Not Your Average Town Centre

Rich in cultural heritage and uniquely charming, Bayswater's town centre is a bustling urban high street full of local character just 1 kilometre from the Swan riverbank.

The Noongar people who inhabited the Bayswater area for tens of thousands of years saw the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) as a sacred place created by the Waugal, who is regarded as an all-encompassing creative spirit. It is this creativity that is one of the distinguishing traits of Bayswater today.

Bayswater has long been a drawcard for creative folk, with many artists, musicians and writers calling the area home. An artistic vibe is evident in every aspect of the town centre, from a growing art scene, street festivals and music events to the incredible laneway art space and mural.

With an enticing mix of stores offering everything from antiques and specialist fabrics to fair trade gifts, the town centre embodies the creative and welcoming style of the locals – this is the place where the barista won’t just remember your favourite coffee, but the names of your kids and dog.



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#1 Food and Beverage

Stroll through the town centre and you'll find incredible coffee and a range of food options, as well as one of the coolest neighbourhood bars around.

King Somm Bar

Set in beautifully restored heritage premises, King Somm is a neighbourhood wine bar and bottle shop that has rapidly built a cult following.  With boutique wines, craft beers, delicious food and an impressive bottle shop, it’s not hard to see why.

Drip Expresso Bar

Right across the road from Bayswater train station, this café is influenced by the owner's Moroccan heritage and offers an array of cakes, incredible brunch options and rich espresso coffee.

Bayswater Bowling & Recreation Club

If you take a short stroll down Murray Street, you'll find the Bayswater Bowling & Recreation Club. Established in 1935, this family-friendly club is a popular destination that offers more than just bowls. Friday (and many Wednesday) nights are for foodies, with a calendar of international food on offer. The club also hosts comedy shows and the Street Roller Hockey League.

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#2 Surprising, hand-made and one-off discoveries 

If you're on the hunt for the perfect piece for your house, a gift for a friend or simply doing some window shopping, head to Bayswater's town centre – it’s full of surprises just waiting to be discovered.

King William Antiques & Collectables

Lose yourself in this incredible store for hours. With everything from vintage lamps and chandeliers, to statues, figurines, beautiful jewellery, antique furniture and historic maps, you're sure to find something that catches your eye.

The Fair Trade Shop

This gift shop is full of unique fair trade items from around the world. Funds raised support Oxfam’s community development projects and work in humanitarian emergencies.

My Fabricology

Boasting an extensive and unusual range of fabrics, this shop appeals to the quirky quilter and garment maker. My Fabricology also offers a range of classes and workshops including crochet, quilting and bunting making. 

King Somm Bottleshop

With an impressive collection of wine and craft beers from all over the world, pop in and choose a bottle of wine to take home or join one of their Vintage Drops tasting evenings.

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#3 Bayswater Twilight Markets 

The town centre comes alive on the first Friday of every month with the ever-popular Twilight Markets. From 5pm to 8.30pm, you can enjoy a range of international cuisine including French, Thai, American BBQ and Moroccan, plus live music, kids’ activities and drinks. In summer, the markets are held at Bert Wright Park and during winter you'll find them at the Bayswater Hotel car park.

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#4 Culture – arts, history and heritage

Bayswater is full of creatives including musicians, painters, photographers, writers and sculptors, with many of them working professionally on a national and international level. This artistic vibe has infused the town centre, adding to the rich culture of the area.

Located on the Swan River, Bayswater’s history goes back tens of thousands of years as an important site for nourishment and shelter for Whadjuk people. In the early days of colonial settlement, the area was used for agriculture and dairies. Later, soldiers and their families established themselves in the suburb after the First and Second World Wars. 

Bayswater’s heritage is visible throughout the town centre, particularly on Murray and Veitch Streets, and in heritage venues including King Somm Bar and King William Antiques. There is also a local museum and the headquarters of the Bayswater Historical Society in the heritage-listed Halliday House Heritage Centre (an early colonial homestead), just a short trip across Guildford Road.

While in the neighbourhood, there's no better place to immerse yourself in the local art scene than Laneway Art Space – an art school, gallery and event space on the laneway off Whatley Crescent. It’s a unique experience for artists and art lovers alike; and the laneway mural by internationally renowned Bayswater artist Graeme Miles Richards truly brings the space to life.

Getting there and around

There are plenty of ways to get to Bayswater, which is only 7 kilometres from Perth's CBD.

Bayswater is on the Midland Line, which runs between Perth City and Midland. Trains run every 10 minutes for most of the day and it takes 12 minutes to get to Bayswater Train Station from Perth CBD. View the Midland Line timetable.

Bayswater is well served by Transperth’s bus service. Main bus routes travelling to Bayswater are Bus 48 from Perth City, Bus 998 from Murdoch Station and Bus 999 from Shenton Park Station. 

Cycle or walk
Cyclists and pedestrians can easily access Bayswater via the Perth-Midland Principal Shared Path – a protected cycle path running alongside the train line. The path also caters for prams, scooters, skates and wheelchairs. This dual-use pathway passes the café and retail precincts in Maylands and Bayswater, historic Guildford, and Perth’s premier railway museum and Bassendean. Find out more information and trail guide advice.

If you choose to travel by private car rather than rideshare or other modes of transport, there is street parking throughout the town centre. Main parking areas include Olfe Street at the edge of Bert Wright Park off King William Street, and a car park off Hamilton Street, which provides easy access to King William Street and Whatley Crescent. Public parking in the town centre is free of charge.

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