For arts, culture and community
Perth Cultural Centre has become a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. Sitting between the city centre and Northbridge, it’s the cultural heart of the city with a vibrant mix of arts, music, food, entertainment and festivals.
Perth’s cultural and education hub
The Perth Cultural Centre is home to some of WA’s major cultural and educational institutions. Each destination is linked with signage to help visitors find their way through the area and experience the different venues.
The State Library of WA inspires learning for students and the wider community.
Explore the WA Museum
The Film & Television Institute is devoted to help WA’s film industry flourish.
Visit the Art Gallery of WA
The State Records Office holds fascinating records of Perth’s history.
Enjoy a performance at the State Theatre Centre
Central Institute of Technology offers a range of courses.
PICA offers a range of visual and performing arts.
The Blue Room Theatre offers contemporary performances.
An oasis in the city
As a regular visitor once described, “walking through the Perth Cultural Centre in the morning is like walking through the garden of Eden.” With a spacious amphitheatre, museum strip, public artworks and plenty of places to sit and relax, it’s the perfect space to take a break from the bustle of the city.
This once dark and isolated rooftop car park is now a thriving community garden.
The Native Wetland
Students and workers often visit this area for a peaceful spot to relax and learn.
This interactive play space sparks creativity and nature play as children explore the elements.
William Street reinvented
William Street Northbridge is now home to cutting-edge fashion, independent retailers, creative industries and cosy small bars – and there’s more to come. New and exciting tenants and traders are taking up residence or returning to transformed heritage buildings as the precinct is transformed as part of our $6m redevelopment.
Enjoy fine wines, boutique beers or your favourite cocktail
High end and high street fashion
Discover fine dining or a casual eatery along William Street
There are always new places to shop and discover on William Street
Arts and culture within easy reach
The Perth Cultural Centre sits between the city centre and Northbridge, right next to Perth Train Station. You can visit by train, bus or the free CAT bus service, or cycle, drive or walk in from the city.
New life for a once unloved space
The site of the Perth Cultural Centre was once an underused space with a reputation for being isolated and unsafe. In 2004, the WA State Government extended the former EPRA’s boundary (now our MRA boundary) to include the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, bounded by Aberdeen, William, Roe and Beaufort Streets.
Throughout this redevelopment, we have worked with the community and our redevelopment partners to create a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can interact.
The Urban Orchard is a great example of how this once dark and isolated rooftop carpark has been transformed into a colourful, fun space to enjoy, particularly during the annual Fringe Festival.
The Perth Cultural Centre is about encouraging people to rediscover the cultural heart of Perth, and attracting new groups of people, particularly families, into the city.
If a place looks loved, people will come to love it in return.
Conserving William Street’s heritage
William Street is one of Perth’s oldest inner-urban areas, with a rich and colourful past. Many buildings along the eastern side of William Street were constructed during the gold rush of the 1890s. These are now part of a state heritage precinct.
During our redevelopment, we refurbished 16 heritage-listed properties on William Street and developed an innovative leasing strategy. Rents were set at modest levels to encourage creative industries to flourish while covering the cost of conservation, maintenance and administration.
The restored spaces are home to cafés, boutiques, restaurants, bookstores and more, attracting a wide range of new visitors to the area.