A shot of the main building at Yagan Square with the Waterline and some trees in the foreground
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News
Date
3 March 2019

Celebrating a #YearAtYagan

  • Yagan Square

In the space of a year, Yagan Square has become one of the Perth central business district's most popular areas for commuters, tourists, foodies and event-goers.

The square has created a bustling thoroughfare, showcasing Western Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and culinary prowess.

Since its opening, Yagan Square has helped put Perth on the global map with mentions from Forbes in its annual Travel Guides list and The New York Times' recent 52 Places to Go in 2019 list.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said Yagan Square is the new heart of Perth and a brilliant place for people to meet, stop for a meal or drink and to soak up WA culture.

"Its success has been its appeal to all ages and groups - from families enjoying the play spaces to friends meeting up before a show or concert," she said.

Our collaboration with the Whadjuk Working Party has helped deliver a very special destination that strengthens local and international understanding of Aboriginal culture."

Yagan Square is the first significant site in an Australian city named in honour of an Aboriginal person, and has been applauded as a celebration of indigenous culture and the unique Western Australian landscape.

Its design reflects the stories of the Whadjuk people providing a rare opportunity to elevate the knowledge, experience and interest of visitors in Aboriginal culture. This now includes school students involved in the recently introduced tour program.

The inner-city square is close to nearby public transport including bus and rail. It is a sought-after performance venue hosting more than 200 sporting and cultural events including the Pride March, Fringe World, Le Dîner en Blanc, Perth Wildcats marches and Naidoc week.

The $73.5 million precinct is accessible to everyone and boasts a Market Hall offering international cuisine and local produce, a 45-metre Digital Tower, amphitheatre, children's play area and a pedestrian mall connecting William Street from the CBD to Northbridge for the first time in 100 years.

 

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