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Parking in Subiaco: Free, Cheap and Expensive

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Published May 19th 2013
The Definitive Guide of Where To Park and Where to Avoid
So you have plans for a big night in Subiaco. Where should you park? There are two distinct parking worlds in Subiaco: one is cheap (and often free), the other will cost you dearly.

Here is the complete guide to parking in Subiaco at night time.

Please note that parking during the day is a very different story, and if there is a football game on at Pattersons… well, perhaps you should just stay home.

Click here if you want a list of the best 'cheap and cheerful' restaurants in Subiaco.

parking in Subiaco
You can park for free in Subiaco if you know where to look


Free Street Parking
During the day all street parking in Subiaco is time limited (sometimes to 15 or 30 minutes) but after the magical hour of 6pm, everything becomes free and unlimited.

Street parking immediately outside residential buildings will be restricted until 9pm so read the signs, but almost everything else in Subiaco, particularly on the main drags of Hay Street and Rokeby is free every night after 6pm.

IMPORTANT: there are certain days (ie footy days) where practically all street parking in certain areas of Subiaco is illegal. Check the signs.

Roberts Road best for: Satsuki, Fire and Ice, Grill'd, Hans, Wagamama

Hay Street best for: The Vic, Chapter One, Santa Fe, Pure Bar, Lanna Thai, Seoul BBQ, Hippo Creek, Woodpeckers, Bistro des Artistes, Metro Indian, Flawless Nightclub, Subiaco Hotel

Rokeby Road best for: Sawadee Thai, Amarin Thai, Bistro Felix, Witch's Cauldron, Chutney Mary's, Buddha Bar, Six Senses Thai, Funtastico, Gold Bar, Red Sea Nightclub


Barker Road Carpark/Churchill Ave Carpark
Repeat after me: Subi Council is our friend. Why? Because all of their pay parking areas become free and unlimited after 6pm, such as the Barker Road short term carpark.

On the north side of Coles, this is restricted parking during the day (2 hours) but after 6pm you can park for as long as you want (until 8am the next day, anyway). This is connected to the Churchill Ave carpark, which is also free and unlimited after 6pm daily. Entry via – you guessed it – Barker Road or Churchill Ave.

Best for: Bistro Felix, Paddy Maguires, Witch's Cauldron

rooftop parking Coles
Rooftop parking at Coles is restricted until 9pm (but has great views)


Crossways/Coles
There are a few different parking areas in and around Crossways (on the corner of Bagot and Rokeby Roads) so it is important to read the signs. The parking at Crossways and on the Coles rooftop are free, but remain limited to 2 hours until 9pm, so leave it to the shoppers. However if you drive through the undercover area though, there is a bigger carpark on the south side of Coles which – after 6pm – becomes free and time unlimited.

Best for: Bistro Felix, Amarin Thai

Crossways parking subiaco
The shady carpark on Rowland Street


Rowland Street Carpark
I have to admit, I never knew this existed, as it is hidden away on a back street. Located at the high end of Subiaco it would service all the Saturday morning shoppers who go to the Subi Markets at the primary school.

Run by the City of Subiaco, during the day it is time limited to 3 hours, but the charging period ends at 6pm, so it becomes free to park. This is the only carpark in Subi (so far) with 'parking eyes'.

Best for: Bistro Felix, Paddy Maguires, Amarin Thai

parking at Subiaco square
After 6pm the parking becomes free and unlimited outside the Subiaco train station


Subiaco Square
There are a limited number of bays outside the Woolworth/Subiaco train station complex that during the day is ticket parking limited to 30 minutes, but after 6pm becomes free and unrestricted.

If you are eating in the Subi Square vicinity and don't care how much you pay, there is also a Wilson car park on Edenerry Terrace (off Brigid Road) which will cost you $8 for 2-3 hours, $10 for 3-4 hours and $12 for more than four hours.

Best for: Satsuki, Fire and Ice, Grill'd, Hans, Wagamama

Forrest St Carpark
This carpark, run by the City of Subiaco is paid parking during the day, but you guessed it, is free and unlimited after 6pm. It's not massive, but is very central to the lower end of Subiaco.

Best for: Geoge's Meze, Witch's Cauldron, Paddy Maguires, The New Oriel, Viet Today, Village Bar, Squires Loft


parking Subiaco Village
Night time rates at Subiaco Village are limited to $3


Subiaco Village
This may be a deceptively large carpark, but believe me, it fills up. Night time rates are very reasonable and you can park for $1.50 an hour between 5pm-8am to a maximum of $3. Awesome.

Best for: Tenkadoori, Crust, Squires Loft, The Village Bar, Viet Today


Most Wilson carparks also let you use their iPark app


Ace Cinemas
If you can't find a free or cheap park at the places above you may have to park behind the cinemas at the Wilson carpark. It takes credit card, and there is an undercover area which is great if it's raining, but it starts at $12 for 2-3 hours, and goes up to $16 if you want to stay longer than 4 hours.

The undercover parking closes at 11pm Sunday-Thursday and 12.30am on Friday and Saturdays.

