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Claisebrook Cove

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by Tom Zaunmayr (subscribe)
Getting lost is the easiest way to have fun!
Published April 17th 2013
A Quiet Corner in a Busy Metropolis
Claisebrook Cove is an idyllic Mediterranean style village set around a system of streams and lakes feeding the Swan River. Just minutes from the CBD on the Yellow Cat Bus, the cove offers a peaceful escape just metres from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Claisebrook, Cove, East, Perth, Swan, River
The entrance to Claisebrook Cove


The focal point of the area is the cove itself. Formerly an untamed offshoot from the river, it has now been sculpted into a wide inlet deep enough for boats to enter and pull up on the docks.

The inlet is fed by a man-made stream running from another lake behind the cove. Architects have managed to do a good job at striking a balance between natural and fabricated, the stream still follows its original route albeit in a more confined manner.

Claisebrook, Cove, East, Perth, Swan, River, Stream
The stream feeding the inlet


Around the cove are various parks including Victoria Park. Victoria Park is an open green space with BBQ facilities, benches, lookouts and plenty of shade. At the east end lies a few structures paying homage to the area's indigenous history.

Follow the water west and you'll find another green space filled with a lake, fountains and sculptures. It's a great spot to grab a bite with Mexican, Vietnamese and Chinese diners all situated right on the parks edge.

Claisebrook, Cove, East, Perth, Swan, River, Sculpture, Public, Art
Some of the artwork on display


Claisebrook Cove is one of Perth's best kept secrets when it comes to food and drink. Whether it's a quick bite for lunch, a drink with your mates or a scenic dinner meal the various dining facilities in the area more than have you covered.

The Royal on the Waterfront is one of my favourites for many reasons.

a) They support the local craft brewery industry, you can even get take home Growlers of Colonials award winning beers
b) On weekends they serve drinks from 8:30am, awesome.
c) Nice views, great food, quiet, relaxed atmosphere and sport on the TV... what more could you want.


Claisebrook, Cove, East, Perth, Swan, River, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Art, Public
Artwork showing the various forms Claisebrook Cove has taken during its life


The cove has an abundance of public artwork as well. From the solar calendar sculpture in Victoria Park to the oddly shaped park benches every corner has its own unique touch. Even the navigation aid has been designed with creativity in mind.

What is really incredible, is that all of this was once an industrial wasteland. The place has transformed so dramatically that today not even cars can pass through. Claisebrook Cove really is a shining beacon to the skills of our town planning industry and one of our best kept secrets.
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Why? Relax right next to the CBD
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Your Comment
I work just a two minute walk from the cove and walk around it and along the riverfront every day in my lunch break. It's the absolute best way to break up your working day. I never get tired of it.
by coffeebean (score: 0|4) 584 days ago
cool place, thanks
by jornr (score: 1|14) 587 days ago
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