Subiaco is a village within the City, with its own character, charm and ambiance. Originally a working class suburb, Subiaco became trendy in the 1970s. It retained its original single storey houses, particularly Federation house with its iron roof, bullnose verandah and leadlight windows. The streets are tree lined with many attractive houses. Subiaco claims to have Australia’s largest concentration of lead lights. In fact, the town holds a special Leadlight Festival every October. Subiaco is also the hospital suburb with 3 of Perth’s major teaching hospitals and the Subiaco Oval is home to Aussie Rules Football. Subiaco is named after the town in Italy where Benedictine Order was founded. The first Europeans in the area were Benedictine monks who settled around Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake, and they called it New Subiaco. The suburb is now often referred to by its abbreviated name – Subiaco.
An obsolete industrial area is now developed as ‘Subi Centro’ with new shops, housing and parkland which are designed to complement the traditional character of Subiaco.
The Regal Theatre is Perth’s busiest and possibly the busiest commercial (unsubsidised) theatre in Australia. The interior has fortunately been left untouched and shows much of the art décor style. Other attractions include Rankin Gardens, Subiaco Theatre and Theatre Gardens, Clock Tower, WA Medical Museum, Subiaco Pavilion Markets and the café and restaurant strip along Rokeby Road.
Subiaco may be Perth’s most popular café, restaurant and shopping strip. This inner-city suburb is practically within walking distance to the Perth CBD, the Swan River and the Beach. Trendy restaurants, bars, nightlife and great public transport make Subiaco one of Perth’s most desirable suburbs.