Mount Lawley is an inner northern suburb within the city of Perth. It is commonly regarded as one of Perth’s cultural hotspots, mainly thanks to the bustling Beaufort Street – a long strip of unique shops, award-winning eateries, funky bars and quirky coffee shops that are perfect symbols of the suburb’s chilled vibe.
Only a five-minute drive from the Perth CBD, Mount Lawley is an extremely accessible and enviable suburb in terms of property and real estate. For those looking to make Mount Lawley their future residing suburb, read on for information about this eclectic place’s history, key landmarks and exciting annual events.
History of Mount Lawley
Before the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the Mount Lawley area was occupied by the Yabbaru Bibbulman Noongar people, who used the Boodjamooling wetland (now known as Hyde Park) as a meeting ground. The area of Mount Lawley as we know it today was formally proclaimed in 1901.
Named after Sir Arthur Lawley, the Governor of Western Australia from 1901 to 1902, the suburb saw a significant rise in residents with the Beaufort Street trolley service during the 1950s and 60s. The suburb continued to see a significant rise in businesses and residents from this period onwards.
Transport to Mount Lawley
An advantage of Mount Lawley’s location is its close proximity to Perth’s major public transport hubs. The Mount Lawley train station provides access to the Midland railway line, and there are also a number of bus routes that service the area, and frequently travel up and down Beaufort Street each day.
The suburb is also only a five-minute drive from the Perth CBD, making it easy to enter the Perth City entertainment, shopping, dining and eatery precincts. A bus from Beaufort Street is a great way to reach the city quickly if you don’t have a car or a parking spot in the CBD.
Things To Do in Mount Lawley
- Catch a show at the Astor Theatre
Originally constructed in 1914 by Simon B. Alexander, the Astor Theatre has a colourful theatrical past. Once a dance hall, open-air theatre, bingo hall, cinema and even karate venue, the theatre now hosts a large variety of shows from across the world.
Centrally located at the bustling intersection of Beaufort and Walcott Street, the theatre welcomes hundreds of world-class musicians, dance troupes, comedians and theatrical troupes to tread its hallowed board each year.
The Astor is also very well known for its fine art deco designs. The theatre was first redesigned in an Art Deco style by William Leighton. The theme runs from the main auditorium through the external facades on Walcott and Beaufort Streets – which is still visible to this day.
- Play a game at the Mount Lawley Bowling Club
The Mount Lawley Bowling Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in Perth. Located just five kilometres from the CBD, in the heart of Mount Lawley, the club was founded in 1909 and is a great place for competitive and social bowls. Its clubhouse is also a great place to grab a drink and unwind.
- Check out a performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Nestled in the heart of Mount Lawley, just next to the Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley campus, WAAPA is a fantastic place to explore some of Australia’s up and coming talent. The establishment is a world-class training facility for those wishing to fulfil their creative ambitions – and lucky for those living in Perth, the academy flings its doors open for a number of special performances throughout the calendar year.
There’s a ton of highly skilled, creative students involved in the campus’ 50+ performances a year, ranging from ballet, orchestral and opera to jazz and musical theatre. And with such famous alumni as Hugh Jackman, Lucy Durack, Lisa McCune, Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect, you may even catch a star in the making in some of their most formative performing years.
Annual Events Near Mount Lawley
- Hyde Park Fair
Just a skip away from the bustle of Mount Lawley is the iconic Hyde Park. Found on the corner of Vincent and William Street in North Perth, the beautiful grounds of the park transform at the end of summer each year into a vibrant fair of entertainment, local foods, farm animals and even a fashion show.
There are 200 stalls to browse, so a visit to the fair is well worth a full day. Special highlights include the ‘High Fashion in Hyde Park’ show, the Foodie Delights Arena and the Veteran Car Show – featuring a wacky Eagles/Dockers hybrid vehicle.
- WAAPA in the Park
Held at Ron Stone Park just across from the WAAPA main campus, WAAPA in the Park is an annual free event of jazz and contemporary classics performed by the talented cohort. An annual tradition since 2007, this family-friendly evening of music will feature the outstanding Latin Ensemble as well as a line-up of WAAPA’s most accomplished jazz and contemporary musicians. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic rug and a hamper, and to sit back and enjoy this evening of excellent talent and showmanship.
- Neon Picnic
Neon Picnic is a day-long, family-friendly music festival broadcast by local station RTRFM each summer. Set in the picturesque Hyde Park Amphitheatre, this vibrant day of local live and pre-recorded music is set amongst arts and crafts activities for the kids, a licensed bar and a plethora of food trucks and other local eats. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, bring the dog and unwind to some of Perth’s best local tunes.
The ACTON Mount Lawley team are centrally located at Unit 2/678 Beaufort Street Mount Lawley and provide unparalleled results when it comes to finding or selling your perfect property in Mount Lawley and surrounding suburbs. Our award-winning sales and property investment professionals are on hand to provide you with the best possible outcome and can offer you specialist advice on any property-related matters. Give us a call on 08 9272 2488 to hear more.