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Subiaco

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Subiaco has humble origins and a rich history. It was settled in 1851 by Benedictine monks from Subiaco in Italy. It was home to modest, working class families and had a high level of community feeling. Its town centre resembled a European village.

The origins are still evident and there is a mix of old and new styles of architecture resulting in a cosmopolitan and stylish place.

Narrow, leafy streets take you past beautifully restored homes and to the beauty of Matilda Bay. The quaint museum has memorabilia from the 19th century monks and information about local Aboriginal culture.

Subiaco's town centre is a place of fashionable shopping and eating venues. Rokeby Road, the main street, has restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinema and theatre events and tempting shopping.

Indoor/outdoor markets near the train station offer arts, crafts, food and entertainment. They run on weekends and public holidays. The Subiaco Pavilion Markets are open Thursday to Sunday and on public holidays.

Fancy a good coffee? Locals say Brew-Ha is hard to beat and offers the ultimate in coffee. Tucked in a laneway just off Rokeby Road, they roast their coffee on the premises. Most are blended in green bean form and roasted together. They use 100 percent Arabica beans from around the world, specially developed by their master roaster. They will grind your favourite blend to take home.

Tea drinkers are at home at Brew Ha. The owners select and import teas from many countries and blend it in drums. Choose from English Breakfast, Dragon Moon, Russian Caravan, Masala Chai, Green Gunpowder, White Pai My Tan and a wide range of fruit and other flavoured teas.

Eight Nicholson is a chic boutique hotel, close to Kings Park, Swan River, good eateries and tempting boutiques. Each suite has ensuite facilities, beds made with luxurious linen, heated bathroom floors and there is individually controlled air conditioning. There is an elegant guest lounge and private guest entrance. Gourmet breakfast is included.

Kings Park is a place locals love to show off. It occupies 400 hectares of Mt Eliza, overlooking Perth. Native bushland covers two-thirds of the park and its wildflowers are spectacular in spring.

On a clear day, from the top of the DNA Tower in Forrest Drive, the Indian Ocean can be seen to the west. The State War Memorial is also one of several scenic vantage points.

Catriona was taken on a walk through Kings Park by West Coast Eagles vice-captain, Andrew Embley. In September 2006 he was part of the Grand Final winning team, and won the coveted Norm Smith Medal for the best player in that game.

Apart from being a fine footballer, Andrew is a foodie, and sometimes cooks at The Cauldron in Subiaco.

Location

Four kilometres from the centre of Perth.

Cost

Eight Nicholson has rooms starting at about $250 per night twin share including breakfast.

Virgin Blue has flights to Perth.

One-way fare from;
  • Adelaide, $199
  • Melbourne, $219
  • Sydney, $229
  • Brisbane, $275
  • Darwin, $290

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are Internet only and one-way. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at March 22, 2007 and are subject to change.

More information

Brew Ha
3-4/162 Rokeby Road
Subiaco 6008
Ph: (08) 9388 7272
Website: www.brew-ha.com.au/aboutus.asp
Email: honcho-mixo@brew-ha.com.au

Eight Nicholson
8 Nicholson Road,
Subiaco 6904
Ph: (08) 9382 1881
Fax: (08) 9382 4382
Website: Email: stay@8nicholson.com.au

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789
Website: www.virginblue.com.au

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