – from chocolate and cheese to caviar and truffles – the inviting Rokeby Road store is a one-stop shop for all your fine food needs. If you’re short on time, their home delivery meal kits are a surefire hit.
Flannel’s lovingly made garments embody the ‘French girl chic’ aesthetic, defined by simple prints, timeless silhouettes and quality fabrics. Bathed in light, the luxe Subiaco store provides an elevated retail experience complete with friendly and style-savvy shop assistants. Take your time browsing through the exquisite collection – it’s almost impossible to leave without a new purchase.
Part cafe, part deli, part pantry, Wholefood Circus is an oasis for all things gourmet. Come for the artisan condiments, baked goods and fresh flowers, stay for the mouth-watering brunches and impeccable coffee. The owners have succeeded in creating a warm and welcoming community atmosphere, making this thriving business a true local treasure.
Afforded with a range of public transport options, Elysian’s residents will rarely find the need to drive. Stroll up to Subiaco Station, where a train on the Fremantle Line will carry you into the city in under 10 minutes, or down to Cottesloe in 15. The buses on Rokeby Road also facilitate a speedy journey into the city, passing through Perth’s major cultural centres.
A hub for education, Subiaco and its neighbouring suburbs are speckled with some of Perth’s most esteemed primary and secondary schools. From Perth Modern School and Bob Hawke College to Subiaco Primary School and Rosalie Primary School, students of all ages and learning styles are catered for in this thriving educational domain.
Filled with opportunities for recreation and leisure, Subiaco cultivates an active and engaging outdoor lifestyle. Whether you’re in the mood for tennis, a bike ride or afternoon bowls, here, you’ll find it all within moments of your doorstep. For the culturally-inclined, Subiaco Arts Centre is a haven for performing arts – hosting a weekly roster of plays, live music, stand-up comedy and more.