When you think of small communities in Western Australia's major city, Perth, you might think you have to go far from the city centre. But that's the beauty of Perth with a suburban feel in Subiaco just minutes away from the CBD. With all the benefits of urban amenities, while still preserving that suburban community spirit, you have to make a stop-off at Subi during your Western Australian adventures.
Western Australians love their sports…
And Subi is the focal point for that athletic passion at Subiaco Oval. AFL is the most popular, as the ground is home to both Western Australian AFL Franchises – the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers. If you prefer AFL at a more local level, Subiaco Oval also has you covered as it regularly hosts matches from the West Australian Football League, including its Grand Final. Feel the intensity of suburb to suburb rivalry like no other between these 9 teams and their diehard fanbases.
Fun fact – 7 of the top 10 attendance records at Subiaco Oval are held by West Australian Football League Grand Finals. But don't feel that there is only the option of barracking for your favourite West Coast team – Subiaco Oval also hosts some superb concerts including Adele, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, and Fleetwood Mac all touring within the last 5 years.
It's all well and good to cheer for your favourite team while sitting
But Subi takes it one step further with plenty of opportunities for you to participate in organised sports. The place to go is Lords Recreation Centre. Home to regular basketball, netball and indoor soccer competitions, it's time for you to rekindle your own moments of former sporting glory. For more conventional workouts, the rec centre has a fully equipped gym, group fitness classes and a pool.
Lords also creates a strong sense of community by participating in wider region events including the Perth City to Surf. Parental bonus - don't feel like you have to choose between exercising or the kids – bring them with you! Lords is the only gym in the region with a crèche. Your little bub will have plenty of fun with the wide range of available toys and activities while you work up a sweat. What are you waiting for?
Sports might run through the veins of every Subi resident…
But that doesn't mean they don't have a creative side from time to time. Just to prove it to you, check out Tunbridge Gallery. Dedicated to displaying the talents of indigenous artists, this quaint space has a surprisingly large collection of paintings, weavings, sculptures and wood carvings from aboriginal communities from across Arnhem Land, the Pilbara, the Western Desert, the Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands. Tunbridge prides itself on sourcing artworks from centres owned and operated by the local communities themselves, as well as going out of their way to educate visitors on the intricacies of Aboriginal creative expression and culture.
And just to show you how well-rounded Subi residents are…
Visit the Western Australian Medical Museum for a dose of history. Given Subi is home to St John of God, Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial Hospital, it really is no wonder that this museum finds its home here.
Located in the antique Harvey House, Perth's first maternity hospital, established in 1916, there are plenty of hands-on exhibitions that will make you appreciate modern medicine that much more (think bone saws for amputation)! The museum also includes displays dedicated to the brave nurses who served during World War I, including the patchwork of artifacts they used to treat the ever growing list of casualties. Open on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 4pm and the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 2pm to 4pm, this museum helps history come alive!
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