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Subiaco Common

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by fyrefly trayle (subscribe)
Enjoying life in the West
Published January 24th 2015
A hidden jewel in Subiaco Centro
Nestled in the heart of Subiaco Centro, is a park of many moods; there are spaces which are playful, spaces to gather and socialise, spaces to be alone in quiet contemplation, spaces for art, and walks to take in the views and be touched by nature.

Quirky & Playful

Brightly coloured quirky and playful pieces of public art double as playthings for children. A canary yellow chair towers over an organic shaped sand pit. A giant blue TV, by artist Peter Dailey, provides a space for the young at heart to flex their creative muscle. All the while, I expected to see the White Rabbit scurry out from under a bush, or The Mad Hatter to offer me tea.

Subiaco Common
Public art at Subiaco Common

Subiaco Common play area public art

Intimate & Social

Not far from the play area is a well shaded area with picnic tables, gazebos and barbecues. A shallow stream with stepping stones meanders along one side of the area. It has all the ingredients for a great family gathering or for a barbecue with friends. It is Saturday afternoon, yet there are just a few people in the park.

picnic area
Picnic area

Serene & Peaceful

The stream flows into a limestone bound lake with a modest fountain in the centre. On its grassy banks are ducks enjoying the sun. A few ducklings venture into the water while tiny minnows dart about.


More wildlife

Paths to Explore

There are plenty of paths to explore giving different vantage points of the lake and its bird life. Follow these and you find intriguing pieces of public art, some of which echo the area's industrial past.


Grand & Formal

As you approach the western side of the lake, though no less beautiful, the mood is one of formality.


Steps leading down to the lake.
Steps leading down to the lake

Subiaco Common is within walking distance of Subiaco Train Station and Subiaco Square.

Why not catch a train to Subiaco, buy something to eat and drink (you'll have a wide range to choose from), then head to Subiaco Common for some downtime.

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Why? Explore, relax and just be.
When: Anytime
Where: Subiaco Centro; walking distance from Subiaco Train Station
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Welcome Fyrefly and congrats on a great article. The Subi Common is a lovely park, and perfect for kids parties and family BBQs. It always seems to be a few degrees cooler than you'd expect - I wish it were my local park.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1812) 1822 days ago
Great article, well done
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1822 days ago
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