Best for: Ace Cinemas, Tasty Asian Food, The New Oriel, Mad Mex, George's Meze, Village Bar, Squires Loft, Viet Today


Subiaco Mews
The small carpark at Subiaco Mews


Subiaco Mews (375 Hay Street)
It's easy to get caught out, but this off-street parking lot is ticket parking from 9am to 9pm every day, and at $2.40 an hour it can add a chunk of cash to your dinner. That being said, it is right outside the door of the at least four restaurants (and maybe an extra $10 won't be noticed).

There is free street parking immediately outside on Axon and Hay Street, but not much.

Best for: Subi Seoul BBQ, Lanna Tha, Cheers, Hippo Creek, Nandos


colonnade subiaco
Read the signs, please


The Colonnade
Unless it is bucketing down, you're wearing ridiculous shoes, or you have cash to splash it might be wise to avoid parking here, as it is the most expensive in Subiaco (but oh so exclusive). It starts at $8 for 2-3 hours up to a whopping $25 for five or more hours. Important to note that this car park closes at 11pm, so don't get caught out.

Best for: Woodpeckers, Lanna Thai, Hippo Creek, Cheers, Subi Seoul, Pure Bar, Metro Indian, Bistro des Artistes, Flawless Nightclub


Behind the Markets
It's oh-so-convenient but also oh-so-expensive. This is a large car park and it services the majority of restaurants and bars in Subiaco. Owned and managed by Wilson, you'd want to make sure you don't overstay your welcome as it is a wheel-clamp area.

This is ticket parking 24/7 and 2-3 hours will set you back $11 and if you're planning on staying more than 3 hours it will cost $13. The machines do take credit card which helps, and if you don't care how much it costs there is an undercover 'Platinum Parking' carpark under the Nova building. Entry off Rokeby Road or Roberts Road.

Best for: Zen Japanese, Metro Indian, Dome, Llama Bar, Bistro des Artistes, Subiaco Hotel, Six Senses Thai, Jus Burgers, Grill'd, Funtastico, San Churro, Chutney Mary's, Purl Bar


Parking is free at Homebase and unrestricted after 8pm


Homebase/Bunnings
If you are driving around the streets of Subiaco and all the free parking is gone, but you don't want to pay the big bucks for the Wilson carparks, then consider parking at Homebase (entry off Harborne Ave or Salvado Road).

Sure, it is a bit of a walk into Subiaco (maybe 5-10 minutes depending on where you are going) but as long as you arrive after 6.05pm you will have free and unrestricted parking. Consider your safety at this location, as it is quite remote and unpopulated if you are returning to your car late at night. Also consider the comfort of your shoes.

Unrestricted parking on Roydhouse Street


Roydhouse Street
Directly behind the Homebase Compound, the majority of Roydhouse Street has unrestricted parking at all times (entry of Centro Ave). There are designated parking bays but no signs. At the east end, near the Bunnings loading gates, there are some time restricted bays but these end at 5pm on weekdays and 1pm on Saturdays.

There are more restricted parking bays across the road in front of the Roydhouse units, but you should leave these to the tenants anyway. Consider your safety as this is a quiet and relatively unlit street.

Best for: Satsuki, Fire and Ice, Grill'd, Hans, Wagamama

Underneath Woolworths
If it's raining and you don't fancy getting wet, then there is parking underneath Woolworths (entry off Station Street). If you're just planning on grabbing takeaway or a very quick bite, then the first 90 minutes are free, but after that you will have to pay (and make sure you do because it is a wheel clamp area).

2-3 hours will cost $5, 3-4 hours is $7, 4-5 hours is $9 and 5 or more hours will cost $11. You can use your credit card and it is relatively well lit.

Best for: Satsuki, Fire and Ice, Grill'd, Hans, Wagamama, Jus Burgers, San Churro, Funtastico, Zen, Llama Bar, Dome.


So that is the definitive guide to parking in Subiaco at night time. With a bit of planning you can save yourself enough money for an entrée or a cocktail.

However, if you can split the cost of parking between a few friends, maybe convenience is more important to you. Regardless, read the signs and have a great night.
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Your Comment
Thanks for the great page. My interest was in going to the Station Street Market on Saturday or Sunday. The Woolies carpark is a nightmare so I usually opt for street parking and walk over. Sadly, on many days, the AFL games make street parking very limited. I can find the dates and times of the games online but I could not find the details of the restrictions to parking online, anywhere, not even in Subi council's own web site. It would be great if your web site filled this gap. Also, more maps would be great as some of these places you mention are hard to find.
by dccha (score: 0|7) 1702 days ago
The parking eyes in Rowland St Car Station do nothing,
Plus Railway Rd Car Station Finishes at 9pm. Otherwise, excellent site
by assu (score: 0|2) 1929 days ago
This is not really a complaint, more like a reason why I copped a parking ticket at 11:35am on Tuesday 08/04/2014 in Derby Rd .
I'd previously received a message to get to SCGH ASAP as my daughter was very ill.
My mistake was looking for a ticket machine and not looking for parking restrictions. I actually paid for enough time to get me to 1.07pm. I got the ticket at 11.35am. I was not trying to diddle Subi out of parking fees. My crime was my haste in getting to my daughter's side. I did the crime and I'll pay the fine. By the way my daughter sadly passed away at 4.30pm. your cheque is in the mail.
by argee (score: 0|2) 1706 days ago
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